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Monday, June 8 - Sustainable Business

8:30 - 9:15 am Breakfast & Registration 
9:15 - 10 am Designing for Sustainability 
Paul Dillinger, Head of Global Product Innovation, Levi Strauss & Co
Paul Dillinger is re-imagining the entire design and manufacturing process for the storied apparel company. Dillinger's design methodology considers the full social and environmental impact to create a more sustainable future for apparel.
10 - 10:15 am
Coffee Break & Mixer
10:30 - 11:30 am
Sustainable Business Vision: Eileen Fishers Vision 2020
Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher
Liz Wisler, VP of Manufacturing and Product Development, Eileen Fisher
Candice Reffe, Co-Creative Officer, Eileen Fisher 
Inka Apter, Facilitating Manager, Fabric Development, Eileen Fisher
Moderator: Sara Schley, Founder, Seed Systems; Consultant, Eileen Fisher's Vision 2020
A panel of Eileen Fisher representatives discuss the adoption and integration of Vision2020, the first five years of the company's long-range plan to attain full sustainability, as well as the struggles and opportunities inherent in integrating sustainable thinking across all divisions of the business.
11:30 - 11:45 am
Coffee Break & Mixer
11:45am - 1:00 pm
Bob Bland, CEO and Founder, Manufacture New York
Tanya Menendez, CMO and Co-founder, Makers Row
Matthew Burnett ,CEO and Co-founder, Makers Row
Bridget Foley, Manager, Fabric Research and Development, Ralph Lauren
Moderator: Jeffrey Silberman, Professor and Chair, Textile Development and Marketing, FIT
Re-shoring is the practice of bringing manufacturing and services back to the U.S. from abroad. It has been credited with helping to balance the country's trade and budget deficits, with reducing unemployment by creating well-paying manufacturing jobs, and with encouraging the creation of a more skilled workforce. This interactive panel covers re-shoring as viewed from different perspectives, from major companies that are rethinking importing to first-time designers who are embarking on new ventures.
1 - 2 pm
Lunch Break
2 - 5 pm
Elective Sessions (choose one)
  Technology and Process Value Drivers Workshop
Steven Frumkin, Dean, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, FIT
Sustainability in business is a heated topic among CEOs and other industry executives. This review of the literature and business practice will reveal that many companies are actively sustainable, and in ways that will surprise you. The talk brings to the forefront the controversy surrounding sustainable business practices in the U.S. and globally. What is the current condition, nearly 50 years after the economist Milton Friedman argued, in 1970, that the sole purpose of business is to generate profit for shareholders, and that adopting "responsible" attitudes would render companies less competitive?

Natural Dye Workshop
Ajoy K. Sarkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Textile Development and Marketing, FIT
Liz Spencer, Dogwood Dyer
Introduce participants to the colorful world of natural dyes such as cochineal, madder root, marigolds, osage orange and shikonin. Natural dye basics such as mordanting, color extraction, and historical context will be covered. Participants will learn a unique technique of bundle dyeing using fresh, locally grown and foraged dyestuffs. In addition to color, some dyes impart dual characteristics to fabrics such as antimicrobial and UV properties and participants will also explore working with some of these natural dyes.
5 - 6 pm
Social Mixer

Tuesday, June 9 - Traditional Textiles

9 - 9:45 am   Seamless Knitting
Jrg Hartmann, Head of Fashion & Technology, Stoll
As the denim market continues to grow, brands are competing for market share through price and product differentiation, with the latter often achieved through a variety of rinsing, washing, and finishing procedures, few of which are environmentally friendly. In this talk, Hartmann discusses the company's success in developing software programs that offer a range of aesthetic effects while reducing manufacturers water consumption and pollution output.
9:45 - 10 am
Coffee Break & Mixer
10 - 11:15 am
Regenerated Textiles
Steve Davies, Director of Public Affairs, Nature Works
Stacy Flynn, Founder, Evernu
Meredith Boyd, Product Development Manager, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.
Moderator: Jeffrey Silberman, Professor and Chair, Textile Development and Marketing, FIT
Whether it be from cellulosic waste, sugar, or recycled plastic feedstock, regenerated fibers create a viable way to up-cycle waste and create textiles from non-traditional raw materials. The silkworm being mimicked by rayon started it all, but now wet spinning and melt spinning can represent innovation that takes advantage of the best physical properties of many materials.
11:15 - 11:30 am Coffee Break & Mixer
11:30 am - 12:45 pm 
Soulful Economy
Hadas Saar, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Naadam Cashmere
Susan Easton, From the Road
Dara Brewster, Co-founder, Dara Artisans
Moderator: Sass Brown, Acting Associate Dean, School of Art and Design, FIT
The term soulful economy has come to represent a range of socially conscious businesses and designers who are working to create and distribute products that are made in collaboration with local artisans from all over the world. By partnering with artisans, these entrepreneurs are helping to re-contextualize craftwork as luxury fashion, and finding a larger marketplace for time-honored and often endangered production processes.
12:45 - 1:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:45 - 4:45 pm  
Elective sessions (choose either the Artisanal Weaving Workshop or both Sustainable Business Models and Global Fashion Capitals)
1:45 - 4:45 pm  
Artisanal Weaving
Nomi Kleinman, Assistant Professor, Textile/Surface Design, FIT
This workshop explores hand-weaving as a way of creating innovative or unique fashion pieces. Kleinman presents an overview of contemporary designers who are working with handwoven fabrics and demonstrates the use of various hand looms available today, including a digital/hand loom hybrid. Participants experiment with creating one-of-a-kind fabrics on hand looms, using experimental and recycled materials.
1:45 - 2:45 pm
Sustainable Business Models
Ann Cantrell, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion Merchandising Management, FIT
B-Corp and Benefit Corporations: Learn about these two business frameworks that are changing the way companies are looking at and reporting about the Triple Bottom Line. We will walk through the differences between the two entities, learn how to measure a business against industry benchmarks with regard to the B-Corp models, and explore some companies that are great examples of these new models.
3 - 4 pm
Global Fashion Capitals at The Museum at FIT
Ariele Elia, Assistant Curator
Elizabeth Way, Curatorial Assistant
While London, New York, Milan, and Paris have long been known as fashions capitals, the industry is becoming increasingly international and cities such as Mexico City, So Paulo, Seoul, and Shanghai are emerging as new hubs. Join curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way on a tour of Global Fashion Capitals, which explores the rise of fashions most consequential cities over the past 150 years and looks at the various forces that have enabled their growth, such as urban development, economic expansion, the establishment of fashion weeks, and the pervasiveness of the media.

