022 – Tim Hallett of Kornit Digital – Reinventing Supply Chain

Digital textile printing solutions with Kornit…

Tim Hallett, Director of Marketing, North America, Kornit Digital (digital textile printing solutions) joins Samanta Cortes, Stephanie Benedetto, and Rob Sanchez on location at TexWorld USA in New York.

Humidification, wet-on-wet, and a point-and-click world

Hallett discussed Kornit’s digital printers, and how they manufacture their own ink, being a full solution to clients and their clients. One thing that is different is a humidification process. Inks all water based, doesn’t require pretreating before printing. Patented wet-on-wet process, trying to modify the supply chain, which is currently significantly extended. Just take a picture and upload it, put in system, and it is on a shirt in minutes. Ripping software will be dependent on customer workflow. Light commercial to mass customization, and a roll-to roll-solution which can go straight to a cutting machine, satisfying today’s point and click world.

The value proposition, impacting supply chain, and connecting with community

Synthetics are different, with dyes at lower temperatures. Kornit is manufacturing and selling printers and inks, eco-friendly ink system, with value proposition as a time-saver, energy saver, labor saver, significantly impacts supply chain, can take design and test it immediately, and satisfy smaller runs. Moved from design then sell to designing what you’ve already sold. Degree of colorfast on leather, and Kornit’s significant R and D. Taking dye out, replacing color, the hand feel after the process and discharge which takes out the dye from the area you want colored. Connecting with the community at TexWorld, educating clients based on technology Kornit is offering, and helping the client make money.

The Chicago Cubs, size matters, and telling the right story

Customization will be spread across a variety of industries, with examples the like when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series the shirts were not pre-made, companies can react to something more cost effectively, with the ability to react in “real time”. How long it takes for an image to lay right depends in part on size of an image, plus a look at how small, how large printer can handle. Remodeling, how Hallett’s military experience impacts doing things 100%, educating people in the business world, and learning how to tell a story at the right time to the right people to fight for something.

021 – Judy Russell of Nilit – Nylon Nuveau

Nylon 6.6 fibers and thermoplastics with Nilit…

Judy Russell, Global Marketing Strategist for Nilit (a privately owned, international manufacturer of nylon 6.6 fibers and thermoplastics headquartered in Migdal HaEmek, Israel – (bio)) joins Samanta Cortes, Stephanie Benedetto, and Rob Sanchez on location at TexWorld USA in New York.

Responding to the marketplace, sustainability, and athleisure

Russell shares how she started career at DuPont company (which invented nylon, the original synthetic silk) in the IT department, materials started as an interest and became a career. The consumer is driving what is happening in the industry, responding to the marketplace vs. trying to change it, looking at sustainability not just in product but in terms of waste, packaging, shipping, marketing, materials, recycled fiber, more responsible use of ingredients, and is part of the core mission and social and environmental responsibility. How athleisure is creeping into wardrobes, the goal of helping to make life better, and the trend of investing in a core wardrobe that will do more. Getting awareness of products to consumers .

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020 – Dr. John McKeon of Allergy Standards Ltd. – The Doctor Is In Your House

Allergen and Irritant Standards And Certifications for materials and textiles…

Dr. John McKeon, Cofounder/CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd. (a physician-led global certification company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of products to determine their suitability for asthmatics and individuals with associated allergies – (bio)), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at TexWorld USA 2017 in New York.

The evaluation process, from the ER to TexWorld, and avoiding triggers

McKeon discusses his background as an ER Doctor, how the types of textiles used, floor coverings, devices and more can impact the quality of health care, attention to irritants in textiles and materials such as formaldehyde, avoiding allergens and asthma by creating a certification system, and tying to specific conditions people have. The evaluation process including considering physical performance criteria, chemical performance criteria, looking for harsh chemicals, the physical attributes of comfort physiology, and allergen testing. The journey from orthopedic surgeon and ER doctor to attending a textile sourcing conference, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and being able to create jobs and wealth in society with a focus in patient education and environmental control. How moving from command and control to managing and maintaining wellness and avoiding triggers can be reduction on medicine and ER visits.

