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Seminars at Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami cover a wide range of topics presented by successful members of the apparel industry or government. Topics include Fashion, Sourcing, Logistics, Marketing, Best Practices, Government/Trade Agreements and more.
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2019 Featured Seminars

May 28, 2019

A New Era for Investing in Florida – Opportunities for Apparel Brands and Retailers

10:30  -  11:15
Main Stage

This panel will feature some of the most prominent figures involved in the economic growth of South Florida such as Michael Finney, President of the Miami‐Dade Beacon Council, the county’s official economic development partnership; Alice E. Ancona, Director, International Strategy…

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Apparel Costing 101

11:15  -  12:00
Fashion Lab

Understanding the complexity of how to cost-effectively plays a major part in achieving a successful and profit-driven business. In a multi-faceted industry, there are many important components that need to be fully understood when calculating a selling price. Determining all…

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Navigating Global Trade Winds

11:15  -  12:00
Main Stage

Although attention is on the China / US tariff and trade disputes, there are many other important trade topics that companies need to consider when navigating the global landscape. Concerns include areas where multilateral trade rules exist but where fair…

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Trade Policy Today and the Impact on Sourcing

12:30  -  1:15
Main Stage

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) President Julie Hughes will provide an update on the key issues and developments in the U.S. trade policy for 2019 and beyond. Due to the tariffs and retail disruptions, it can be difficult…

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Made in the USA: How to Produce a Fashion Line in America in 2019

12:30  -  1:15
Fashion Lab

A lot of designers (both startups and established) have no clue what to expect when trying to produce a line locally.  In this session, we’ll cover the common misconceptions about ‘Made in USA’ including cost, capabilities, lead times, etc.  Join…

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How Responsible Sourcing Impacts Your Bottom Line

1:15  -  2:00
Main Stage

Avedis Seferian, President and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), examines why responsible sourcing is more important than ever; what companies need to do in order to ensure business continuity, competitive success; and, ultimately, how it impacts the bottom…

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Working with Your Manufacturer

1:15  -  2:00
Fashion Lab

Manufacturers can be difficult to work with, not returning calls or dropping projects mid-production. Through years of experience, Anna Livermore, founder, and CEO of V. Mora, has compiled a list of insider tips and tricks to successfully work with a…

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Imports, Exports, Trade Compliance and Customs – Everything you need to know for 2019 and beyond.

2:00  -  2:45
Main Stage

If your supply and distribution chains extend outside of the United States, understanding trade compliance is an essential aspect of running your business. This expert panel includes Laura Siegel Rabinowitz, Special Council at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Robert Barcelo,…

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A Fashion Designer’s Guide to Brand & Design Protection – Using Trademarks, Copyrights & Patents in the Apparel Industry

2:00  -  2:45
Fashion Lab

In today’s competitive fashion industry, the stakes are high, and brand and design protection is just as valuable for a start-up company as for an established one.  This program will outline the value of trademark rights and design rights for…

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Innovation Tailored – Crystal® Technology for the Perfect Cut

2:45  -  3:15
Fashion Lab

The Italian company bierrebi, a longtime worldwide leader in automatic cutting, has built on its focus on innovation creating Crystal®, a breakthrough in single ply cutting. On-demand fashion, prototyping, as well as high quality, small lot production, are now one…

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Powering Retail Growth with a Responsive Supply Chain

2:45  -  3:30
Main Stage

In today’s digitally connected, fast-moving world, the battle to win your customer’s heart and retain this relationship begins with a strong, reactive supply chain that delivers high quality, great product. We will discuss the important role and broad intercompany responsibilities…

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How Local Industries Join Forces to Achieve Greater Goals

3:30  -  4:15
Main Stage

In this presentation, the leadership from Changshu Garment Town is going to share with us, their journey from a “ROAD MARKET” to be China’s biggest garment market; their EXCEPTIONAL manufacturing quality control and successful marketing strategies in China; their wisdom…

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What’s Trade Got To Do With It? The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Made Easy

4:00  -  4:30
Fashion Lab

By 2030, the United Nations wants to eradicate poverty through a set of 17 ambitious development goals. The apparel and textile industry has a big role to play through sustainable trade. But, what exactly does sustainable trade mean? Is it…

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May 29, 2019

How to drive TRAFFIC to your Online Store & BOOST Sales once They’re There!

