ReMode Agenda Live: Rebecca Minkoff Joins Speaker Lineup at ReMode

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Rebecca Minkoff, Co-founder and Creative Director of her namesake designer brand, along with a cadre of sustainability and technology experts from H&M have joined the roster of speakers at ReMode, which will take place Nov. 13 and 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Organizers of ReMode, which is described as a “disruptive and sustainable” fashion event, said the goal is to “bring together innovators across the entire value chain of the fashion industry to share ideas, find practical solutions and forge new connections.”

Aside from Minkoff, additional speakers joining the event include: Anna Gedda, Head of sustainability at H&M; Arti Zeighami, Global Head of Advanced Analytics and AI at H&M; Erik Bang, Innovation Lead at the H&M Foundation; Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Target Corp.; Nina Farran, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Fashionkind; David Breslauer, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder at Bolt Threads; Adam Pritzker, Chairman and CEO at Assembled Brands and Co-founder of General Assembly; Patricia Ermecheo, CEO and Founder of Osomtex, and Jifei Ou, Researcher at MIT Media Lab.

“As an industry we need to evolve,” said Minkoff, adding that the event is “an incredible opportunity to rethink how we do fashion and will bring the best minds from fashion and tech together.”

This latest round of announced speakers adds to a lineup that includes: Mary Renner Beech, CMO of Kate Spade; Michael Preysman, Founder and CEO of Everlane; Andréa Mallard, CMO of Athleta; Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher; Paul Dillinger, Head of Global Product Innovation at Levi Strauss & Co.; Joey Zwillinger, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Allbirds, and Rati Sahi Levesque, Chief Merchant at The Real Real.

Organizers of the event said the content is “designed to equip professionals with a strong action plan for an omnichannel growth strategy executed in a responsible and sustainable way.” ReMode is structured into four separate but connected pillars that focus on different aspects of fashion innovation: ReMarket, ReMake, ReInvest and ReThink. These pillars aim to address the “industry-wide need to approach change from all angles and will be tagged so that brands and businesses of all sizes can attend the sessions most relevant to them,” organizers of ReMode said in a statement.

The 75 or so sessions have topics that include building a sustainable brand, funding direct-to-consumer brands, wholesales strategies, on-demand manufacturing, sustainable sourcing and the role of venture capital in early-stage fashion brands, among other themes.

“In addition to panels, workshops, keynotes and networking events, attendees will have the opportunity to complete their profile on ReMode’s AI-powered matchmaking app to receive customized recommendations on fellow attendees who share similar interests and expertise, speaker sessions that they would benefit from, and solution providers who can help them address unmet needs and goals within their business,” ReMode organizers said.

Attendee dinners and networking mixers are also planned. ReMode was created by UBM Fashion.

Everlane CEO Joins ReMode Lineup, Which Now Boasts 100-Plus Speakers

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ReMode, the innovation and sustainable fashion forum set for Nov. 13 and 14 in Los Angeles, has added Michael Preysman, Founder and CEO of Everlane, to its lineup — which has now swelled to more than 100 speakers. Organizers also said the event is supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which includes collaborating with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the U.N. Office for Partnerships.

Other confirmed speakers include: Andréa Mallard, CMO of Athleta; Paul Dillinger, VP of Product Innovation at Levi Strauss & Co.; Jeff Carvalho, Managing Director, North American of Highsnobiety; Amy Hall, Director of Social consciousness at Eileen Fisher; Adam Taubenfligel, creative director and head of sustainability at Triarchy; Karla Gallardo, ceo and cofounder of Cuyana; Anu Bhardwaj, founder of Women Investing in Women; and Lawrence Lenihan, cofounder and co-ceo of Resonance. Additional speakers include Joey Zwillinger, cofounder and co-ceo of Allbirds; Mary Renner Beech, chief marketing officer of Kate Spade; Rati Sahi, chief merchant of The Real Real, and Bob Lamey, cofounder of Shopbop.

The alignment with the U.N. is also part of a “larger partnership with UBM Fashion that will include activities at Coterie and at the United Nations General Assembly 73rd session SDG Media Zone in September,” organizers of ReMode said. “The initiative aims to harness the power of retailers, media and celebrities to embrace impact-driven fashion brands to create positive change and drive conscious consumerism,” Organizers of ReMode said in a statement. “Supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Conscious Fashion Campaign drives awareness and advocacy to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.”

Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel, founder of ReMode, said the event was launched “to redefine the industry narrative and catalyze a positive transformation for brands to operate more responsibly on all fronts — socially, ethically and environmentally. With an impeccable lineup of thought leaders spanning innovation, sustainability and finance, ReMode will provide fashion decision-makers the ideas, solutions and contacts that will enable them to thrive.”

Additionally, ReMode is offering a “Hosted Buyer Program” and is inviting qualifying “decision-makers from established fashion brands and direct-to-consumer fashion start-ups to apply at Remode.com. In exchange for participating in eight valuable 10-minute meetings with innovative ReMode exhibitors, participants will receive: a complimentary pass, access to all sessions, workshops and networking events, as well as a travel and hotel allowance.”

Executives From Kate Spade, Shopbop and Allbirds Added to ReMode Lineup

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“Organizers of ReMode said they’ve confirmed additional fashion retail and apparel c-level executives to the event, which is set for Nov. 13 to 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The event, which organizers describe as a conference focused on “disruptive and sustainable fashion,” added confirmed speakers that include: Joey Zwillinger, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Allbirds; Mary Renner Beech, Executive Vice President and CMO of Kate Spade; Rati Sahi, Chief Merchant of The RealReal, and Bob Lamey, Co-founder of Shopbop.

ReMode said it is convening “innovators across the entire value chain of the fashion industry to share ideas, find practical solutions and forge new connections.” Event organizers said the conference’s programming aims to “address relevant topics such as artificial intelligence in fashion, omnichannel retailing, sustainable production, circular fashion and financing.”

To date, there are more than 100 speakers lined up for the conference. The structure of the event is built upon four pillars with content themes focusing on marketing, technology, investing and innovation. The pillars are ReThink, ReInvest, ReMake and ReMarket. “Each pillar features panels, workshops, keynotes, networking events and a curated selection of innovative solution-providers,” organizers of the event said.

Other confirmed speakers include Marie Chassot, head of Baume; Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA; Rosario Dawson, Actress and Co-founder of Studio One Eighty Nine; Janie Yu, Partner at Fung Capital; Orsola de Castro, Founder of Fashion Revolution; Adriano Goldschmied, Founder of Genius Group; Ryan Babenzien, Founder and CEO of Greats; Ned Monroe, Chief Global Design Officer of Activewear at Hanesbrands, and Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering at the Jacquard Project by Google.

ReMode organizers said the speakers presenting at the event “represent a wide array of sectors within the fashion industry including senior executives from innovative retailers, sustainability advocates, established and startup-level fashion brands from all categories (e.g., apparel, footwear, accessories), Venture Capital firms and global technology companies.”

Other confirmed speakers include Nicolas Santi-Weil, CEO of AMI Paris; Amber Valletta, actress and cofounder of Master & Muse; Pierre-Arnaud Grenade, Global CEO of Ba&sh; Kristin Savilia CEO of Joor; Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre, Co-founders of Maison de Mode; Stefan Siegel, CEO and founder of Not Just a Label; Kathleen Talbot, vice president of operations and sustainability at Reformation; Nate Checketts, Co-founder and CEO of Rhone, and Heidi Zak, CEO and cofounder of ThirdLove.

Hurstel described ReMode as the “right conference at the right time, and is going to inspire the critical dialogue necessary for attendees to collaborate, innovate, and equip themselves with the tools to affect long-term, positive change in their organizations.”

Zwillinger of Allbirds said the brand is passionate about innovation that can “spark industry-wide change,” which is one reason he’s speaking at ReMode. The CEO said the company is “dedicated to rethinking the way the footwear industry operates and bringing a new level of sustainability to all our products.”

Zwillinger said the conference is “an amazing opportunity to come together with other leaders in fashion and retail to discuss the current hurdles to sustainability and collaborate on innovative solutions that can make a real impact.”

For more information about the event, a list of speakers and to register, see https://remode.com. “

ReMarket at ReMode

Through its four pillars (REMAKE, RETHINK, REINVEST, and REMARKET), REMODE will offer collaborative experiences and innovative concepts to drive change throughout the fashion industry.

