048 – Matt Kolmes of Supreme Corporations – Yarn, Conduction, and Sharks, Oh My!

Matt Kolmes

Conductive smart yarns…

Matt KolmesMatt Kolmes, CEO of Supreme Corporations (creator of the VOLT Smart Yarns) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Doing military work, being approached by military defense contractors, Top Secret, who said “Don’t ever say our name,” – what did this mean, and they realized the contractor probably realized they had perfect equipment for making conductive yarn, and an “aha “ moment
  • How Kolmes was always jealous of wearable tech and smart yarns
  • Most yarns had metal on the outside of the yarn, which exposed the conductive service
  • How Supreme assessed they were disappointed, evaluated there was a solution, and designed insulation that could be soldered without strippingMatt Kolmes
  • Sewing thread is the superhero of yarns
  • Invention of protected copper wires so won’t break
  • 185 patents in 54 years in 60 countries, with 15 more pending
  • Why it is important to only protect what is protectable, what’s new, novel, and hasn’t existed before, looking at prior art (other patents relatable)
  • How Supreme makes sure to keep half the invention a trade secret
  • How a father’s offer changed Kolmes’ career path
  • All their yarns are composite yarns, and they adding one new yarn per month
  • Conductive yarn that changes color at a certain temperature, color shift yarn, can set temperature color changes
  • Why North Carolina is a great place for fashionMatt Kolmes
  • Changing color of yarn with electricity
  • How apparel with conductive yarn can have a logo that can become an on-off switch
  • A reality show, and sharks
  • How yarn is exciting.
  • A passion for savings lives, and a yearning for filmmaking, and how being a dad gives him the best moments of his week


047 – Manon Clavel – Dressing Delta

Manon Clavel

Producing uniforms for Delta Airlines, and successful business development and consulting for textile and garment manufacturing companies from around the world with Manon Clavel…

Manon ClavelManon Clavel is a Business development professional and consultant for textile and garment manufacturing companies working with apparel Industry leaders across categories including Levis, Nike, Ralph Lauren, the VF corporation, Vans, Theory, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Brooks Brothers, Burton Snowboards, Athleta, Gap, Banana Republic, Target and other US brands. Clavel joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • How Delta Airlines decided to renew uniforms, trying to make more comfortable and make more stylish
  • Working with a designer like Zac Posen and what that means strategy wise
  • How new uniforms raises image of the airline around the world
  • The importance of an American company and American designer
  • Stretch and stretch fabrics and why bi-stretch is importantManon Clavel
  • Testing and testing, with so many technical aspects for textiles, apparel and uniforms to produce high quality, and the challenges to accomplish that
  • Everyone is going to be wearing the same uniforms in an airline, so they have to look alike, they can’t have variance, and color consistency is important
  • Need to work with a factory that has the ability to maintain consistency over a long period of time
  • Clavel’s consulting business, and getting a start into a brand, with vendor and supplier, and understanding them and what makes them different
  • Keeping internal drive and motivation, needing a certain type of personality to avoid getting discouraged, some wins Clavel’s proud of such as Nike
  • The crucial nature of sustainability and the continued learning curve for the industry
  • Traveling to Europe, and loving a new family

046 – Alejandro Muther of Kimetric – Map, Measure and Trace Real Time Retail Data


Measuring consumer behavior and provide real time analytics for brick and mortar stores…

KimetricAlejandro Muther, CEO of Kimetric (increases sales by creating unique customized experiences for consumers at point of sale while collecting and analyzing information about their profiles and behavior) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at NRF Big Show. MouthMedia Network is powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:Kimetric

  • With Kimetric, a 3D camera tracks reactions and how consumers are looking at touching or picking up products
  • Real time data analytics
  • Aggregating data so a retailer can know how things are working in the store
  • The process Is not recording personal info, but instead general attributes and generating a profile of consumer
  • Is can be as big or small an area as wanted, each camera covering 60 square feet
  • 3D sensors create a 3D map
  • Neck, elbows, feet, etc. as data points
  • Changing lighting, smells in a retail space in reaction to the data gathered
  • Kimetric was one of the first participants in a Microsoft accelerator
  • Consumer goods companies are paying more attention to measuring customer behavior, but physical retailers are behind
  • Getting data to store associates in real time for employee reactions
  • Access to raw data and monthly/weekly report raw data to actionable items
  • Map, measure and trace is not something enough people are paying attention to

