The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator was recently at Texworld USA, the East Coast’s largest sourcing event for apparel fabric buyers, research and product development specialist, designers, merchandisers and overseas sourcing professionals. Held bi-annually, Texworld USA provides the opportunity to meet directly with a broad range of manufacturers from Asia, the Middle East, North America and from many other regions from around the globe.
“Texworld is a great opportunity for the BF+DA production team to get out of the sample room and engage with our clients, meet new suppliers (for the textile library) and connect with new prospects. It was a terrific opportunity to connect with people and get a better understanding of their micro production and sampling requirements,” says Tara St James, Production Director at the BF+DA.
It’s also a great place to get the temperature of the fashion industry.
WWD touches on those relationships and climate in their article “Setting Sourcing Strategies in the Trump Era” on the Texworld show and where St James was interviewed as part of a panel called “Instant fashion.”
Author Arther Friedman notes that “mixed in with the Trump threats and actions on international trade are the Instant Fashion phenomenon and the continued desire and move toward greater sustainability in the supply chain.”
Friedman writes: “Tara St James, production coordinator at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator, who also has her own label, Study NY, said one thing she did was start producing capsule collections regardless of season and ‘did away with my fashion calendar.’
‘I’m a champion of organic cotton, as well,’ St. James said. ‘It also offers the ability to be more nimble with your brand. As a designer who is manufacturing specifically locally here, it’s adding a system to your company such as garment dyeing, so you can produce larger quantities of a single style but not have to be confined to a single color by keeping their goods in the greige state.’
St James, who manufactures in New York and North Carolina, said, “We are seeing more communication throughout the supply chain. I think that’s going to have an effect not just on sustainability, but also on how we produce and respond.”
In a time of tumultuous change under Trump, the fashion industry is poised to turn its attention more fully to sustainable supply chains which are a focus we will see more of in 2017.
To read the full BF+DA article, go here.