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Day One : May 14

*Session and presentation dates and time are subject to change

Day One

Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

  1. Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers

Session I: Why Are Brands Making the Change to Digital Print?

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?

  1. Living Colorfully within the Fashion Industry

    Margaret Getty | Senior Associate of Woven Fabric and Trim Development of Lilly Pulitzer ®

    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.

  2. How the software and the chemical evolution are affecting the day life of the new century printers

    Luca Zacconi | Director Raw Materials Print of Lululemon Athletica

    • 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
  3. Made to Order

    Charles Ohiaeri | Chief Fulfillment Officer of Zazzle

    A look into the opportunities available to brands today thanks to the on-demand technologies and marketplaces (like Zazzle)

  4. Using digital print and innovative fabrics for sportswear

    Reid Lutter | CEO & Founder of PodiumWear Custom Sports Apparel

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  5. Networking & Coffee Break

Session II: Making Technological Advancements and Testing Methods for Digital Printing with Textiles

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.

  1. How Digital Textile Printing is Pushing Boundaries of Conventional Textile Printing In Both Design and Technology

    Wendelyn Anderson. M.S., M.F.A. | Technical Associate, Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) School of Design & Engineering

    Abstract to come!

  2. AATCC and the Role of Testing in the Evaluation of Printed Textiles

    Kerry King | President of AATCC

    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. 

  3. Networking Lunch

Session III: The Commercialization of Digital Print for Textiles: Apparel & Home Decor

This session will address the unique needs in apparel and home décor with digital print.

  1. Color and Pattern Trends for Fashion and Apparel

    Speaker and Abstract to come!

  2. Panel: How has digital print changed the apparel industry?

    Panelist Coming Soon!

    • 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?

    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.

    Panelist Coming Soon!

  3. Direct Textile Printing Applications – Innovations and Challenges

    Speaker and Abstract to Come!

  4. Title to be Confirmed

    Gart Davis | CEO & Co-founder of Spoonflower

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  5. Networking & Coffee Break

Session IV: Dye Sublimation and Color Management

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

  1. Color management with fabrics

    Speaker and Abstract to Come!

  2. Direct to textile – design and application

    Speaker and Abstract to Come!

  3. Color Life-Cycle Management: A Holistic Approach Digitally Printed Textiles

    Julian Mussi | Vice President of Business Solutions, USA of DeSL

    Abstract to come!

Session V: Workflow Management – Failures and Wins with Lessons Learned

Moderator: Ken Bach, Business Development Director, Aberdeen Fabrics

  1. Building and Implementing Digital Print Teams to Improve Workflow Management

    Danielle Hazen | Digital Print Specialist of Tegra Global

    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.

  2. Closing Remarks

  3. Networking Reception