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Special seminar dedicated to garment sizing & fit by ASBCI
Aug '09
Ed Gribbin to address
Ed Gribbin to address 'Sizing up the global market'
The clothing and textile forum, ASBCI, has announced details of a technical seminar dedicated to addressing and resolving issues relating to garment sizing and fit. The seminar entitled 'Sizing up the global market' will be run in partnership with the world's largest sizing technology specialist Alvanon and Company Clothing Magazine on Thursday 24th September 2009, at The Barceló Daventry Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

The technically driven seminar will platform some of the clothing industry's foremost specialists in sizing and fit including the world's leading authority on the subject Ed Gribbin, president of Alvasight, a division of Alvanon, which holds the industry's largest body-scan database.

Flying from America especially to speak at the seminar, Ed Gribbin will discuss the challenges facing brands, retailers and suppliers on the ever-changing body shapes around the world. He will also address the demand that different regions and territories across the UK and Europe, Asia and North America have with regard to fit and how companies can achieve radical improvements throughout the business structure by catering for the consumer through fit.

Also speaking will be Richard Barnes, managing director of Select Research who is currently conducting two large sizing surveys using 3-D scanners; one in retail and one in healthcare. Shape GB is a national childrenswear survey, sponsored by major UK retailers, to measure children of all ages for retail clothing. The Body Benchmark Study is an international research project to develop the Body Volume Index, BVI, as a new measurement for indicating obesity and health risk. He will be followed by Dr Steve Hayes, principal lecturer and Clare Culliney, programme leader for the clothing design and technology course at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Together they will expand on the technologies and methodologies they are using in collaboration with Select Research and explain how they are incorporating their work into fashion courses. Christopher Schyma, strategic account manager from Lectra will talk about the importance of accurate pattern-making, communication between brands and their suppliers and the advantages of 3-D Virtual Prototyping within collection management and fit quality.

Recognising that sizing and fit challenges are shared by the corporate and workwear sector, a senior executive from Incorporatewear will reveal how it is tackling fit issues. Ed Gribbin, who has 20 years' experience in the corporate wear sector will also look at the challenges facing the corporate wear market.

The cost to members of this one day seminar will be £75 + vat per person, which will include lunch. Non-member companies/individuals will pay £150 + vat.

Formed in 1992 the ASBCI is widely regarded as the most active and diverse clothing industry forum. It plays a key technical role within the garment and textile sectors. In addition to technical forums and seminars on important issues, such as sizing and REACH, it organises regular technical/educational visits to companies across the supply-chain and produces highly acclaimed technical handbooks, many of which are recommended texts on fashion-related courses around the world. Its annual industry conference and dinner is regarded at the conference for suppliers throughout the clothing supply-chain.

It also runs half-yearly meetings and an AGM with prominent guest speakers and the UK's largest and most successful student conference and seminar programme. In order to promote greater technical understanding of essential processes within the clothing supply chain it has also formed reciprocal partnerships with the newly formed UK Fashion and Textile Association - UKFTA, Textile Institute, Society of Dyers and Colourists - SDC, and the United Kingdom Textile Laboratory Forum - UKTLF.

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