The organizers of NYC Textile Week have launched a new conference concept designed to inspire change and promote progress in the fashion industry, called Ideas For Change (IFC).
The new conference, which targets apparel industry professionals throughout the entire supply chain, was created out of the concern that the textile and apparel trade has failed to evolve, while other consumer industries like film, music and literature have changed dramatically and for the better, according to IFC leaders.
“The garment industry seems to be content with the status quo,” Andrew Olah, a NYC Textile Week organizer and founder of the Kingpins Show, said. “We need ideas and stimulation to move our industry forward. Why do things the way they were done three generations ago?”
IFC conference speakers include Simon Collins, creative advisor and chairman on the advisory board at WGSN, Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), Razvan Popescu, chief operating officer at Directa Plus SpA, Mark Dorfman, biomimicry chemist at Biomimicry 3.8, Haysun Hahn, CEO at Fast Forward Trending and Sarika Doshi, co-founder and CEO of Rank and Style.
Presentations will range from 10 to 20 minutes and will be focused on ideas like how the big picture of fashion is shaping the future, the role that governments play in textile production and import/export communication and how to use the latest information to make the most of your retail strategy.
They will also discuss how the future of fibers is shaping fashion, trends and the life cycle of garments, using Mother Nature as a guide to future technology and innovation and to uncover trends on the horizon—and those that still need to be created.
“We are not going to be able to move our industry forward by sitting behind our computers writing emails,” said Tricia Carey, director of business development at Lenzing. “We need to look beyond the apparel industry for ways to change and integrate the technology other industries are using. IFC is a platform to generate these ideas and meet the people who want to impact change.”