045 – David Marimon of Catchoom – From One Picture, The World


Image Recognition and Artificial Intelligence solutions…

CatchoomDavid Marimon, PhD, CEO & Co-founder of Catchoom (easy, flexible, reliable tools for branded mobile apps and websites.) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at NRF Big Show 2018 in New York. MouthMedia Network is powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Taking a picture and allowing the tech to translate info on what it is, including type of fabric and more
  • How there are a lot of data and marketplaces which manage more and more products from different brands, and they don’t have time to create all the descriptionsCatchoom
  • How those brands and marketplaces can do better job, more efficiently, training a system with AI with all aspects, type of sleeves, collar, neck, finish, etc.
  • Machine learning is a component – as the AI fails as people can fail, then the system learns and gets better and better than humans, and learning from its own mistakes and making corrections, then doesn’t make the same mistake as often
  • Also, static page of advertisement, but hovering over it with the iPad it became 3D and content and story from a piece of paper with Augmented Reality
  • Connecting online with the physical and what’s on the shelves
  • It is about making the connection
  • The pattern itself in the image is the code, the image must be designed to contain it and be recognized
  • Various use cases and partners, how Catchoom has special focus on recognition of objects, different than others on scalability and reachCatchoom
  • Running a pilot is one thing, but afterwards both vendor and brand want to be more successful
  • Measuring results, why one shouldn’t just implement a solution from an innovation perspective, but instead think about how it can increase business
  • A lot more people search by camera — even smaller businesses should be thinking about how people can purchase by taking a photo of a product
  • Vendors are eager to help brands do better

044 – Natasha Franck of EON-ID – Fashion Birth Certificate


Smart textiles for the future, with RFID and the first global system for recycling powered by the internet of things, advancing the circular economy for the fashion industry…

EONRFID technology lives in thread and is embedded in fabric, and can carry all information on that product forever, helping business with counterfeit control, inventory tracking, and improving sustainability. It can connect everyone it touches, and is new technology with endless possibilities. How will we create the future with it? Natasha Franck CEO/Cofounder of EON-ID (developing the first global system for textile recycling powered by the internet of things) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • The intersection of physical assets and the blockchain, something that gives products a digital identity, with RFID tags, and connecting it with a cloud, on RFID platform and on blockchain
  • It’s a thread, a chip and antenna, giving a product a birth certificateEON
  • One of the biggest barriers to recycling is material transparency
  • RFID info will help with a system to sort and sepearte intelligently, then upcycle from that
  • Tracking inventory in real time to affect turnaround time of products and meet customer needs,
  • By combining IoT, RFID and circular economy you get great benefit for business
  • Weaving vs. aseembly, attached in the seam during assmbly, and will eventually change into integration into weaving
  • No geo-locate, not sending a signal from the RFID
  • What is future vision, for brands, connected supply chain, how to use IoT in the future, then design to address those business needs
  • All parts of a brand acting as one brain instead of supply chain not talking to production not  talking to retail etc, and not being so siloed.
  • Embedding tech into what you’re already doing, versus designing something from scratch
  • The need to layer this into standard business practice, as things will happen more organically and faster, instead of looking at it as a sustainability expense. By reducing waste, we’re improving a business

043 – Sourcing Journal Summit – Sourcing Trends

Sourcing trends

Sourcing trends and what the apparel sector should learn from both traditional and retail startups, at the 2017 Sourcing Journal Summit…


Mark Rose, SVP, American Eagle Outfitters

Liz Hershfield, Chief Supply Chain Offer, Bonobos

Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Offer, PVH

Bjorn Bengtsson, Chief Merchandising officer, UNTUCKit

About Sourcing Summit 2017: Pain Points + Pivots – October 17, 2017

It’s no longer news that sourcing is facing uncertain times or that retail is evolving faster than most companies can adapt. So now it’s time to talk about which points along the supply chain are causing the most pain and how to pivot and move forward.

