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Material Solutions in the Time of COVID-19

23 Jul 2020 | Event,

In the post-covid landscape, fewer companies think of themselves as ‘fast fashion’ anymore. They are trying to create products that last longer and customers will love. So retailers will likely have smaller orders with fewer styles.

Julia Hughes,
President, US Fashion Industry Association

Virtual Conversation Series | Session 7

Disruptions to the textile supply chain have resulted in unsold merchandise sitting in stores, warehouses, ports and garment manufacturers. This virtual series session explores the solutions that have arisen amidst these challenges.


James Ewell, Sustainable Chemistry Practice Lead, Anthesis Group, helps clients to gain transparency on the chemicals used in their supply chains, identify chemicals of concern and optimize product composition for human and environmental health. He supports brands and their suppliers to collect, assess and communicate important information about the substances they use.

Karla Magruder, Founder and President, Accelerating Circularity, has 30+ years in the textile industry from fiber to finished garments. She founded Accelerating Circularity in 2019 and Fabrikology International in 2003.  She specializes in sustainable textile sourcing, education and buisness development and has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in convening working groups, launching new products, and organizing tradeshow seminars & conferences.

Ehsan Johari, Managing Director, TEXAID, has worked in the textile recycling industry since 2007 for SOEX, a leading worldwide garment collection, sorting and recycling company and I:Collect USA (I:CO), a worldwide take-back system and logistics network in the textile industry. He has been at TEXAID, a charity-private-partnership since 2018. Their services help ensure that valuable raw materials are recycled responsibly and generate funds for charities by selling the usable textiles.

Alice Hartley, Senior Manager of Brand and Product Sustainability, Gap Inc. leads work on supply chain sustainability, including water savings, textile mill impacts, traceability, and sustainable cotton. She also works with design teams across the company on product sustainability and circular design strategies. Earlier in her career, Alice worked in green buildings and at nonprofit and research institutions. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Julia K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), represents the industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders, explaining how fashion companies create high quality jobs in the United States and economic opportunities around the world. An expert on textile and apparel trade issues, Julie has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch and frequently speaks at international conferences.



For more information, contact session facilitator, James Ewell.