The REMARKET pillar dives into marketing, sales, and retail strategies for attaining omnichannel success. Omnichannel marketing, a multi-channel outreach strategy, immerses the consumer in a cohesive, branded experience regardless of selling channel or platform. REMARKET talks and workshops will inspire you to develop more insightful content to maximize engagement. Additionally, you’ll connect with marketing leads from innovative brands and companies such as Kate Spade and The RealReal.

KNOW YOUR CONSUMER.

Throughout the two-day event, the REMARKET pillar, like our three additional pillars, will feature panels, fireside chats, and workshops that will provide participants with insider content on omnichannel marketing strategies and original content.

Program topics will include:

+Reinventing Ecommerce for the New Social Generation

+Using AI and Data Analytics to Elevate the Customer Experience

+Marketing in the Age of Radical Transparency

+Shoppable Content: Does it Work?

+How to Attract the Right Collaborators

+Empowering the In-store Associate

+Virtual and Augmented Reality

CONNECT WITH LEADERS

Hear from influencers and marketing experts including Amber Valletta, Model & Actress; Amanda Hearst, Co-Founder, Maison de Mode;Hassan Pierre, Co-Founder, Maison de Mode; Nicole Miller, President & Chief Designer; Stefan Siegel, CEO and Founder, NOT JUST A LABEL; Sébastien Kopp, Co-Founder, VEJA and Centre Commercial; Nicolaj Reffstrup, CEO, GANNI; Ryan Babenzien, Founder, GREATS;Greg Petro, Founder and CEO, First Insight; Nicolas; Santi-Weil, CEO, AMI Paris; Melissa Mash, Founder & CEO, Dagne Dover; Aliza Licht, EVP Brand Mkg & Com., Alice + Olivia; Rachel Roy, Fashion Designer; Joëlle Grunberg, President & CEO, Lacoste, North & Central America;Marie Chassot, Head of BAUM.

REMARKET YOUR STRATEGY

Prepare to be a part of the game-changing landscape of fashion marketing. Grow as a retailer across all selling channels (i.e.Wholesale, D2C) and platforms (i.e. E-commerce, Brick & Mortar).

Discover new marketing strategies and tactics to get to know customers better, gain market share, and generate revenue growth. Attend workshops and meet exhibitors to reach innovative solutions to shape your business trajectory.

At REMODE, you’ll network with solution-providers from retail management, shop design and management, sales channels data tracking and management, pop-up experience developers, mass-market retailers and niche retailers, apparel rental marketplaces, CRM solutions providers, web developers, 3D, AR and VR experience agencies, inventory management, supply chain vendors, and delivery and shipping providers.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING TO FASHION’S MOST DEMANDED CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR. SECURE YOUR PASS TODAY.

 

 

ReInvest at ReMode

Through its four pillars (REMAKE, RETHINK, REINVEST, and REMARKET), REMODE will offer collaborative experiences and innovative concepts to drive change throughout the fashion industry.

The REINVEST pillar enables attendees to examine innovative ways to finance and maintain a sustainable fashion brand. REINVEST programming is designed to support your brand’s development into a more digitized and omnichannel platform. You’ll have the chance to connect with investors ready to discuss your plan, regardless of your company’s stage or size. REINVEST sessions and workshops will offer valuable resources and kickstart critical conversations for any team spanning from non-profit organizations to large-scale fashion corporations.

POWER YOUR BUSINESS AT REMODE.

Throughout the two-day event, the REINVEST pillar, like our three additional pillars, will feature panels, fireside chats, and workshops that will provide participants with insider content on financing fashion.

Program topics will include:

+Starting a Fashion Brand: What are the VC’s looking for?

+Financing D2C Inventories

+What Are Possible Exits, Who Can Buy and Why?

+Valuation of a Fashion Company

+The Impact of Payment Solutions on an Omnichannel Strategy

+Supply Chain Financing

IDEATION TO INNOVATION.

