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Functional Fabric Fair Portland – Fall 2021

Revolution: Has the Industry Overlooked What is Disrupting the Business?

Company: Performance Sportswear Design

Date: Thursday, Nov 18th

Time: 11:30 AM

We all remember the days when the Performance Sports Industry was known for introducing real game changers in terms of apparel technology: waterproof breathable membranes, synthetic fleece, & even stretch fibers. Has the excessive marketing of fibers meant that those developments than disrupt the normal get overlooked in favor of those with bigger marketing budgets? The panel will debate this question with 3 participants who are currently at the leading edge of the fabric field.

Panelists: Carlo, CEO of HeiQ; Ron Smith of Celgard; Emily Walzer of Textile Insight

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.