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This section focuses on the digital transformation occurring in printing of textiles for fashion, fast fashion, home goods and more. Printing technologies, supporting workflow and other software, key suppliers to the industry and manufacturers using digital technologies will be covered, along with textile/fast fashion trends.

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AATCC Announces New Fiber Fragment Testing Standard
AATCC Announces New Fiber Fragment Testing Standard

Published: September 7, 2021

In this interview, Heather Elliot, previous chairperson of AATCC's RA-100 Committee and working for one of fashion's major brands, explains the role of the committee and what its fiber fragment measurement standard is designed to do. Our viewers may have heard the term microfibers, with respect to their contribution to pollution when they are shed during home laundry. Heather explains why they prefer not to use that term, and also provides suggestions about how consumers can minimize fiber fragment shedding as they think about how they launder their clothing. Watch Video

Shutterfly and Spoonflower Execs Talk about the Acquisition
Shutterfly and Spoonflower Execs Talk about the Acquisition

Published: August 10, 2021

When Shutterfly announced it was acquiring Spoonflower, we sort of said to ourselves, well, that makes sense. Now, Michael Jones of Spoonflower and Dwayne Black of Shutterfly share the entire story with our viewers—how the acquisition benefits both companies and their respective customers as well as the industry at large. An exciting move! Watch Video

From B2B to B2C: The Challenges
From B2B to B2C: The Challenges

Published: July 26, 2021

Kristen Dettoni founded Design Pool in 2019 as a B2B initiative targeting interior designers with an extensive design library and a network of printers who could execute their projects. During the pandemic, she launched Domanda Designs, a B2C initiative. In this conversation, she discusses some of the challenges with gaining mindshare in a B2C environment and what she is doing to counteract those. Watch Video

EILEEN FISHER Renew Seeks to Extend Apparel Life Cycle
EILEEN FISHER Renew Seeks to Extend Apparel Life Cycle

Published: June 29, 2021

Cynthia Power, Director, EILEEN FISHER Renew, describes the various ways the brand is taking back, reselling, and upcycling garments as well as recycling efforts to reduce the amount of textile waste in landfills. She'll be discussing this as the upcoming Smithers Digital Printing for Textiles conference as well. Watch Video

New Yarn Production Process Designed to Minimize Shedding of Microfibers
New Yarn Production Process Designed to Minimize Shedding of Microfibers

Published: June 28, 2021

Fernando Marin founded Clean Ocean Fiber Tech to develop a new way of making yarn that significantly reduces, or even eliminates, microfiber shedding, a huge environmental issue. Laboratory tests in Brazil reveal that the Clean Ocean Fiber Tech fabric shed only 4 microfibers during the test, while standard fabric shed over 7,000 with a similar sized sample. Watch Video

The Promise of Pigment Inks
The Promise of Pigment Inks

Published: June 24, 2021

Dupont has been involved in production of inks for inkjet printing for more than 30 years. In this conversation, Eric Beyeler, Global Marketing Manager for Artistri® Digital Inks at DuPont, talks about their history, how their inks are distributed, and the promise of pigment inks for both commercial/packaging and textile printing. Beyeler will be speaking in more detail on this topic at the Smithers Digital Textile Printing US conference on June 30th. Watch Video

Home Decor to Take Center Stage at Smithers Digital Print For Textiles
Home Decor to Take Center Stage at Smithers Digital Print For Textiles

Published: June 21, 2021

Michelle Courtois is an experienced design professional with a passion for textiles, product development, and technology. While she started in apparel and has worked with many well-known brands, she is shifting her focus to home decor -- a booming opportunity as more people are choosing to continue to work from home and to spend more time and energy making their homes reflect their style and lifestyle. Michelle talks about the projects she will present at the conference and where she sees the home decor market going from here. Watch Video

EFI Reggiani Adds Ease of Entry Printers, Localized Ink Manufacturing, to Portfolio at ITMA Asia 2021
EFI Reggiani Adds Ease of Entry Printers, Localized Ink Manufacturing, to Portfolio at ITMA Asia 2021

Published: June 14, 2021

Adele Genoni, EFI Vice President and General Manager at EFI Reggiani, joins Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to talk about the company's first in-person presence at a major trade event since the pandemic began. At ITMA Asia 2021, EFI Reggiani is launching two new ease of entry digital textile printers and teasing a third that will be launched later in the summer. Watch Video

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Textiles & Apparel Editor
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Cary Sherburne
An expert in how digital printing technologies revolutionize the print, packaging and textile industries.

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