WEAR 2018 Conference | Tours

Enhance your WEAR Conference 2018 experience by participating in this year's tours, which will educate and entertain, all in a relaxed environment with networking built in.

All WEAR Conference Tours are complimentary with this year's conference ticket price, unless otherwise noted. Space is limited and these tours will fill up quickly. 

Attendees must register for the WEAR Conference in order to attend the Conference Tours. You will receive a link with instructions on how to sign up for the tours after registering for the conference. 

Monday, June 11, 2018 - Mood Fabrics 

10:15 am - 1:00 pm 

Mood Fabrics (https://www.moodfabrics.com/) is the number-one shopping destination for fashion fabric in the world: The NYC flagship store alone plays host to more than 1,200 customers every day. Named one of “Fashion’s 50 Most Powerful” by The New York Daily News, Mood Fabrics has played a vital role in the fashion world for more than two decades. The company prides itself on being a family business that is the manifestation of founder Jack Sauma’s dream, and a true American success story.

* Attendees will meet at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Conference Center (at the corner of Fashion Avenue (7th Avenue) and West 28th street). 

  • Check-in time: 10:15 AM
  • Shuttle boarding: 10:25 AM
  • Shuttle departs: 10:30 AM
  • Tour begins: 11:00 AM
  • Tour concludes: 12:00 PM
  • Shuttle returns guests to FIT at 12:30 PM

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator 

3:15 pm - 6:30 pm 

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is a new initiative launched by Pratt Institute that provides designers with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful businesses. With over $3.5 million in funding pledged by Pratt Institute, the state, city and federal government the BF+DA brings high-potential fashion designers, industrial designers and technologists together under one roof.


Located between Bed-Stuy and South Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator provides over 21,000 square feet of 21st century production and work space where NYC designers/makers grow their start-ups into viable businesses, integrating local manufacturing and an ethical supply chain into their bottom line.

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is a hub for ethical fashion and design. The BF+DA provides its Venture Fellows and Members access to on-site business mentorship, small-run apparel production, no minimum knitting services, digital fabrication services, showroom space and retail sites. The BF+DA offers sustainable strategies consulting, materials sourcing and links to existing NYC manufacturers.

The BF+DA Research Fellows explore production, materiality and wearable technology, connecting technology to a 21st century vision that seeks to redefine the fashion industry. The BF+DA provides educational programs and hosts inspiring and provocative events. The BF+DA coordinates sponsored industry projects and strategic partnerships that will ensure the success of our vision.

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - Material ConneXion Library At SANDOW (2 tours available) 

Tour 1: 9:15 am - 11:30 am

Tour 2: 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Material ConneXion (materialconnexion.com), a SANDOW company, is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps clients create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward-thinking agencies and government entities seeking a creative, competitive, or sustainable edge. With locations in Bangkok, Bilbao, Daegu, Milan, New York, Skövde, and Tokyo, Material ConneXion's international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability, and innovation.

Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with thousands of innovative materials and processes—an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users; while our research division works with clients to strategically incorporate trends, service, and innovation into their business models and products. 

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - Fashion District Educational History Walking Tour  *Tour costs $25 *

9:15 am - 12:30 pm 

The tour will last approximately 2 hours in duration and contains most of the following:

1. The history of the apparel industry in NYC from Henry Hudson to the present and a detailed positive forecast into the future

2. Some significant events in the evolution of the industry: Why in NYC, The sewing machine, the development of ‘sizes’, the invention of synthetic fibers and the impact there of, The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and the evolution of “Fashion”. How the garment center of today arrived at its current location in Manhattan, the impact of immigrants, unions, & technology on the apparel industry, and the huge changes that are taking place

3. The immigrant labor force that has driven the apparel industry from its beginning, and how it has changed yet stayed the same over the years

4. The Garment District from a Real Estate and Economic point of view

Additionally, the tour may make visits to most of the following locations depending on availability:

  • A factory where garments are spread and cut prior to sewing
  • A visit to some meaningful garment center artwork
  • Visit the location where Calvin, Donna, Ralph and Oscar have their work space
  • A walk through the historic streets of the fashion district
  • The Fashion Walk of Fame

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - FIT - In Classroom Costume Tour – Sponsored by Baker School of Business and Technology, and FIT

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm 

This tour takes place in a classroom where the guests sit on stools around a large table as the curator gives a brief history of fashion through the decades of the 20th century using a rack of garments from the collection. Included on the rack are designs by important American, European and international designers such as: USA - Claire McCardell, Adrian, Anna Sui, Donna Karen; France - Christian Dior, Christian Aujard, Chanel, Courreges, Jean Paul Gaultier; Italy - Valentino, Giorgio di SantAngelo; Japan - Issey Miyake.

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - Fashion Unraveled Tour  – Sponsored by Baker School of Business and Technology, and FIT 

9:45 am - 11:00 am 

Fashion Unraveled will examine the concepts of imperfection and incompletion in fashion. Garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, will highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. Unless such imperfections are intentional — as they are in the case of deconstructed fashion — these garments are often overlooked in museum collections. This exhibition will include a selection of objects from the museum’s permanent collection, highlighting objects that are not only visually compelling, but that may also tell intriguing stories about their makers and/or wearers.

It is only in recent years that imperfect or inauthentic objects have been given greater consideration, as interest in their “biographies” has grown. Signs of repeated wear, shortened hemlines, and careful mends can be found even on haute couture garments, and they highlight the lasting economic and emotional worth of many clothes within museum collections. These findings — which are often unseen and unknown by museum visitors — challenge the concept of fashion as a strictly ephemeral, disposable commodity. Fashion Unraveled will also reveal how the appearance of aged clothing, with its flaws and signs of decay, has been embraced by many designers as an aesthetic choice, furthering the reconstruction of notions about beauty and value in fashion.

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - FIT - Textile Lab Tour  – Sponsored by Baker School of Business and Technology, and FIT  (2 tours available) 

10:15 am - 11:45 am 

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm 

The textile labs at FIT are some of the more advanced and extensive on a college campus in the world. These labs house technology to test for all physical (strength, surface condition, etc.), wet processing (dyeing and finishing), fiber and yarn characteristics as well as fabric formation manufacturing (Stoll full fashion knitting and advanced weaving). You will see the advanced CCI Evergreen automated sampling loom computer (The conventional weaving machine is driven by a mechanism that consists a series of machine elements to operate synchronously, and the motions are difficult to adjust & control. CCI adopts different independent drives which are computerized that allow more precise & simpler control of position & speed).

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Monday, June 11, 2018 – FIT - Design & Technology Lab Tour - Sponsored by Baker School of Business and Technology, and FIT

9:45 am - 11:00 am

The Design and Technology Lab will share two of the many innovative projects currently underway in the FIT Design and Technology Lab at FIT; Faculty and student workshops with Neue, a Swedish company providing innovative technology for the fashion industry. Students are learning about the next generation of connected fashion, designing on behalf of a fashion brand, and new fashion tech products intended for release to the market.

A collaboration between FIT/IBM and Tommy Hilfiger explores how AI can inspire design and improve decision making in manufacturing and retail. This project is using a garment designed by an FIT student which incorporates embedded technology leveraging IBM cognitive tools.

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