Do you have a few hours to spare this weekend? Are you interested in the Portland fashion scene, sewing, or fashion design and curious about sourcing for labor and fabric? A three-hour lecture on sourcing for the apparel industry will be offered this Saturday, November 20th, from 2pm-5pm. The speakers are Sharon Blair, Director of Portland Sewing and owner of StudioSKB, and Jennifer Sims, Product Developer for Adidas and co-owner of Billy Jo Retro.
Blair has a bachelors and masters degree in advanced studies in apparel and has studied couture in Paris. She is the owner of StudioSKB where she designs, constructs and sells her own line of sustainable fashion with a “vintage twist.” Blair is a faculty member in Apparel Design at The Art Institute of Portland and more recently Director at Portland Sewing, a business that offers classes in all aspects of apparel design.
Blair and Sim’s Saturday class will discuss the process, pros, and cons for sourcing both labor and fabric in the U.S. and overseas. In addition, they will touch upon important topics related to duty, customs, quota, agents and agency fees, NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO, and textile markets. It is preferred that attendees have some prior marketing knowledge or have taken Blair’s Market Research 101 class. Graduate students who have taken at least one course in marketing are welcome. Cost is $48 to attend. Registration is required: Sourcing 101 Registration Page. If you miss this one, not to worry. PSU MIM will be represented and will be sure to blog about it later!