10:30  -  11:15
Fashion Lab

The key to making more money and getting more online sales is to first drive more traffic to your website.  But not just any traffic, you want YOUR specific target customer who is ready to BUY!  Once there, the next…

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Discovering Supply Chain Success and Winning on Today’s Retail New Battleground

10:30  -  11:15
Main Stage

Every year brings new changes for our industry, leaving us asking, “What’s the future of retail?” The supply chain has quickly become an important way for brands and retailers to offer their customers a differentiated advantage. But making your supply…

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Color as Oasis for Autumn/Winter 20/21 – Pantone Color Trend Forecast

11:15  -  12:00
Main Stage

The concept of nesting is fundamental to our very existence. Whether a place of safety; somewhere in our mind’s eye, a collection of people, or not a destination at all, our desire to create a nesting place is deep. As…

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Fashion Talks – Why is Social Media so important to the Fashion Industry?

11:15  -  12:00
Fashion Lab

Fashion TALKS Miami aims to understand and share the power of social media in the Fashion Industry. This expert panel will answer the following questions: What are the right ways to use social for fashion business? When should we use…

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Brand Creation 4 the Next Generation: How Factories Designers & Distributors Can Collaborate in the Future

12:30  -  1:00
Main Stage

Former Donna Karan and Calvin Klein Executive Sal Khokhar will discuss strategies for International Brands looking to enter North American. As a 20-year veteran leading market entry strategies for brands such as Adidas Y3, Emmanuel Ungaro, Van Heusen, Vivienne Tam,…

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ATSM 2019 Fashion Show

1:00  -  1:45
Main Stage

The Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami Fashion Show is held on day 2 of the event. We showcase international brands from exhibitors and styles from local Miami Designers. Here are the designers that will be featured this year:   Brand: Bianca…

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Creating a Brand Strategy

1:45  -  2:30
Fashion Lab

Brand building should be a planned process. This seminar will help you understand the overview of the necessary steps to creating a brand. The process of building a brand first begins by identifying either a need or a niche market,…

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The Power of Digital Influencer Marketing and Celebrity Partnerships

1:45  -  2:30
Main Stage

Influencer marketing is one of the newest and most effective forms of social media marketing being used by brands, retailers, designers and marketing professionals. This high-profile panel includes some of the most successful digital marketing experts using influencer marketing today….

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The Business Side of Fashion Design: Everything a Designer Needs to Know About Launching a Successful Collection

2:30  -  3:15
Main Stage

There is a lot of confusion in the industry on the best way to launch or scale a brand – especially on a shoe-string budget; is it online, direct to consumer, crowdsourcing sites, or wholesale? This intense seminar will answer…

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Top Ten Mistakes Designers Make

2:30  -  3:15
Fashion Lab

Mistakes are common with new designers. In this seminar, Anna Livermore, founder and CEO of V. Mora, provides solutions to avoid them and see them before they hit, saving valuable time and money.

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How Can Technology Help a Company Save Both Time and Money to Meet Manufacturing Demands

3:15  -  4:00
Main Stage

This seminar will explain the many advances in the use of technology and how it can speed up product development and the manufacturing process. From pattern design, creating technical packs, three D scanning, grading & marking, to cutting and manufacturing.

