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Welcome & Opening Remarks: Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session I: Why Make the Change to Digital Print?
Session Description
During the opening session, brands will address the struggles they faced while making the change over to digital print. While some brands are able to jump right in, others are just dipping their toes in – struggling with taking the leap of faith. What makes that leap so terrifying?

Moderator: Meagan Tyler, Product Merchandising Manager, Colosseum Athletics
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 ®
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
Made to Order
A look into the opportunities available to brands today thanks to the on-demand technologies and marketplaces (like Zazzle)
Charles Ohiaeri | Chief Fulfillment Officer, Zazzle
Using digital print and high end fabrics for team uniforms that leave Parent, Coach and player thrilled
Networking Break & Coffee
Session II: Making Technological Advancements and Testing Methods for Digital Printing with Textiles
Session Description
This session will address the new ways that digital print is being used and all the latest technological advancements outside of the apparel and home décor worlds. Speakers will also share testing methods that are used in digital print with textiles.

Moderator: David Brewer, Chief Technology Officer, Image Options
How Digital Textile Printing is Pushing Boundaries of Conventional Textile Printing In Both Design and Technology
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
Networking Lunch
Session III: The Commercialization of Digital Print for Textiles: Apparel & Home Decor
Session Description
This session will address the unique needs in apparel and home décor with digital print. Speakers will address the challenges, innovations, and trends within the apparel and home décor industries and hear the latest from the brand perspective.

Moderator: Charlotte Havle, Senior Color Developer, Target
Color and Pattern Trends for Fashion and Apparel
Speaker and Abstract to come!
Panel: How has digital print changed the apparel industry?
  • Lauren Durrell, NXT/Material Innovator II, Nike
  • More coming soon!
This panel will address the struggles of using digital print for apparel, the challenges of switching over to digital and how digital can improve the on demand production and design process.
  • Is there a gap between where the textile industry is currently, and how advanced digital print is?
  • Why is there such a hesitation to switch to digital print?
  • How is digital print improving the process of creating and designing apparel?


Advantages of Digitally Printing Textiles and Artwork for Product Development
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Trend Fabric and Print
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Networking Break & Coffee
Session IV: Dye Sublimation and Color Management
Session Description

This session will address safe chemicals and inks, ink recyclability, the future of inks and the history of dye sublimation and the future outlook

Moderator: Ruth Jeyaveeran, Assistant Professor of Textile Design, FIT

Direct to Textile – Design and Application
Speaker and Abstract to Come!
Color Life-Cycle Management: A Holistic Approach Digitally Printed Textiles
Session V: Workflow Management – Failures and Wins with Lessons Learned
Moderator: Ken Bach, Business Development Director, Aberdeen Fabrics
More Information Coming Soon
Session Description
This session will run through how implementing a digital print team can help improve your production and help you overcome some of the common failures with digital textile printing projects.

Moderator: Ken Bach, Business Development Director, Aberdeen Fabrics
From Soup to Nuts: an insider’s guide to building the future from the bottom up
It is forecasted that global textile consumption is expected to triple by 2050 driven by middle class growth around the world. Shifting consumer demands, social media, and labor shortages are causing retailers to shorten lead times, decrease inventory on hand, and look at more sustainable methods of make. For most suppliers at the end of the supply chain this scenario looks to them like more complex work with less tools for the job. Integrating digital print is considered a key component of Industry 4.0 and practically mandatory for suppliers to not fall behind the rapidly evolving industry. But high labor costs compounded by high consumable costs have made digital textile printing challenging beyond certain consumer markets and products. Scaling a successful digital textile print production line is much more than finding the right machine and putting it on the floor to replace a different technology. This presentation will take you through the all the pieces of building a new print capability internally from people to process and navigating some of the most common obstacles that cause digital textile printing projects to fail.
Danielle Hazen | Digital Print Specialist, Tegra Global
Closing Remarks & Networking Reception
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Opening Remarks
Session VI: Personalization and E-Commerce – How is this changing on demand production?
Session Description

This session will cover the growing trend of millennials wanting everything personalized and buying more and more online rather than in store. This session will address how companies are adopting personalization with digital print and how this has impacted their business.   

Moderator: Katie Thompson, Supplier Quality Engineer, Vera Bradley

New Colors for Fashion, Home & Interiors and Color Trends for Spring/Summer 2021
Speaker and Abstract Coming Soon
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Design Your Own with WeaveUp
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
Networking & Coffee Break
Session VII: The Future of Digital Print – How Technology and Chemistry are Improving Digital Print for Textiles
Session Description

This session will highlight emerging players, sustainability and how software and treatment of fabrics is changing digital print for textiles.

Moderator: Ken Bach, Business Development Manager, Aberdeen Fabrics

How Software is Transforming Sportswear and Customized Manufacturing
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
Networking Lunch
Session VIII: Recycling Textiles, Sustainability and the Circular Economy
Session Description

Not knowing where to take your leftover textiles is a frustration point for many companies. Where can those extra textiles go to be reused or recycled? This session will address the several ways and options that companies have to get rid of their excess textiles without hurting the environment.

Moderator: David Brewer, Chief Technology Officer, Image Options

Recycled Fabrics and Textile Waste
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

Panelist Include:

  • Michael Sanders, Director of Printable Textiles & Finishing Technology, Top Value Fabrics        
  • Jessica Schreiber, CEO, FABSCRAP
  • Cyndi Rhoades, Founder, Worn Again

This panel will address some of the innovative products and processes that companies are doing to reduce the carbon footprint. The reduction of raw waste and energy can greatly help to reduce the carbon footprint across the textiles industry. The panelists will give insights into what their companies are doing to specifically reduce their own carbon footprint and how other companies can adopt innovative processes to do the same.

Networking Break
Session IX: Innovations in Textiles and Color Management
Session Description
This session will address automation, design, technology advancements and more.
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.
Scott Aitken | Managing Director, SPGPrints
Closing Remarks and Farewell