Eddie Ingle

Unifi's VP of Supply Chain

Eddie Ingle was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, graduated from Bolton St. College of Technology with a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and a BSc. (Mech. Eng.) from Trinity College in 1986. After leaving college he started his career in Unifi’s Irish operations as a mechanical engineer & management trainee. In 1991, Eddie moved to North Carolina to work in Unifi’s US operations.

He has held several positions since joining Unifi, including Industrial Engineering Manager, ISO 9000 implementation manager, Director of Purchasing and Logistics, General Manager of Unifi’s Nylon Business, and is currently VP of Supply Chain.

Among other things, Eddie is currently heavily engaged in driving the growth of Repreve, Unifi’s flagship brand for its recycled yarn and polymer business, as well as building the supply chain for the business.

Bob Bland

Founder of Manufacture NY

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Bob Bland is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur and community art advocate. Her brand, Brooklyn Royalty, was founded in 2006 and inspired by the fiercely independent spirit and highly individual aesthetic of King’s County residents. A professional apparel + graphic designer with previous experience at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Triple Five Soul, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic, her line combines timeless design principles, premium materials and hand-printed graphics that are meant to look and wear better over time.

She is also the director of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources & skills to streamline their production process & transform local manufacturing into the most affordable, innovative option for all. 

Bob will be introducing Eric Henry who will lead a panel discussion regarding "Eco-Friendly Textile Production & Sourcing" on Saturday March 23 from 10:30am - 11:30am. Eric will highlight current initiatives and businesses that are connecting textiles back to United States and their economic model of local and transparent intentions to create more jobs, especially in NC. View full schedule

Connect with Bob: http://manufactureny.org/

Jessica Marati

FOUNDER OF TOUT LE MONDE

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Jessica Marati is a writer and consultant who is passionate about the intersections of sustainability, style, and social change. Though based in New York City, she spends the bulk of her time on the road, reporting on subjects as diverse as surf culture in Costa Rica, meditation in Thailand, Carnaval in Rio, and Fashion Weeks in Paris, Milan, and Buenos Aires.

Jessica also has a keen interest in start-ups and socially responsible business, and she most recently headed up content, online community management, and social media at Quirky, a New York-based product development company. She has worked with both for-profits and non-profits on media, communications, and retail strategy, including Ahkun, a marketplace for fair trade products; Greenstart, a San Francisco cleantech start-up accelerator; Green Breakfast Club, a monthly networking events for eco-entrepreneurs; and The Supply Change, a consultancy that connects big brands with fair trade artisans. She currently manages social media for Gadling, an AOL travel blog, and is working with New York's Textile Arts Center to revamp its online and offline retail strategy.

In 2011, Jessica launched Tout Le Mondea blog and e-commerce site dedicated to exploring the world of socially responsible style. The store’s debut Cambodia Collection features a handpicked selection of items that are ethically made, sustainably produced, and collaboratively developed in Cambodia.

Jessica Marati is scheduled to give a double-lecture titled "Creating and Sharing your Sustainability Story" on Saturday March 23 from 10:30am - 11:30am. Jessica will share tips on specific tools you can use to share your sustainability story: content strategy, social media, pitching the press, and building a community along with your brand. View full schedule. 

Carrie Reuben

FOUNDER & OWNER OF ORGANICALITY

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Carrie Huitt Reuben is a social entrepreneur focused on raising awareness of the connection between personal and global health and the environment. Using organic and sustainable apparel as a platform for change, Organicality is a community-based company that works to educate, engage, and prompt consumers to think about where products come from, who is making them, how they are made, and where they are going after use.

Ms. Reuben holds a BS in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed graduate level work in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard, In addition, Ms. Reuben is a past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a Climate Leader and presenter as part of the Climate Leadership Corps. Ms. Reuben currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.

Carrie Reuben is scheduled to give a lecture titled "Becoming an Eco-conscious consumer" on Saturday March 23 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.  Carrie will provide you with resources and insight to help you make more eco-friendly clothing and textiles purchasing choices. View full schedule.  

