Material Is Your Business

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Synopsis

Deep dive into MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING with the QUEEN OF RAW Stephanie Benedetto, SAVE THE GARMENT DISTRICT's Samanta Cortes, and business strategist Rob Sanchez. Join them for in-depth interviews with industry notables and insights into trends, business and technology within the material sciences industry.

Episodes

  • 058 – Ivan Poupyrev of Google and Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss – Tech, Textiles, and Project Jacquard

    058 – Ivan Poupyrev of Google and Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss – Tech, Textiles, and Project Jacquard

    21/09/2018 Duration: 27min

    The thinking behind, logistics and journey of Project Jacquard… Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering at Google, and Paul Dillinger Head of Design Innovation for Levi Strauss, join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at FIT for WEAR Conference. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Building technology into a jacket The move to put tech into both hard and soft goods Power factory How tech can be integrated into textiles that are flexible, stretchable, and can withstand the burning of denim during manufacturing process Brands learning from each other Trust between companies is critical Corporate egos, understanding, admitting what you’re good and bad at, supplement deficiencies, finding right partner to fill deficiencies Co-creation was a key word defining the Google/Levi Strauss relationship The jacket was designed for use by urban cyclists, designed to improve your life when cycling Explored opportunity for tactile interface without having to put screen in

  • 057 – Carol Chyau of SHOKAY – Yak, Oysters, and Ecomarine

    057 – Carol Chyau of SHOKAY – Yak, Oysters, and Ecomarine

    08/09/2018 Duration: 17min

    Socially responsible premium yak down… Carol Chyau, Co-Founder and CEO of SHOKAY (committed to benefitting the communities that produce yak down, conscientiously selecting the right partners, creating timeless products, and using the best business principles), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at the 2018 WEAR Conference at FIT.In this episode: SHOKAY sustainably sources hand-combed yak down from the remote Himalayan Highlands to bring incredibly light and beautiful textiles with a soft texture. Working with unconventional materials The yak car comes only from locations in Himalayan regions How it is like cashmere, warmer than wool, more breathable than cashmere What can be created from these materials Yak and ecomarine (recycle plastic bottles blended with oyster shell composites, offering anti bacterial and anti odor qualities) Coordinating with brands to innovate Working with a garment manufacturer with wearable tech, utilizing the materials into a piece that can be worn in a lot of

  • 056 – Rickard Rosendahl of Inuheat – Printing Wearable Warmth

    056 – Rickard Rosendahl of Inuheat – Printing Wearable Warmth

    30/08/2018 Duration: 23min

    A wearable heating platform… Rickard Rosendahl, CEO of Inuheat Group AB (a developer and manufacturer of the Inuheat Wearable Heating Platform – an entire eco system with all components and materials needed for a clothing manufacturer (the apparel brand) to design and manufacture apparels with active battery powered heating built in), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at the 2018 WEAR Conference at FIT.In this episode: How Inuheat has developed platform components to build in heat to apparel Gloves, socks, base layers Applications in medical, performance, military Users can stay out longer, focused Bringing heat onto skin safely and comfortably Creating a system that is cost effective in production, material sourcing, knitting Printing a flexible, smooth heating panel directly on garment Plus, a data platform! Testing certification, a need to develop their own tests and standards, considering setting up an accreditation process Durability, washability Sending data to the user Heptic fe

  • 055 – Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit – Gold Plated Hugs

    055 – Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit – Gold Plated Hugs

    23/08/2018 Duration: 24min

    Interactive fashion wearable technology brand… Francesca Rosella (bio), Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of CuteCircuit (a global leader in interactive fashion integrating new beauty and functionality through the use of smart textiles and micro-electronics), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on locations at the 2018 WEAR Conference at FIT.In this episode: How Rosella started working in the field in 2001 How people can use technology to connect with one another, express themselves Creating the first fashion wearable technology brand in world One of the first thing worked on was hug shirt, a t-shirt lets you hug someone over a distance, transferred in a hug message sent over mobile app Why start with a hug? Overcoming a disconnect between design and technology How CuteCircuit did not want wires in garments Pieces of fabric coated with nano-particals to be transparent and conductive Exciting project with Mercedes, designing a pilot suit, sensors for emotions of pilot, lights up in response to

  • 054 – Ben Christensen of SAP – Imagine It, Build It

    054 – Ben Christensen of SAP – Imagine It, Build It

    03/08/2018 Duration: 39min

    3D printing, partnerships, and from science fiction to science fact… Ben Christensen, Startup Mentor, Maker Evangelist, Keynote Speaker, Global Lead for SAP Next-Gen Science Fiction Community, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortez in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Christensen on what he’s caring about and identity, always starting things, helping companies explore what’s possible to make partnerships If you can imagine it you can build it SAP –  his focus on the global sci fi community Sci fi shows what’s possible From science fiction to science fact, designing today The liquid – PLA – polylactic acid The possibilities of creating almost anything via 3D printing, an accelerating industry 4D printing and what it can be, do, and inspire A lot of trash results from 3D printing, how can you reuse the discarded materials How 3D printers can become stations in the community where things can be synthesized SAP Next Gen SAP started a campaign with UN Women, the “#SheInno