Be inspired to turn your ideas into reality at REINVEST pillar events led by Mona Bijoor (Partner, Kings Circle Capital), Anthony Choe (Founder & Managing Partner, Provenance), Catherine Barba (Founder, PEPS Labs), Gary Wassner (CEO & Principal, Hilldun), Heath Golden (President, RANDA Digital Labs), Janie Yu (Partner, Fung Capital), Pano Anthos (Founder and Managing Director, XRC Labs), Eric Fisch (Head of Apparel & Retail Sector, HSBC Bank, USA), Joseph Sartre (Partner, Bleu Capital), Adrianne Shapira (Managing Director, Eurazeo), and more.

REINVEST IN YOUR BRAND’S FUTURE

REINVEST will provide the resources you need to evolve along with the modern consumer while continuing to operate within your company’s margins. With help from our speakers and workshop leads, you’ll learn to how to finance company-wide transitions to become more sustainable and omnichannel. Attend workshops and explore exhibitor demos to reach informed decisions on what’s right for your business at this time.

While at REMODE, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry-wide leaders including investors, representatives of accelerators incubators, financial institutions, finance management solutions, accounting firms, real estate agencies, insurance providers, HR & recruiting agencies and payment solutions providers.

SECURE YOUR PASS TO ATTEND REMODE 2018 TODAY.

ReThink at ReMode

Through its four pillars (REMAKE, RETHINK, REINVEST, and REMARKET), REMODE will offer tangible concepts and collaborative experiences to address and inspire change across all aspects of the business of fashion.

The RETHINK pillar provides a platform to discuss consumer trends, set informed benchmarks for success, and discover implementable innovation. Through RETHINK-targeted sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with leaders and change-makers at the intersection of fashion and tech. Connect with like-minded professionals through sessions focusing on digitizing the consumer experience, ensuring an ethically-responsible brand, and analyzing upcoming trends within the space.

DON’T WAIT FOR CHANGE. LEAD IT AT REMODE

Throughout the two-day event, the RETHINK pillar, like our three additional pillars, will host a program of panels and talks that will provide participants with exclusive access to thought leadership and data-driven strategies to address unmet needs from design to manufacturing.

Program topics will include:

+ Social and cultural shifts that emerged in 2018 and their future implications

+ The growth of hashtag activism and the impact on consumer engagement

+ Genderless fashion and its impact on mass production

+ The increased popularity and deeper accessibility of smart fabrics and wearables

+ 360 Augmented Reality: An experience in sound, touch, smell and taste

+ Fighting counterfeits with blockchain

+ How to set up an internal ecosystem for innovation

Speakers you’ll hear from on these topics, and more, including Charlie Cole (Chief Global E-Comm. Officer, Samsonite), Steven Kolb( President & CEO, CFDA), Sophie Theallet (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Sophie Theallet), Aaron Luo (Co-Founder & CEO, CARAA), Ian Whitman (Partner, 1111.Fund), Frederic Montagnon (CEO, Arianee), Chris Paradysz (Co-CEO & Founder, PMX Agency), Fabrice Nadjari (Co-Founder, Studio 55), and Patrick Duffy (Founder, Global Fashion Exchange).

RETHINK THE FUTURE OF FASHION

RETHINK will challenge attendees to think about how social trends influence consumer behavior and how to best use advancements in technology to improve your business platform.  From blockchain product management to the rise of social media activism, the RETHINK pillar will encourage you to reflect on current trends and business strategies while connecting with fellow professionals and leaders to implement sustainable, tech-enabled change.

While at REMODE, you’ll engage with industry stakeholders from top consulting firms, specialized fashion and retail consulting firms, marketing agencies for retail, e-commerce, and social media platforms, trend, data and UX analytics agencies, social media and influencer  agencies, customer acquisition and experience marketing agencies, branding and creative agencies, and fashion-focused media platforms.

Get your pass to attend RETHINK at REMODE today!

ReMake at ReMode

Through its four pillars (REMAKE, RETHINK, REINVEST, and REMARKET), REMODE will offer tangible concepts and collaborative experiences to address and inspire change across all aspects of the business of fashion.

The REMAKE pillar, in particular, will showcase novel ideas and solutions for design, production, wearables and sustainability. From understanding the impact customer needs and trends have on design and manufacturing, to leveraging technology to reduce time-to-market, and to discovering sustainable materials and practices, the REMAKE pavilion will delve into innovative and environmentally-friendly ways fashion can be made.

