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Top fashion industry executives to address MAGIC Seminar Series
Feb '11
As the largest fashion trade event featuring the biggest and best assortment of brands, MAGIC remains the most influential event in fashion. In addition to presenting more than 3000 exhibitors this year, MAGIC will once again host its semi-annual MAGIC Seminar Series, featuring complimentary educational events and presentations from some of the most respected names in the industry.

This year's all-star seminar lineup kicks off Sunday, February 13 with a keynote panel discussion featuring Li & Fung USA President Richard Darling on how to survive, prosper and profit even in the face of the current business environment.

Keynote speakers Peter McGrath, President, McGrath International and Senior VP of Cotton Inc.'s Global Supply Chain Mark Messura are addressing one of the most timely issues in the fashion industry – the U.S. cotton supply shortage and volatile pricing. The pair will take an in-depth look at changes in successful sourcing and provide insights about how to deal with the concern over cotton prices and availability.

Tackling other such critical issues as design piracy and counterfeiting and their collective impacts on fashion are EVP of American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and Deborah Graves, Secretary and General Counsel of True Religion Apparel Inc. The industry leaders will discuss the U.S. Senate's consideration of the bill and will address both the pros and cons of the bill affecting fashion designs and protection regarding apparel and ornamentation.

Another keynote seminar that is not to be missed features Kevin Ryan, CEO of North American-based designer online fashion site Gilt Groupe, who will discuss the profound transformation of fashion retailing credited to the growing power of e-commerce retail and the incredible growth of social media. As the Seminar Series E-Commerce keynote speaker, he'll also share his experiences at the designer fashion site, his thoughts on the impact of social media and views on the future of the internet's role in fashion.

All seminars featured in the four-day MAGIC Seminar Series – Sunday, February 13 through Wednesday, February 16 – are complimentary for registered attendees.

Must-see Seminar Series highlights include:

Making Monday in a Brave New World

Margin pressure is greater than ever. Material, transportation, labor, energy and other costs continue to rise, though, retail prices remain the same. Federal, state and country specific regulations are adding complexity and cost to doing business. Hear from a distinguished panel of experts on how to survive, prosper and profit even in the face of the current business environment.

• Keynote Speakers – Richard Darling, President, Li & Fung USA; Rick Helfenbein, President, Luen Thai USA; Rick Paterno, Group President Global Footwear Wholesale, The Jones Group; Thomas Travis, Managing Partner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg
• February 13 at 3:30 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall Concourse, 2nd Floor, S230

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