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ATLANTA (July 25, 2005)  An official event of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), Material World New York will premier at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, September 28-30, 2005 featuring a comprehensive roster of educational programs, exhibits and networking events. From trend tracking to legislative issues to commerce, the comprehensive Material World New York educational program will provide attendees with the tools they need to prepare for changing technologies, evolving trends and other industry developments for Autumn/Winter 2006- 2007 and beyond.

Kicking off the Material World New York educational programs, the AAFA is hosting a headliner event on the opening day of the show, Wednesday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m.  10:00 a.m. AAFA's headliner program, The Next Frontier in Fabric, Fiber and Thread, will bring together a panel of top industry leaders from fabric, fiber and thread companies with global operations, including American & Efird, Fountain Set, Invista Apparel and Sapphire Textile Mills USA. This C-level forum will offer their insight and personal perspective to address a range of topics, including current business conditions, shifts in technology, geographic considerations, trends affecting business as well as future plans and predictions. Admission for the headliner event is $50 in advance and $75 on-site.

The AAFA headliner event is one of the many scheduled programs during Material World New York, the premier global sourcing, fabric, trim and trend trade event for the sewn products industry. Attendees interested in attending all of the paid programs listed below, including the AAFA headliner event, The Next Frontier in Fabrics, Fiber and Thread, should pre-register online at www.material-world.com. There is no pre-registration required for free programs and admission will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early arrival is recommended.

Material World New York programs include:


Material World Headliner Event AAFA Presents: The Next Frontier in Fabric, Fiber & Thread Program: 8:30 a.m.  10:00 a.m.


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Moderator: Courtney O'Keefe, VP of Sourcing, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation

Executive Panel: Fred Jackson, President, American & Efird, Inc.; Gordon Yen, Senior Executive, Fountain Set, Inc.; Kent Smith, Vice President, Invista Apparel, Americas; Rose Ann Cruz, President, Sapphire Textile Mills USA

Program Highlights include: Current business conditions; Shifts in Technology; Geographic considerations; trends affecting business  i.e. quota removal; future plans and predictions. Admission: $50 in advance. $75 on-site.


AAFA Presents: New & Different Ways to Finance International Transactions Program: 8:30 a.m.  10:00 a.m.

Moderator: Harry Gaffney, Chief Financial Officer, Charles Komar & Sons, Inc.

Panelists: Steve Bennett, Head of Supply Chain Business, NAFTA, HSBC Bank USA; Candice Kline, Vice President, Solution Consulting, JP Morgan Chase Vastera; Ken Mizera, Vice President of Business Development, Tradecard Inc.; Ray Rogers, Senior Vice President, BB&T Factors Corporation

Program Description: During this insightful program, you will learn how to obtain longer terms without negative impact on the balance sheet; Move purchase items to open credit terms without negative impact for vendors; Release trapped days in inventory related to import process; Streamline the supply chain to increase working capital benefits; Extend payment terms, yet reduce vendors financing costs; Outsource consuming and costly reconciliation processes; Reduce paper usage, but increase timeless and accuracy of information; And much more. Admission: $50 in advance. $75 on-site.

Cotton Incorporated Presents: A Collection of Colors and Fabrics for the Home in 2007 Program: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Speaker: Color and Textile Trend Forecaster Dana Poor. Poor heads up Cotton Incorporated's home trend forecasting team based in New York, NY.

Program Description: Through extensive global research, Poor monitors fabric and color trend directions and keeps a pulse on the home fashion markets. The presentation will consist of 36 colors, key fabric directions and constructions, and new concepts and themes that will impact the home market in the future. An extensive overview of lifestyle trends and consumer attitudes is also included in her seasonal presentations. On a daily basis Poor consults with mills, major manufacturers and large retailers, providing them with innovative ideas in product direction, fabric and color. Admission: FREE. No pre-registration required. Admission will be first-come, first-served so early arrival is recommended.

Pantone Presents: Pantone View Winter 2006/2007  "Art and Science" Program: 2:00 p.m.  3:00 p.m. Speaker: Tod Schulman, Vice President Fashion & Home

Program Description: The influence of art and science can be seen as the catalyst of how color will evolve for Winter 2006/2007. On the art side, we see the importance of experimentation, expression, and the need to create new things that entice us while the directness of science teaches us things that are absolute and conclusive. From a color standpoint this discipline emphasizes the importance of light and the reality of how it inter-reacts with color. While the last several seasons have emphasized a bold use of color especially in the ways individual shades have been combined there is a movement being touted towards toning things down and using calmer variations or more singular color usage. While multi-color continues, there will be a more comfortable approach that emphasizes like and complimentary colors rather than extreme or garish opposites.


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For Winter 2006/07 there are nine ranges of color that represent different personalities and approaches in how to apply color to an end use product. Admission: FREE. No pre-registration required. Admission will be first-come, first-served so early arrival is recommended.


AAFA Presents: Do's and Don't's in the New Trade Era Program: 8:30 a.m.  10:00 a.m. Speakers: Stephen Lamar, Vice President, AAFA; Thomas Travis, Managing Director, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg

Program Description: This program will provide a quick snapshot of some of the pitfalls and common mistakes that importers and exporters encounter vis- -vis US and foreign government official and their partners. This will provide participants with practical tips in areas of customs compliance, C-TPAT, supply chain integrity, trade agreements, and regulatory obstacles. Admission: $50 in advance. $75 on-site.

Trend Union Presents: "Playing With Dolls" Fall/Winter 2006/07  Colors, Fabrics, Trends & Styles Program: 9:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m. Speaker: Emmanuelle Linard manages Edelkoort, Inc. Trend Union, a forecast service based in Paris, was founded in 1985 by Li Edelkoort and ten design professionals.

Program Description: Playing with dolls is the first moment in life when our sense of style and fashion emerges. The tremendous joy of dressing up and playing dress-up is coming back with force as an affirmative fashion movement. There is a return to a codification of precise style. Ten different types of dolls will express allure, elegance, but also exoticism and funny styles. Playing with dolls permits us elaborated mixes of fabrics and fantasy in the choice of our colors. Admission: FREE. No pre-registration required. Admission will be first-come, first-served so early arrival is recommended.

Material World offers sewn products industry members a one-stop global resource for sourcing, fabric, trim and trends. In addition to educational programming the fall 2005 edition will bring together an expansive international exhibitor base, ASAP Global Pavilion, Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Color/Trend Pavilion, Home Furnishings Showcase and much more.

For more information, please visit the Material World website, www.material- world.com, for a complete schedule, including program descriptions, pricing and registration details.


Hours: Wednesday, September 28: 10:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29: 10:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. Friday, September 30: 10:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

Travel: For discounted hotels, call Connections at 1.800.262.9974

Show Info: For exhibitor or attendee information on Material World New York, call 1.800.318.2238 or 678.285.3976. E-mail: inquiry@material-world.com; Website: www.material-world.com

Posted July 2005

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