Connect with Carrie: http://www.organicality.com/

Philip Dail

OWNER OF BELEZA

Philip and Sara Dail are owners of Beleza, a fair-trade boutique located in Cameron Village

Philip and Sara Dail are owners of Beleza, a fair-trade boutique located in Cameron Village

Philip Dail, along with his wife Sara, own and operate Beleza, a fair trade boutique in Cameron Village, Raleigh, NC.  He is retired from the College of Textiles at NC State where he served as the Director of Advising and Admissions teaching the introductory course to freshmen as well as polymer chemistry at times.  He started Beleza as a result of one of his textile design students contacting him about helping her market silk scarves from Madagascar where she was stationed in the Peace Corps.  The village where she worked made these literally from cocoons gathered in the wild.  Philip has traveled extensively around the world as well as in the US.  His travels lead to his realization that developing relationships with skilled artisans and providing markets for their products were important to him and to them.  He and Sara married in 2006 and she joined in this effort managing Beleza while Philip was still in the College of Textiles,  They currently work with artists in twenty countries including the USA.  In addition to Beleza, Philip works in international and local service through the nonprofit he co-founded, Together We Can, Inc. through which work in Haiti and Guatemala are two of the key areas involved internationally.  They are also actively involved in numerous community agencies as well as Edenton Street United Methodist Church where they have been members since 2009.

Philid Dail will be moderatin a panel discussion on the topic of "Local Focus on Sustainable Design" on Saturday March 23 from 1:15pm - 2:15pm following a Networking Lunch. This one hour session will provide an overview of current sustainability initiatives in the state of North Carolina. View full schedule

Connect with Philip: http://culewis.wix.com/shopbeleza

Belinda Paige Blakley

Owner & Designer at Belindabilly

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Belindabilly is paving the way in eco-friendly, trendsetting fashion. Our clothing is designed to fit petites, however all of our items can be produced for a taller frame. As a self-identified feminist, Belinda has always found the feminine form something to be celebrated rather than hidden; this idea is a foundation of her design process, always striving to create interesting clothing for "real women" that is wearable and flattering. She serves on the Fashion Committee for Appetite for Art, an annual fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of North Carolina, and has participated in several benefit fashion shows including the first annual Couture for a Cause in 2009 and Dance For Liberation's La Vie in 2011, benefitting Arts Access Inc. Raleigh.

Belinda Paige Blakley will co-lead a hands-on workshop titled "Intro to Eco-Friendly Textiles" on Saturday March 23 from 10:30am - 11:30am. In this one hour hands-on workshop we will answer these questions and more. Plus, you will get to take home samples of a variety of eco-friendly fabrics. View full schedule

Oami Powers

Owner & Designer at Judah Ross

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Oami Powers was born in Berkeley, CA and raised in the Bay area and New Zealand. She is a professional clothing designer who has over six years of experience designing and producing garments, accessories and printed textiles. Her work has been sold in boutiques across the country, and are in the wardrobes of Heidi Klum and Juliette Binoche. Her limited edition clothing line is called Judah Ross, named for her mother, Judith, and her father, Ross.

Oami Powers will co-lead a hands-on workshop titled "Intro to Eco-Friendly Textiles" on Saturday March 23 from 10:30am - 11:30am. In this one hour hands-on workshop we will answer these questions and more. Plus, you will get to take home samples of a variety of eco-friendly fabrics. View full schedule.

Nathan Rothstein

President at Project Repat

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Nathan Rothsteinis the President at Project Repat. Repat creates fair wage jobs in the USA by making it fun and easy to upcycle your clothes.  Repat was member of the HUB Ventures 2012 co-hort, which is a social entrepreneurship accelerator program in San Francisco. Repat has been featured on The Today Show, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and since starting last year has prevented over 100,000 t-shirts from getting dumped in landfills. 

Nathan Rothstein is scheduled to give a double lecture titled "Innovative Business Models in a Transforming Industry" on Saturday March 23 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. This one hour session will focus on how to stay ahead in a changing industry. View full schedule

Kate Black

Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Magnifeco 

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Kate is the founder and editor-in-chief of Magnifeco.com. Where ethics meets aesthetics, Magnifeco.com is the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living. Dedicated to bringing together ethical designers and conscious consumers from all corners of the globe, Magnifeco.com publishes stories about small artisans and corporate retailers who are focused on producing garments or products in ways that won't harm the earth, yet still offer stunning visual appeal and longevity. 

Dedicated to local as well as global, Magnifeco, together with the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, hosts the "Fair Fashion Runway NYC" during NYFW. Now in its second session, the event promotes eco-fashion and fair trade in one innovative show. 

