Appealing to Luxury Clientele

Business can grow in size, or stature. Either way, setting yourself with a modern web design and tools to streamline incoming projects, will give a sense of professionalism and respect to both the fabricator and the client, no matter the size of the current business, or your production capabilities. Learn from my experience as a operator of a small shop. I’ll take you through go-to phrases, how to handle clients requests with kindness and certainty and how to respectfully decline a project and still have the rejected client send you referrals.

Learning objectives
• Easy web design for managing jobs
• Making the most of an at home shop
• Keeping the best jobs

Speaker: Whitney Carman, Owner of Even Keel Canvas, LLC

Brand Protection by the Use of Invisible Markings

Product piracy has long been a staggering problem for the textile industry. DITF & IPA have developed an elegant solution: a fully transparent ink which is invisible to the human eye. The security ink, called Transparency™, is based on IR-active particles which are fixed on the substrate by textile binders. The patented high-tech Transparency security ink can be applied to textile – without altering its look or feel – to ensure authenticity.

Speaker: Dr. Reinhold Schneider, Teamleader Color and Functional Printing, DITF (Germany)

To Burn or Not to Burn: New Federal Flammability Law for Upholstered Furniture and What it Means for Your Company

Becoming effective on June 25, 2021, the new federal flammability requirement for upholstered furniture flammability is over 40 years in the making, with the federal government first beginning work on this project in 1968 (!). Finally signed into law in December 2020, this law, sometimes known as the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA), nationalizes the 2013 version of California’s Technical Bulletin 117. Join IFAI and product safety attorney and former CPSC official Neal Cohen who will explain the federal requirements of the new law, its origins, and – importantly – best practices and what to expect from CPSC and in the marketplace.

Speaker: Neal Cohen, Product Safety Attorney and Consultant