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Functional Fabric Fair Portland – Fall 2021

Evolution: Progress That You Didn’t Know Had Happened

Company: Performance Sportswear Design

Date: Thursday, Nov 18th

Time: 3:30 PM

In a similar style to the previous panel, has the best progress been with those Ingredients that have improved the fabrics. Sustainability has become the all encompassing focal point of textiles, but has this diverted attention from how much the individual products have been able to make subtle improvements?

Panelists: David Parkes of Concept iii, Stephen Kelly of Hologenix; Jennifer Lukowiak of Cotton Inc.

Speaker: Charles Ross

Speaker Title: Specialist

Speaker Bio: Having started his Outward Bound career in New Hampshire Charles returned to a wet, cold, windy & dark England - he soon decided to concentrate on the clothing systems that ensured a more comfortable life. Graduating out of University just as the first program in Performance Sportswear Design was being planned he joined the teaching team & has continued to deliver this subject for over two decades. He is now based at the Royal College of Art, in London where he is allowed to be a fabric geek. It is said his best skill is being able to explain the complex in a manner that all can understand, the most interesting work he does is being a member of The Do Lecture team, but he is most proud of his graduates. He has become a regular on the stage at Performance Days & The Functional Fabric Fair where he moderates current issues.