Cutting-edge Developments in Home Textiles – Live Session!
New York – A special annual HTT session Important changes conference, “Materials That Meet the Moment”, will cover the latest developments in performance fibers and textiles.
Dr Andrew Dent, Executive Vice President of Materials Research at Hardware connection, will tap into the organization’s library of more than 10,000 innovations in cutting-edge trends, designs and sustainability.
Material Changes 2021 is taking place virtually to allow participation of industry members and speakers outside of the New York metro area. It will take place on November 18 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with built-in breaks for networking and lunch.
The theme of the conference this year is “Prospering in the Age of Conscious Consumerism”. Speakers will explain how retailers, brands and suppliers can thrive in today’s consumer landscape. Tickets cost $ 79. Registration is available here.
Additional sessions include:
Living clean: The latest developments in antimicrobials and antivirals for textiles. Speakers are Dr Kavita Mathur, associate professor of textiles and clothing, technology and management at NC State University; and Dr. Jessica Gluck, assistant professor of new textile engineering, chemistry and science at NC State.
Don’t dare ignore the conscious consumer. Sucharita Kodali, Vice President and Senior Analyst at Forrester, will define consumer expectations for sustainable textiles and explain why companies need to demonstrate how they are playing an active role to satisfy all stakeholders.
Understand certifications and standards – What they cover, what they don’t do. The speaker is Trini Gantner, Standards Manager for Textile Exchange, the global non-profit center for the preferred fibers and materials industry.
Supima 2022 outlook, a round table examining the policies in force in the premium cotton market. The speakers are: Marc Lewkowitz, President, Supima; Dr. Jody Campiche, Vice President Economic and Policy Analysis, National Cotton Council; Robert J. Leo, Senior Partner, Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury; and moderator Warren Shoulberg, editor-in-chief of Home Textiles Today.
Bringing Cotton Home: Authenticity, circularity and consumer needs. This roundtable will examine how cotton fits into consumers’ domestic lives and their preferences for cotton products. Speakers are Melissa R. Bastos of Cotton Incorporated, director of business strategy and ideas, and Jennifer Lukowiak, director of supply chain marketing.
The supplier perspective: is sustainability sustainable for home textiles suppliers? A group of executives from leading home textiles suppliers will have a lively discussion of how sustainability and traceability issues are hot topics right now, but will also talk about the costs and effort required to meet this need even as supply chains are stretched to their limits. Guest speakers include: Akanksha Himatsingka, CEO, Global Operations, Himatsingka; Andy Petricoff, Vice President, Indo Count, and Nancy Zimmerman, Senior Director of Product Development, American Textile Company. Moderated by Warren Shoulberg, Editor-in-Chief, Home Textiles Today
Directory Important changes The conference is designed for forward-thinking suppliers and retailers interested in the latest technological innovations, advancements in sustainable ingredients and consumer trends. Supima is this year’s Platinum Sponsor and Cotton Incorporated is the 2021 Silver Sponsor.