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Join SEAMS, [TC]2, N.C. State, others for American fashion panel

Posted October 1, 2020


Apparel and fashion companies must act quickly to secure business continuity, minimize downside for the latter half of 2020, and get ahead of business-model changes that may be necessary coming out of this disruption.

Join SEAMS, [TC]2, N.C. State University, Telestia and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina for America’s Future, a panel discussion about the future of the American fashion industry, where five recognized Captains of Industry will share their thoughts and help stimulate your mind and adaptation process.


The event will take place October 15 from noon-2:30 p.m. EST.


Each captain is coming from a different background bringing their own unique approach and point of view to these challenges. Together we strive to give you some guidance, new ideas or maybe some extra grants you may not be aware of.


Speakers include:

  • Dr. Trevor Little, professor of Textile And Apparel Management, Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University, “What is the Future of Fashion and the Industry

  • Will Duncan, SEAMS executive director, “The Role of America (Inland & In the World)”

  • Dr. Mike Fralix, [TC]2, “Explore Factors & Solutions to Make the Turnaround” – Part 1

  • Anastasia Vouyouka, CEO Telestia, “Explore Factors & Solutions to Make the Turnaround” – Part 2

  • Glenn Jackman, senior international trade manager, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, “Available Government Support”


Together, we live in troubling times with the novel coronavirus influencing every part of our daily lives and businesses. The fashion industry already faced huge issues before the start of the pandemic: supply chain challenges, profitability, overproduction, struggle with correct sizing, and environmental unsustainability.

The fashion industry is currently responsible for 10% of all of the humanities' carbon emissions, is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply, and pollutes the oceans with microplastics.

On top of all of this, business leaders worldwide grapple now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of course, the health and wellbeing of their employees and customers is their top priority.
Some apparel and fashion companies have already put their assets to good use during the crisis, by turning around their factories to make face masks or hand sanitizer, donating products and services to healthcare workers, or helping employees find temporary roles with companies that are hiring.

But how long can this situation continue? Join this panel to learn more.


To register, please click here.


Source: McKinsey Company

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