Avihay is a Co-founder of Browzwear and General Manager of Browzwear Israel and in this capacity, is responsible for the vision and delivery of Browzwear’s products. Avihay has over 20 years of experience in managing technology products, and in addition to Browzwear, led start-ups in e-retail and gaming. When he isn’t working, Avihay can be found on an SUP or a bicycle.
Denise is an accomplished Director of Technical Design for Men's, Women's and Children's wear with over 18 years of experience in Retail Ladieswear Technical Design and Product Development. With a focus on maximizing product value and facilitating speed to market, Denise has worked in Technical Design for 5 ½ yrs at Dillards before coming to Walmart in 2003, where she has been for 15 yrs in multiple leadership roles across Technical Design and Product Development.
Parsons School of Design
José P. Chan has taught Retailing and Merchandising courses at Parsons School of Design for 10+ years. Additionally, Chan spent 20+ years in the retail sector and has worked for Richemont, LVMH and Roberto Cavalli. Chan has extensive experience in analytics, buying, marketing, merchandising, planning, sales and has grown and turned around retail store networks. He holds a master’s degree from MIT, an MBA from the University of Rochester, a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and AAS Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Open Apparel Registry, A C&A Foundation Partner
Natalie Grillon is the Managing Director and co-lead of the Open Apparel Registry (OAR). Launching in summer 2018, the registry is the first open source map and unique identifier system for every apparel factory worldwide. Prior to OAR, she co-founded Project JUST, an online wiki of fashion brand practices and seal of approval for transparent sustainable companies. In 2017, Natalie launched her own consultancy to help innovative apparel sector brands evolve their supply chain practices. Natalie is an RPCV Mali 07-09 and has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown and an MBA from Cornell.
Ron Grilli is Vice President of Business Development for NGC. Ron has over 35 years of experience with ERP, SCM and PLM software solutions for global manufacturers and distributors of fashion apparel, footwear, accessory, textile and home furnishing products. Ron’s extensive industry experience is an asset to NGC prospects and customers as they shape their future business initiatives. Ron’s understanding of the value proposition associated with NGC solutions facilitates the process of establishing ROI objectives and maximizing the capabilities of NGC’s PLM, Global Sourcing, SCM and ERP solutions.
Sarah Krasley has been deeply infatuated with manufacturing since a QC slip fell out of her overall pocket in the eighties. She indulges this curiosity as CEO of Shimmy Technologies, an early stage company using a custom swimwear line to test new approaches to digital design of apparel. Alongside this, Ms. Krasley leads Unreasonable Women, a design consultancy focused on product, service, and workplace policy design that empowers women. Ms Krasley holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and joined the adjunct faculty of New York University’s ITP in 2015 where she teaches Design for Manufacturing to graduate students. She writes about product design and manufacturing for Develop 3D, Fortune, and New York Magazine.
Vadim Rogovskiy is the Founder and CEO of 3DLOOK, an AI driven technology company that is transforming the way people interact with their smartphones. 3DLOOK has built two mobile first fit technology and body scanning products for apparel brands and retailers. Vadim is a serial entrepreneur having successfully built and exited several startups. He was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in eastern Europe and splits his time between the Ukraine and Silicon Valley. He is a contributor at Forbes Technology Council.
Whitney Cathcart is Chief Strategy Officer of 3DLOOK, an AI driven technology company that is transforming the way people interact with their smartphone to solve everyday problems.Whitney is also the founder and CEO of Cathcart Technologies, a consulting firm that works with startups and experts in the fields of AI, machine learning, computer vision, 3D, and XR who transform how we design, build, produce and market. With deep experience in manufacturing and retail, she guides technology startups with their product, positioning, partnership, and fundraising strategies.
Li & Fung
Abinash Sahoo is a Senior Manager in Li & Fung (LF) managing the virtual design and related upstream and downstream projects in the company. He is responsible for engaging with customers, key technology partners and the factories to digitalize the product development lifecycle with the aim of increasing speed, reducing waste and increasing profitability. Abinash joined LF in 2015 as a management associate through the company’s PMD program before taking over his current role in 2016.
Alexis Kantor is the VP of Apparel and Accessories Product Development and leads a team of over 100 people based in Target Headquarters. The team’s mission is to develop Target’s owned brand products that deliver exceptional guest experiences. Through continuous innovations, technology, research, body size studies, construction standards and in collaboration with our designers, vendors, merchants and sourcing partners, the product development team focuses on ensuring quality, fit, function and value for the guest.
