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This is Not a Sweater: Smart Garments & Functional Fabrics

6pm-6:45pm: Doors open, TEK-TILES Fair
6:45pm-8:15pm: Panel discussion/Q&A
8:15pm-9pm: TEK-TILES Fair and meet the designers

Technology is driving innovation in apparel design and changing our expectations of the function of clothing. With expectations of a $38 billion industry by 2022, there are a number of questions yet to be answered about the nature of this market. What is the definition of a smart garment? How will the industry shift focus from sports to health care? Who has their eye on the environmental and social impacts of this emerging market? How will manufacturing change in response to new materials?

Join Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s Executive Director Deb Johnson, Olivia Burca, Garment Engineer at Wearable Experiments, Chris Kasabach, a pioneer in the field of wearable computing and connected healthcare and Yuchen Zhang, founder of Wearable Media for a conversation as part of New York Textile Month, an event guaranteed to foster new thinking regarding how designers are creating smart garments and functional fabrics.

The BF+DA will also be featuring the first 25 of 100 “TEK-TILES,” as part of a two-year project to investigate and create a library of 100 activated swatches that are a “how to” for the design and manufacture of smart garments. Attendees will be able to meet the designers and ask questions about the function and design of each TEK-TILE.

RSVP for the panel and TEK-TILES fair below.

General public: $10
Pioneering members: free
Emerging and Studying members: $5

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States
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