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Kate possesses a decade+ of online marketing experience. Having lived in some of the world's greenest cities: Vancouver, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Zurich, when she found herself in Tokyo, without sufficient language skills to work - it was time to launch something that melded her two passions: digital publishing + eco-fashion. Voila - Magnifeco!

Kate Black is scheduled to give a lecture titled "Becoming an Eco-conscious consumer" on Saturday March 23 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Kate will provide you with resources and insight to help you make more eco-friendly clothing and textiles purchasing choices. View full schedule.  

Connect with Kate: http://magnifeco.com/

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Charles Stewart

Owner & President of Tumbling Colors

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Stewart has a 35 year career in international textiles manufacturing and wet processing. Stewart started Tumbling Colors in 1999 as technical resource for designers. The company provides production ready product development for the textile and apparel industries from our 18000 sqft facility in Raleigh NC. 

Charles Steward is scheduled to lead a hands-on workshop about "Eco-friendly Dyeing Methods" on Saturday March 23 from 2:30 - 3:30pm. In this one hour workshop you will learn about several different types of eco-friendly dyeing techniques, plus you will get to see examples of these techniques as finished products. View full schedule

Aly Khalifa

Owner, Product & Engineering Director 

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Aly Khalifa comes to the design profession from a bipolar education at NCSU: Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. His goal is to find the balance of both of these disciplines in each project challenge. Aly’s career is chiefly centered about Gamil Design, a firm he started in 1995. His work experience previosuly included working for the NCDOT, wind tunnel of the US EPA, Performance Bicycle, and teaching at NCSU’s School of Design.

Aly started Gamil in the interest of furthering the synthesis of creative design with creative engineering into a field called invention development. Their specialty in advanced design, engineering and development of sporting goods accessories (skates, footwear, eyewear, gloves, bags) has led them to many clients, including: Nike, Trek, Bausch & Lomb, and Outdoor Products. This has further developed into partnerships between Gamil Design and Asian manufacturers. Aly travels heavily to Asia to realize Gamil’s projects that are produced in mass-market quantities.

Together with a handful of other professionals, Aly and his wife started Designbox in 2001. Designbox is a creative collaborative located in Raleigh, NC with members honing their creative skills at weekly meetings. Designbox members represent some of the finest talent in the area and are responsible for curating monthly shows in their prominent downtown gallery.

Designbox has sprung a number of community projects in which Aly has led facilitation sessions. These have ranged from sculpting undesireable landfills into fun urban parks to rethinking Raleigh’s own self image. The latter eventually led to the creation of SPARKcon- the Triangle’s first Creative Conference that enabled more than 30,000 people in the Triangle area to stake its claim as the “Creative Hub of the South.”

Khalifa is also the winner of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which he won for his Lyf Shoes concept. "LYF Shoes is a company dedicated  to making footwear for a better planet. All of us in the footwear industry know that we have a lot of environmental, health, and production challenges. By rethinking the process of how shoes are made and sold, we have found a unique opportunity to integrate job creation, customer service and sustainability into a new paradigm." 

Aly is also a cellist and singer in a variety of Raleigh music projects, including Dear Enemy (Rykodisc) and semicolon (Foreshortened Arm). Most of the rest of his time is dedicated to completing overly-ambitious landscaping ideas.

Aly Khalifa is schedule to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of "Local Focus on Sustainable Design" on Saturday March 23 from 1:15pm - 2:15pm following a Networking Lunch. This one hour session will provide an overview of current sustainability initiatives in the state of North Carolina. View full schedule

Susie Breuer

Founder of Co-Lab54 & Author of Blue is the New Black 

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Born in Lancaster, England, Susie developed an early interest in fashion which led her to work her way from a retail sales associate to leading the development and production departments of global fashion brands like Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Susie’s knowledge of the fashion industry stems from her extensive hands-on experience setting up production and development teams, building department structures, and creating sourcing strategies. Susie distilled these experiences into her recent book Blue is the New Black, a 10-step guide to the development and production of a fashion collection. Released in 2012 and enthusiastically received as an “industry Bible”, Blue is the New Black is currently used by fashion schools across Europe as course work and by fashion companies from Italy to China as a blueprint for development and production. Blue is the New Black is available internationally, has received a glowing review by the New York Times magazine, and is being translated into several languages.

