A Focus on Workwear takes place March 12 in NY

Textile & Apparel Industry Invited to 'Focus on Workwear'

The International Oeko-Tex Association and Textile Insight magazine will present "A Focus on Workwear" as the next installment in the "Insight on What’s Next” textile and apparel industry roundtable discussion series. The event takes place in New York City on Friday, March 12, 2010, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the DuPontTM Corian® Design Studio, 49 W. 23rd St. between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Representatives from leading companies in the protective apparel and workwear industry will share their opinions on current trends and the impact these developments will have on the future growth of the market. The panel will be moderated by Emily Walzer, editor of Textile Insight, and will include the following industry insiders:

  • Charlie Siracusa, director of North American Sales, Carhartt
  • Gary Zumstein, VP Sales and Marketing, Protective Segment, Glen Raven Technical Fabrics
  • Marc Kaufman, founder and CEO, Old Toledo Brands

"The companies on this panel are innovators and leaders in the field of product performance and design," says Sam Moore who represents the International Oeko-Tex Association in the United States. "We look forward to hearing their insights into innovation and their ideas for growth in the workwear market."

Oeko-Tex, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 14 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in more than 40 countries. It is the source of Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which includes testing parameters and sets limit values for substances used in apparel, including lead, phthalates, formaldehyde, and chromium. The association says more than 10,000 certificates have been issued this year alone, and 8,000 companies in 86 countries are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. The Association also offers the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certification for environmentally and socially responsible textile manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit www.Oeko-Tex.com.

Oeko-Tex and Textile Insight developed the "Insight on What’s Next” panel discussion series in early 2009 for textile industry participants. To date, feature topics have included trends in sustainability, consumer behavior, textile technology, product design, merchandising trends, and emerging markets.

For those interested in attending "A Focus on Workwear," contact Dina Dunn at dina@blinkready.com or 336-471-5584. Lunch will be served. Admission is complimentary for textile and apparel industry representatives and for members of the media.

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