Miami is heating up on the heels of Apparel Textile Sourcing’s U.S debut. Apparel Textile Sourcing MIAMI (ATS-M) will bring over 200 apparel companies from over a dozen countries under one roof at the Maya Wynwood May 21 st -23 rd , 2018. ATS-M, along with Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATS-C), is a unique brand of trade show. The shows bring together all sectors of the apparel industry, not just designers and buyers, but also: textiles, raw materials, manufacturers, service providers, government associations and more. WELCOME TO THE FIRST ATS-M ATS-M was thought into existence as a platform that would engender the fashion industry. On the domestic side, ATS-M will enable the growth of Made in America businesses. This is significant in the sense of allowing small businesses to bypass the minimums that are usually hard-pressed by international vendors. At the same time, international brands and more will have an opportunity to do business with U.S companies and create partnerships they would not have the chance to otherwise. In addition, the show has positioned themselves as the “Gateway to the Americas.” This is fitting as forty percent of all U.S exports to Latin and South America pass through Florida. It essentially acts as the central hub to both Latin, South America, and the Caribbean for all industries. So, ATS-M will have a heavy Latin influence from all areas of the apparel industry. PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION As we are now a month away from the innagual show, Jason Prescott, CEO of JPCommunications , TopTenWholesale , and Manufacturer.com , announced the seminars and special events that will take place at the show. He emphasized that, “Our team has organized an exciting and educational series of seminars, panels and events that will appeal to everyone from students, to designers, to seasoned industry veterans.” Over the course of the three days, listen to inspirational seminars about everything from NAFTA to sustainability, to textiles, to influencer marketing and more SEMINARS AND PANELS Monday, May 21 Miami Embraces International Business with China, the Americas and Beyond: Mr. Moishe Mana, CEO Mana Group, who will detail how Apparel Textile Sourcing is the next step towards Mr. Mana’s vision of creating an Asia-Latin America trade hub in Wynwood that will turn Miami into the Hong Kong of the Americas. Winning at Omni-Channel and that Importance of an Aligned Supply Chain: Global industry veteran Jeff Streader will discuss a critical component for success in today’s Omni- Channel world – an aligned Supply Chain. He will share his view on a successful playbook including an end-to-end workflow that builds accountability and partnership between the Design Chain and Supply Chain, including all external partners. Jeff emphasizes the magnitude of understanding today’s digital consumer as not only unique, but in control of the brand journey; and the uncompromising need to build a responsive, data-driven value chain. The Rise to Success in America, A Story Business in China & the USA; Dr. Shanjie Li - Executive Chief Economist and CEO of Miami-based American Da Tang Group will detail his success story of getting started, working through the Cultural gap, and differences business mentalities – from a true Chinese-American success. Now his mission is to build Miami’s Chinatown. How Responsible Sourcing Applies to You: Avedis Seferian, President and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), examines why responsible sourcing is more important than ever and what companies need to do in order to ensure business continuity and competitive success. Influencer Marketing Myth Busters: From Going Rates to FTC Guidelines Danielle N. Garno, a shareholder in the Miami Litigation Practice of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., will give insight about selecting influencers that make sense for a brand, building authentic relationships with influential partners, incorporating influencers into a digital marketing strategy and measuring their influence. The Role Social Compliance Plays in Globally Competitive Markets - a Global Sourcing Imperative: Featuring Clay Hickson - Vice President of Strategy and Business Development - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Monica Escobar - Senior Manager of Compliance and Training for Americas - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), and Ladhy Gagnon, Peru Trade Commissioner Apparel Manufacturing - Research, Trends and Solutions to Deliver on Consumer Expectations: Ben Mead - Managing Director for Hohenstein Institute Americas - Hohenstein Institute Americas talks about how consumers Increasingly want to know the who, what, when, where, and how a product was made and they expect brands and manufacturers to deliver this information quickly and simply. U.S. Customs and Imports of Textiles and Apparel: Peter Quintier - Chair of the U.S. Customs and International Trade Law Group – GrayRobinson, P.A. explains how and why U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducts country of origin verifications for free trade agreement compliance, anti-dumping duty investigations, and tariff classification decisions. El Salvador PROESA President, Sigfredo Reyes PROESA is El Salvador's Export and Investment Promotion Agency. It is an autonomous government institution responsible for export promotion, investments and public-private partnerships. Mr. Reyes will speak about the country, the development of the textiles and apparel industry and the investment opportunities that El Salvador offers. Tuesday May 22nd How to Build an Efficient & Agile Apparel Business through Sourcing and Crowdfunding with Strategies to Drive Your Business Online - Christine Daal Are you starting a fashion business and wondering where to start? Are you looking for financial growth through a crowdfunding campaign? If so, this seminar is for you! Christine Daal, founder and coach of Fashion Angel Warrior will walk you through all the tools you will need to manufacture a line from start to finish. Give you a comprehensive overview of the strategies you need to run a successful campaign, properly plan for a photoshoot, promote your campaign, and continue to raise money after your campaign is over and more. Miami Fashion Bloggers Panel- Featuring: Moderated by Maria Tettamanti of The Wordy Girl, fellow Miami “It-Girl” bloggers/influencers Danie Gomez-Ortigoza of Journey of a Braid, Ginger Harris from Electric Blogarella, Ria Michelle of Ria Michelle and Kelly Saks of Kelly Saks Style will discuss: The cardinal rules of blogging ; How brands can reach bloggers for collaborations ; Social Media hacks; How Instagram is changing the landscape of fashion/retail; and How to start a blog . Design Meets Sustainability: Gabriella Smith - Co-Founder & Business Development – UPCYCLE talks about how the efforts to inspire change and create insightful conversations surrounding design and sustainability. Understand the hurdles designers face while finding solutions to produce sustainable ATS Miami Fashon Show Don’t Miss the Runway at Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami. The event will have three showcases: featuring evening gowns to swimwear! The first showcase will present designs from Fashion Students from the Miami International University of Art & Design, Istituto Marangoni Miami, and the Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College. The second showcase will present looks from some of Miami top talent including Julian Chang, Krelwear, Bianca Colleti, Petit Pois, Perry Ellis, Lucky In Love, Peace Love World, and more. Finally, the third showcase will debut looks from existing manufacturers. This will be an eclectic mix of fun and fashion! Lastly, the event will feature a post-fashion show panel led by Charlene Parsons, MIU head of fashion, as well as featured speakers discussing El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, China, Africa and more. MEET US IN MIAMI! Register now for ATS-M! Your registration includes entrance to both the exhibits and conference sessions and is FREE. Once you’re in the system you’ll receive updates on seminar times and if any new sessions are added.