Alisa has 15 years of experience in the fashion and apparel industry. She has extensive knowledge of the apparel product development process from beginning to end with expertise in pre-production, product sampling, fitting and costing. An expert in PLM, she works closely with fashion companies and apparel manufacturers in customizing and implementing PLM systems.
Andre Luebke has worked at Human Solutions for 12 years, 9 of which have been with Human Solutions North America. As General Manager, Andre oversees all operations and business areas at Human Solutions NA including all Fashion Software Products, Body Scanning products and the RAMSIS Digital Human Modelling software. Over the last few years his focus has transitioned from automotive to fashion given the many parallels in design and development between the two. Andre's biggest interest within the last year has been helping companies improve the overall shopping experience, as well as improving sizing and fit. The Human Solutions Size NA project is a cornerstone in those areas.
Carolina Haddad is a Sr. Technical Design Manager II, and heads up Walmart’s 3D Prototyping program. Before her technical role at Walmart, she was a designer for many years with companies such as American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Old Navy, and Nautica Jeans. Carolina is passionate about using 3D technology to improve the fit and aesthetics of the product while helping to streamline process, reducing sample waste from both a cost and sustainability basis. Carolina is also part of a Walmart innovation team that explores new technologies geared towards improving the entire shopping experience for the Walmart customer.
Fashion Institute of Technology
As a Director of Innovation at DECKERS Brands, Chris Hillyer contributes to the evolution of the product development process as well as leading other innovation projects. Chris got his start designing climbing equipment but quickly fell in love with the dynamic pace of footwear design as well as the wide array of materials and processes available. His passion for innovation has allowed him to participate in the design of shoes for Olympic athletes, Mountain Bikers and even a penguin. With the exciting new tools available to designers, developers and throughout the supply chain, Chris has become focused on re-envisioning the entire product creation process.
Fast Retailing Co., Ltd
David Grant is a technology and business leader in the retail and apparel industry with 20+ years developer, project manager, process flow, change management and director level experience. During this time David has implemented several award winning PLM solutions from both the consulting and internal project management sides. Other systems experience includes: ERP, PLM, Assortment Planning, Ecommerce, Workflow, Corporate Blogging, Pricing and Promotion, Social Media, Business Intelligence, Planograms, 3D/CAD.
Dominic Sluiter is the Digital Creation Director at PVH Europe heading up the 3D transformation for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein Europe. Before his role at PVH, Dominic led 3D prototyping and 3D design for Nike's Global Football Apparel division. Coming from a product development and manufacturing background, Dominic is inspired by the change 3D can make to the way we design and create apparel.
Perry Ellis International
Isaac Korn is the Director of Innovation at Perry Ellis International Inc., the Miami-based leading designer, distributor and licensor of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. Isaac has over 10 years of experience in domestic and global sourcing, product development and quality assurance for apparel, textiles and accessories, and developed an interest in innovation and technologies that led to the creation of his current role at Perry Ellis International. He seeks to innovate within the 50-year-old firm through product development, consumer interaction, tech integrations to further streamline internal processes and improve clients’ in-store and online experiences, and more. During his first year, he led the rollout of a smart wallet with integrated Bluetooth tracker, new 3D technology and oversaw the company’s very first technology pitch off, which resulted in over 100 submissions from around the world.
Jami Dunbar is VP, Apparel and Virtualization for Lighthouse, Under Armour’s advanced manufacturing innovation hub. A recognized leader in apparel technical design, her key focus is innovating, testing and developing future processes for design, manufacturing and virtualization of apparel.
Jason Berns is the Senior Vice President of Product Innovation Global Operations of Ralph Lauren Corporation with an 2016 published retail revenue of $942Million and 13,500 retail locations world-wide. A Bachelor of Science Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati Mr. Berns provides leadership in Product Innovation. After serving for Salomon, Arc’teryx Equipment, Fisher Price and most recently Under Armour Inc. he joined Ralph Lauren Corporation in 2016.
Jessica Murphy is the Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer at True Fit, the world’s leading data-driven personalization platform for apparel and footwear retailers. In addition to her responsibility for the growth and success of True Fit’s global customers, Jessica also oversees True Fit’s Genome, the largest data collective of user preference and product data across 65 million + users and 15,000 apparel and footwear brands. As co-founder, entrepreneur, retail leader, and fit expert, Jessica has advanced every aspect of the company’s development, from its patented fit science and methodologies to its recognized service commitment and execution with brand and retail partners.
