Manufacturing and supply chain expo, Pure Origin has announced a line-up of leading experts taking to the stage from 10th – 12th February discussing Brexit, sustainability, personalisation, the Amazon impact, digitalisation of the textile and apparel industry, innovations in athleisure, and garment costing interspersed with the newly launched Pure Origin

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Kicking off on the dedicated Pure Origin stage on Sunday and highlighting the growing consumer demand for
personalisation is Jovit Balseviciene, Solution Consultant from Lectra UK and Northern Europe, and Jean-Patrice Gros, UK & NE Managing Director, Lectra SA. Discussing the need to find a sustainable model of business, one that saves time, fabric and cuts costs, the session will explore how a new automated personalisation process can make this a reality and bring about new business opportunities.

Christopher Stopes, Representative of GOTS in the UK, Global Organic Textile Standard, will talk through why organic fibre production on farm and organic processing in factories is good for people and planet; how to get started, the steps towards certification and the business case.

Join fashion consultant and former COO of Matches Fashion Frances Card, Ian Maclean, Managing Director at John Smedley and the UKFT for Beyond Brexit: The way ahead. Whether it will be a hard, soft or no Brexit, the fashion industry will go on preparing for the next collection. This panel will look beyond the political rhetoric to more practical considerations including WTO rules, supply chain management, importing and exporting and talent recruitment and retention post-EU membership.

On Day two, the experts from World Textile Information Network’s leading publications Industry Digitalisation and
Technical Textiles take to the stage. Join Tansy Fall for an insight into the changing shape of the textile and apparel
manufacturing supply chain and the impact on sourcing decisions. Followed by Maddi Cornforth, looking at Amazon’s investments and patents in the textile, apparel and fashion sector and the impact this will have on the industry as it assesses this new competitor.

Later in the day Anna Borkowicz, market intelligence analyst on Technical Textiles will provide an insight into industry and market challenges associated with development and commercialisation of smart clothing sport and fitness, with examples of companies who have successfully capitalised on the market opportunities.
Begin Day three by joining Fiona Haran, Editor of WTiN’s Future Textile, on the innovations in athleisure, and the type of functionalities adopted in the products with commercial examples. Alistair Knox, Chairman of ASBCI follows, outlining what everyone in the clothing industry needs to know about garment costing as fashion supply chains become more complex, and increasingly offshore.

For advice on transitioning to a sustainable circular economy, join Debbie Luffmann, Product Director at Finisterre. By incorporating recycled materials into their products, offering a repairs service, creating new products out of dead
stock and left-over fabric and through careful sourcing Finisterre is transitioning to a circular design model. During this seminar Debbie will discuss their journey and what they’ve learned along the way.

Mark Powell, Senior Consultant, at EFI Optitex closes the show with a talk on using 3D digital transformation to supportsustainability.

Pure Origin continues to evolve into the UK’s number one destination for sourcing and manufacturing, knowledge and solutions. As a convenient and cost-effective way for buyers to meet with UK and international manufacturers, Pure Origin brings together over 200 exhibitors from dozens of countries to create a wide range of business and networking opportunities, new thinking and innovation. Garment and fabric suppliers, denim and textile designers and technology brands attract buyers, sourcing, and technical personnel from the likes of Asos, White Stuff, Victoria Beckham, River Island, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer and Selfridges.

At Pure London, visitors will continue to see over 700 women’s and menswear brands offering Ready to Wear and
Premium collections, Footwear and Accessories as well as the newly created Gen Z section, and kidswear section
Bubble at Pure London.

The next Pure London and Pure Origin takes place at London Olympia from the 10th
– 12th February 2019. Visit www.purelondon.com for further information and more highlights from the latest show.