Welcome to the 2014 URI Cotton Summit

  • Is textile and apparel manufacturing coming back to the United States?
  • Do apparel imports destroy jobs or create jobs in the U.S. textile and apparel industry?
  • What is the global journey of a cotton T-shirt before it reaches the retail shop?
  • What trade policy do we need to promote the export of US cotton and related textile and apparel products in the 21st century global economy?
  • Why does the United States remain the world’s top exporter of cotton in the 21st century?
  • Why is “Made in China” gradually replaced by “Made for China”? What does the change mean for US fashion companies?
  • What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what is the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)? Why should everyone working in the U.S. textile and apparel industry care about TPP and T-TIP?
  • What are the latest trends in the global textile and apparel industry?

About the Cotton Summit
The 2014 URI Cotton Summit intends to raise public awareness of the importance of the cotton and related textile and apparel industry in the 21st century global economy.  The summit will also provide a valuable forum for faculty, students, industry leaders and policymakers to exchange ideas and enhance dialogues on critical global issues associated with the cotton and related textile and apparel industry.

Keynote Speakers
We are pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for the summit:

  • Maria D’Andrea, Supervisor of Office of Textiles and Apparel,U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Julia Hughes, President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association
  • Augustine Tantillo, President & CEO, National Council of Textile Organizations
  • Nate Herman, Vice President, American Apparel and Footwear Association
  • Erin Ennis, Vice President, US-China Business Council
  • Jon Devine, Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated
  • Dr. Kitty Dickerson, Consultant & Professor Emerita, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Stacey Frederick, Research Scientist, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University
  • Robert Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah Inc.
  • David Trumbull, Principal, Agathon Associates 

Time and Location
The Cotton Summit is scheduled on September 22, 2014 from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Ballroom at the Memorial Union, University of Rhode Island.

The Cotton Summit is FREE and open to the public. Because space is limited, registration for the conference is required. We particularly thank the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board (with supervision from Cotton Incorporated) for sponsoring the summit.

Conference Agenda
Agenda for the Cotton Summit can be found here.

Conference Agenda
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About Us
The Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD) is one of the largest and most prestigious programs at the University of Rhode Island. The Department offers two undergraduate degrees: Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD) and Textile Marketing (TM) as well as a Master of Science degree. TMD faculty  approach the subject of textiles and fashion from the perspectives of business, economics, art and design, science, sociology/anthropology and history,  which prepares TMD grads for all aspects of the highly competitive fashion industry.  The Department also has an extensive Historic Textile and Costume Collection, a gallery, well-equipped laboratories for textile testing and conservation, state-of-the-art software for CAD textile and apparel design, and a digital textile printer.

Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor (For general questions)
Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Dr. Linda Welters, Professor (For press-related questions)
Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

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