Workshop and Show Stage Program

The Council of Textile and Fashion Workshops and new Show Stage were exciting additions to an already jam-packed International Seminar Series at the 2016 event.

Click here to view 2016 International Seminar Series Program.

For Workshop and Show Stage Programs see below…

Details of networking and learning opportunities at the 2017 event will be published closer to the show.

Council of Textile & Fashion Workshops

The Council of Textile & Fashion hosted a series of workshops on site. These Workshops covered a vast range of industry topics and are open to all expo visitors.

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Fabric Identification for Sourcing

This 3-hour intensive workshop on will lead by textile expert Carolina Quintero.

When sourcing fabrics for product development it is essential to know what to look for, consider and ask for when dealing with both local or off-shore suppliers/manufacturers. This workshop will provide you with a sound knowledge base of key concepts, terminology and identification qualities to aid your business and ensure a quality product.

Points covered:
• Fibers & Yarns: Properties, characteristics, identification and classification.
• Fabrication: Knits, woven & non-woven, Key terms, quality, weights & characteristics.
• Meaning of international certifications: Bluesign, C2C, Oeko-tex, etc.

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IP for Fashion Supply Chains

This 1.5 hours workshop presented by Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) took attendees through “Intellectual Property (IP) for Fashion and Textile Supply Chains”.

Many exporters and importers are yet to realize the importance of Intellectual Property in today’s global fashion market. This workshop will focus on why, what, where and how to protect and enforce your IP such as trademarks, designs and copyright.

Points covered:
• Why an IP strategy is crucial to your business;
• What types of IP are relevant to your business;
• Where you should protect your IP;
• How to decrease the risk of infringing someone’s IP and how to enforce your rights including working with Customs to stop counterfeiting.

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Leather for Footwear

Expert Gido Theilig of Leather Solutions presented this 3-hour intensive workshop. Taking you through all you need to know on leather type, production, manufacturing processes and finishes specific to footwear.

This workshop is an unmissable opportunity for anyone working with/looking to work with hides. It will cover the many complexities of working with leather, assist you in avoiding mistakes and help recognize quality and production standards that will result in a better product.

Gain an understanding of the journey from the beginning of the leather manufacturing process, from rawhide to the finished leather.

Points covered:
• An overview of how shoe upper leather is made.
• The pros and cons of using different animal types for shoes
• The pros and cons of different types of leathers on finished shoes will be discussed and their inherent characteristics.
• During the workshop, a practical exercise using various types of leather hides and skins will be conducted; enabling participant’s to distinguish/identify between the main animal types used during leather manufacturing.
• An additional exercise identifying various types of internationally defined leathers types will also be conducted.
• Suitable for any sized business wanting to learn more about working with leather.

Show Stage

A new addition at this years International Sourcing Expo is the Show Stage. Taking place on the expo floor and featuring a broad range of industry experts, the Show Stage offered a more intimate and discussion based forum. The sessions were free for all expo visitors.

10:30am – 11:15am Tuesday 15 November

Transparency and Sustainability: The Consumer, The Brands & The Future

Presented by: Kate Barry, Testex Australia

This session focused on the challenges facing our industry’s supply chains & the OEKA-TEX® solution. Kate Barry also included information on the OEKO-TEX® products – Made in Green (Transparency & Sustainability), OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, STeP & ECO PASSPORT.

12:00pm – 12:45pm Tuesday 15 November

India: Emerging Destination for Apparel & Textile Sourcing

Presented by: Mr. Ajay Sahai, Director General & CEO, Federation of Indian Export Organisations

2:00pm – 2:45pm Tuesday 15 November

Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Insights from Country Pavilions

Presented by: Mr Geerish Bucktowonsing, Divisional Manager, Enterprise Mauritius, Salil ChawlaDirector Marketing DFU Publications, India, Agung Haris Setiawan, Director, Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre

Commencing with Mauritius, this session profiled a number of both established and emerging production regions to learn first hand the capabilities, trade benefits and key features of working with businesses based in these locations.

10:30am – 11:15am Wednesday 16 November

Transparency and Sustainability: The Consumer, The Brands & The Future (repeat)

Presented by: Kate Barry, Testex Australia

This session focused on the challenges facing our industry’s supply chains & the OEKA-TEX® solution. Kate Barry also included information on the OEKO-TEX® products – Made in Green (Transparency & Sustainability), OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, STeP & ECO PASSPORT.

2:00pm – 2:45pm Wednesday 16 November

Sourcing Q&A Panel

Presented by: Paul Cowell, Global Head of Brand Marketing Archroma Singapore & David Giles-Kaye, CEO TFIA & Mike Cui, Northmore

This session was a great opportunity to get some tips and hints from the Q&A panel discussion with sourcing industry experts.

12:00pm – 12:45pm Thursday 17 November

The Importance of Colour

Speaker: Sharon Rae, Principal, Fashion Forecast Service

This session focused on the importance of colour in the fashion industry. Sharon Rae, principal of Fashion Forecast Services, has represented Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors* since the launch in the mid 80’s. She shared her expertise and knowledge on how Colour Intelligence provides an online order service, informed and detailed information about the system and the best tools for using colour in your business.

*Colour Intelligence was established in 2008 to provide a direct services to the Australian & New Zealand markers for Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors products which had previously traded under Fashion Forecast Services since the early 90’s.