June 14, 2018 / NEW YORK

One Size Does Not Fit All: Inclusive Design & the Modern Consumer

Niche markets like adaptive, inclusive and plus-size design are growing fast in a world increasingly more invested in empowering the underrepresented.

Retail now has an opportunity to both increase profit margins while positively impacting the lives of millions of consumers with unmet needs. We look forward to further exploring these multibillion-dollar retail opportunities at this conference.



Trailblazers10 Startup Solutions features 10 startup companies with pioneering technologies and business models, expanding the one-day conference in order to allow invite-only retail industry executives more time to gain knowledge, discover and browse innovative solutions.


Canoe Studios

601 W 26th St #1465,
New York, NY 10001

Janice Wang

Janice Wang

CEO, Alvanon

Janice Wang joined Alvanon in 2002 since when she has transformed the company into a global consultancy group attracting top-tier apparel analysts, business strategists and technical experts. The Financial Times has described her as: “The shaper of change for (the) fashion world.”

Deborah Weinswig

Deborah Weinswig

Founder and CEO, Coresight Research

Deborah Weinswig is an award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology. As Founder and CEO of Coresight Research formerly Managing Director of Fung Global Retail and Technology, the think tank for the Fung Group, she is responsible for…

Simon Collins

Simon Collins

Founder of Fashion, Culture, Design, Former Dean, Parsons School of Design

Simon Collins is a creative seditionary, design thinker, speaker, writer, designer and advisor. Following a career as fashion designer then creative director for some of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Polo, Fila, Zegna… 

Don Howard

Don Howard

Executive Director, Alvanon

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.

Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones

CEO, FFora

Lucy Jones is a designer with a focus on solution-based design. It is her mission to marry style and function with the intent of addressing a larger portion of society often overlooked in the fashion design process. Lucy Jones was recently an “Innovator in Residence” at XRC Labs…

Julie Vargas

Julie Vargas

Director of Digital Solutions & Brand Protection, Avery Dennison

As the Director of Digital Solutions and Brand Protection at Avery Dennison, Julie partners with brands and retailers worldwide to drive on-product digital innovation.

Joe Ferrara

Joe Ferrara

Co-Founder, Resonance

In 2015, Joseph co-founded Resonance as a venture operating company investing in creator-driven brands. Resonance invests in brands with a demonstrated connection to customers, making relevant product that is at the core of that relationship.

Robert Goldberg

Robert Goldberg

Founder, Scale Consultancy & Former VP, Cole Haan

Mr. Goldberg has spent his career focusing on the globalization of branded retail and direct sales organizations. He currently is a Founding Partner at Scale Consultancy, a bespoke community of consultants

Chaitenya Razdan

Chaitenya Razdan

CEO & Founder, Care + Wear

Chat Razdan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear, a leading provider of innovative healthwear focused on creating positive healing experiences for patients everywhere. The son of a doctor, Chat created Care+Wear to dedicate himself to improving patient lives.

Maura Horton

Maura Horton

CEO, MagnaReady

Necessity was the mother of invention for Maura Horton when she came up with the idea for MagnaReady®. Maura was inspired when her husband lost the ability to button his shirt due to Parkinson’s in his forties.

Shelly Fogel

Shelly Fogel

Executive Vice President, LF Americas

Shelly Fogel is Executive Vice President & Division Head for LFAmericas. In his early career, Shelly held several Sales & Sales Management positions at the Phillips Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) throughout an 11 year period. 

Rick Darling

Rick Darling

Executive Director, Americas Li Fung

Rick Darling is Li & Fung’s Executive Director of LF Americas, overseeing the wholesale and distribution business in the US. His responsibilities also include Li & Fung’s Vendor Compliance & Sustainability business as well as the Government and Public Affairs overseeing government relations… 

Camila Chiriboga

Camila Chiriboga

Creative Strategy and Inclusive Design, LIO Innovation lab, Global Brands Group

My passion lies at the intersection of fashion, health and technology. I design to provide the tools for people to simply enjoy their bodies and lives. I believe clothing should be made for everyone to enjoy the luxury of looking good and feeling comfortable and confident.

