199 – Bob Berg of Sourcing at Magic – The Magic of Knowledge

Fashion sourcing event with Sourcing at Magic…

Bob Berg, Senior Sales Manager International for Sourcing at Magic (the largest fashion sourcing event in North America offering one-stop shopping for the entire apparel) joins Rob Sanchez, Marc Raco and guest host Steven Frumkin (Dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at F.I.T.) at WEAR Conference in San Francisco. Powered by Sennheiser.

Education and innovation, investing in workforce development, and the sizing up US manufacturing

Berg discusses how Sourcing at Magic provide factories and mills the opportunity to meet buyers and suppliers. Brining education and innovation into the show to help designers and manufacturing to develop lines and brands according to what is new in the market, and meet players that can produce the kind of garments they need. Opportunities to exhibit and also education such as trade agreements, wearables, new technology, and sustainability, paths for the United States with new technology, but how the US must invest in workforce development and machinery, and in other countries are very entrepreneurial and willing to invest, and how it is a challenge. That China is willing to invest in new factories and could be a big player in this part of the industry. Why US manufacturing is of value — goodwill, watching process closely, speed to market.

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198 – Kelly Stickel of Remodista and Chau Banks of New York & Company – Women2Watch

The 2nd Annual Women2Watch Awards …

Kelly Stickel, Founder and CEO of Remodista (a social think tank examining disruption in global retail – (profile)) and Chau Banks, EVP, CIO and Channel Integration for ‎New York & Company (a century-old leading specialty manufacturer and retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories – (profile)) join host Pavan Bahl in front of a live audience for a special interview at the 2nd Annual Remodista Women2Watch Awards. This episode is powered by Sennheiser.

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197 – Jon Werner of Adidas – Innovating Relationships with Footwear and Apparel

Innovation and wearable tech win footwear and apparel

Jon Werner, Innovation Explorer for Adidas (profile) joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco at WEAR Conference 2017 in San Francisco.

A startup within a brand, supporting WEAR Conference, and trends leading to movement

Werner discusses how he joined Adidas via an acquisition of a startup focused on mobile fitness, tracking performance for athletes before iPhones. He shares how it is like a startup in well-funded brand, with insights not available as a startup, integrated into the brand. Apparel and shoes make a difference in injury protection and longevity in the sport. Why Adidas maintains presence and support of WEAR Conference. People moving means selling products at Adidas, and how some trends allow getting people to move via technology. Smart fabrics, textiles, wearables, the joke about Adidas as one of the first wearable companies.

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196 – Susan Bernard of Textile Instruments – Fabrics You Can Literally Tune

NASA licensed sensor technology incorporated into fabric to allow for health monitoring of living beings…

Susan Bernard, Component Distributor / Innovator / Supply Chain Expert and CEO/Founder of Textile Instruments (the first fabric that is wireless without electrical connections and without bulk, built on technology licensed from NASA – (profile)) joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco at WEAR Conference 2017 in San Francisco.

Inspiration from NASA, following a hunch, and tunable fabric

Bernard shares the origins of her company and mission from when she was attending a NASA technology event a few years ago and having a conversation about sensors, how she started thinking about using sensors to monitor her baby, and bringing the NASA technology down to earth. Looking at ancient mathematics and different shapes, and taking 2D passive sensors and correlating them into fabric forms, recreating the same sensors made of different materials, making them out of a hunch, and building a suite of sensors of different textiles. Result: extremely high resonant frequencies are detectable, a wide range of spectrum to operate sensors. Bernard’s background in music as concert pianist, relating to how depending on thread count and length of thread and properties results get a different frequency, parallel to musical instrument strings — tunable fabrics.

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