  • 053 – Panel – Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Proper Governance

    053 – Panel – Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Proper Governance

    26/07/2018 Duration: 43min

    The impact of social responsibility, sustainability, and proper governance on the growth and expansion of companies… Rob Sanchez, CEO of Mouth Media Network, moderates an impressive expert panel on material development, governance, and sustainability as part of an event at Spring Place sponsored by Financial Executives  International, including: Karina Givargisoff, Founder and Editor in Chief of MISSION Magazine Beth Colleton, Founder of Purpose Strategies Danielle Joseph, Investment Officer at Closed Loop Partners William Reinisch, Venture Partner at Paladin Capital GroupIn this episode: The importance of consideration of social responsibility at early stages of planning a company, ESG and sustaibablity, in idea generation stage, how this has dramatically changed and become complete sector and way of thinking about it How for the next generation this wont be an add on, will be a fundamental part of building an industry Doesn’t work well when it is down the hall Using for growth, generating more opportunity,

  • 052 – Joe Castaldo of The Style Council – The Speed of Fashion

    052 – Joe Castaldo of The Style Council – The Speed of Fashion

    29/06/2018 Duration: 36min

    Setting the standard for both hand painting and computer aided design with The Style Council… Joe Castaldo, President of The Style Council (the USA’s leading textile design and service studio), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samantha Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: The way business keeps pace with the pace of changing fashion How Castaldo’s background as a clothing designer provides value The process creative people go through, travel, being able to look at every designer’s work, life, what’s in museums, and on the street, and bring it into what the Style Council does Putting together trends, giving the intel to artists who will do the best with it Predicting colors, palettes Designing prints Creating and impacting CAD software Going back to handpainting, and how that helps with copyright concerns, products so different than others, and that luxury has expense It is like a science project how dyes and heat react to fabrics, and how The Style Council is constantl

  • 051 – Bruce Thomson of BrightLabel – The Label is the Story

    051 – Bruce Thomson of BrightLabel – The Label is the Story

    15/06/2018 Duration: 50min

    Digital product labeling that enables consumers to go beyond the traditional label to learn more about product origin, materials and features, and to help brands establish a new, digital channel to engage directly with and learn from their customers… Bruce Thomson, Co-founder/CEO of BrightLabel (a software platform that leverages mobile technology to enable digital product labeling in the textiles and apparel sector), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Getting dynamic transparaent info on material certifciations in hands of consumers Consumers looking for more out of porducts, to make more informed decsions on what they purchase and wear Most labeling contains little practical info Why this hasn’t been done before, regulatory regimes around the world dictating what labelled on products FTC regulated in America Unfortunate that the story of products isn’t told – Made in Mexico but with Amercian cotton? Symbols on labels mean li

  • 050 – Julie Golden and Amy Adair of ADAY Clothing – Technically Conscious Clothing

    050 – Julie Golden and Amy Adair of ADAY Clothing – Technically Conscious Clothing

    11/06/2018 Duration: 43min

    Repurposing everyday clothing with one of a kind intelligent fabrics… Julie Golden (Operations Manager) Amy Adair (Production) of ADAY Clothing (consciously designed clothing reinvented with technical fabrics) join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: How ADAY Clothing was founded by Meg He an active runner  and Nina Faulhaber a competitive gymnast, different in everyday activities and clothing they wore at work Comfy, great for travel, filling void in market Sweat wicking, breathable , all stretchy, many are wrinkle resistant, all machine washable, making life easier Company started buying from stock fabric companies environmentally conscious, and eventually developed own fabrics as they’ve grown, which drape nicely, and polyester is recycled All about seeking fibers and fabrics that feel great or have properties they love, no internal R and D team developing fibers Aim to get the best of both worlds – performance and feel beautiful

  • 049 – Steve Greenberg of Pointcarre – Photoshop on Steroids

    049 – Steve Greenberg of Pointcarre – Photoshop on Steroids

    10/05/2018 Duration: 34min

    Textile design software to create fabric realistic weaves, knits and prints Steve Greenberg, President, Pointcarre, North America, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: CAD textile software, computer aided design, allows almost anyone to design own fabric and print and simulate before end product to see exactly what it would look like Loom networking to send immediately to a loom anywhere in the world Can see yarns, determine knit and woven structure (more than 4,000) Set up gauge correctly, and in correct weave structure Working with a print and repeats of the design Easy to pick up software if you have basic knowledge Different kind of materials, even utilizing silver, want to know attributes of fibers to know how they will react Software does costing too How this software allows changing business model, cost structure Take any photo of your product, apply grid, then can map and wrap with any fabric/pattern and fully envision t

  • 048 – Matt Kolmes of Supreme Corporations – Yarn, Conduction, and Sharks, Oh My!

