Tuesday, 1/22/2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

What’s Next in the World of Textiles for Recycled and Upcycled Materials?

The concept of using recycled or upcycled materials, from plastic water bottles and mushroom roots to fabric remnants and used jeans, is helping to reinvent the textile industry.  It’s well known that textiles are one of the worst contributors to landfills and various forms of pollution and usage of natural resources. The industry has come a long way in a short time and companies like the ones on this panel are doing their part to bring the sector into circular economy.

*Organized by Lenzing Fibers
Subject to change without notice
  • Moderator: Senior Editor, Sourcing Journal

    Arthur Friedman is senior editor at Sourcing Journal, the premiere trade publication for apparel and textile executives focused on sourcing and manufacturing. Prior to that, Arthur spent more than 25 years at WWD, covering a wide spectrum of the apparel and textile industry. Arthur holds a master’s degree from Montclair State University, where he is also an adjunct professor of U.S. History.

  • Speaker: NYC Ambassador, Remake

    While a Fashion Design student at Parsons School of Design, Yimin was selected for Remake’s Made In Sri Lanka journey inside garment maker communities to learn about the true human stories behind mass-produced fashion. During his awakening experience with garment makers inside their factories and boarding home, he realized the complexity of our fashion system and came away hoping to transform fashion into a force for good. Yimin earned his BFA from Parsons in 2018 and soon after became a Remake Ambassador. As Ambassador, Yimin grows the movement by creating content through interviews, photography and critiques. He assists with event planning in New York, and translates Remake content for the Chinese-speaking audience. As an aesthetic and systematic experimenter of fashion, Yimin is developing his sustainable fashion label, yiminism, to further the appreciation and influence of Chinese culture and craft with an ethical and sustainable business model.

  • Speaker: Manager, Business Development - Apparel/Knits, Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
  • Speaker: Founder & CEO, THR3EFOLD

    Jessica Kelly is the Founder & CEO of THR3EFOLD an Ethical Fashion Brokerage connecting brands to ethical factories around the world. With a BS in Marketing from Winthrop University, she got her start in fashion working New York Fashion Weeks for top PR agencies and has since worked with hundreds of brands on sales, marketing, and events. Jessica is very passionate about finding big picture solutions to forge a completely ethical fashion industry. In her spare time you'll find her scouting new fantastic food in New York City or planning her next trip around the world.