Colin Israel is the founder of Black Ink Strategy and has extensive experience in the Apparel and Outdoor industry, including roles as CFO, COO, CIO and GM. He brings a global perspective following Expat assignments in Europe and Asia. Colin spent nine years at Deloitte in Strategy & Operations Consulting and Enterprise Risk Services, where some ofhis major clients included Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, Google, Apple, Mattel and Qualcomm. Colin's firm specializes in business transformation and application systems implementations for the apparel and footwear industry.
Dale Bathum is the Founder of STM Worx; a well-known figure in the industry for over 25 years, Dale started his career at Nike, founded Bite Footwear, and worked as Chief Product Officer at Crocs. He is co-founder of Evervan Group (serving brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Columbia, Crocs) and now works with companies to help improve their speed-to-market strategies, often incorporating PLM as a vital part of that strategy.
Jill Mazur is an independent business process and technology consultant to the apparel and footwear industries. Drawing on her 20+ years of experience, Jill provides business process improvement, project management and system implementation services to clients in the consumer goods industries. She has a diversified operational and systems background with a proven ability to solve fundamental business issues. During her career Jill has held a wide range of positions within manufacturing, wholesale and retail companies, as well as being a consultant to those industries. She is highly regarded for her ability to implement innovative solutions to improve innovation, productivity and creativity.
Kelly has 22 years of experience in Product Lifecyle Management in the apparel industry and understands how to utilize technology to drive results. During her career she has had leadership roles in Technical Design, Product Development and Business Process for diverse retailers. She serves as the Chair for PTCUser, supporting all Retail, Footwear and Consumer Goods for FlexPLM. She has a deep passion for how technology supports the operational flow of products from concept to sale and is highly regarded as a go-to person for PLM. Today, Kelly is helping a variety of clients realize their PLM vision through ArcherGrey, a PLM Consulting Company. She is Director of Business Development and focuses on learning about client needs, bringing clarity to their roadmap and helping them implement successfully.
Leigh Anne Oden
Levi Strauss & Co.
Mike Curtin is the North America Director for PTC’s Retail Business Unit. Mike has been with PTC Retail for 11 years where he has worked with leading Retail, Footwear, and Apparel companies like The Home Depot, Carter’s, Cabela’s, Global Brands Group, Nike, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, and Chico’s FAS to realize value and return on their PLM investment. Currently, Mike has responsibility for a National team of Retail Sales Executives, Business Development Consultants, and Application Specialists.
The Safariland Group, LLC
Walter Wilhelm is VP, Integration at The Safariland Group, LLC, a law enforcement and security products manufacturer. Brought in last year, one of Walter's main responsibilities is to lead the best practice consolidation and standardization of processes across the 26-brand organization that has experienced aggressive growth through M&A. Before his current role, Walter was VP of Business Process at Black Diamond, Inc. Walter has over 15 years of experience in apparel retail, and technology sales, installation & support.
Digital Product Creation
Alex Thomas is the Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence and Technical Services at VF. He has spent his professional life between Europe and Asia working with various brands and retailers. In the 1990's, Alex was based in Switzerland, India, Denmark and London working with various European fashion brands. In 2002, Alex moved to China to work with K-Swiss where he led the company's portfolio of brands in China and SE Asia in many functions from Design and Development through to Operations, Production and Quality over a 10 year period. In 2012, Alex joined VF Asia in Hong Kong, where he is currently based leading the Engineering teams and VF's 3rd Way program.
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, Alisa works closely with fashion companies and apparel manufacturers in customizing and implementing PLM systems.
Anne Prahl is an independent design professional with over 20 years of experience in the sports and fashion industry, where she has worked for brands including Nike, Puma, Ellesse, Esprit, Speedo and trend forecaster WGSN. Anne specialises in design-driven sustainable innovation, which looks at the development of opportunities to improve resource efficiency and enable considered consumption. Her projects involve design research and writing, trend forecasting and analysis, creative direction and design and development of products, as well as inspiring others through motivational talks and tailor-made workshops & training. Anne holds an MA in Design for Textiles Futures and a PhD in sustainable design for Wearable Technology from the University of the Arts London.