MOVE THE NEEDLE WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS

Throughout the two-day event, the REMAKE pavilion will host a program of panels and talks that will provide participants with first-row access to industry leaders and actionable takeaways. Program topics will include:

+ 101: Sustainable best practices
+ The big picture on sustainability: environmental impacts outside the fashion industry
+ Printing 3D clothing: What can my shirt DO for me?
+ Pipeline of manufacturing innovations and their implications on production timelines
+ Reimagining the supply chain for designers
+ Green packaging and shipping strategies to minimize the carbon footprint
+ How 3D printing is changing the production process
+ Spotlight on radical transparency
+ The Circular Economy
+ Fabric Innovation: The intersection between textiles and technology
+ Best practices and business solutions to using sustainable raw materials

Speakers you’ll hear from on these topics, and more, include Ned Munroe (Chief Global Design Officer, HanesBrands), Dr. Ivan Poupyrev (Director of Engineering, Google Jacquart Project), Adriano Goldschmied (Founder, Genius Group), Orsola de Castro (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Fashion Revolution), Celine Semaan (CEO & Designer, Slow Factory), Billie Whitehouse (CEO, Wearables X), Francois Girbaud (Founder & Owner, Marithé & François Girbaud), Scot Tatelman (Co-Founder, STATE Bags) Simardev Gulati (Co-Founder & CEO, Dropel), Jackie Trebilcock (Managing Director, NY Fashion Tech Lab), Fabien Seredarian (Director, MAZARS), Benita Singh (Founder & CEO, Le Souk), Samantha Smith (VP & Showroom Director, Franklin St. Showroom), Frederic Trinel (Co-Founder & Co-CEO, EcoVadis), and Matt Scanlan (Co-Founder & CEO, Naadam Cashmere).

SEE REMAKE IN ACTION

In addition to educational talks and panels, the REMAKE pavilion will expose participants to a curated set of truly groundbreaking technologies and concepts that re-imagine how fashion is created. From robot mannequins to digital textile sourcing, here’s a glimpse of some of the exhibitors and innovations you’ll be able to see in action:

Le Souk is the first online trade show technology that directly connects the world’s finest textile suppliers to designers around the world. Within REMAKE, Le Souk will bring to life its online showroom in an onsite showcase of materials sourced from over 40 mills & tanneries around the world – all of which have a demonstrated commitment towards sustainability.

Mills and tanneries to be featured include Dias Ruivo (sustainable leather from Portugal), Naturtex (organic pima cotton from Peru), Herbal Fab (natural dyed fabrics from India), Avanti (organic cotton from Japan), and Oratex (circular knit fabrics from Canada). Learn more about Le Souk’s showcase of sustainability.

Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. The Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) is a visual, fully digital collection of boards for touch-based devices like iPad, iPhone and large-scale, touch screen televisions. The platform transforms decision-making and automates execution to truly collapse time-to-market and distance-to-trend.

Centric’s flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries.

Jacquard by Google is the first full scale digital platform created for smart clothing. It streamlines the way you access services and information by putting it right into the materials you already wear and use. Using touch gestures, you can access different abilities, such as getting directions or skipping to the next song. With Jacquard abilities you can easily interact with the digital world without disrupting what’s going on in your real one.

The first product incorporating the Jacquard platform – the Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker jacket – was put on sale on September 27, 2017. This was one of many firsts for Levi’s, but a particularly exciting moment for the Jacquard team.

Euveka manufactures and develops evolutive and connected robot-mannequins controlled by a design software that is available to clothing industry professionals. Their solution allows accurate control in each step of making prototypes and customizing models to an exact size, without errors.

Euveka’s technology is a combination of mechatronics, computer technologies and materials that rely on a biomimetic process. Their connected mannequin, initially developed as a women, enables them to recreate 80% of current morphologies for Caucasian and Asian women, between 1m55 to 1m80 and body distortions and from ages 17 to 70.

What’s Euveka’s end goal? Their ambition is to become the leader in robotic technologies linked to morphology and biomimicry and a high-performance partner to clients as they progress towards producing personalized mass-market or custom-made clothing.

First Insight’s SaaS solution gives retailers and manufacturers insight into expected product performance and optimal entry price points for new items that have no sales history – all within 48-72 hours.

