Outdoor Retailer with FabricLink.com and the TechnicalCenter.com

Outdoor Retailer with the FabricLink Network and Promostyl sponcor a Textile Community Mixer. Share ideas and concepts in product development and create new business in a evolving community.

Contact: Beth Cochran

Outdoor Retailer with FabricLink.com and the TechnicalCenter.com
announce: The Textile Community Mixer
At the Summer Outdoor Retailer show
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2008
At Outdoor Retailer Networking and Beer 4:00 to 6:00 pm
In the Design Center next to Project OR

Tarzana, CA. June 15, 2009 Join Outdoor Retailer with the FabricLink Network and Promostyl for a Textile Community Mixer. Share ideas and concepts in product development, make new contacts and create new business in a evolving community. The event is adjacent to Project OR, presenting the latest in outdoor fashion ingenuity. This is good business combined with live innovations; save the date.

There will be an added incentive to attend-beyond beer and business—there will be a “Come and Get Outfitted” contest and drawing. More details will be forth coming.

“The show is an intense time for buyers and sellers alike,” founder of FabricLink.com, explains Kathy Swantko, “I have had a private goal to bring a more cohesion to the textile industry. This mixer with attention to the Design Center, has been a long-term goal come to fruition. There is no better time than now to pull together as an industry, exchange ideas, and make new contacts to benefit our community.” comments Swantko.

Swantko and the FabricLink Network have organized and produced 12 panel discussions over the past six years.
These panels' of experts address pressing textile issues facing the marketplace. Last winter, Fabriclink.com with sister brand The Technical Center.com and TexBase textiles, presented the timely and controversial topic of “Caution: Restricted Substance Legislation---Ripple Effects Throughout the Supply Chain.” The discussion addressed product safety regulations and what they mean to business—with a pressing date for all to comply. The entire supply change has been effected, although positive, this transition can mean inventory that can be unsafe and illegal to sell.

The panel discussions have created a community for the design and textile industry, the Textile Mixer seeks to further this cooperation. In addition to the Design Center and panel discussions, for three shows running, Swantko and her team have been a fundamental component to the success of New Project OR event and the value built into the Design Center.

Project OR is a design competition held by Outdoor Retailer that celebrates the functionality, originality and design of outdoor recreation clothing. Outdoor Retailer hand-pick's five design students from top design programs around the country to produce a garment prototype that is original, an innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials, and has a practical application for the outdoor market. 

Once initial garment designs are complete on the first day, contestants turn their drawings into products using the latest fabrics, zippers and other clothing components provided by participating supplier exhibitors. With sourcing complete, contestants spend the remainder of the 48-hour deadline at their work station (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, pressing equipment and tools) building their final prototypes.

Project OR competitors are filmed in a reality-competition type format that begins with an initial Design Brief and follows them through the conception, sourcing, production and final presentation stages of the competition. Video footage of each day of the competition will be posted to this page by 12:00pm that day.

Project OR's panel of judges, comprised of OR-selected designers and industry trend-setters, will review each contestant's final prototype and presentation, and announce the winner on Friday July 24th. The winning student will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market '10 and a profile in Textile Insight. In addition, show attendees will vote on contestant's final prototypes and the one with the most votes will win the 2009 Project OR People's Choice Summer Market Award.

For more information on all these events please log onto www.OutdoorRetailer.com events please log onto www.OutdoorRetailer.com
About the FabricLink Network

Kathlyn Swantko, a textile advocate and educator, is president of FabricLink, and founder of FabricLink.com and TheTechnicalCenter.com on-line textile resources.
The FabricLink Network is made up of the marketing and networking websites: FabricLink.com and TheTechnicalCenter.com. With over 150,000 visits per month combined, the award-winning FabricLink.com (trade to consumer) and TheTechnicalCenter.com (trade-to-trade) provide information about new products and marketing opportunities for specialty textiles, textile-based products and services.
Both web sites were re-launched in 2006 with expanded content, advanced search capabilities covering the industrial, medical, and home furnishings markets, in addition to performance textiles.

Kathy Swantko can be reached at (818) 345-7501, or at kgswantko@fabriclink.com.