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Take a look at the 2020 agenda below. This online agenda included presentations and panels from Lilly Pulitzer, Lululemon Athletica, Top Value Fabrics, FABSCRAP, Worn Again, Podiumwear, Dupont, Pantone, Spoonflower, and many more.  

KEYNOTE: Living Colorfully within the Fashion Industry
Digital printing has affected nearly every industry it has come into contact with; the fashion industry is no different. From its conception in the early 1990s, digital printing has vastly improved leadtimes and productivity, cut down on the use of resources and company finances, and aided many designers and entrepreneurs in turning their creations from an abstract thought to tangible works in the matter of mere minutes. It is no wonder that the fashion world has taken an immediate liking to this technology using it in various ways across the industry. In my presentation, I plan to explore the rise of digital printing within the industry and particularly, how it has affected the Lilly Pulitzer brand. I will demonstrate how this industry tool has increased productivity for Lilly Pulitzer, improved workflow, decreased the use of company funds and resources and overall improved brand optimization. Attendees will get a firsthand look at how our brand utilizes this tool through sampling, color mixing, and layout review. The challenges and restrictions for the LP brand specifically will also be discussed.
Margaret Getty | Senior Associate of Woven Fabric and Trim Development, Lilly Pulitzer ®
KEYNOTE: How the software and the chemical evolution are affecting the day life of the new century printers
  • Printers a new skill combination
  • Chemical flexibility to be more on top of the digital print technology
  • How the traditional print technology can evolve in support to the digital

Luca Zacconi | Director Raw Materials Print, Lululemon Athletica
PRE-RECORDED: AATCC and the Role of Testing in the Evaluation of Printed Textiles
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the role of AATCC within the textile industry.  During the session King will share insights into test methods that support the evaluation of printed textiles for apparel, home décor and soft signage applications and she’ll highlight how specific test methods help ensure product quality by end use. This session will also emphasize the importance of test method development as we seek to improve our environmental footprint in the textile area. 
Kerry King | President, AATCC
Facilitated Networking
PRE-RECORDED: Color Life-Cycle Management: A Holistic Approach Digitally Printed Textiles
PRE-RECORDED: How Digital Textile Printing is Pushing Boundaries of Conventional Textile Printing In Both Design and Technology
Digital textiles X ecommerce; enabling creativity and relevance in a pandemic moment
Moderated by Charlotte Havle, Senior Color Developer. Target
  • the phenomenon of handmade digitally printed home textiles and masks as an urgent mode of self-expression
  • the role of designers, makers, social media and community
  • Real-world examples that would not exist without digital
  • Implications of the '@home surge' we can draw across all textile products

Gart Davis | CEO & Co-founder, Spoonflower
Thought Leadership/Topic Table
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Facilitated Networking
PRE-RECORDED: Empowering Digital Textile Printing Through Evolution Of Content

We are definitely getting better on How to digitally print textiles. Printers are faster, ink is cheaper, colours are better every day.

We should spend some time to think also about What we print.

So far, the evolution of digital textile printing seems only to try to replace by imitating the analogue printing. By doing this, the switch from using analogue printed fabrics to digitally printed fabrics was non-disruptive, the later stages in product lifetime are totally agnostic how the fabric was printed. However, this approach makes us lose some important opportunities.

This presentation will try to highlight some of the amazing opportunities we could have if we fully harness the potential of digital printing by changing our view on the print content, and also the challenges we need to overcome to do so.
Traian Luca | Co-founder & CEO, Gemini CAD Systems
Digital innovation process for digital clothing
Creating advanced wearable technologies requires advanced technological design tools.
How CuteCircuit uses 3D modeling and digital printing during the design process to create immersive clothing that both feels good and looks good.
Francesca Rosella | Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder, CuteCircuit
Facilitated Networking
Innovation to fast track the textile industry to a circular future
Efforts to reduce waste and shift towards a circular textiles industry are becoming more mainstream and target driven. More and more brands and retailers are committing to ambitious circularity goals, including sourcing of recycled materials and take back schemes. We’ll explore some of the current barriers and opportunities for new technologies and innovations to pave the way as well as what brands, supply chains, end of use collector/sorters and policy makers can do to accelerate the change. 
Cyndi Rhoades | Founder, Worn Again
PANEL: Sustainability – Reducing the Carbon Footprint
  • Michael Sanders, Director of Printable Textiles & Finishing Technology, Top Value Fabrics 
  •  Jessica Schreiber, CEO, FABSCRAP 
  •  Cyndi Rhoades, Founder, Worn Again
Pretreatment & Pigment Inkjet Ink for Textile Printing
Due to the intrinsic nature of garment & home furnishing fabric substrates, digital ink-jet printing of aqueous pigment based inks is faced with the challenges of balancing processing speed, color vibrancy, print durability while maintaining the desired fabric feel. The use of pre-treatments helps overcome these challenges but also introduces new dimensions including pretreatment composition, method of application, staining and hand feel impact. The presentation will show how with combining knowledge in chemistry and digital printing, one can optimize both the color, durability and hand feel of digitally printed fabrics.
Eric Beyeler | Global Marketing Manager for Artistri® Digital Inks, DuPont Advanced Printing
Facilitated Networking
PRE-RECORDED: From Soup to Nuts: an insider’s guide to building the future from the bottom up
PRE-RECORDED: Recycled Fabrics and Textile Waste
PRE-RECORDED: Customized and Quick-to-Market
Digital printing has impacted the ability of small manufacturers and direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands to develop trend right textile designs quickly and inexpensively through digital printing methods. At Pine Crest Fabrics, we assist our wholesale buyers by offering an extensive open library of designs that can be personalized and applied to a variety of base fabrics. We have seen digital printing help to reduce waste in the product development process and allow companies to make smart line-plan decisions through shorter lead times, allowing for quick sample making and concept testing on social media outlets.
Jena Nesbitt | Product Strategy Director, Pine Crest Fabrics
PRE-RECORDED: Sustainability through innovative Digital Textile Printing Solutionsvative Digital Textile Printing Solutions
In 2015 the World Textile Summit concentrated on creating business through a sustainability strategy. Whilst intuitively most people would say that digital is more sustainable than conventional, rotary printing the challenge for businesses is to prove this quantitatively. Here we will talk about our Life Cycle Assessment for evaluating products from Cradle to Grave, comparison between the two printing methodologies and how this may be validated. Whilst not definitive it will help to paint a picture that will show that the drive to Digital is not only about flexibility, productivity and quality, but can also be about cost and sustainability.
Sangeeta Sachdev | Sales Manager, SPGPrints America, Inc.
PRE-RECORDED: Design Your Own with WeaveUp
Thought Leadership/Topic Table
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