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Join us for a virtual event

Textile Color Summit 2023

Tuesday February 7th, 2023

Sessions Will Focus on 3 Main Topics

Color touches nearly every aspect of the production process – from concept to consumer.

Each of the sessions will tackle the most important topics and challenges facing color managers in 2023. Our goal is that you leave the Textile Color Summit equipped with the information you need to to make your color program as successful and efficient as possible.



More than ever, brands and their suppliers are facing pressure to have more sustainable practices – whether by government regulations, by choice, or by consumer demand. Be a part of the conversation. Be a leader.

New Technology + Optimizing Workflows

Technology drives innovation. Discover how you can use color management tools to streamline production, empower vendors and meet new challenges that could enhance company growth.

Adapting to New Challenges

The textile industry ecosystem is in a state of fluctuation. Hear from professionals who have successfully overcome supply chain disruptions, tariffs, raw material shortages, new government policies and more

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who works with color in the textile industry, whether you represent a brand, mill, dye house, supplier or anything in between.   If you like to stay up-to-date with industry trends and seek ways to improve your processes, this event is for you.


Why Should You Attend?

The Textile Color Summit will be packed with industry knowledge gathered through years of experience by experts who are excited to share their color journey with you.

  • Network – Meet other color professionals who could help you solve a color problem, achieve a goal, or transform the way you think about color management
  • Learn – Gain new knowledge and a fresh perspective on how to increase speed to market while lowering costs and improving workflows
  • Grow – Keep a pulse on conversations happening in the industry so you can be at the forefront of change


Summit Sessions

According to color managers, the most important conversations happening in the industry revolve around technology, sustainability, optimizing workflows and being prepared to face new or unforeseen challenges.

Here are the confirmed session topics so far:



Keynote: Welcome Address

9:00am – 9:30am

Presented by Albert Busch | CEO | Datacolor

Datacolor CEO Albert Busch welcomes you to the very first virtual Textile Color Summit!

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Keynote: Trends in the Textile Industry

9:30am – 10:00am

Presented by Lisa Beck | Product Manager | Datacolor

The textile industry has had many changes in the past three years. In this session, Datacolor product manager, Lisa Beck, will share the current trends in the textile industry.

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Why Can’t We All Agree?

10:00am – 10:30am

Presented by George Angle | Senior Applications Specialist | Datacolor

We’re all talking about the same color, right? In this session, you’ll learn how color can be subjective and easily influenced.


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WOW, That’s Bright! Managing Hi-Vis Colors & Fluorescent Whites

10:00am – 10:30am

Presented by Ken Butts | Global Key Accounts Team Manager | Datacolor

In this session, Ken will discuss fluorescence and high visibility ​in textiles. You will learn his top tips on how to effectively measure fluorescent textiles​.

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Put the Pressure On! Shortening Your Product Timeline with Color

10:00am – 10:30am

Presented by Andrew Fraser | Director of Global Quality Control | Textile Color & Sourcing Solutions Inc

Todd Lee | Sr. Global Color Mgr | Fanatics

In 2023, the Textile and Apparel industry will continue to face challenges from inflation, war, energy cost, supply chain disruptions, lingering COVID impacts and others. In this session, color teams from various brands will share how they manage these challenges while keeping their product timelines as efficient as possible.

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Roundtable: Adapting to New Challenges

10:30am – 11:00am

Lead by Mike Todaro | Managing Director | Americas Apparel Producers Network

*This session is limited to the first 100 participants!*


digital color transformation

Three Case Studies: Digital Color Transformation

10:30am – 11:00am

Presented by Jim Chi | Founder & Principal | Cascade Management Consulting

Brands want digital technologies and software platforms to help them move toward sustainability goals. We will review examples of changes in the product creation workflow including:

  • How color quality impacts product launches
  • Color data specification influence on sourcing of materials
  • Assortment planning using color and material palettes

Sustainable & Efficient Operations: Perspectives from 4 Asian Manufacturers & Brands

10:30am – 11:00pm

Presented by Yuming Pan | CEO | Shanghai Tiqiao Textile Yarn Dyeing Co., LTD

Zhanqi Zhang | Vice President | Luthai Textile Co., LTD

Xu Chen | Head of Marketing | Black Peony Textile Co., LTD

Quang Thanh Le | Yarn Production Leader | Decathlon Vietnam

In this session, you will hear from 4 leaders of Asian manufacturers on how they are empowering the shift to more digital operations to meet their sustainability and efficiency goals.  

Datacolor CloudQC

Keynote: What’s New at Datacolor? Introducing CloudQC

11:00am – 11:30am

Presented by Danielle Thome | Global Product Manager | Datacolor

Milagros Watts | Product Applications Manager | Datacolor

In this session, Datacolor product managers Danielle Thome and Milagros Watts will give you the first peak into a new cloud-based color quality control platform.

