Julia Szkiba

Beyond the Big Box Store: Sourcing as Your Grow -
11:00 am 10/15/2019
Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

As you begin to work on designs and prototyping for fashion, samples are a critical element of the creative and business process. When you explore fabric options before the design phase, you have the flexibility to adapt ideas based on the options. Every designer should have a reliable fabric sourcing strategy to successfully meet production demands, and sample selection is the first step in this direction. However sourcing — especially when you are in the early stages of growing your company, can be complicated. Join Julia Szkiba who will share her expertise in helping you scale out of the big box stores and into the world of professional sourcing, even as a small sewn product brand.

Julie Szkiba has over 25 years experience as a designer, graphic artist, textile/surface pattern designer, merchandiser, and marketer. Past and current clients include the Disney Store, Paramount Pictures, the Tangerine Tree kidswear, Breathable Baby, Natural Wondies, JLA Pets, Posh Paws/Ellen Degeneres, Spot On Dog, and creator of the George and Bethie/Be Kind to the Planet clothing line for children and pets.

Over 14 years experience in teaching at accredited colleges including FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design + Merchandising), the Art Institute of California-Hollywood, LIM College, Southern New Hampshire University, Rocky Mountain College Art + Design, Weston Distance Learning/McKinley College, Academy of Art University, and IADT-Las Vegas.