Li Edelkoort presents TREND UNION Spring/Summer 2014 with The Supply Change

New York City December 12, 2012 from 9:30am - 1:30pm Tishman auditorium at Parsons The New School for Design 66 W 12th Street, New York NY 1011

doors open 9am

9:30 - 11:15am  NOMADISM, Trend Union spring/summer 2014 audiovisual presentation by Lidewij Edelkoort

11:15 - 11:45am  THE SUPPLY CHANGE, a new venture initiative to connect artisans from emerging countries with the global market place, presentation by founder Chrissie Lam

11:45 - 12pm break

12 - 12:45pm  POP-UP GENERATION, lifestyle & design audiovisual presentation by Lidewij Edelkoort followed by a book signing session until 1:30pm ______________________________________

fee $150 for current Trend Union clients*, $350 for non-current clients 10% discount for four + attendees from the same company division

RSVP: fill out the  registration form and send it back to fax 212 214 0488 or register by phone at  212 420 7622

*The client fee applies for members from the same company division who have bought the current Trend Union S/S 2014 trend forecasts

9:30 - 11:15am NOMADISM, the way to freedom, presented by Lidewij Edelkoort

Trend Union new audiovisual presentation on fashion and style trends for spring/summer 2014. Presentation that details lifestyles, colors, patterns and silhouettes for the new season. The Trend Union audiovisual presentations are created by Lidewij Edelkoort and the Trend Union team.

Lidewij Edelkoort is a wold famous futurist and trend forecaster. Her work has pioneered trend forecasting as a profession, from innovative trend forum Premiere Vision in the late 1980s to the long ranging lifestyle analysis for the world's leading brands in the1990s and on. Lidewij announces the concepts, colors and materials which will be in fashion two or more  years in advance: "There is no creation without advance knowledge; without design, a product cannot exist." The Edelkoort team orientates professionals in  interpreting the evolution of society and the foreshadowing signals of consumer tastes to come, with economic reality in mind. Lidewij Edelkoort has received continual recognition for her work in providing inspirational stimulus and fostering creative talent. TIME Magazine named her one of the world's 25 Most Influential People in Fashion, while she received the Netherlands Grand Seigneur Prize one year later for her work in fashion and textile.

 11:15 - 11:45am THE SUPPLY CHANGE, connecting artisans from emerging economies with the global market place, presented by founder Chrissie Lam

Chrissie Lam, a senior concept designer at US retail brand American Eagle Outfitters for twelve years, always wanted to connect her passion for fashion, adventure and philanthropy. After taking a sabbatical from her design position to go to Rwanda and explore clothing craftsmanship, Chrissie decided to launch The Supply Change, a network whose purpose is to alleviate extreme poverty by connecting artisans in emerging economies with the global market place.

Chrissie explains: "We are curating experiences and enlisting like-minded design colleagues in order to help them realize the potential of sourcing in developing countries. I believe change comes from within a company, and currently there is a disconnect between people in the design industry and social enterprises/artisan groups abroad. We want to create ambassadors that can influence change within their companies and raise awareness and action through real stories and word-of-mouth experiences."

The venture, she ads, is not a non-profit, for it is meant to bring resources to those involved. The Supply Change has partnered with travel agency Extraordinary Journeys to create unique travel programs under the name of Fashion Designers Without Borders. The first program will be held in Kenya on February 16-23, 2013 and will educate and connect participants with artisan social enterprises that work with brands like Edun, Suno, Puma, Max Mara, Whole Foods and others.