Susie founded the consultancy Co-Lab54 in 2010 providing strategic guidance to large and small fashion companies around department setup, range planning, and information flow. She also offers practical workshops to fashion professionals to improve their understanding of the development process.

Susie Breuer is schedule to give a lecture titled "I'm in the Middle of a Chain Reaction" 5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Supply Chain on Saturday March 23 from 1:15pm to 2:15pm following a Networking Lunch. In this one hour session she will help you identify bottlenecks that can occur and discuss solutions for collections large and small. View full schedule

Elizabeth Cline

Author of Overdressed

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Photo Credit: Paul Terefenko

Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based writer, editor, and author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Penguin Portfolio/2012). Cline holds a degree in Political Philosophy from Syracuse University and has written for the Daily Beast, New York magazine, The New Republic, Village Voice, GOOD, Etsy Blog, seedmagazine.com, Nerve.com, and many others. She is currently an editor for AMCtv.com’s Blogs. Overdressed is her first book. Read her interview with the Wall Street Journal

Elizabeth Cline is scheduled to give a keynote during breakfast on Saturday March 23 from 9:30am - 10:15am following a welcome by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. View full schedule.  

Ryan Hurley

Owner of Vert & Vogue

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Ryan Hurley and his wife and partner, Nadira, own Vert & Vogue, an award-winning fashion boutique in Durham’s Brightleaf Square. V&V showcases leading sustainable designers such as Organic by John Patrick, Raleigh Denim and Stewart & Brown. Most of its collection is American made and includes organic cotton, tencel, hemp and other sustainable textiles. As lead buyer, Ryan continually works through the challenges of creating a collection that is both environmentally and financially sustainable. He also oversees marketing for the business and has discovered effective ways to communicate to customers about sustainability. Ryan handles operations such as HR and finance for V&V too. 

Vert & Vogue is the 2010, 2011 and 2012 winner of The Independent Weekly's Best Local Women's Boutique and Best Men's Clothing awards. It was also named Outstanding Downtown Business 2011 by Downtown Durham Inc. It was founded in 2008.

Ryan Hurley is schedule to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of "Local Focus on Sustainable Design" on Saturday March 23 from 1:15pm - 2:15pm following a Networking Lunch. This one hour session will provide an overview of current sustainability initiatives in the state of North Carolina. View full schedule

Beth Doane

Founder of RainTees, Author, and Owner of Andira Consulting

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As one of America’s youngest and brightest social entrepreneurs, Beth launched her first fashion company at age 22, created a consulting firm focused on sustainability, and speaks all over the world about her journey from fashion designer to humanitarian. 

Her brand, RainTees launched at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and with a growing celebrity following, the line features artwork drawn by children. A tree is planted for every item sold and the incredible stories of the youth Beth works with inspired her award winning children’s book entitled ‘’From the Jungle’’.

Beth’s passion and success have inspired audiences internaitonally, from the United Nations to Google and numerous events such as TEDx, and Earth Day Network's annual celebration where she spoke on the National Mall in Washington DC. RainTees currently works in over thirty countries and Beth launched a pen-pal program in 2011 connecting fans with thousands of at-risk youth around the world in need of support.

United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine nominated her a “Hero” for her environmental achievements and Los Angeles Magazine featured her as “Outstanding Women of the Year Nominee”. Celebrity photographer John Russo also featured her in his book, 100 Making a Difference, alongside Michelle Obama, Prince Edward and Steven Spielberg. 

Beth Doane is scheduled to give a keynote during breakfast on Sunday March 24 from 9:00am - 10:30am. View full schedule.

Eric Henry

President of TS Designs

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Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, and has been in the screenprinting business for over 30 years. Eric’s duties at TSD range from sales to operations to PR. He is the foremost public face of TSD, attending numerous trade shows, giving speeches to groups and universities and hosting tours of the TSD facility. His boundless enthusiasm and energy have gained him a certain level of notoriety at most of them, even winning him the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009.