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Navigating Florida’s Tax Landscape

3:15  -  4:00
Fashion Lab

This talk, presented by Amanda Levine, Associate Attorney at Moffa, Sutton & Donnini P.A. will feature some of Florida’s tax incentives and advantages to doing business in the state. If you own and/or operate an apparel business in Florida, this…

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May 30, 2019

Building the Bridge for a Stronger US Supply Chain

10:30  -  11:15
Main Stage

Reshoring is happening within the US Sewn Products industry and there is far more demand than capacity.  However, there are still many obstacles to overcome for the industry to experience significant growth.  During this multifaceted presentation, Will Duncan will share…

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Optimizing your Supply Chain for Compliance, Waste Minimization & Sustainable Sourcing

11:15  -  12:00
Main Stage

Sustainability is one of the most talked about topics in the apparel and textile industry today. But what really is sustainability and how do brands take steps towards optimizing their supply chain and business practices? This expert panel will dive…

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Introducing Technology into the Manufacturing Process

12:45  -  1:15
Main Stage

Embroidery has been around forever. When Randy Carr was unexpectantly thrust into the role of CEO of World Emblem, traditional embroidered emblem techniques offered little hope of competing effectively for his family run business. Enter technology. Through the revolutionary Flexstyle…

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A Practical Guide to Securing Working Capital to Finance your Apparel Supply Chain

1:30  -  2:15
Main Stage

One of the most important questions a brand or retailer can ask is, “how do I pay for this?” From operating cash flow, factoring, to purchase order financing, this panel will explore the various ways of securing working capital to…

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Previous Year's Seminars

May 21, 2018

China Moving West: From Beijing to South Florida

10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM

Join our panelists for a discussion on how China’s growing economy impacts the World.  Miami-based economist, China-born Dr. Shanjie Li, CEO American Da Tang Group, will join Councilman Alix Desulme and City Manager Larry M. Spring from the City of…

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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.

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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 with peers, government officials, and social compliance specialists. Clay Hickson – Vice President of Strategy and Business Development – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) will…

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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. He will share his view on a successful playbook including an end-to-end workflow that builds accountability and partnership between…

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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. Understanding the alignment of technology with experiential retail  is the leading challenge facing…

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

02:00 PM  -  03:00 PM

Join Robert Barceló – Port Everglades Senior Manager of Business Development, David Banfield, Florida East Coast Railway Assistant Vice President International Sales, Eric Olafson, Port of Miami Dade Director Global Trade & Business Development, as these seasoned Florida transportation leaders…

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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 that will turn Miami into the Hong Kong of the…

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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.

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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, discuss…

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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! Christine Daal, founder and coach of Fashion Angel Warrior will walk you…

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MIAMI FASHION BLOGGERS PANEL

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 Valeira Barrientos of The Urban Gal will discuss: The cardinal rules of blogging; How brands can reach bloggers for…

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LAUNCHING A BRAND in 2018 – So many changes that need to be fully understood. Trends, demographics, sustainability, mass customization, online selling to name a few!

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.  Our speaker will share her years of…

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Coffee Talk with Journey of A Braid

12:15 PM  -  12:45 PM

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

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ATS MIAMI FASHION SHOW

12:45 PM  -  02:00 PM

Don’t Miss the Runway at Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami. The event will have three showcases: featuring evening gowns to swimwear!  The first showcase will present designs from Fashion Students from the Miami International University of Art & Design, and the…

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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. Charlene Parsons Asanyah Davidson Pamela Fuertes Tammy Apostol Viviana Gabeiras Rene Ruiz

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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, integrating influencers…

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Design Meets Sustainability

03:30 PM  -  04:15 PM

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, will host a panel on the realities of sourcing…

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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.   Our intention for each attendee is to leave every month inspired, informed with  information and tools  to build and…

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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 industry experts Charlotte Gallogly, President – World Trade Center Miami, Richard Shapiro – Author and President – The Center for Client…

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May 23, 2018

Costing 4 Profit – A professionals guide to effective costing.

10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM

Understanding the many components involved in costing a garment correctly will be the key to your company’s success. There are many methods of calculating your wholesale selling price. Whichever method you choose, your final calculations must result in a profit….

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East Africa: the Apparel Value Chain Proposition

11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM

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) – to reliable…

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Latin America Trade Commissioners Panel

11:45 AM  -  12:30 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. The panel will include Celia María Hernández , Investment Promotion Specialist Proesa El Salvador,…

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Business Daredevil – Would You Dare?

12:30 PM  -  1:15 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 as she puts entrepreneurs, designers and…

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