Bill Brewster is VP & GM, Enterprise Software Solutions for Gerber Technology. Brewster has more than two decades of experience in software, Internet, office equipment, and business services marketing and product management. Before joining Gerber, he served as Vice President, Marketing for Konica Minolta USA, where he was responsible for the development and execution of brand strategies and revenue generating marketing tactics including brand management, advertising, channel marketing, public relations, event management and market research.
Carlos Jimenez is a fashion and apparel professional with more than 12 years of experience in CAD solutions to improve design and product development. Throughout his career, Carlos has been able to combine his degree in International Business with his education in fashion design to analyze and implement projects with customers in different product areas, such as lingerie, sportswear and ready to wear. He is a true believer that technology is not used to replace people, but is a tool to boost creativity and productivity for a more efficient product development process.
Ed Gribbin is President of Alvanon, Inc., the retail, apparel and fashion industry’s leading consulting firm. Ed leads Alvanon teams around the globe helping fashion industry clients develop and implement growth strategies and solutions in disciplines ranging from marketing and merchandising to product development and supply chain. Ed is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on apparel sizing and fit and serves numerous global boards dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors.
Disney Animation Studios
NEYSA BOVÉ joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2014 as a Visual Development Artist and spearheaded costume design on “Moana”. Prior to joining Disney, she was toy designer for Mattel, designing Barbie Dolls. Bové also worked at Disney Consumer Products as a graphic designer. Born and raised in Spain, Bové attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She also took animation classes at Cal Arts. Bové, her husband, and their dog Colette (named after the chef in Pixar’s “Ratatouille”) reside in Los Angeles, California.
Nino Romero graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College with a degree in Fashion Design in 1990 and has actively worked in the Apparel industry for 30 years. Nino's mother was a manufacturer and so Apparel is in his blood; literally starting sweeping factory floors as a boy, he slowly worked his way up the ranks. In his entire career he has been fired once and the person that fired him was his mother. He will never forget how embarrassed he felt as a teenager but this was the greatest lesson his mother gave him: “respect the work regardless of what it is; work smart and be humble.” Nino has a deep passion for the business, and a deep value and respect towards every member that has been able to endure it. Nino has worked for a number of big Apparel Brands including GAP, The Limited, Children’s Place, Oakley and now Speedo, but his proudest accomplishment was his time as a teacher. The World is Your Oyster: You are in a position to take the opportunities that life has to offer.
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.
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. Safir was an early adopter of 3D design and prototyping tools in his automotive past. As Head of Innovation for the industry’s leading Action Sports brand, Vans, he oversaw a number of innovation initiatives that spanned across product and experiences. In his new role driving innovation through digital product creation for VF’s apparel, footwear, and accessories brands, he aims to explore the opportunities offered by digital tools and workflows.
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.
Stephanie Kleinjan takes a resilient approach to an often-outdated industry. Embracing of innovation and change, she approaches enterprise with a visionary beyond the box type of cognition and anintuitive business sense. She is immersed in progressive think tanking and listening to her instincts.She actively practices what she preaches,quality being the best business plan.In 2010 she cofounded KASH Apparel. To date she is responsible for ninety employees, designing and manufacturing mostly made in Los Angeles apparel. In 2012 Kleinjan added partner of Love Charles LLC to her repertoire.
Passion for materials? Check. Design product development? Check. Visualization production for 15 years? Double check. Yazan Malkosh currently leads the team at swatchbook in creating a cloud platform meant to revolutionize the exploration, visualization and sharing of materials. His previous experience includes architecting product design tools for some of the worlds largest design brands in apparel, footwear and the automotive industries.
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.
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.
TRIPLE TREE Solutions
Azfar is the CEO & Founder of Triple Tree Solutions. At Triple Tree they create solutions enabling clients to improve their processes by using smart technologies. One of their enterprise level solution changes how Quality is managed in the information age,using modern tools and simple structures.Triple Tree has developed third party enterprise solutions that address core issues by engaging three fundamental principles - Transparency, Accuracy, Speed
Gila Jones is the General Counsel of JAMES PERSE, the Los Angeles-based apparel and home furnishings company, overseeing all legal matters related to the company’s domestic and international operations. She was previously a senior litigation associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in securities litigation and investigations. Gila has served on the boards of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Elizabeth’s Canvas, which offers creative classes to cancer patients and survivors. Gila is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law.
