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Alvanon Event

2017 Apparel Costing Insights in an Uncertain World

April 6, 2017
8 AM – 12 PM
LIM Townhouse / NYC

Most cross-functional product development teams do not fully understand the basic elements of apparel costing well enough to negotiate the right product in the right timeframe at the optimum IMU.

Join us as Alvanon experts present a high-level overview of our acclaimed Comprehensive Advance Costing Workshop so that you’ll know what your organization needs to know in this complex and uncertain apparel sourcing landscape.


Retailers, Brands, Wholesalers, Importers

Key Takeaways:

  1. Better understand all of the elements of apparel cost, from the obvious to the hidden or not-so-obvious ones
  2. Understand the impact of politics, tax and trade policy on your apparel sourcing decisions
  3. Hear about the cost considerations keeping major retailers and brands awake at night and what they’re doing about it



Sourcing and Costing Apparel in a Changing Global Landscape

Elements of Apparel Costing Overview
  • The power of choice
  • Compliance, Sustainability Impacts
  • Political implications
  • The impact of time on profitability
  • Transparency and collaboration Impacts

Panel Discussion

Hear firsthand how PVH, Lanier, DXL and HBC are handling these cost considerations.

Angela Chan
Angela Chan is the Senior Vice President & Chief Sourcing Officer for DXL Group, the largest Big and Tall menswear retail chain in the USA. She leads the end-to-end strategy and implementation of global business development, sourcing, product development, production, technical design, quality assurance and vendor compliance of private label and branded programs. Prior to joining DXL, she has worked with Macy’s, Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom’s. Angela was also the founder of a design, manufacturing and retail company in New York & Hong Kong specialized in women’s contemporary fashion.

David Miller
David V. Miller is the Senior Vice President of Owned Brand Operations for Hudson’s Bay Company, leading teams in the areas of corporate sourcing, imports, QA and technical design, and CSR in support of all private and exclusive brands. David previously served as SVP Global Sourcing for all owned brands at HBC in the areas of Apparel and Home. Prior to joining HBC, David was VP Global Sourcing at Liz Claiborne. He currently serves on the boards of the Fashion Program at Marist College and The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA).

Ada Suneson
Ada Suneson is the VP of Technical Services for the Dress Shirt Division of PVH, one of the world’s largest apparel companies whose brands include Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. With over 20 years expertise in the fields of technical design, raw materials and strategic process implementation, she led global apparel development teams for Target Corporation prior to PVH. She drives results by understanding costing levers in the development of apparel and how to balance the demands of speed, quality and cost. She is passionate about providing value in the supply chain through process and technology transformation. She earned a BA in International Management from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MS in Clothing and Textile Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Steven BiLasi
Steven DiBlasi Steven DiBlasi is VP of Global Sourcing for Lanier Clothes, a global sourcing company with production currently in Mexico, China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Haiti, Egypt and Italy. His responsibilities include compliance, sustainability, cost of goods, logistics and new factory development. He is also responsible for sourcing offices in China and Vietnam.With the addition of Oxford Sportswear in 2015, Steven’s role expanded to sourcing knit and woven sportswear in both bottoms and tops. The collection ranges from opening price point big-box stores to high-end green grass pro shops. The sourcing department at Lanier is now sourcing more than $150 million at wholesale.

Q&A with Alvanon experts

Get your costing questions answered with:

Ed Gribbin
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.Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President of Intellifit Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the United States.

Don Howard
Don Howard has over 30 years’ experience in apparel retail, design and manufacturing. He joined Alvanon in 2010 as a consultant and was named Executive Director in 2013 to head its global team of consumer insight and business strategists.He established Alvanon’s renowned professional Development Series training program and is a recognized expert in pre-production process assessment, technical design and product development with a particular emphasis on implementing sizing and fit standards.Don previously served as Vice President of Technical Design for Ann Taylor. Prior to Ann Taylor, Don was Sr. Director of Technical Design/Quality Assurance for Retail Brand Alliance and was Pre Production Manager for Ellen Tracy.