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019 – Bunny Yan of the Squirrelz – Successes from Mistakes

Reducing waste through creativity…

Bunny Yan, Materials Upcycling Specialist and Founder of the Squirrelz (an app allowing designers and marketers to tap into the designer community and benefit from the unused materials they’ve left over – (bio)) joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

From Shanghai to New Jersey, 25 million tons of waste daily, and success stories

Yan shares why her name is Bunny, why the company’s name is the Squirrelz, her background as born in Shanghai and raised in NJ, art, drawing, design, FIT, and being in fashion/marketing for 18 years working for urban wear companies, and designing for Busta Rhymes. Reducing waste through creativity, working with brands and turning their materials or marketing waste into products or providing them to others who can, such as trimmings, buttons, extra material waste etc. The first shared economy and free marketplace of its kind, and why Yan wants it to be free right now. How landfills receive 25 million tons/day of wasted materials. How it could be another resell platform. The process of downloading the app, browsing through, finding material you like, and then you match it to a place and then pick up the material. No money need, just sign in via social platform, promoting hyper local community-building in NYC, with an aim to be global. Stories of success such as someone claiming a recorder for their autistic daughter, and a design student who became a sewing teacher for another designer’s daughter, creating a job.

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018 – Elizabeth Gillett of Elizabeth Gillett – Artwork, One Scarf at a Time

Surface design and embellishments in scarves and loose apparel…

Elizabeth Gillett, Founder/Creative Director of Elizabeth Gillett (luxury, contemporary scarves & cover-ups for women, designed exclusively in NYC – bio), joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

A lost scarf starts a business, limited runs, and infinite possibilities

Gillett discusses her success in spite of no background in fashion or business, being and expert in surface design and embellishments, how she started the company, the desire for an oversize, tactile, soft, comfortable scarf, how she got her first orders and fulfilled them, and transitioning her business one scarf at a time. Stephanie and Samanta receive gifts of personally selected limited run scarves, and how craftsmen allow Gillett to do small run artwork in the form of scarves. Soft accessories allow anyone to easily to bring something for someone. From an idea in Gillett’s mind to being worn by someone. Transitioning from hand application to printers and mills. How as a fine artist the toolbox is infinite, how textiles offer a 2D plane to explore possibilities because the material changes the design when it is applied. Knitting required help working side by side.

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017 – Caroline Cockerham – Making Less Stuff, Better

Material technology, sustainability, and 3D knitting…

Caroline Cockerham, a technology and sustainability focused textile designer/developer with a special interest in 3D knitting – (bio), joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

A family-inspired love of materials, mill vs. brand development, and proving materials before design

Cockerham discusses her focus on apparel, textiles, technology, sustainability, and materials development, her background with a family that picked cotton and a great grandfather who was a dyemaster, and how she was always in love with textiles even as a kid. Falling in love with mills, rapid prototyping, material development in a mill vs. a brand, the importance of companies making sure employees understand holistically how things are made, why material development should start before design, tested and proven before being put in a product, and athletic companies leading the way on this.

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BONUS – Eli Ostreicher – Part 1 – Rags to Riches, Narrow and Deep

Entrepreneurialism and making a difference…

Producer’s note: Recently our producing team sat down for an interview that was so intriguing and informative, we thought it would be valuable to entrepreneurs  in any industry. Thus, we are sharing it with you here.

Eli Ostreicher, serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker and Founder/CEO to eleven travel and luxury companies (2x INC 500 #1 in Travel) including Regal WingsRegal JetsRegal CardRegal SolutionsGeeFiOne Bag TagGTTFP, Regal Engraving (bio) joins “Travel Is Your Business” hosts Pavan Bahl, John Matson and Marc Raco for Part 1 of a raw and candid interview — along with some sushi – about travel, entrepreneurialism, being successful “in spite of”, and “saying no to political correctness” at the MouthMedia Network studios.