Joshua Young Consulting
Joshua Young is one of the world’s leading authorities on 3D apparel product creation. Working at Nike for almost 20 years, Joshua utilized 3D creation to reduce prototypes by over 50%, shorten development time, improve product quality, and dramatically enhance product image quality.
When he isn’t scouring the world in search of the perfect photographic vignette, Joshua partners with software vendors, apparel factories, and industry colleagues to create a 3D apparel “ecosystem”. His current focus is empowering apparel brands as they look to leverage 3D tools in either a portion, or throughout, the apparel product process; concept to consumer.
Black Swan Textiles, LLC
Keith Hoover, President of Black Swan Textiles, LLC, is a recognized global pioneer in developing and implementing manufacturing-centric product development processes. His expertise spans creative product design through technical manufacturing execution. Prior to the formation of Black Swan Textiles, Mr. Hoover championed Project Glory at the Under Armour Lighthouse, a new model for product development and manufacturing based on virtualization and local-for-local sourcing. He has served in key roles at Ralph Lauren, Fruit of the Loom, Target Corp, Lands’ End, JCPenney and Under Armour.
'Leading Transformation'/Lowe's Innovation Labs
North Carolina State University
As Director of Technical Design at Fullbeauty Brands, Marijo's primary job responsibilities include maintaining fit and garment construction standards, developing body measurement standards and mannequins, and training company partners overseas in our fit requirements. Marijo also leads a team involved with their latest venture into 3D product development. An active member of the ASTM D13.55 Subcommittee on Body Measurements for Apparel Sizing, she works with other professionals from industry to establish body measurement standards.
With more than 20 years experience in the apparel industry, Mark Charlton is a technical leader who has worked with manufacturers, trading companies, direct-to-consumer retailers, omni-channel national and global brands. His key focus is product groups from M2M tailoring to lingerie and everything in-between. He has an uncompromising approach to understanding the complexities of apparel fit, both on a consumer and global level. Additionally, Mark has a proven record of driving and implementing organizational and process change from corporate teams throughout the global supply chain.
Meghan Willis is the Director of Apparel Development for Under Armour, leading the technical design/product development group for women’s, youth, and graphic products. In addition to driving innovation and performance through fit and construction in her categories, Meghan is responsible for heading up Global Standards: creating and challenging best practices, product consistency, and sizing standards through Under Armour’s Apparel Development department.
Mike Maycock is the Senior Manager of Apparel Development at Under Armour, overseeing Team Sports and International On-Field. Mike plays a key role in moving strategic business goals forward including the integration of 3D Technology in sports apparel while ensuring quality, fit and functionality is at a premium level for top tier athletes.
Natacha Alpert has been in the footwear industry working creatively for footwear brands for the past 14 years with the iconic brands Nine West, Allen Edmonds, Vince, Via Spiga, Franco Sarto, Dr Scholl's, Naturalizer, DVF, Ryka, Sam Edelman, Kenneth Cole, Timberland, Adidas and Reebok in the USA and Globally. Her main focus is bringing together fashion and innovation buliding product collections in lifestyle brands with a vision to create iconic products. By combining Innovation, 3D Printing, Robotics, Computer Vision Technology and Nanotechnology MIRAS3D connects each brand to the next paradigm in the design industry. After living oversea's in Italy, London and Istanbul for many years - her expertise is bringing cultural design cues and innovation to life on a Global level. Focusing on 3D printing in fashion - her main goal is how to introduce new technologies to consumers and help evolve production and design as we know it.
IEEE Standards Association
Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, focusing on incubation of emerging technology standards and the productive implementation of IEEE standards to accelerate technology adoption. He leads the IEEE Industry Connections program, operating consensus building interest groups across a portfolio of topics including augmented reality, ethics for autonomous systems, internet of things, big data, 3D body processing, artificial intelligence, digital identity, smart cities, next generation vehicle technologies and many others. Before joining the IEEE, Rudi was a principal engineer for EnerNex, providing technical expertise on technology standards and testing programs to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also spent nearly 20 years in progressively expanding leadership roles with Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) establishing technical criteria and implementation methodologies that become a mandated compliance and certification standard used by US telecom carriers for technology deployment.