Today’s consumers are all but easy to please, Amazon is testing drones that can deliver product in as little as 13 minutes and though most things trade have been verbally upended, nothing concrete has yet been settled or confirmed.

With all this considered, sourcing companies can’t afford to keep doing what they’ve always done.

The Sourcing Journal Summit is the most exclusive gathering of supply chain executives leading the sector’s latest initiatives. Top thought leaders will share key insights, talk about how they’re transitioning in this altered landscape and discuss the kinds of pivots and plans that will keep bankruptcy at bay—all through keynotes and interactive panel discussions designed to bring today’s sourcing issues to life.

More news and information at SourcingJournal.com


042 – Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux of Hyloh – Material Specialists


Design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective…

HylohFiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux, Co-Founders of Hyloh (a global collective who approach design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective and consult, create and educate) join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network Studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • The Hyloh website and why there is not much info there, screaming by whisperingHyloh
  • Looking at products and seeing the materials, how Anastas and Ternaux have eyes that do not look at things the same way as others
  • Why the Hyloh team has the background to understand materials in an elevated manner
  • Doing practical activities helps people to understand materials — they bring that process and thinking to the work
  • Not everyone will know everything about materials, so a technical vernacular doesn’t work
  • The “value prop” of Hyloh, being all designers, less serious, like a sharing economy of knowledge and ecosystemsHyloh
  • Why plastics can be an awesome material
  • The opportunity for startups to start with material and innovate instead of starting with a product and finding differentiation with materials
  • Understanding processes of integrating materials into garments is helping people think about materials more these daysHyloh
  • Series of lectures called “After Tomorrow” – answering the question starting with several scenarios of what tomorrow could bring, many outcomes, and how sustainability a key question
  • Connected devices are giving garments more functions they can do, the possibilities of humans becoming immortal, living on Mars
  • Considering materials in space exploration, finding new materials, and 3D printing in space
  • Several polymers can offer qualities of degradability, even compostable, and materials such asHyloh a slice of a mushroom, rabbit fur
  • Touching velvet, and growing up sewing in Australia
  • Challenging materials, and why every material is a challenge to replace

041 – Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange – The Power to Make Change

Patrick Duffy

Innovative clothing swap events, curated talks and cultural activations globally…

Patrick DuffyPatrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange (an international platform promoting sustainability in the fashion industry with inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events, which through interactive clothing swaps empowers consumers to take action for a better environment while they stylishly renew their wardrobe and save hundreds of thousands of cloths from going to landfill), joins Stephanie Benedetto, Samanta Cortes, and guest host Charles Beckwith (American Fashion Podcast) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:Patrick Duffy

  • Duffy discusses how the Global Fashion Exchange has become something which travels all over the world, how it started when he did a collaboration with the UN Peace Boat with an information booth along with other sustainable fashion organizations
  • How he was later invited to the UN, then asked to be a moderator, how so many people thought the travel industry was fluff and realized how much more there was later once the info was deployed
  • Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) started as a clothing swap to engage people en masse
  • Now GFX takes the mission around the world, promoting sustainability and what to do with clothing consumers and brands don’t want
  • How GFX has turned into a communications platform and a consultancy, with a global network of people who want to create change in the fashion industry
  • GFX’s partnership with major brands, and a fashion week in Lisbon
  • Duffy explains how people bring clothing, creating a swapping experience that looks and feels like a high end department store, and after the exchange people keep clothing and recycle the rest
  • GFX Local, having a clothing swap in one’s hometown, with the goal to get 100 cities by end of year
  • Why Duffy is a man without a physical address, after he had an “aha moment”, and when from the tail end of running a restaurant, to self education in industry and soul searching, and ultimately decided to go full on into it, become nomadic with his efforts, and got rid of everything he owned
  • The main goal of a million tons of clothing swapped
  • How lack of knowledge in the industry causes ignorance of the issue and a need for action
  • And how positioning as for planet and profit can get more brands on board
  • Duffy discusses the massive excess of goods sitting in warehouses costing money, and what if you can monetize that
  • The need for legal regulation to force
  • Deforestation in fashion manufacturing
  • How Duffy works out twice daily, pushing heavy things
  • What’s possible given the inspiration of what Duffy has accomplished, from singing on tables to speaking at the UN, and the power to make change