A rags to riches journey to success at 33, One Bag Tag and Regal Engraving, and an uncle rescued

Ostreicher brings sushi, reveals why he went into the travel industry, his rags to riches journey that came from a lot of pain, being successful in against all odds, how focusing in one industry led to success and being narrow and deep, why Monday is the best day, and heading in direction of luxury instead of travel. The revolutionary idea of the One Bag Tag to eliminate all paper luggage tags. LVMH as a client, Regal Engraving as the newest company and the plan for 55 luxury engraving kiosks with master engravers in malls worldwide, largely by referral by other retailers, two years of talks with Visa, targeting the 1%, the Regal Collection of companies, Regal Wings (first company) and Regal Jets, and the rescue of his uncle Jacob Ostreicher.

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016 – Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman of Interwoven Design Group – Spacesuits and Smart Fabrics

Smart textiles and wearable tech with Interwoven Design Group…

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Founder of Interwoven Design Group, LLC and Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt (bio), joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

Loving fabric, a tool for athletics, and what a wearable can be

Pailes-Friedman discusses specializing in wearable tech and smart textiles, how she loves fabric and worked for years with athletes for their clothing, looking at clothing as a tool for athletics. How she started working in smart textiles beyond clothing to objects that measure biometrics, wrote “Smart Textiles for Designers”, and is looking at what a wearable can and should be, with a focus on making life better.

A glove, a TV show, and Mars

A weightlifting glove, a stint on reality TV with “America’s Greatest Makers”, a prediction that we won’t always be carrying a phone in hand, working on getting people to Mars, working on spacesuits, and the critical nature of collaboration.

Students and professors, trust, and a superpower

Personal questions with “Remnants” reveal meaningful moments with students, trust between professors and students, and a superpower.


015 – Louis Nunez of Trimworld – Elevating Design

Trims and embellishments with Trimworld…

Louis Nunez, Owner of Trimworld, Inc. (a full service fashion embellishment-manufacturing studio located in the heart of New York City Garment industry – (bio)) joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

Madonna, baseball, and FIT

Nunez discusses how Trimwold work with almost every major designer on trims and embellishments, including Madonna, and has been working almost every type of material, and his favorite is leather. Laser cutting, fringes, a background in professional baseball, learning at FIT, opening up a shop at 29 years old, and how the experience has been wonderful ever since. How the shop set up as a studio and 3,000 feet of factory space, and being in the process of making Olympic Patches.

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014 – Michael Kennedy of Kennedy Fabrications – Models of All Shapes and Sizes

Materials in architectural models with Kennedy Fabrications…

Michael Kennedy, Owner/Creative/Engineering Director of Kennedy Fabrications (Interactive real estate development displays, retail / museum installations and architectural model fabrication – (bio)), joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

The impact of 3D printing, machines to cut and shape, and model-making as a career

Kennedy discusses his architectural model shop making high-end residential architectural models around the world for more than 25 years. How he had one of the first 3D printers, dealing with the change in architecture shapes, how 3D printing is very useful, the changes in material technology and changing polymers, and looking at a blueprint sand instantly knowing how to build a model. The complexity of using machines to cut and shape, why there aren’t a lot of people who start companies in the model-making industry, how people just want something interesting and awesome, and model-makers need years of training and what matters is an artistic eye in the end.

Lights vs. data, working with the best architects, and function vs. form

The collaborative ways technology can be used to light a unit while creating tracking data, changes in LED technology, the number of projects Kennedy can work on at the same time, working with some of the best architects in the world and the rigorous process to get engineering material structure, looking beyond structure, and how function precedes form.

Vacuum-forming, Dubai is Disneyland, and sticking to your guns

How models affect the process of choosing or changing materials, a vacuum-form machine forms polymers into a custom form and softens edges. Traveling with his son, why Dubai was like Disneyland, who sees his job as one normal people had, trips to many countries, creating comfort with traveling, new buildings coming up, great architecture, avoiding isolation from creative people, and listening to other people but sticking to your guns.