Sandra Gagnon is the Director of 3D Virtual Transformation within the Target Apparel & Accessories Product Design and Development team. Her role focuses on leading the transformation in 3D Virtual Product Development as well as Children’s Apparel Technical Design. She has been with Target since 1997 in various capacities of Sourcing and Product Development. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree from University of Wisconsin – Stout focused on Woven Design.
Sean Lane is Senior Manager at Kalypso. Before that, Sean acted as Director, Product Technologies & Digital Innovation at Columbia Sportswear, where he has been responsible for technologies that support Product Creation from design through development, sourcing, costing, and quality. Prior to Columbia Sportswear, Sean was with Nike for 15 years where he held several leadership roles in operations and technology, including Director of Product Creation Technology, focused on merchandising and analytics. While he focuses on all things product related, his primary attention is aimed at PLM and 3D for Columbia Sportswear.
Steve is a senior consulting partner, who collaborates with clients, technology firms, academia and trade associations to identify and exploit new opportunities to transform or even positively disrupt their businesses – helping them translate what is possible to what is practical in the retail space. He is currently leading senior product executives through the adoption of digital technologies and new business models to help these clients fundamentally change how they bring proprietary brands and products to market.
André Wolper has spent the last decade working to transform online shopping for apparel and footwear into visually immersive and customizable interactions. Since 2008, as CEO and founder of Embodee®, he has led development of a web-based 3D visualization platform that enables businesses to give their customers these virtual product experiences. André started the company after his tenure as CEO of the U.S. subsidiary of Mental Images, Inc., a company now part of NVIDIA and specializing in image rendering and 3D modeling. André also had a diverse 20-year career at Intel, including as co-architect of the company’s first superscalar microprocessor and as general manager and director of its venture arm, Intel Capital.
Having started his career in sales as the first importer of Dr Martens in the US, McGeough moved to the UK to work for Shelly’s Shoes, sourcing and manufacturing footwear from former eastern bloc military boot factories for the fashion industry.
Upon returning to the US, he joined Deckers Outdoor corporation building technical outdoor footwear for the Teva, Simple and UGG brands, and was soon asked to join The North Face as VP of Hardgoods to run their Footwear, Technical Equipment and Advanced Concepts teams.
Four years ago, as the new VP of Hardgoods Speedo, McGeough used his knowledge working with outdoor athletes to help train Olympians by advancing ideation in the hydrodynamic space using physics, engineered innovation and biomimicry to create cutting edge technical swimming gear.
Now the Group Vice President at the newly formed Innovation Next division of PVH, his team serves the innovation needs of all brands at PVH, one of the worlds largest importers of apparel, who’s brands include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hifiger, Izod, and Speedo.
Cheryl Layne is Director, Customer Success for the Supply Chain Collaboration customer base at Amber Road. In her role, Cheryl manages the business and systems analysis, product delivery, and account management teams in the US and Asia, ensuring the success of every client implementation. Prior to joining Amber Road, Cheryl served as the Letter of Credit/Contract/Project Manager for JCPenney Purchasing Corporation. Throughout her career, she has held various management positions in retail merchandising, including Project Manager for International e-commerce projects at JCPenney's Purchasing Corporation. In this position she managed programs that brought JCPenney to the forefront of merchandising e-commerce technology.
Carnegie Mellon University
David Bourne is the Principal Systems Scientist of The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. David's research is focused on building intelligent systems for automated manufacturing. The ultimate goal is to design an artifact and send the design to an automated production facility that would produce it. He is currently investigating several research issues in the design area.
Gary is responsible for developing strategic product marketing direction and presenting the Amber Road brand and solutions worldwide. As the platform evangelist, Gary develops and launches customer insights, go-to-market plans, product messaging and content, and field marketing tactics which establish Amber Road’s solutions as a standard in the Global Trade Management space.
Hal is the CEO and co-founder of Unmade and has a background in engineering and sustainability. Unmade is a complete digital solution that enables the world’s most innovative brands to create unique customisation experiences at an industrial scale. We call this curated customisation: brands have control but the consumer is more involved and engaged in the experience and product. Once consumers have created their unique item, we handle all the steps from online order to factory floor in your existing factories. Unmade generates every file you need to manufacture, pack and ship bespoke orders. This means that individual and short run orders can be made at the same cost and speed as mass-produced items. From online and in-store retail to SKU management and analytics to factory management and shipping, Unmade gives brands the tools to provide industry leading customer experience.
