At the latest Redress Eco-Fashion and Textiles Conference I had an opportunity to interview a few of the guest speakers who presented on a number of issues concerning the progress of expanding the sustainable fashion industry. Produced by the talented journalist, photographer, and audiographer Carl Tyer, I am excited to kick off a mini interview series with those guest speakers.
Today's interview features Mike Fralix, President and CEO of [TC]². The mission of [TC]² is to elevate the level of technology, manufacturing systems, and business processes employed in the global soft goods industry through research and development, education, training, and outreach. Located in Cary, NC, the company provides stakeholders of the textiles industry with solutions specializing in technological development and supply-chain improvements.
Appropriately titled "The Future is Now", Fralix's REFTC presentation focused on currently available technologies that enable companies to be more efficient, more flexible, more sustainable, and more profitable. "The Future is Now" presented technologies such as virtual dressing, waterless dyeing, 3D printing, and robotic automation - which play an increasingly important role in the movement towards a more sustainable supply chain for the fashion industry.
Fralix drove home the point "you can't do differently if you can't think differently" as he continued to wow the audience with technologies resembling what your wildest imagination would find in sci-fi shows and movies. No longer do such technologies live solely in our imagination but rather, these technologies are actualizing the possibilities and opportunities to redefine the fashion and textiles industry. All of this because someone was willing to think differently while another was willing to do differently.
Fralix champions and encourages people to alter their thinking, keep an open mind, and welcome change. The industry is fortunate to have Fralix as a leader who facilitates conversation, development, and implementation of digital technologies and processes that are integrated across continents. There's much inspiration to be found in Fralix's commitment to see companies implement systems that: enable the shortest cycle time from concept to market; provide the most rapid and efficient response to consumer demand; and offer the best value for the investment.
May Mike Fralix's infectious tenacity, forward thinking, and acceptance of much-needed change leave you thinking differently so that you will do differently!