TF Law Group
Gina Bibby is the Principal and Founder of TF Law Group, a unique intellectual property law firm that specializes in protecting technology and fashion. Before founding TF Law Group, Gina practiced in the Silicon Valley offices of the Top 100 U.S. law firms for over 14 years, where she litigated complex intellectual property matters and handled intellectual property procurement matters. Gina is a registered patent attorney and has significant trial expertise. Prior to practicing law, Gina worked as a computer software engineer at various Fortune 50 companies. Gina has studied fashion law and fashion-technology law at the Fashion Law Institute’s Intensive Program and Silicon Valley Fashion-Technology Program. Gina earned a Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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. The team 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, Unmade 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.
Hebe Schecter is the COO of Kaltex North America and President of Kaltex America. Mrs. Schecter is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Revman and Kaltex America. Kaltex North America is owned by Grupo Kaltex, one of the largest textile manufacturing companies in the world, headquartered in Mexico City. Mrs.Schecter has overall responsibility for all the financial, accounting, taxation, inventory control, compliance administration, technology and human resource departments for all the US divisions of Grupo Kaltex (Fabric, Apparel, Carbon Fiber and Home Textiles). As head of Kaltex America, her goal is to deepen the presence of Kaltex in different end user markets.
Reef, a VF company
Joel Barrie has worked for Reef for over 17 years having roles in Product Development, Merchandising and as key member of the leadership team. In Joel’s current role he leads the Product Development Department in the execution of seasonal product lines, costing, commercialization and helps build strategic relationships with vendors and sourcing partners. Prior to Reef Joel was a buyer assistant manager at Clairmont Surf a prominent San Diego Surf Shop where he spent 3 years learning the retail landscape.
Mr. Frazier serves as the Senior Technical Director for the Hohenstein Institute of America working with brands, manufacturers, and chemical companies to develop tools that enable more sustainable manufacturing of apparel and footwear. Prior to Hohenstein, John served as the Senior Director of Chemistry for Nike, working on greener chemistry, water stewardship, and product innovation.
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.
Avery Dennison RBIS UK Ltd
As Director of Digital Solutions at Avery Dennison, Julie partners with brands and retailers worldwide to drive on-product digital innovation. In 2016, the team launched JanelaTM Smart Products Solution, enabling individual garments and footwear to be manufactured with a unique ID connected to a digital profile in the cloud that can connect with the consumer through the IoT to drive personalized experiences and content. Julie is a thought leader and expert in the intersection of fashion and technology and is regularly relied upon for expert commentary in the media, panel discussions and keynotes, most recently appearing at SXSW and MAGIC. Julie has over a decade of experience leading retail success in operations, distribution, analytics and sensor technologies at multiple international brands including Coach. She is also fluent in four languages.
Loyola Law School
Karl Manheim is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he teaches Innovation Law, Technology and Privacy, and Artificial Intelligence & Law. He has taught at UCLA Law School, USC Law School, the University for International Business and Economics in Beijing, the University of Bologna, and the University of Aix-Marseilles, France. Other international assignments have included London, Paris and Osaka, Japan.
For more than 20 years, Ken Fearnley has served in senior leadership roles directing the strategy, development and support of PLM, CRM and R&D software applications. His expertise encompasses operations, 3D, IT shared services, software development, system architecture, business strategy, start-ups, UI/UX design, continual improvement, and achieving balance between transformation, operational rigor, and innovation. Prior to joining EXENTA in 2015, Ken served as Director of Global IT, PLM Application Services for Johnson & Johnson and Director of R&D at Dassault Systemes. He has led software development in the Fashion Technology, Discrete Manufacturing and Life Sciences industries.
Matthew is a dynamic, seasoned, creative and results driven Business Development and Operational professional who has over two decades of technology experience in CPG spanning point of sale, mobility, design, product development, CRM, SCM and enterprise systems. Matthew’s experiences have afforded him an intricate understanding of business development, sales, operations, analytics and marketing. Having worked with some of the most prestigious Fortune 500 companies in the retail sector, Matthew constantly employs his exemplary communication skills to create strategic partnerships, foster growth, embellish brand integrity, while delineating opportunities and problem solving.