    048 – Matt Kolmes of Supreme Corporations – Yarn, Conduction, and Sharks, Oh My!

    03/05/2018 Duration: 45min

    Conductive smart yarns… Matt Kolmes, CEO of Supreme Corporations (creator of the VOLT Smart Yarns) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Doing military work, being approached by military defense contractors, Top Secret, who said “Don’t ever say our name,” – what did this mean, and they realized the contractor probably realized they had perfect equipment for making conductive yarn, and an “aha “ moment How Kolmes was always jealous of wearable tech and smart yarns Most yarns had metal on the outside of the yarn, which exposed the conductive service How Supreme assessed they were disappointed, evaluated there was a solution, and designed insulation that could be soldered without stripping Sewing thread is the superhero of yarns Invention of protected copper wires so won’t break 185 patents in 54 years in 60 countries, with 15 more pending Why it is important to only protect what is protectable, what’s new, novel, and hasn’t existed

  • 047 – Manon Clavel – Dressing Delta

    047 – Manon Clavel – Dressing Delta

    27/04/2018 Duration: 45min

    Producing uniforms for Delta Airlines, and successful business development and consulting for textile and garment manufacturing companies from around the world with Manon Clavel… Manon Clavel is a Business development professional and consultant for textile and garment manufacturing companies working with apparel Industry leaders across categories including Levis, Nike, Ralph Lauren, the VF corporation, Vans, Theory, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Brooks Brothers, Burton Snowboards, Athleta, Gap, Banana Republic, Target and other US brands. Clavel joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: How Delta Airlines decided to renew uniforms, trying to make more comfortable and make more stylish Working with a designer like Zac Posen and what that means strategy wise How new uniforms raises image of the airline around the world The importance of an American company and American designer Stretch and stretch fabrics and why bi-stretch is important Te

  • 046 – Alejandro Muther of Kimetric – Map, Measure and Trace Real Time Retail Data

    046 – Alejandro Muther of Kimetric – Map, Measure and Trace Real Time Retail Data

    20/04/2018 Duration: 24min

    Measuring consumer behavior and provide real time analytics for brick and mortar stores… Alejandro Muther, CEO of Kimetric (increases sales by creating unique customized experiences for consumers at point of sale while collecting and analyzing information about their profiles and behavior) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at NRF Big Show. MouthMedia Network is powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: With Kimetric, a 3D camera tracks reactions and how consumers are looking at touching or picking up products Real time data analytics Aggregating data so a retailer can know how things are working in the store The process Is not recording personal info, but instead general attributes and generating a profile of consumer Is can be as big or small an area as wanted, each camera covering 60 square feet 3D sensors create a 3D map Neck, elbows, feet, etc. as data points Changing lighting, smells in a retail space in reaction to the data gathered Kimetric was one of the first participants in a Mi

  • 045 – David Marimon of Catchoom – From One Picture, The World

    045 – David Marimon of Catchoom – From One Picture, The World

    12/04/2018 Duration: 20min

    Image Recognition and Artificial Intelligence solutions… David Marimon, PhD, CEO & Co-founder of Catchoom (easy, flexible, reliable tools for branded mobile apps and websites.) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at NRF Big Show 2018 in New York. MouthMedia Network is powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Taking a picture and allowing the tech to translate info on what it is, including type of fabric and more How there are a lot of data and marketplaces which manage more and more products from different brands, and they don’t have time to create all the descriptions How those brands and marketplaces can do better job, more efficiently, training a system with AI with all aspects, type of sleeves, collar, neck, finish, etc. Machine learning is a component – as the AI fails as people can fail, then the system learns and gets better and better than humans, and learning from its own mistakes and making corrections, then doesn’t make the same mistake as often Also, static page of advertisemen

  • 044 – Natasha Franck of EON-ID – Fashion Birth Certificate

    044 – Natasha Franck of EON-ID – Fashion Birth Certificate

    04/04/2018 Duration: 37min

    Smart textiles for the future, with RFID and the first global system for recycling powered by the internet of things, advancing the circular economy for the fashion industry… RFID technology lives in thread and is embedded in fabric, and can carry all information on that product forever, helping business with counterfeit control, inventory tracking, and improving sustainability. It can connect everyone it touches, and is new technology with endless possibilities. How will we create the future with it? Natasha Franck CEO/Cofounder of EON-ID (developing the first global system for textile recycling powered by the internet of things) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: The intersection of physical assets and the blockchain, something that gives products a digital identity, with RFID tags, and connecting it with a cloud, on RFID platform and on blockchain It’s a thread, a chip and antenna, giving a product a birth certificate One o

