The American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) will participate in several events in conjunction
with the upcoming Material World Miami Beach, a global sourcing, fabric and trim trade event that
will take place Tuesday, April 8, through Thursday, April 10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center,
Miami Beach, Fla. The Atlanta-based organization has been one of Material World’s official
endorsers for several years.
On Monday afternoon, April 7, prior to the opening of the show, AAPN Managing Director Mike
Todaro will be among the panel of speakers participating in “America’s Textile and Apparel
Competitiveness Forum: Realizing the Benefits of Western Hemisphere Trade,” a special program
presented by the US Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) to address
textile and apparel competitiveness with the Western Hemisphere.
To Offer Competitiveness Forum At Material World,”
Textile World News, March 25, 2008).
On Tuesday evening, AAPN will host its annual Sourcing Executive Reception from 6:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach. As of
‘s press time, some 150 AAPN members and invited sourcing executives for various brands and
private label retailers have registered to attend the networking event.
On Wednesday, April 9, from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m., AAPN will present “Speed Without Margin Is
Meaningless … How Can an Apparel Retailer Achieve ‘Speed to Margin’?” as part of Material World’s
seminar series. In the AAPN seminar, Todaro will discuss the importance of the right design coupled
with speed of delivery, rather than with the cost of a garment, to a company’s profit margins when
bringing fashion apparel to market. Admission to the program is $5 in advance or $10 on-site.
AAPN members will be well-represented on the exhibition floor as well, with 31 companies
reserving booth space as of
‘s press time. Ten of those companies will be grouped together within AAPN’s special
exhibition area on the 800 aisle of the show floor.
March 25, 2008