040 – Brennan Lowery – Lasting Impact

Brennan Lowery

Looking at Kate Spade’s successful supply-chain social responsibility program in Rwanda…

Why would Kate Spade New York, an iconic brand with a global presence, extend a part of its supply chain, taking on major challenges, to go into a developing country? A fashion consultant supported a social responsibility program that was successful, with profitability and lasting impact focused on empowering women. Brennan Lowery, a consultant in the social responsibility and business development space, and a former Program Manager for Karisimbi Business Partners, a partner of Kate Spade New York’s On Purpose CSR program in Rwanda, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • A look at why Kate Spade New York decided to undertake the program and initiative in Rwanda
  • The meaning for employees of a brand that’s willing to spend money outside of their internal needs
  • Being committed to seeing women empowered in different parts of world, transforming community, creating a new cutting-edge model for the space of social enterprise
  • The opportunity for a developing country to compete in a world of global suppliers
  • Participation by a number of partners and experts as part of plan in Rwanda, plus cooperation and support by both US and Rwandan governments
  • Each Rwanda employee (mostly women) averages 4.5 dependents, and the initiative resulted in positive impact on other local business
  • The need for a brand to be telling a story about the specific products coming out of a developing country that it is benefitting
  • The goal to work oneself out of a job, and hire a Rwandan in one’s place
  • The need in more parts of East Africa, and between Central and South America
  • Find pockets and create jobs, teach skills and provide training
  • Evaluating what space a brand wants to impact, greater meaning for employees and consumers, and the need to see transformation
  • What motivated Lowery and what planted the seed with the brand
  • A dream of hospitality with meaning
  • How there is still a lot of work to be done, and a need to do something

039 – Vince Lebon of Rollie Nation – Designing a Playful Community

Rollie Nation

Making perfect travel shoes that are incredibly light and ridiculously comfortable…

Rollie NationVince Lebon, Founder of Rollie Nation (the shoe lifestyle brand for the young at heart), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

Rollie Nation

  • Meeting Stephanie on a sustainability panel
  • Rollie Nation, a footwear brand started around 5 years ago in Australia, lightweight, extreme risk with color and prints
  • A community that wants to express themselves through footwear, just living and enjoying life
  • Lace Up, a reality TV show, designing sneakers for celebrities
  • Wanting to take a design sabbatical, working with the ex creative director of Jordan brand and first materials designer at Nike
  • The power of persistence in getting in, how he thought the show is docudrama and it became real reality show, not a great environment to create
  • The amount and level of work one can create was amazing
  • Growing up playing basketball in Australia, getting a job in afootwear company as multimedia designer, how he got good at designing shoes realistically in Photoshop that weren’t even made and selling them
  • Spec sheets for footwear
  • How the Rollie Nation shoe is lighter than a pair of flip-flops, but fully functional
  • Well-made shoes, how he took out shanks, and created an invisible heel to distribute weight, and don’t need the shank
  • Found thin plastic counterweights which hold shape, taking things out, keeping what’s necessary
  • Most customers are not designers, don’t know how materials work together etc.
  • Customization can be for or with you, and can be from performance to materials to appearance
  • Protecting IP, the bigger Rollie Nation gets, the more they get copied, including an entire line being copied before release — brand loyalty helps protect IP
  • Material science will be increasingly very important
  • Lebon feels the future holds satellite factories closer to market, will be heavily robotic-focused
  • Synergy amongst designers, collaboration is the biggest focus
  • Rollie Nation is not a shoe company, but an experience brand that makes footwear
    Lebon’s interest in designing a hotel
  • Where the name Rollie Nation came from (and it is not where you think), playfulness and community
  • The goal of no waste with other materials, genetically modified leathers
  • Semi-transparent leather
  • Lebon’s favorite mobile apps
  • Why not to get complacent