They do this through a scalable “big data” platform that enables thousands of consumers to evaluate hundreds of candidate new products through gamification and crowdsourcing. Online games are presented to consumers via social media, websites, emails, and on mobile devices. First Insight’s predictive analytic models filter and weight consumer input, ensuring that retailers and brands are listening to the right consumers. The result has been 3-9% gains in sales and margin dollars for all of First Insight’s customers.

Sourcemap helps companies map their supply chains, evaluate social, environmental and financial risks, and put systems in place for ongoing monitoring and optimization. Introduced in 2009, the industry’s first software-as-a-service for supply chain mapping is now being used by dozens of major brands including Mars, Ikea and Stonyfield.

Nineteenth Amendment is a platform for brands to increase their direct-to-consumer business without having to hold inventory and manufacture sales on-demand in the USA through a network of no minimum manufacturers in 4 to 6 weeks.

Get your pass to attend REMAKE at REMODE today!

In Conversation with Benita Singh of Le Souk

 

Founder and CEO Benita Singh launched Le Souk in 2012 with the mission of creating an online marketplace for sustainable materials. We spoke with Benita to learn more about why she started Le Souk and how the platform contributes to a more sustainable and omnichannel industry overall.  

How did Le Souk come to be?

I started Le Souk back in 2012, with Summer Rayne Oakes as a side business to promote mills and tanneries that had a real commitment to sustainability but couldn’t afford to attend trade shows.

Our initial concept was to bring to the surface these under the radar suppliers that have beautiful materials to offer but that were not discoverable via traditional sourcing channels. Today we’re the first digital platform to allow designers to source directly from mills and tanneries around the world – all commission and markup-free. We facilitate more direct and transparent sourcing relationships between buyers and suppliers which is where we feel the fashion industry is headed.

What do you look for when selecting suppliers?

There are four criteria we look for when adding suppliers to our platform:

1. Clear material specialization: All of our suppliers do one thing really well and have truly perfected their craft. For example, we have specialists in pima cotton, silk jacquard, pea silks and fish leather.

2. Commitment to sustainability: Our suppliers don’t necessarily have to be certified organic, but they must have a demonstrated commitment to sustainability in their sector. For example, for denim we don’t work with mills who engage in sandblasting. For dyeing, we only work with mills that use Azo-free dyes as a base level of compliance. All of our are on their own journey to sustainability. 

3. Low minimums: All of our minimums are under 600 meters. We really want to be serving the designer of the future – our low minimums enable our designers to work more quickly and nimbly. 

4. In-stock program: Our suppliers don’t have to have all of their materials in-stock, but they will have some set aside so that designers can work and experiment with our suppliers and their products.

We also promote wholesalers who abide by our standards simply because it’s not always possible to source from mill/tanneries for quicker sampling for experimentation or last minute production runs.

How has the industry responded to the idea of Le Souk?

It certainly was an upward climb for quite a bit, but I think that the industry is now at a moment to understand and embrace what we’re doing which is demonstrated by conferences like Remode.

Designers of the future know that Le Souk is a tool that is necessary. We’ve gotten over the hump of designers questioning our utility, and a lot of that is because of our product – we offer the offline component of swatching so that designers aren’t reliant on sourcing based off an online picture.

The climb has really been on the supplier side as age old heritage mills are slower to embrace technology than designers, but coming soon I believe more and more suppliers will realize our utility and adopt.

What types of designers and brands does Le Souk attract?

Given that we’re a technology company at our core, we reach thousands of designers. We’re currently at 27,000 active designers who sample and source via Le Souk. At first it was the smaller, up-and-coming designers, and now we’re seeing larger brands like Stella McCartney, Katharine Hamnett, and Mara Hoffman. It’s really inspiring to see brands of all types using technology to reach out to mills around the world.

Why REMODE?

We do really believe that REMODE represents the designers of the future, and our mission at Le Souk is to support those next generation designers who are building omnichannel and sustainable brands that will breakthrough and do well. So we’re really excited to bridge our universe of suppliers with REMODE’s universe of designers that want to do business that way.