New York Fashion Tech Lab
Jackie Trebilock is the Managing Director of the New York Fashion Tech Lab. The Lab is a community-driven, relationship building, collaboration, and business development platform. The nonprofit program was co-founded by Springboard Enterprises and key fashion retailers to support women-led companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology.
LOOMIA Technologies, Inc
Janett is a creative and systems thinker with a passion for user experience. Her role is to optimize and scale LOOMIA's suite of patented core technologies, and drive strategy. She is responsible for managing key supply chain partners, growth, business development, customer acquisition, and manufacturing.
IEEE Standards Association
Jay Iorio is the Director of Innovation and futurist for the IEEE Standards Association. His focus is mixed reality, virtual worlds, and their ultimate convergence with the internet of things, artificial intelligence, wearables, and the built environment. Jay has spoken at a number of high profile events on these topics and on the future of the arts and the urban space in this new technology landscape. Jay has published in a variety of publications, is often interviewed by the tech and general press and is currently co-chair of the mixed-reality committee of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.
John Graebin is a supply chain professional and has been working in the leather and footwear industry since 1992. Having graduated from the Tanning School SENAI RS in Brazil, John has spent the last 26 years working in various positions across R&D, Sourcing and Operations within the industry. John has been featured as a guest writer for Leather International and ILM (International Leather Maker) publications and more recently actively contributed to the creation of the RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) Protocol by the Textile Exchange as well as an Advisory Member for the GRS (Global Recycled Standard) International Working Group on Implementation Manual 4.0.
IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
The VR/AR Association
Kris is the Global Executive Director of the VR/AR Association, an international organization designed to foster collaboration between innovative companies and people in the VR and AR ecosystem that accelerates growth, fosters research and education, helps develop industry standards, connects member organizations and promotes the services of member companies. Prior, Kris was an executive at Verizon and Toys R Us, applying AR technology to common use cases. At Toys R Us, Kris was working on digital in-store initiatives and shopping solutions, incorporating AR from Metaio (acquired by Apple). At Verizon, Kris was responsible for Media, Entertainment, and Location-Based apps & platforms; Kris was collaborating with Wikitude to integrate AR into Verizon's GPS Navigation. Kris also launched the Verizon Developer Program. In addition, Kris was an Advisor, Board Member, to FlyBy Media, an AR tech startup, acquired by Apple. As an entrepreneur, Kris was the Co-Founder of Spime Inc, a Silicon Valley startup acquired by Trimble. And, Kris published the ground-breaking book, Local Positioning Systems, on mapping and location-based services, and was granted seven patents. Kris holds graduate degrees from MIT and serves on the Forbes Council.
Marleen Vogelaar is the founder and CEO of Ziel which is on-demand apparel manufacturing platform and retail service that creates customer apparel collections for brands and retailers so they can successfully sell quick rotating private label collections without investing in inventory.
Previously she was co-founder of Shapeways, the world's leading 3D printing service and marketplace. In 2008, she and her co-founders launched Shapeways’ upload-to-3D-print service, and she’s built it out to the current community of buyers and sellers for 3D designs with HQ in New York City and two other factories. Prior to Shapeways, Marleen was a Strategy and M&A consultant and was in operations management in the paper industry. Marleen is a former heptathlete and spends her spare time in the outdoors as much as possible.
Matt has a 20 year track record in global business, technology startups, and product launches. He has launched three companies since 1999, as well as working with global firms such as the Advisory Board Company, Gannett, and Dubai Holding to create unique lines of business that combine online automation with offline business models. Matt worked with Harvard in 2007 to build a new generation of intelligent hospitals in Dubai, before returning to his roots and co-founding Knot Standard in early 2012. Matt has a degree in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Fashion Institute of Technology
Michael Reidbord is a technology and apparel executive experienced in building companies in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and Europe and involved in numerous start-up successes within the technology and consumer products sectors. Mr. Reidbord was President & CEO of Blue Dasher Technologies, an award winning location-based services provider to the real estate, travel & tourism, retail, and engineering industries. In 2000, Reidbord founded technical apparel producer Brilliant Asia Corporation. Within four years, he grew the company to $45 million in sales with customers including BP, Delta Airlines, VF, Disney, Securitas and Wells Fargo. Michael has also held senior positions in the U.S. and Europe with companies including Palm Beach and Bayer, and oversaw global manufacturing and operations for Lion/GSCM Germany: a leading supplier of technical products to police, fire, and emergency response personnel in multiple countries. Currently Mr. Reidbord has been tasked with developing a Wearable Technology business for MediaTek, one of the world’s leading chip design companies, and advising them, and other leading technology providers, on entering the emerging Wearable Technology sector. Building this business involves bridging a very wide gap between how the fashion/apparel industry functions and the engineering, design, development and manufacturing processes of the electronics business. Michael also is a professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Pete Santora joined SoftWear Automation in 2015 during the Research and Development phase. Today he helps support customers globally in home good manufacturing and has begun the commercialization of the SEWBOT® apparel automation, starting with the Digital T-Shirt Workline. Pete brings 10 years experience in growing high tech teams and commercializing IP. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence and research faculty member at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, a Forbes "Top 10 Technology Incubator", where he mentored startup CEOs including SoftWear Automation. He is a former professional soccer player and serial entrepreneur.
