Our education program features top trend forecasters & industry experts, presenting business insights to help your company grow & trend overviews to help inspire your design directions.

Admission: All seminars are free, however, you must first register in the CMC's lobby as an attendee of the show & then present your show badge for entrance into the show area. Click HERE for show admissions policies & registration information.

Seminars are located in Suite 19 in the CMC's Penthouse show area, 13th floor, A-wing. Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.



Mon, Sep 28
11:00A-12:00P "Millenial Must Haves" by Promostyl
A look at the key items and colors for Fall/Winter 2016/17.

Presented by Jerome LaMaar, Senior Trend Expert, Promostyl

1:00P-2:00P LA Textile Designer Panel
Coming Soon...


2:30P-3:30P "Fall/Winter 16/17 Colors and Inspirations" by Peclers Paris
PeclersParis, a leading trend, style, and innovation consulting agency, deciphers the key influences for Fall/Winter 16/17 and translates them into creative scenarios facilitating new product development through the season's key color, textures, prints, surfaces, and innovation techniques inspiring all markets.

Presented by Jennifer Karuletwa, PeclersParisNorth America

4:00P-5:00P  "New Rules to Creating, Branding, Sourcing and Marketing a New Brand" by Fashion Business Inc
This seminar will explain the many crucial aspects, which should be fully understood when venturing into this exciting new era of fashion. Online sales, short orders, speed to market are the new rules. Additionally, do you know and understand all the many legal and state rules that must be fully understood? Do you have the funds and the investment to grow a new company? Where to find funds?  This seminar will feature industry experts who "have been there and done that" This informative and fun seminar will open both your business side of your brain and allow you to create a new brand.

Moderated by Frances Harder, Founder/Presdient, Fashion Business Inc and Author, Fashion for Profit

Tues, Sep 29  
9:30A-10:30A “Fashion Industry ABC’s” by Global Purchasing Co
This seminar is geared toward helping the emerging fashion designer, as well as retailer who wants to start their own fashion or private label line.  Fashion Industry ABC’s is a practical and insightful crash course on how business is really done and the tools you need to be successful.   

Presented by Mercedes Gonzalez, Global Purchasing Co

11:00A-12:00P "Fall 16, Color and Trend as Your Best Friend" by Design Options
Design Options Presents: Fall/ Winter 2016 Using Color as your Best Friend,  use color as your best friend to sell all categories of merchandise Juniors, Women’s, Young Men’s, Kids and Home Furnishings. Have fun using colors that are not only fun but sell products. A free flash drive of the seminar will be given away to a lucky attendee!

Presented by Fran Sude, Founder, Design Options

1:00P-2:00P  “RFID for the Apparel Industry 2015” by Progressive Label Inc
RFID mandates by retailers are taking a lot of apparel manufacturers by surprise. We will cover what is RFID, why RFIS is good for the retailers, how it affects manufacturers and what solutions are available to meet the retailers.

Presented by Adam Flores Jr., Technical Services Manager, Progressive Label Inc Print Tech Division

2:30P-3:30P “Mainstreaming More Sustainable Cotton” by Better Cotton Initiative
Learn about the global challenges in cotton production, and how Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)is providing leading retailers and brands with a mainstream option for more sustainably produced cotton. Through a copperation with a multi-stakeholder group of organizations, together they defined what a better, more sustainable way of growing cotton would look like. We call this definition "Better Cotton".

Topics include:

  • An intro to BCI and Better Cotton, sourcing from 20 countries worldwide and accounting for 8.7% of total global cotton production in 2014.
  • From farm to store- success stories from current members.
  • Challenges in cotton production- what are more sustainable cotton options?
  • Why do brands even need a responsible cotton solution?

Presented by Daren Abney, Better Cotton Initiative.

4:00P-5:00P "It’s a Wild-Wild’ World Out There!
Protect Your Brand and Liability
in the Social Media World" by California Fashion Association
  • Finding something ‘on-line’ does not mean that its use is O.K.!!
  • Using social media for business is not the same as using it for personal, non commercial use.
  • There are primary legal considerations when using Social Media
  • You CAN protect yourself!


    • Morgan Pietz  - Attorney, Gerard Fox
    • Mitesh Solanki  -  Owner, Creative Intellects 
    • Alison Nieder -Executive Editor, California Apparel News
    • Kaleigh Kemmerly – Hub Insurance Services

Moderated by Ilse Metchek, President, California Fashion Association.


Wed, Sep 30  
9:30A-10:30A "From Fabrics to Factories" by V Mora
This seminar is about producing sewn products domestically and covers everything from sourcing fabric to finding a manufacturer that works for you! Find out how to save valuable time and money when sourcing and producing domestically.

Presented by Anna Livermore, V Mora.

11:00A-12:00P "Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion: Tips, Tricks and Resources" by Adobe for Fashion
Learn how to be more efficient with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Whether you are a new user or a seasoned professional, you’ll find great tips, tricks and timesavers for drawing technical flats and line sheets.

Presented by Robin Schneider, Author/Illustrator, Adobe for Fashion.

1:00P-2:00P "Launching Your Line: From Inspiration Through Production" by TEG International
Join Jennifer Evans of TEG International, who has successfully launched over 500 clothing lines. In this session, she will take you through all the steps and tips for developing and producing your line responsibly and effectively.

Presented by Jennifer Evans, TEG International







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