Alvanon Workshops | New York CityFebruary 5th 2020 / NYC | Getting Fit: Optimizing Your Supply Chain
Alvanon Workshops | New York City
The Paper Factory
37-06 36th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Don HowardExecutive Director
Don Howard has over 30 years’ experience in apparel retail, design and manufacturing . He joined Alvanon in 2010 as a consultant and was named Executive Director in 2013 to head its global team of consumer insight and business strategists.. He established Alvanon’s renowned professional Development Series training program and is a recognized expert in pre-production process assessment, technical design and product development with a particular emphasis on implementing sizing and fit standards. Don previously served as Vice President of Technical Design for Ann Taylor, where he established and maintained excellence in product fit and quality. His responsibilities included global technical organization, selection development of talent and employee improvement programs in the technical design arena. Prior to Ann Taylor, Don was Sr. Director of Technical Design/Quality Assurance for Retail Brand Alliance and was Pre Production Manager for Ellen Tracy. Earlier in his career, he served as a Production Manager for the Couture Houses of Pauline Trigere and Arnold Scassi. Don graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.
Emily Robertson-HoodSenior Consultant
For 20+ years Emily has led teams of Engineers, QA, Patternmakers, Graders, and Technical Developers in the fit, construction and global manufacturing of apparel products ranging from denim to down. She has led teams at Levi Strauss & Co., Lands’ End and Eddie Bauer. She developed her own line of apparel and sold it from her retail location, so understands the problems facing both a global business as well as the small independents. Her connection with Alvanon, Inc. began with a comprehensive body scan project for Levi Strauss & Co., where over 50,000 scans were gathered from Levi stores across the United States. Gaining a better understanding what could be done with the data, and how it relates to the Consumer across many different markets, has been her focus since 2007. Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design & Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a long-time resident of the West Coast of the United States. She is presently based out of Seattle.
The NYC workshop will be held in the up-and-coming Long Island City neighborhood. Conveniently located to a number of hotels, restaurants, and easily accessible via Manhattan.
Speed to Market: Skills in the Fitting Room
- Preparing for the Fit Session
- Fitting for Functionality
- Achieving Consistent Results
- Creating an Environment for Open Feedback
Working Digital: What Does This Mean for You?
- 3D vs Digital – What’s the Difference?
- How the Digital Revolution Affects the Fashion Industry
- 3D Now and Future – Tips for 3D Success
- E-Commerce Optimization – Improving How We Communicate w/ Customers
Apparel Wear Testing: Which Test and Why?
- Definition and Differences
- Defining Objectives
- Choosing Wearers
- How to conduct Tests
- How to gather actionable results
- Flowing results into production