Vans, a VF Company
With over 20 years of combined experience as an automotive engineer and industrial designer, Safir has been able to leverage his strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills in tackling a wide range of design challenges. As Head of Innovation for the industry’s leading Action Sports brand, Vans, and a member of the leadership team of VF Corp’s Global Innovation team, he currently oversees a number of major innovation initiatives that span from the exploration of game-changing materials and disruptive processes to the creation of ground-breaking footwear and apparel product. Safir was an early adopter of 3D design and prototyping tools both in his automotive past and in his apparel and footwear role, he aims to tap into the opportunities virtualization offers to create amazing products and experiences.
Shaul Cohen was raised in Israel, served in the IDF, graduated from Hebrew University, and obtained his MBA at Tel Aviv University. He was a journalist, construction project management executive and corporate finance executive at IDB before joining the apparel industry more than 20 years ago. Shaul was the general manager for Jordache in Hong Kong, and is now an executive vice president in the Company’s New York headquarter. Keen on technology for continues improvement Shaul has successfully rolled out multiple technologies and the most recent is the adoption on 3D.
Jo Anne Benson
Jo Anne Benson heads up the Global Quality Assurance Team for Under Armour's Performance Brand based in Hong Kong; in this capacity, Jo Anne is responsible for production and post production quality for Footwear, Apparel & Accessories production. Jo Anne has 25 years in building and sustaining Quality Assurance & Manufacturing Excellence Platforms for Apparel, Footwear and Accessories for major sportswear and lifestyle companies including Under Armour, Limited Brands, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. Her leadership has realised successful interfacing roles in Product Development, Manufacturing Operations, and Post Production/End Consumer Teams.
Julian Mussi is VP, Business Solutions for Discover e-Solutions Ltd. (DeSL), a global company delivering integrated web-based solutions for the Fashion, Apparel, Textile and Footwear sectors. Based out of DeSL’s San Francisco Bay Area office, Julian is product manager for DeSL’s range of color solutions as well as responsible for general business development. He has had the pleasure of working closely with leading organizations such as Target, Kohl's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy's, Nike, Pixar, Under Armour and Gap on software adoption and business process improvements. Julian has more than 20 years of experience in application development and digital color management. Before joining DeSL Julian worked as a public speaker, photographer and entrepreneur.
American Eagle Outfitters
With over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry, Stephane clearly understands the challenges involved in end-to-end manufacturing. Pivot88 was born out of his own experience with the supply chain, specifically when he worked in remote quality management and supply chain optimization. Pivot88 focuses on helping companies overcome quality management challenges through the use of emergent technologies that provide visibility into the most vulnerable and riskiest parts of the supply chain.
Tabea is a business strategist, connecting product, process and sustainability within the apparel industry. She is a co-founder of and managing partner at Futuremade, a business integrity and sustainable innovation agency. There, she and her partners build strategies for apparel companies, both established and nascent, considering people, planet and profit. Besides strategic consulting through Futuremade, she mentors two digitally-native apparel start-ups, focusing on product and customer experience. She is also co-founder of AFO Collective, an intimate content series for industry professionals, offering three unique perspectives on challenges and possible solutions within the fashion industry.
For the first decade of her career, Tabea worked almost exclusively within the start-up fashion space. As former Head of Product at Reformation, she served as the connector between design and tech, product development, supply chain and sustainability. In 2012, she published several articles about the then-nascent topic of sustainability within the fashion industry in her “Ethical Style” column for GOOD magazine. Tabea has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.
Tabea was raised in Germany and the United States and recently moved back to Brooklyn after a 7 year sojourn in LA.