Michael van Genabith
Nathan is an independent Business Consultant and Technology Strategist currently working with Kaltex America. Previously he was also one of Lectra’s resident experts in PLM implementations. During his tenure, Nathan also led training programs and change management initiatives on a global scale. Nathan has more than 10 years experience in supply chain management through business process and systems implementation. Nathan’s breadth of experience spans from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, from the automotive sector to the apparel industry. Most recently, he led the PLM implementation at Revman International, a home fashions company.
Sandy is the Director of Apparel Innovation and 3D Digital Transformation at Target. Her role in Product Design and Development focuses on the application of 3D software and other emerging technologies to drive apparel development forward. She has over 20 years of experience leading apparel teams in technical design, product development, and sourcing. She is one of the founders of the 3D.RC, (3D Retail Coalition) a collaborative, industry wide group focused on providing direction, resources and networking opportunities to members to unlock and accelerate the value of 3D transformation.
Stacey Shulman has over 2 decades of experience in retail focused technology. She is currently the Chief Innovation Officer within Intel’s IoT/Retail Solutions Division. She is a passionate advocate of the transformative changes that can be brought to retail through the IoT, big data and real-time analytics based decision making that she believes can unlock an enriched consumer experience. Prior to Intel, Shulman held senior positions at Levi Strauss and American Apparel.
With over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry, Stéphane clearly understands the challenges involved in end-to-end manufacturing. The idea of developing Pivot88 came out of his own experience in the supply chain, and in particular on remote quality management and supply chain optimization. During his career, Stéphane held several executive positions at various companies including Toyota Industries Corporation, Deloitte Consulting and Ryder Logistics. Today with Pivot88 his focus is on helping companies overcome quality management and compliance challenges through the use of innovative technologies providing visibility into the most vulnerable and high-risk parts of the supply chain – within suppliers.
Austin Stout is the Sr Materials Developer, Global Innovation Center for VF Corporation. Austin has spent the last 10 years in the Performance Apparel industry, and has held various roles in material development, product operations, and apparel innovation departments at Under Armour, Adidas, and now currently VF Corporation. Austin's biggest achievements include co-development of the 2010 Charged Cotton program for Under Armour and lead product innovator for the 2016 Adidas Techfit Bra re-launch. Austin's career goal is to become a leading industry innovator in women’s athletic & sportswear, specifically in sports bra innovation.
Caleb Sayan is the co-founder of Textile Hive and the son of Andrea Aranow. Sayan conceived, assembled, and led the team responsible for the digitization of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection and the creation of the Visual Hive software platform. Sayan's deep appreciation for the history, intricacies, and tactile nature of textiles, combined with his deep passion for technology and its application for enhancing interactions with cultural material led him to the creation of the Textile Hive.
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.
Claudia Richardson leads the Materials Innovation team at Patagonia with a focus on long term advancements in outdoor apparel materials and manufacturing. Through research and collaboration in materials science, fiber technology, textile engineering, and finishing chemistry, her team seeks to improve technical performance and reduce environmental impact of Patagonia products and the greater apparel industry. Richardson has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and has worked on solving materials problems in various fields from clean energy and battery science to consumer housewares and apparel. She joined Patagonia in 2014 to align her technical pursuits with her passion for sustainability and outdoor exploration.
Darren Glenister has over 20 years’ commercial experience, having worked as technology strategist and innovator in the fields of Fashion and Design. He built a workflow solution company focusing on fashion design efficiencies. The company was subsequently acquired by PTC. Darren is now VP of Innovation for PTC’s Retail division and is responsible for PTC’s retail IoT strategy.
Joe Walkuski has been working in the textile, apparel and software space since the mid-80’s. For thirteen of those years, he was the Director of Textile Research & Development at Patagonia. In 1997 he was a founding member of Patagonia’s Advanced Concept Development Center in Bozeman, Montana. During his tenure at Patagonia, Joe was responsible for innumerable textile innovations such as creating the first global supply chain for organic cotton and was the first to convert soda bottles into recycled polyester fabrics. In 2002, he formed Texbase which delivers Software as a Service to the consumer products industryfocused on five key areas: materials, testing, color, compliance and collaboration.
