Signs of Spring: SS18 Color & Trend

As the record snowfall begins to melt in Oregon…signs of spring are finally here!  Therefore, it’s only appropriate that I share some interesting content from Premiere Vision that recently took place in New York City. Following are highlights from Sabine Le Chatelier’s SS18 presentation. Also included are details from other…

PeclersParis – Shaping the Future

Jennifer Karuletwa, West Coast Director of PeclersParis, shared a 3-5 year outlook of socio-cultural and macro trends, entitled “Shaping the Future” at the NW Materials Show in Portland, Oregon. PeclersParis, is a globally leading trend, style and innovation consulting agency with over 45 years of experience. Karuletwa first provided an overview…

It’s about Progress not Perfection

Arsutoria School is a world-leading design school for footwear and bags, based in Milan since 1947.  The philosophy at Arsutoria is to combine design talent with technical knowledge; and applied through materials and components, technical constructions, manufacturing and engineering techniques.   Arsutoria's philosophy aligns well with a company's sustainability journey, that is, to…

Sustainability Story-telling

“Building the Momentum” of a sustainability journey was the focus at the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Insights Conference held during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ‘16. Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Associate Professor & Director of the Centre of Corporate Governance & Sustainability at Simon Fraser University, introduced the “Embedding Project” and her…

Designing with Textiles

It was my pleasure to present to an engaged audience at the Trend + Design Center, at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ’16. My presentation, entitled “Designing with Textiles”, explored ways that innovation and sustainability are integrated into the design process. The audience was inspired to hear about my experiences and about the tools…