Eric Henry will lead a panel discussion regarding "Eco-Friendly Textile Production & Sourcing" on Saturday March 23 from 10:30am - 11:30am. Eric will highlight current initiatives and businesses that are connecting textiles back to United States and their economic model of local and transparent intentions to create more jobs, especially in NC. View full schedule

Eric is also schedule to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of "Local Focus on Sustainable Design" on Saturday March 23 from 1:15pm - 2:15pm following a Networking Lunch. This one hour session will provide an overview of current sustainability initiatives in the state of North Carolina. View full schedule

Greta Eagan

Stylist, Sustainability Expert & Founder of FASHIONmeGREEN

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Greta is the founder of FASHIONmeGREEN. As an eco-stylist, sustainable living consultant, spokesperson, expert and strategist, her expertise is backed by nine years in the fashion industry with graduate work at the London College of Fashion, European School of Economics and the London School of Economics. She is one of the first experts in the field to boast academic credentials with a Masters in International Management, specializing in Sustainable Fashion.

Greta’s commitment to bridging the gap between main stream and eco-fashion is the driving force behind her collaborations with Glamour, Kate Spade, The Outnet, Lucky.com, Eileen Fisher and more.

Greta Eagan is scheduled to give a lecture titled "Creating and Sharing your Sustainability Story" on Saturday March 23 from 10:30am - 11:30am. Greta will share tools on how to create messaging around sustainability initiatives that will engage consumers with brands. View full schedule. 

Tara St James

Owner & Creative Director at Study NY

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Tara St James is the owner and head designer for the New York-based clothing label Study, a high-concept brand primarily produced in New York City. St James was born and raised in Montreal, Canada but has lived and worked in New York since 2004, she now calls Brooklyn home. Formerly the creative director of Covet, a mainstream eco-friendly sportswear collection for men and women, Tara left to start Study in September 2009. Spring 2013 will be Study's seventh collection; it is inspired by restrictions, using hand-woven khadi cottons & silks and examines no-waste patternmaking. Tara is hoping to add more accessories, expand fabric development and hopefully add a men's line in the near future. She also works with local artisans in India to create very limited edition runs of hand-woven textiles. She is looking to expand this specialized production to other artisans around the world.

Believing that open source material plays a strong role in the development of the sustainable design community, St James started Study Hall in the summer of 2010. Under her guidance, Study interns developed, produced and sold their own sustainable mini collections. Study Hall can now be found at several retailers in New York City and abroad. She is very open about her production and design process and documents these regularly here on her blog.

A strong and driving presence among young sustainable designers, St James lends her talent and skills to various organizations. She is the fashion director for The Uniform Project, a fundraising platform using sustainable design to raise money for underprivileged children. As a mentor at the Awamaki Lab, a program that fosters cross-cultural partnerships between young designers and Peru's Awamaki indigenous weaver collective, she facilitates discussions about the intersection of sustainability, ethical sourcing and product innovation.

She is also good at math and loves organizing socks.

Tara St James is scheduled to give a double lecture titled "Innovative Business Models in a Transforming Industry" on Saturday March 23 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. This one hour session will focus on how to stay ahead in a changing industry. View full schedule

David Peck

CEO & Creative Director at CrOp By David Peck

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David Peck’s artistic career began with a degree in classical cello and further developed at Ecole Parsons à Paris where he studied fashion design. While at Parsons, not only did he win top honors as the recipient of the junior year Silver Thimble Award, but also as Designer of the Year for his senior collection.

While in Paris, David worked for renowned fashion houses such as Paco Rabanne, Junichi Hakamaki, and Robert Normand, as well as a style consultant and costume designer for several films. David relocated to New York in 2008 to co-found and co-design Untitled 11:11, a high-end womenswear collection committed to sustainable design practices. Untitled 11:11 quickly became a favorite of celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Rose McGowan, and Lauren Conrad due to its designer aesthetic and commitment to the environment. By early 2010, David had moved to Houston to be closer to his family. He was serving as a consultant for Ecole Parsons à Paris when he was inspired to launch CrOp by David Peck.

David’s dedication to local manufacturing, meaningful job creation, and minimal environmental impact, results in each garment being made with the utmost care and superior quality. His commitment to sustainability is reflected in the low impact printing methods he chooses and by his incorporation of organic, fair trade and natural fibers into the collection wherever possible.

CrOp by David Peck is designed and produced with pride in the David Peck factory in Houston, TX, USA. The name “CrOp” is short for “creative opportunities,” something that designer David Peck is developing by focusing on socially responsible manufacturing practices and and charitable partnerships.

David Peck is scheduled to give a keynote during lunch on Sunday March 24 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. View full schedule.