FASH455 Interview Series

The exclusive interview series intends to provide audiences of the website (particularly students enrolled in FASH455) with the big-picture vision, first-hand insightful observation, and timely updates on the global textile & apparel industry from government policymakers, industry leaders, and leading scholars in the field.

Interviews (arranged by date)

May 2022

Kekeli Ahiable, private sector development Advisor with the Tony Blair Institute’s Industrialisation Practice, on West Africa as an emerging apparel sourcing hub and its new sustainable development model.

April 2022

February 2022

October 2021

September 2020


Jason PrescottCEO – JP Communications LLC, Apparel Textile Sourcing Trade Shows, Manufacturer.com + TopTenWholesale.com, and author of Wholesale 101

January 2020


Sheng Lu interview with Modaes.es on the latest trends of apparel sourcing and trade

April 2017

Interview with Gail Strickler, former assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles.

May 2016


Herb Cochran, Executive Director at the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) Vietnam, on the U.S.-Vietnam business ties and implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the textile and apparel industry in Vietnam. 

May, 2016


Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), on latest sourcing trends for textiles and apparel, impact of TPP and AGOA and other critical trade policy initiatives for the fashion apparel sector.

February, 2015

erin ennis

Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of US-China Business Council, on the US-China economic and trade relations.

October, 2014

Bill Jasper

William L “Bill”. Jasper, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Unifi Inc., on the state of the U.S. textile industry and the global business strategy of Unifi Inc.

March, 2014

Nate Herman, Vice President of the American Apparel And Footwear Association, on the global nature of the apparel industry in the 21st century and related trade policy issues.

February, 2014

Kim Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel, US Department of Commerce, on the status quo of the U.S. textile and apparel industry and its competitiveness in the global marketplace.

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