“Let’s Talk”- ATS-M Seminars List

T-minus ONE day until Apparel Textile Sourcing MIAMI! Can you tell we’re excited? And we are, but all you amazing attendees and exhibitors should be too! We can’t wait to see all your smiling faces tomorrow morning for our first seminar. 

With that being said…welcome to the first ATSM trade show. This is not only a platform for designers, but also buyers, suppliers, manufacturers and every other apparel industry professional. 

One of the ways in which ATSM hopes to inspire everyone in attendance is through education. Over the course the trade show there will be ample opportunity to sit in on seminars on everything from import/export, to sustainability, to textiles, to fashion bloggers and more. Below you will find a comprehensive list of the seminars and panels available to you as a registered guest of the event. 


China Moving West: From Beijing to South Florida

10:30 AM  –  11:15 AM

A seminar on how China’s growing economy impacts the world.

U.S. Customs and Imports of Textiles and Apparel

11:15 AM  –  11:45 AM

Understanding how and why U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducts country of origin verifications for free trade agreement compliance, anti-dumping duty investigations, and tariff classification decisions.

The Role Social Compliance Plays in Globally Competitive Markets – a Global Sourcing Imperative

11:45 AM  –  12:30 PM

Share perspectives on how social compliance has become a sourcing imperative during this roundtable discussion.

Winning at Omni-Channel and the Importance of an Aligned Supply Chain

12:30 PM  –  01:15 PM

Global industry veteran Jeff Streader will discuss a critical component for success in today’s Omni-Channel world – an aligned Supply Chain.

DISRUPT & INNOVATE: The Shifting Landscape at Retail & How to Stand Out

01:15 PM  –  02:00 PM

Global Brand Strategist & Licensing Veteran Sal Khokhar will discuss the changing landscape of consumer behavior and what manufacturers, brands, and retailers can do to remain relevant.

South Florida Logistics – Connecting US & Latin America to the World.

02:00 PM  –  03:00 PM

Florida transportation leaders will discuss the logistical impacts of the apparel industry. 

Miami Embraces International Business with China, the Americas and Beyond

03:00 PM  –  03:30 PM

Mr. Moishe Mana, CEO Mana Group, who will detail how Apparel Textile Sourcing is the next step towards Mr. Mana’s vision of creating an Asia-Latin America trade hub in Wynwood. 

How Responsible Sourcing Applies To You

03:30 PM  –  04:15 PM

Avedis Seferian, President and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), examines why responsible sourcing is more important than ever and what companies need to do in order to ensure business continuity and competitive success.

Apparel Manufacturing – Research, Trends and Solutions to Deliver on Consumer Expectations

04:15 PM  –  05:00 PM

Consumers Increasingly want to know the who, what, when, where, and how a product was made and they expect brands and manufacturers to deliver this information quickly and simply. This session will highlight recent research into what consumers want.

May 22, 2018

How to Build an Efficient & Agile Apparel Business through Sourcing and Crowdfunding with Strategies to Drive Your Business Online

10:00 AM  –  10:45 AM

Are you starting a fashion business and wondering where to start? Are you looking for financial growth through a crowdfunding campaign? If so, this seminar is for you!


10:45 AM  –  11:30 AM

Moderated by Maria Tettamanti of The Wordy Girl, fellow Miami “It-Girl” bloggers/influencers Ginger Harris from Electric Blogarella, Ria Michelle of Ria Michelle and Kelly Saks of Kelly Saks Style will discuss: The cardinal rules of blogging. 


11:30 AM  –  12:15 PM

Attend this seminar to avoid costly mistakes. Why do some brands succeed, and others fail?  Many well-known designer brands have gone “under” due to poor strategies, lack of market annalist and business practices.

Coffee Talk with Journey of A Braid

12:15 PM  –  12:45 PM

A talk with Danié Gómez Ortigoza, a popular S/M Influencer aka Journey of a Braid and former fashion editor of Glamour Mexico and Pablo Arbelaez, Director of Istituto Marangoni.


12:45 PM  –  02:00 PM

Don’t Miss the Runway at Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami. The event will have three showcases featuring everything from evening gowns to swimwear! Read more about the show here. 

Miami’s Fashion Leaders Seminar

02:00 PM  –  02:45 PM

Miami’s top educators, fashion designers, and industry experts will host a panel to discuss the state of fashion in South Florida; how it’s grown and where it’s going.

Influencer Marketing Myth Busters: From Going Rates to FTC Guidelines

02:45 PM  –  03:30 PM

Danielle N. Garno, a shareholder in the Miami Litigation Practice of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., will provide guidance about working with influencers that make sense for a brand, establishing and nurturing relationships with influential partners that can help the brand grow. 

Design Meets Sustainability

03:30 AM  –  04:15 PM

A talk with Gabriella Smith co-founder of The UpCycle Project, a platform that encourages creatives, designers and students to rethink the wastage that is created by the fashion industry through re-using or ‘upcycling’ textiles. 

Fashion TALKS Miami

04:15 PM  –  05:00 PM

Our goal for Fashion Talks Miami is to share information, insight from our seasoned apparel industry professional in South Florida.

The Business of Fashion in Miami

05:00 PM  –  06:00 PM

Join Beth Sobol, President of the Fashion Business Association of America as she discusses the business of fashion with other industry experts.

May 23, 2018

Costing 4 Profit – A professionals guide to effective costing.

10:15 AM  –  11:00 AM

A discussion in regard to understanding the many components involved in costing a garment correctly. There are many methods of calculating your wholesale selling price. Whichever method you choose, your final calculations must result in a profit….

Latin America Trade Commissioners Panel

11:00 AM  –  11:45 AM

Miami is the gateway to trade with Latin America. Join members of Latin American trade organizations as they discuss the benefits to sourcing apparel and textiles.

Business Daredevil – Would You Dare?

11:45 AM  –  12:30 PM

Join award-winning Brazilian-born, Miami-based designer Alessandra Gold, the worldwide Creative Director for the international sneaker brand KRUZIN, and the brand’s International Director of Corporate and Business Development initiatives for the US and non-Asian markets.

The Quality Edge: Peru’s Competitive Advantage

12:30 PM  –  01:00 PM

A look at Peru’s Competitive Advantage in regard to quality. 

East Africa: the Apparel Value Chain Proposition

01:00 PM  –  01:45 PM

East Africa is an emerging sourcing destination for apparel. Learn about the full value proposition of this dynamic region, from competitive pricing – including duty-free shipment to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Keep up with our seminar times and more information through our Instagram story @apparel_textile_sourcing_miami 

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