FBIC’s Weinswig To Discuss Retail And Personalization At Fashion Tech Forum Panel


For Immediate Release



Executive Director and Head of Global Retail and Technology joins retail, fashion, academic luminaries in invitation-only event


NEW YORK (June 8, 2015) – Fung Business Intelligence Centre Executive Director-Head of Global Retail & Technology Deborah Weinswig will join some of retail, technology and fashion’s leading innovators and executives as a speaker at the Fashion Tech Forum’s day-long event on “The Future of Fashion, Technology and Talent,” being held Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street in New York City.

Weinswig’s session, a panel discussion of “Personalization and Customization: Insights from Industry Innovators Who are Changing the Game,” will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Joining her on the panel are Yael Aflalo, Founder & CEO of sustainable fashion line Reformation; Jodie Fox, Co- Founder & Chief Creative Officer of custom shoe designer Shoes of Prey; and Nikki Kaufman, Founder & CEO of custom earphone maker Normal.

“Technology is completely altering the retail and manufacturing process, allowing shoppers to customize items to their specific needs while minimizing impact on the environment,” Weinswig said. “Reformation’s manufacturing facility is one of the most ecologically sensitive I’ve ever seen. Shoes of Prey’s 3D design software makes bespoke footwear available to a much larger audience. And Normal uses a revolutionary 3D printer to create earphones that actually fit! All of these companies are on the cutting edge, and I’m excited to explore what they’ve learned in our discussion.”

Among the other luminaries scheduled to speak throughout the daylong event are: Steven Alan, CEO of Steven Alan; Laurent Claquin, Head of Kering Americas; Scott Dadich, Editor-in-Chief of Wired; Lew Frankfort, Chairman Emeritus of Coach; Kirsten Green, Founder of investment firm Forerunner Ventures; Tom Kartsotis, CEO of Shinola; Victor Luis, CEO of Coach; Andrew Rosen, Founder and CEO of Theory; and Joe Zee, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer of Yahoo Style.

The Fashion Tech Forum was founded in 2014 by Karen Harvey Consulting Group to bring awareness to the ever-increasing war for talent, and the cultural shifts affecting both the fashion and technology sectors. The annual conference hosts 500 of the world’s most exceptional inventors, thinkers, founders, designers, investors and CEOs in retail, media and technology to provide a platform for these communities to better connect and collaborate.

An advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, Weinswig joined FBIC in 2014 to offer her unique viewpoints on the disruptive technology trends and innovations that are reshaping the global retail industry. Recent reports issued by the group include: “The Disruptor Series: Retail in the New Connected World,” “China Retail: Department Stores Reinvented,” and “A Booming Opportunity: Profiting from a Graying America.” All of the group’s reports and analyses can be found at www.fbicgroup.com and www.deborahweinswig.com

Prior to joining FBC, Weinswig’s gained a global perspective on retail, retail real estate and technology as an award-winning Wall Street retail analyst, covering such retailers as Walmart, Target, Costco, Macy’s, Walgreens and Home Depot. In addition, she advises startups working with retailers on digital strategies and other business and logistical issues.


For more information, and to request an invitation to register, visit https://fashiontechforum.com/





The Fung Business Intelligence Centre (FBIC) collects and analyses market data on sourcing, supply chains, distribution and retail. It also provides thought leadership on technology and other key issues shaping their future.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, FBIC leverages unique relationships and information networks to track and report on trends and developments in China and other Asian countries. In addition, its New York-based Global Retail & Technology research team follows broader retail and technology trends, specializing in how they intersect and building collaborative knowledge communities around the revolution occurring worldwide at the retail interface.

Since its establishment in 2000, the FBIC (formerly known as the Li & Fung Research Centre) has served as the knowledge bank and think tank for the Fung Group. Through regular research reports and other publications, it makes its market data, impartial analysis and expertise available to businesses, scholars and governments around the world. It also provides advice and

consultancy services to colleagues and business partners of the Fung Group on issues related to doing business in China, ranging from market entry and company structure, to tax, licensing and other regulatory matters.


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Debra Hazel Communications

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