Wednesday, June 10 - Sustainability Measures

9 - 9:45 am   Textile Toolbox
Rebecca Earley, Professor and Director, Textile Futures Research Center; Founder, B. Earley
Our era of increasingly limited resources demands designers who can create sustainably, borrowing materials from an ever more finite pool. In this talk, Rebecca Earley, a Textiles Environmental Design (TED) research fellow, discusses the organizations work in developing its set of 10 sustainable design strategies, The TED TEN, and the three themes that consider textile design with a broader vision. Earley acknowledges the industry's need for training programs, tools, and techniques to support change, new materials and system for product use and disposal.
9:45 - 10 am Coffee Break & Mixer 
10 - 10:45 am HIGG Index
Scott Mackinlay Hahn, Founder, Loomstate
Scott Mackinlay Hahn, a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, discusses the coalitions Higg Index, a suite of sustainability assessment tools designed to evaluate companies environmental and social impacts through three different lenses: facility, brand, and product.
10:45 - 11 am Coffee Break & Mixer 
11 am - 12:15 pm Fashion Positive
Lewis Perkins, Senior Vice President, Fashion Positive
Rhett Godfrey, Sustainability Director, Loomstate
Kristy Caylor, Co-Founder and President, Maiyet
Moderator: Sass Brown, Acting Associate Dean, School of Art and Design, FIT
An overview of Fashion Positive, the first comprehensive program to help brands, designers, and suppliers continuously improve their sourcing, manufacturing, and waste management practices. Launched by Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in 2014, Fashion Positive focuses on five categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness.
12:30 - 1 pm
Optional Campus Tour
A tour of FIT's facilities, for those interested in learning more about the college.
1 - 2 pm Lunch Break
2 - 5 pm Elective sessions (choose one)

TED TEN Workshop
Rebecca Earley, Professor and Director, Textile Futures Research Center; Founder, B. Earley
Participants learn how to develop their own interconnected design thinking approach by using The TED TEN, a set of sustainable design strategies developed by Textiles Environmental Design, as well as the online resources, training programs, and exhibits offered by MISTRA Future Fashion, a project dedicated to researching and generating sustainability initiatives for the Swedish fashion industry.
  Rust Printing Workshop
Susanne Goetz, Assistant Professor, Textile/Surface Design, FIT
This workshop covers the fundamentals and possibilities of printing with iron oxide, a medium renowned for its range of rich natural colors and tints. Participants use the provided fabrics or their own materials, garments, or tote bags to create long-lasting mono-print pieces.
6 - 8 pm Social

Thursday, June 11 - Techno Textiles

9 - 9:30 am
Travel to Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
9:30 - 11 am    Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Visit
Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Pratt Institutes Center for Sustainable Design Studies
Tara St. James, Production Coordinator, BF+DA
The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator provides designers with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful businesses. Bringing high-potential fashion talent, industrial designers, and technologists together under one roof, the BF+DA provides more than 21,000 square feet of production and work space where entrepreneurs can grow their start-ups, integrating local manufacturing and an ethical supply chain into their bottom line. The facility provides members access to on-site business mentorship, small-run apparel production, no-minimum knitting services, digital fabrication, showroom space, and retail sites as well as sustainable strategies consulting, materials sourcing, and links to existing New York City manufacturers.
11 - 11:45 am
Travel to FIT
11:45 am - 1 pm 
Rethinking Fashion
Gabi Asfour, Creative Director and Founder, threeASFOUR
Bradley Rothenberg, Founder, Topology Inc.
Mads Jeppe Hansen, Founder, Trexlab
Moderator: Patricia Mears, The Museum at FIT
A panel discussion on the recent and emerging technological innovations that are changing the way the fashion industry's materials and products are made.
1 - 2 pm  
Lunch Break
2 - 2:30 pm  
Bolt Threads
Jamie Bainbridge, Vice President for Product Development, Bolt Threads
The Engineering of a New Sustainable Fiber into a Resource Constrained Market - We will explore the development of a new bio-engineered fiber and how this presents a unique opportunity to build sustainability into a textile fiber from the ground up.
2:30 - 3 pm  
Fashioning a Biological Future for Materials
Suzanne Lee, Creative Director, Modern Meadow
Suzanne Lee overviews biocreative design from microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and algae to cellulose, chitin, and protein fibers like silk. The founder of Biocouture, the worlds first biocreative design consultancy, explores natures sustainable materials for future consumer products.
3 - 4:15 pm  
Coffee Break & Concluding Meeting