fashion forward series

The fashion industry is rapidly changing to account for more ethical transparency, environmental accountability, and technological advancements. Each year Rightfully Sewn invites local, regional, and national industry thought leaders to inspire and connect to fashion designers, manufacturers, educators, influencers, and apparel consumers of all ages in our community through our Fashion Forward Series. Past offerings have included fabric trade shows, professional development workshops, speaker seminars, and documentary screenings featuring the following:

Following is information about our 2019 seminar held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 1:

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We welcomed enthusiasts of all ages from our fashion, entrepreneurial, and fitness communities as we featured the following speakers and networking opportunities:

8:30 AM

Networking in Brandmeyer Grand Hall

9:00 AM

Joshua Taimoor Nana, Founder and CEO of MTAR LLC

MTAR LLC has production facilities in USA, Pakistan, and Guatemala, and ships to over 27 countries throughout the world.

Joshua will speak about: future fashion supply chains, micro factories, closed circuit manufacturing, and more!

9:50 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Katie Warner Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon38

CARBON38 is the premier e-commerce destination for performance fashion. Offering their own proprietary label, an expertly curated selection of contemporary brands, and exclusive collaborations, CARBON38 aims to push and blur the boundaries between functional activewear and progressive street style, licensing women to be bold.

Katie will speak about: how to build a fashion brand, consumer buying habits, fabric trends, and more!

10:55 AM

Lauren Downing Peters, PhD, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, Columbia College Chicago

Dr. Downing Peters writes and teaches about the history and culture of plus-size fashion at Columbia College in Chicago, and is Editor-in-Chief for The Fashion Studies Journal, New York, NY. Her degrees include: Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) for a Bachelor of Arts, Double-Majoring in Art History and Anthropology (2006-2010); Parsons School of Design, The New School (New York, NY) for a Master of Arts in Fashion Studies (2010-2012); Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden) for a Doctor of Philosophy in Fashion Studies (2013-2018).

Dr. Downing Peters will speak about: designing for inclusivity, thinking beyond standardized sizing, and more!

11:30 AM

Networking in Brandmeyer Grand Hall

high school students and other attendees interested in a career in fashion were able to visit with representatives from the following esteemed regional fashion design programs during the two networking components:

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