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

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. Click HERE to RSVP.

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MON, OCT 2  
9:30a-10:30a

BEST IN SHOW: HOW TO STAND OUT IN SALES
This workshop presents key objectives of selling your line at an international trade show including marketing your line, exhibiting at a show, selling to buyers, and following up on orders. Learn how to create the right sales strategy, attract buyers, merchandise your booth, and market your brand.

Presented by: Mercedes Gonzalez, Global Purchasing Group

   
11a-12p

FW 18/19 COLOR & INSPIRATIONS
Peclers will share the influences for the season, introducing cultural & art-related references that inspired the themes for FW18-19, followed by a color forecast & creative concepts including: shapes, fabrics, prints, patterns, & materials, illustrated through fashion, accessories & environments.

Presented by: Jennifer Karuletwa, Peclers Paris

   
1:30p-2:30p

TRENDTALK: THE FUTURE OF FASHION
The world's leading trend authority, WGSN, will host an in-depth trend analysis of incoming apparel items and key themes that are set to influence textile direction for F/W 18/19. Expect retail analytics paired with design direction and consumer insights to provide a roadmap for the season ahead.

Presented by: Sidney Morgan-Petro, WGSN

   
3:00p-4:00p

SOURCING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: INGENUITY MEETS GLOBAL RESOURCE CONSCIOUSNESS
A forward-thinking panel of thought leaders and innovators sharing revolutionary textile sourcing and fabrication approaches. Attendees will learn how to foster consumer awareness of textile and retailer choices that support a more sustainable, circular economy, and explore with our experts "biofashion" and wearable tech designs that will surprise and enlighten.

Presented by: Giovanna Alfieri, Soko; Kristine Upesleja, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising; Taryn Hipwell, Beyond The Label
Moderated by: Nancy McCullough, Fashion Group International - Los Angeles & Law Offices of Nancy L. McCullough

   
TUE, OCT 3  
9:30a-10:30a

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE & SOURCING FOR MANUFACTURING SUCCESS
Step into the world of manufacturing from swimwear and athletic wear, to children’s wear and soft goods. Jennifer will share her tips of success as an industry professional, pattern maker, and manufacturer. Several aspects will be covered including: pattern design (how to save money), common issues (and ways to problem solve), technical packs, samples, grading/sizing (specific to types of garments), cutting, and manufacturing. Jennifer will discuss how to streamline the process, and the necessary steps in chronological order. She will also be reviewing specific grade rules & the machines that are specific to the type of garments/fabric.

Presented by: Jennifer Olivo, Jennifer Loel Designs

   
11a-12p

DESIGN TO MARKET: THE IMPORTANCE OF BRAND STORYTELLING
How do we tell our product and brand story through design and marketing? Today's consumer is driven by authentic and consistent messaging leveraged through relevant communication channels. Syama Meagher, CEO of Scaling Retail, will uncover the major trends affecting consumer behavior for 2018 and how to incorporate them into a cohesive strategy. Scaling Retail is a global retail consulting firm and creative agency that works with retailers and brands across digital and brick & mortar.

Presented by: Syama Meagher, Scaling Retail

   
1p-2p

TREND SCIENCE: HOW TO PREDICT & EMBRACE THE FUTURE
In this lecture, we will look towards the future of fashion and how it embraces the world of data, science, personal Al, smart computing and algorithms to predict what consumers will want. We'll explore new innovative technology, new rules of digital landscape for the fashion industry and how it can influence consumers' interests and shift in buying behavior. This lecture will share successful digital storytelling tools and skill sets that enable the industry to embrace social confirmation of trends and consumers' interest.

Presented by: Wendy Bendoni, Woodbury University School of Business

   
2:30p-3:30p

WHAT’S IN MY TEE?
Eco Curious and Conscious Consumers consider what is in their T-shirt and how their purchase affects the world, workers and themselves. Subjects to be covered include: Fabric Ingredients, Toxic Additives, Healthy Grocery List, Not All Ingredients are Created Equally, Plant-based Fabrics, Left Overs (Recycled Fabrics) and More Toxic Additives (Dyes to die for). Learn fun facts from the BtL Nutrition Label Tees.

Presented by: Taryn Hipwell, Beyond The Label

   
4p-5p

LAUNCH YOUR LINE: FROM DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PRODUCTION
Learn the process of launching a clothing line from the team that has worked with more than 800 designers together. Join TEG team members, Founder Jennifer Evans, Client Development Manager Sam Lauachus, and Master Patternmaker Gerasim Petrov, for an information-filled seminar that will leave you with practical information for developing and producing your clothing line and brand.

Presented by: Jennifer Evans, Sam Lauachus, & Gerasim Petrov, TEG International

   
WED, OCT 4  
9:30a-10:30a

MULTI STREAM MACHINE: MASTER ALTERNATIVE AND CREATIVE WAYS TO GROW & SELL YOUR BRAND
As doors close in retail, brands are looking for alternative ways to make money and reach their customers. This panel discussion will include CEOs and Designers that share their creative and out-of-the box ideas for building their brands. We will focus on interesting retailers, new models of direct sales, and increasing your SEO with a bit of hard work and magic.

Moderated by: Jacqueline Snyder, Designer Consulting Co-Op

   
11a-12p

ACCESS TO CAPITAL: PREPARING FOR A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN
Come learn what it takes to qualify for a small business loan. We will discuss traditional loans, government secured loans, micro-loans, non-profit lenders and crowd funding.


Presented by: Fernando Borja, South LA BusinessSource Center; Brian Cohen, Commercial Finance Group
Moderated by: Los Angeles Mayor's Office

   
1p-2p

PROTECT YOUR COMPANY’S IPR
Join California Fashion Association for a conversation about the current litigious climate and the possible ramifications of current legal decision, with solutions. The topics that will be discussed include the scope of copyright & trademark rights, current court interpretation, documentation required in the design room, and how to handle unreasonable lawsuits.

Moderated by: Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association

   
2:30p-3:30p

FASHION FOR PROFIT
This seminar will focus on what you need to know when starting a new apparel business, including: legal, branding, financial, and marketing aspects that should be understood before starting a new apparel focused business.

Presented by: Frances Harder, Author of Fashion for Profit, Branding for Profit & Costing for Profit






 





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