  • 043 – Sourcing Journal Summit – Sourcing Trends

    043 – Sourcing Journal Summit – Sourcing Trends

    29/03/2018 Duration: 35min

    Sourcing trends and what the apparel sector should learn from both traditional and retail startups, at the 2017 Sourcing Journal Summit… Panelists: Mark Rose, SVP, American Eagle Outfitters Liz Hershfield, Chief Supply Chain Offer, Bonobos Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Offer, PVH Bjorn Bengtsson, Chief Merchandising officer, UNTUCKit About Sourcing Summit 2017: Pain Points + Pivots – October 17, 2017 It’s no longer news that sourcing is facing uncertain times or that retail is evolving faster than most companies can adapt. So now it’s time to talk about which points along the supply chain are causing the most pain and how to pivot and move forward. Today’s consumers are all but easy to please, Amazon is testing drones that can deliver product in as little as 13 minutes and though most things trade have been verbally upended, nothing concrete has yet been settled or confirmed. With all this considered, sourcing companies can’t afford to keep doing what they’ve always done. The Sourcing Journal Su

  • 042 – Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux of Hyloh – Material Specialists

    042 – Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux of Hyloh – Material Specialists

    23/03/2018 Duration: 48min

    Design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective… Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux, Co-Founders of Hyloh (a global collective who approach design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective and consult, create and educate) join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network Studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: The Hyloh website and why there is not much info there, screaming by whispering Looking at products and seeing the materials, how Anastas and Ternaux have eyes that do not look at things the same way as others Why the Hyloh team has the background to understand materials in an elevated manner Doing practical activities helps people to understand materials — they bring that process and thinking to the work Not everyone will know everything about materials, so a technical vernacular doesn’t work The “value prop” of Hyloh, being all designers, less serious, like a sharing economy of knowledge and ecosystems Why plastics can be an awesome material The

  • 041 – Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange – The Power to Make Change

    041 – Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange – The Power to Make Change

    07/03/2018 Duration: 01h15s

    Innovative clothing swap events, curated talks and cultural activations globally… Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange (an international platform promoting sustainability in the fashion industry with inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events, which through interactive clothing swaps empowers consumers to take action for a better environment while they stylishly renew their wardrobe and save hundreds of thousands of cloths from going to landfill), joins Stephanie Benedetto, Samanta Cortes, and guest host Charles Beckwith (American Fashion Podcast) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Duffy discusses how the Global Fashion Exchange has become something which travels all over the world, how it started when he did a collaboration with the UN Peace Boat with an information booth along with other sustainable fashion organizations How he was later invited to the UN, then asked to be a moderator, how so many people thought the travel industry was fluff

  • 040 – Brennan Lowery – Lasting Impact

    040 – Brennan Lowery – Lasting Impact

    02/03/2018 Duration: 39min

    Looking at Kate Spade’s successful supply-chain social responsibility program in Rwanda… Why would Kate Spade New York, an iconic brand with a global presence, extend a part of its supply chain, taking on major challenges, to go into a developing country? A fashion consultant supported a social responsibility program that was successful, with profitability and lasting impact focused on empowering women. Brennan Lowery, a consultant in the social responsibility and business development space, and a former Program Manager for Karisimbi Business Partners, a partner of Kate Spade New York’s On Purpose CSR program in Rwanda, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: A look at why Kate Spade New York decided to undertake the program and initiative in Rwanda The meaning for employees of a brand that’s willing to spend money outside of their internal needs Being committed to seeing women empowered in different parts of world, transforming co

  • 039 – Vince Lebon of Rollie Nation – Designing a Playful Community

    039 – Vince Lebon of Rollie Nation – Designing a Playful Community

    21/02/2018 Duration: 40min

    Making perfect travel shoes that are incredibly light and ridiculously comfortable… Vince Lebon, Founder of Rollie Nation (the shoe lifestyle brand for the young at heart), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.In this episode: Meeting Stephanie on a sustainability panel Rollie Nation, a footwear brand started around 5 years ago in Australia, lightweight, extreme risk with color and prints A community that wants to express themselves through footwear, just living and enjoying life Lace Up, a reality TV show, designing sneakers for celebrities Wanting to take a design sabbatical, working with the ex creative director of Jordan brand and first materials designer at Nike The power of persistence in getting in, how he thought the show is docudrama and it became real reality show, not a great environment to create The amount and level of work one can create was amazing Growing up playing basketball in Australia, getting a job in afootwear company as

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