I love any chance to be with our customers and see what they’re looking for. Because we’re so in the materials world, it’s also a huge opportunity to get out of see how our materials will actually be applied and used. I was just having a conversation about how for so long trends came from the top down rather than the bottom up. We really think that trends come from our users, so having that dialogue with our users at a conference like REMODE is always extremely helpful.

Meet Benita and explore Le Souk’s sustainable materials at REMODE – get your pass today!

ReMake Pavilion Presented by Le Souk

The ReMake pavilion will showcase a range of sustainable materials, uncovered by Le Souk, an online platform that allows designers to instantly search, sample and source from fine mills & tanneries around the world.

As an attendee, you will be able to view and explore materials from over 40 mills and tanneries – all of which have a demonstrated commitment towards sustainability. Read on for a sample of showcased suppliers and their unique stories, provided by LeSouk.

Meet these suppliers (and many more!) at the ReMake Pavilion. Register to attend here.


Dias Ruivo has been perfecting the art of leather making for over eight decades. The first records of the tannery date back to 1936, when the oldest production formulas were written by the hand of the current owner’s father – Antonio Periera Dias da Silva.

Today the company is run by Manuel Dias and his two sisters – who were born and raised next door to the tannery. Their intricate knowledge of the production process is just one of the assets that set Dias Ruivo apart from other European tanneries.

Dias Ruivo’s collections are the result of intense collaboration between designers, leather production experts, and sustainability specialists. With a permanent presence at the premier shows in Paris, Milan and Hong Kong, Dias Ruivo is always on the pulse of what’s taking place in the world of leather.

“Our most bizarre articles of the season tend to become classic bestsellers in 20 years time,” says Dias, showing the company’s history of being well ahead of the curve.

This family-owned tannery’s in-house testing laboratory, range of colors and patterns, and short lead times augment Dias Ruivo’s unique positioning in the market.

 

Avanti began working with organic cotton in the 1990’s when the term “organic” was not yet familiar to most people, and very few knew about anything about organic cotton. From the beginning we dedicated ourselves to importing organically grown raw cotton and to producing and selling yarn, fabric and finished goods of consistent quality.

People want the things that touch their skin everyday to be safe and reliable. This is such a key factor that we tend to forget, or find difficult to follow in modern life with all these new technologies that are able to produce lots of material very fast.

In our generation as well as our children’s we hope that a sustainable organic lifestyle will be the norm. It is vital that we use our common sense so that we can return to a way of life that is grateful for nature’s blessings. We at Avanti will keep this foremost in our minds and keep a promise that we will only produce the best quality materials.

 

Shimada Seishoku started 80 years ago mainly producing shirting fabrics for North America. With its success in the shirting market, by the 1980’s Shimada Seishoku expanded its business to many categories including pants, jackets and shirts for domestic elite brands.

In 1972, a carpenter headed the technique of “Nishijin Ori” from Kyoto City, and this is the origin of “Banshu Ori”. Nowadays, in the Banshu area, there are many kinds of factory for weaving, dying and processing. Located in Nishiwaki City, Japan an area known for its 200 yard history in dyed fabrics, Shimada Seishoku stands out amongst the saturation of mills in the region.

Sticking to their roots of shirting, Shimada Seishoku’s team members are capable of producing thin 100/1 yarns and many aspects of technical materials. When developing textile, first the yarn is selected, and then the process, color and the weave type. Each step may seem very mundane, but the care and precision each step required is revealed in the final fabrication of the textiles.

 

Toban Textile is located in the Nishiwaki District, and is the only mill in Japan which can integrate dyeing, weaving and finishing into a continuous production. The origin of ”Banshu Ori” dates back to 1792, when the technique was introduced from Nishijin, Kyoto.

Nishiwaki District is given a plenty of water from several valleys, and the rivers flow together into a wide one, Kakogawa River. One of the rivers, Sugihara River, has soft water and is suitable for dyeing. This resulted in the development of dyeing industry in the area. What is more, the area was cultivating cottons for house clothing in the past, by taking advantage of mild climate. Thus, “Banshu Ori” has kept evolving and been loved by the people around the world over more than 200 years.

 

 

Herbal Fab is a family run company whose vision as a company is to be sustainable – giving back to nature what they take from it in the same form, or if not the same then one, that is still useful and not harmful. This is the vision that they apply to all of their sourcing and manufacturing for their fabrics. They believe that they are reviving the chemical-free textile practice followed by ancestors 100 years ago.