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11:30am – 12:30pm

Take some time to explore exhibitor’s booths, network in the Attendees or Partners areas, and connect with people in the industry! 

(Or go stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat!)


Roundtable: New Technology & Process

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Presented by Mike Todaro | Managing Director | Americas Apparel Producers Network

Lynsey Jones | Transition Advisor | Americas Apparel Producers Network

Tony Anzovino | Chief Sourcing & Merchandising Officer | Haggar Clothing Co. 

*This session is limited to the first 100 participants!*

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Digital Color Management Workflow in Retail & Apparel

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Presented by Hussein Syed Mohammed | VP of Product & Market Management | Datacolor

Setting up an efficient digital color management workflow can save weeks off of your product development timeline. In this session, Hussein Syed Mohammed, Datacolor VP of Product and Market Management, will walk through setting up your color workflow for success.


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Color Evaluation: Physical to Digital

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Presented by Karen McGhee | Sr Manager II, Color Operations | Walmart

Tim Williams | Marketing Manager | Color Solutions International

Scott Altman | Director Sourcing & Compliance | Pico Manufacturing

Managing color approvals across a vast supply chain with hundreds of suppliers can be a huge undertaking, but transforming a physical workflow into a digital one comes with big benefits. In this session, you will hear from color experts from Walmart, Color Solutions International, and Pico Manufacturing on how working digitally has improved their color processes for the better.


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Product Process & Sustainability Priorities

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Presented by Jim Chi | Founder & Principal | Cascade Management Consulting

Brands have announced sustainability as a priority. We will look at various product management processes that impact the ability to move towards sustainability goals. The brand’s use of digital technologies and software platforms could help with moving these initiatives forward. We will wrap up with examples of established brands and how they address these challenges as well as start up brands who are more agile and can adopt new processes quickly.

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Empower Design with the Power of Color Data

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Presented by John Newton | Head of Color Technology | Coloro

Learn how you can leverage the data from your color standards to empower your design teams to make better color decisions. In this session, John Newton, Head of Color Technology at Coloro will share how brands are providing data to design & trend teams at the earliest part of the color selection process to yield shorter, more efficient product timelines.

The Role of AI in the Textile Industry

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Presented by Andrew Fraser | Director of Global Quality Control | Textile Color & Sourcing Solutions Inc.

Ken Butts | Global Key Account Team Manager | Datacolor



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The Digital Color Ecosystem

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Presented by Gerd Willschuetz | COO & Co-Founder | DMix

Johnny Yang | Marketing Manager | e.Dye

A showcase by DMIx partner e.dye, an innovative yarn and textile company, will highlight how holistic collaboration strengthens digital supply chain efficiency, sustainable digital product development and complete product visibility. Both companies are dedicated to using digital dye and processes to make product development in the textile and fashion industry more efficient and as environmentally sustainable as possible.

DMIx is the new generation of digital supply chain solutions, providing a unique and holistic SaaS (Software as a Service) – ecosystem. We combine industrial manufacturing processes and digital product development workflows for an end-to-end solution for brands and suppliers in the textile, fashion, and lifestyle industry.


Roundtable: Sustainability

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Lead by Mike Todaro | Managing Director | Americas Apparel Producers Network

*This session is limited to the first 100 participants!*

Trims & Paterns Galore! Measuring the Unmeasurable with SpectraVision

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Presented by Basto Wong | Service Product Manager | Datacolor

For most of color management history, evaluating color for trims, patterns, prints, zippers and other non-solid color materials had to be done visually. Today, you can manage color objectively using hyperspectral color technology. In this session, Basto Wong, Datacolor Product Manager, will walk through some of the use cases of this technology and how brands and suppliers can improve color management workflow efficiency with SpectraVision.

The Complexity of Digital Textile Printing

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Presented by Roland Biemans | Owner | LMNS

In this presentation, LMNS experts dive into the ever-increasing demand of sustainable printing on textiles and the impact on economy and ecology when switching from high volume traditional analog processes to on-demand digital processes. Color reproduction and colormatching quality is heavily influenced by the choice of process, material and equipment. Moreover, commercial business models depend on the ability to understand the complexities in digital textile printing. This presentation offers insights into some of the main drivers and solutions in the current textile industry.


Keynote: Closing Remarks

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Presented by Qian Eschbach | VP of Marketing | Datacolor

Thank you for attending our first virtual Textile Color Summit! We hope you found it informative and learned something new that you can carry into your color processes.

If you missed any of the sessions, don’t worry, they were recorded and will be available to you shortly so you can watch at your leisure.