Xian Horn

Xian Horn

Founder & Executive Director, Give Beauty Wings

Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy serving as writer, mentor, teacher, and positivity activist. A member of an international network of extraordinary women, 85 Broads, she was heralded by founder Janet Hanson as an “amazing role model for all women.” 

Grace Jun

Grace Jun

Executive Director, Open Style Lab

Grace is an Assistant Professor at the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design. She serves on FIT Museum’s Body Advisory Committee and holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a masters in Design & Technology from Parsons. 

Ginny Hilfiger

Ginny Hilfiger

Ginny Hilfiger | Designer, Creative Director, Brand Builder
Alexandra Connell

Alexandra Connell

Founder & CEO, PATTI + RICKY
Alexandra Connell is the Founder and CEO of PATTI + RICKY, an online inclusive shopping experience selling stylish and functional clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids with disAbilities. With a Masters Degree in disAbility Studies, from Teachers College of Columbia University, Connell collaborates with more than 40 designers, many of whom have disAbilities themselves or a loved one with disAbilities. Connell’s own disAbilities. her close relationship with her cousin Ricky who was unable to walk or verbally communicate, and her mother’s battle with brain cancer fueled her determination to launch PATTIandRICKY.com
Jessica Kahan Dvorett

Jessica Kahan Dvorett

VP Merchandising & Management Team Member, Gwynnie Bee

Jessica Kahan Dvorett leads Merchandising and Branding at Gwynnie Bee. A management team member, she is also responsible for buying, planning, site merchandising, brand and consumer insights.

June 14th, 2018 (Thursday)

Additional speakers, event sponsors and participants will be announced in the coming weeks.


Registration & Refreshments


Opening Remarks

Janice Wang | CEO, Alvanon

1:45 Session 1 

How Inclusive Design, Adaptive Clothing and Micro Segmentation will Revolutionize the Way We Think of the Fashion Consumer

Deborah Weinswig | Founder & CEO of Coresight Research

2:00pm Session 2

Expert Panel: Designing for Specific Needs

Moderated by Julie Vargas | Director of Digital Solutions & Brand Protection, Avery Dennison
– Jessica Kahan Dvorett | VP of Merchandising, Gwynnie Bee
– Becca McCharen | CHROMAT

2:30 Session 3

How We Inspire Design and Empower our People:

Catherine Cole | Executive Director, MOTIF
Simon Collins | Founder of Fashion, Culture, Design, Former Dean, Parsons School of Design


Trailblazers10 Lightning Round

3:15pm Session 4

Expert Panel: The Business of Inclusive Design – Market Challenges and What It Means for Your Business

Moderated by Julie Vargas, Director of Digital Solutions and Brand Protection at Avery Dennison
– Shelly Fogel | Executive Vice President, LF Americas
– Joe Ferrara | Co-Founder, Resonance
– Maura Horton | Founder & CEO of MagnaReady

3:45pm Session 5

Expert Panel: Designing for Functional Work

Moderated by Robert Goldberg | Founder Scale Consultancy, Former VP, Cole Haan
– Chaitenya Razdan | Founder & CEO of Care + Wear
– Lucy Jones | CEO, FFora
– Alexandra Connell | Creative Energy Officer, PATTIandRICKY.com
– Ginny Hilfiger | Designer, Creative Director, Brand Builder

4:15pm Session 6

Celebrating a New Vision of Beauty and Fashion:  a Q&A with Industry Experts

Moderated by Rick Darling | Executive Director, Americas Li & Fung
– Camila Chiriboga | Creative Strategy and Inclusive Design, LIO innovation Lab, Global Brands Group
– Xian Horn | Give Beauty Wings
– Grace Jun | Executive Director at Open Style Lab



– Rick Darling | Executive Director, LF Americas


Cocktails & Networking