COLUMBIA, SC -- July 9, 2007 -- Marci Zaroff, Founder and President of contemporary women's eco-fashion company Under the Canopy, will be the opening keynote speaker for the 7th Annual Apparel Executive Forum, set for October 7-9, 2007, at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, FL.
Zaroff is an internationally recognized pioneer in the world of organic fiber fashion, responsible for bringing eco-fashion into the "new mainstream" and demonstrating that quality, great fit, style, comfort, purity, luxury and modern aesthetics can co-exist profitably with social and environmental responsibility.
Her presentation will focus on how her company has achieved significant success through the use of sustainable practices, including the use of organic fibers and fabrics. She will discuss the challenges and benefits of going "green" as well as the compromises that are inherent in producing apparel that is both sustainable and fashion forward. Additionally, she will provide tips on how to develop a sustainable supply chain, including some small but significant beginning steps toward embracing more earth-friendly -- and profitable -- practices.
Zaroff is a highly respected expert and lecturer in the areas of organic food and fiber and has been involved in the natural products industry for more than 18 years. Previously, she served as publisher and chief editor of Macrocosm Magazine, a national wellness publication, and she is also the founder of Sierra Natural Resources, an international exporter of natural products and services. She is featured regularly on national TV and in print media, with appearances on NBC's "
The Apparel Executive Forum is an invitation-only event that brings together 75 to 100 senior-level executives representing apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers. It provides thought-leading content and unparalleled networking opportunities for exchanging ideas and developing strategic alliances. This year's 7th annual forum will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
Other speakers at the event include: Rob Garf, Vice President, Retail Strategies Practice, AMR Research; Gary Miller, Senior Vice President, Sourcing, CATO Corp.; Robert Copeland, Principal, Kurt Salmon Associates; Wendy Wieland Martin, Vice President, Global Trade Services, Kellwood Company; Alan Kaufman, Director, Sourcing & Technical Design, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts; Amit Uttamsingh, Director, Global Sourcing, Under Armour Performance; Ray Eitel-Porter, Chief Operating Officer, The Dessy Group; Omar Saad, Equity Research Lead Analyst, Branded Apparel & Footwear, Credit Suisse; Jeff Allison, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Home Division, JCPenney Company; Oscar Feldenkreis, Vice Chairman, President & COO, Perry Ellis International; and Al Lopez, President & CEO, Blair Corp.
Sponsors of the forum to date include Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, Cotton Incorporated, Datacolor, Enovia MatrixOne, Gerber Technology, Lawson, Lectra, Motorola, PTC, SAP, Siemens, TradeCard and QuestaWeb.
To request an invitation or inquire about sponsorship, please contact Apparel's Publisher,
Apparel magazine offers technology and business insight from concept to consumer, providing competitive, actionable information to executives representing the world's most successful apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers. Its targeted content addresses Retail Intelligence, Supply Chain, Sourcing & Logistics, Concept-to-Spec and Fiber-to-Fabric. An Edgell Communications publication, Apparel also produces the Apparel's Tech Conference, Apparel's Sourcing Summit, numerous web seminars and research supplements, the Apparel e-Newsletter and apparelmag.com.
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