Two brothers, originally electronic engineers, started Herbal Fab; they started Herbal Fab in order to join the family business involved with conventional cotton textiles. However, from seeing the repairable damage done by the hazardous chemicals used at each stage of conventional textiles processing they decided to make a change. This was where the idea of Herbal Fab was born. The main issues they are concerned with is the amount of air, soil, and water pollution created as a result of production and processing, and how much employment that their work generate. Herbal Fab works with organic cotton-based fabrics in both woven and knits and other sustainable materials like organic denims, organic corduroy, KHADI, peace silk, wood-based fibers, and linen. 

 

Sojitz Fashion responds to the rapidly changing environment in the domestic apparel business through OEM supply of products to SPA, a leading domestic retailer, as well as the sale of brand products through subsidiaries and sale of fabric stocks. It conducts wholesale catalogue sales of fabric and strives to establish trends through its involvement in all aspects of fashion from textile color, pattern, and material planning to sales.

Benshidai in Shanghai, China supports customers from Japan and all over the world by providing small-lot, high-quality fabrics with simple settlement through its original inventory operations system. Sojitz Fashion seeks to be a global textile converter that grows with its customers and contributes to the development of an enriching society.

 

Naturtex, located in Lima, Peru, is among the most renowned suppliers of organic cotton in South America. A pioneer of the production of organic and fair-trade cotton, the company is a vertically integrated manufacturer of some of the finest cotton and alpaca fabrics available on the market today.

The American anthropologist James M. Vreeland Jr. founded the company in 1977 as a commercial representative for the Native Cotton Project of Peru. Naturtex offers an incredible array of organic cottons. The fabrics are made from start to finish in-house, where specially trained employees knit, weave, and dye raw cotton and wool in a full spectrum of eco-friendly hues. Naturtex combines history, quality, and a commitment to sustainability and ethical business practices to provide their customers with the very best organic cotton and wool fabrics.

 

Premium Bishu Japan – The Ichinomiya Fashion Design Center Foundation (FDC) was established to promote textile and other industries in the BISHU regions in 1984 in Ichinomiya City.

While producing textiles, the BISHU textile industry with its highly developed technology, consists of various production lines from spinning, thread-playing, dyeing, weaving, finishing and processing to home wholesale and needlework.

The strong point of BISHU, compared to other textile regions, exists in the fact that BISHU has a consistent system which allows it to create textiles from thread to the final product. This is especially vital to the production of woolen textiles which attaches great importance to material, color, pattern, texture and quality. As a result of its consistency, BISHU has developed a superior technology in the production of woolen textiles. This technology is best when used to produce new, high-value-added products. BISHU textiles continue to meet the challenging demands of its customers with new diverse and quality products.

 

Oratex is a premium manufacture of circular knit stretch fabrics. They are a performance-based manufacturer who supplies fabrics that are designed for activewear and a selection of apparel items. They supply fabrics that are specific to certain activities or genders, for example their Dolce collection. They also have an eco-friendly element to their company, acting to protect the environment.

Oratex Inc. was founded in 1989 as a commission knitter serving the garment industry in Canada. Over the past two decade it has proven to be both flexible to changing tines and consistent in quality. Oratex has grown from strictly a commission knitter to a high-end fabric supplier. Their fabrics are sold worldwide and are at the forefront of quality standards.

They supply fabrics that are comprised of a combinations between bamboo, organic cotton, nylon, spandex and micromodal. These come in a jersey weave and are available in black and white as well as other custom colours. The fabrics are soft and comfortable. They are best suited to producing items such as active wear and apparel like blouses and tops.

Oratex is a leading brand in textile production. They are an environmentally aware company bearing the effects of manufacturing in the future in mind. Creating innovative, high quality materials they have grown over the last decades to establish a reputed reputation and become a well known global textile supplier.

 

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Emma is an e-commerce veteran with diverse experience specializing in brand matrix strategy, vendor sourcing and profit maximization. She was part of the early teams at Gilt and vente-privee with American Express as well as in established companies like Coach. She was also named the most incredible buyer at Gilt on Quora. She recently joined Tmall Global to head business development for the fashion category in the Americas.