Maki is the Senior Materials Manager at Deckers Brands, the parent company of UGG, Teva, Hoka One One and Kolaburra. Before that and between 2004 and 2016, Maki worked at Skechers USA in the Materials Department as Materials Sourcing and Trends Director. Other past roles include positions at ANPIC Mexico (National Association of Footwear Suppliers), “Dossier” fashion trend magazine and founder of her own studio that provided trend, design and development services to footwear suppliers and manufacturers in Mexico. Maki studied Footwear Design at CIATEC Mexico and Fashion Design at FIDM in Los Angeles.
Natacha Alpert has been working creatively for footwear brands for the past 14 years. Currently, she is the Innovation Lead at CALERES and has built on her strong global expertise in industry having worked at Nine West, Dr Marten’s, Miras3D, Timberland, and Reebok USA. Her main focus is the bringing together of fashion and innovation – building product collections in lifestyle brands with a vision to create iconic products.
As Creative Director at tentree, Arthur Kononuk is responsible for helping guide the brand's strategic vision and Product Development. Arthur earned his start building international campaigns, brands and strategy in the Advertising industry, He later decided to go back to his roots, starting an environmentally progressive lifestyle brand with his best friends. Nearly 5 years later the brand has grown to plant almost 20 million trees creating a positive impact around the globe.
Chris has worked in Gap Inc. for 9 years in a variety of roles; today he acts as Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing and Product Innovation. In this capacity, Chris supports and leads development of long-term vision, strategies, and operational plans related to product capabilities and technical innovation for Gap Inc. Chris also supports the company in the areas of trade policy, supply chain configuration, material strategy, quality strategy, and innovation ecosystem development.
As Director, Corporate Sustainability for international fashion brand, Guess?, Inc., Jaclyn created and currently oversees implementation of the company’s first-ever sustainability plan and reporting program. Jaclyn manages a global, multifunctional sustainability team that works to embed sustainability throughout the business. Prior to Guess, Jaclyn worked as a public affairs consultant and coalition manager for statewide ballot measures and governmental projects related to clean energy and the environment. Jaclyn earned her MBA degree from USC Marshall School of Business, and her B.A. in International Relations from UC Davis.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Jason Kibbey is the CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, and academic experts working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. He was the CEO and co-founder of PACT, an apparel company combining design, sustainability, and philanthropy. He served as Co-Founder and interim Executive Director of Freedom to Roam, a non-profit initiative that brings together people, organizations and businesses to enhance and protect wildlife corridors and landscape connectivity in North America. He developed Freedom to Roam while working on environmental campaigns for Patagonia.
University of Minnesota
Lucy E. Dunne is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she directs the Apparel Design program and is the founder and co-director of the Wearable Technology Lab. She is a co-author (with Susan Watkins) of "Functional Apparel Design: From Sportswear to Space Suits" (Fairchild Books, 2015), and her academic background includes degrees in Apparel Design (Cornell University, BS and MA), Electronic Engineering (Tompkins-Cortland Community College, AAS), and Computer Science (University College Dublin, PhD). Her research is focused pursuing the vision of scalable, wearable garment-integrated technology, and explores new functionality in apparel, human-device interface, production and manufacture, and human factors of wearable products. Dr. Dunne has received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the NASA Silver Achievement Medal for her work with functional clothing and wearable technology.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001. He developed and leads the company’s sustainability strategy, which includes integrating sustainability into all global functions and regional businesses and open sourcing the company’s sustainability innovations to the rest of the industry. Under Michael’s tenure, Levi Strauss & Co. has been an industry pioneer on initiatives such as the Better Cotton Initiative, Water<Less™production techniques; Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals; Worker Well-being; and Care for the Planet™ product labels to encourage consumer awareness of sustainable garment care.
Nicole Flood started her company Flood Clothing, 14 years ago in Portland, Oregon. Utilizing second hand clothing, she creates new, wearable art pieces. Nicole is inspired to create things that are completely unique and stand apart from mainstream fashion trends. Her main source of inspiration is finding new and innovative ways to maximize the re-use of preexisting garments so that little to nothing goes to waste. For her, an additional element of sustainability in fashion is how and where garments are produced and the implications on the environment. Nicole has everything produced by local women, thus helping to sustain the economy in Portland and minimizing the usage of fossil fuels to transport materials. Each piece created by Flood Clothing is hand crafted one at a time and is one of a kind.
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.