This morning from 9:30-11:30am, we held the seminar “Global Sourcing in the Textile Industries” for the students at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
For the first half of the seminar, Yoshi gave an overview of who we are at Katsu New York. He was then followed by Chikako and Hikari, who explained the business flow of how our fabrics are made into garments.
For the latter half of the seminar, we had Ms. Paola de Marco of Source4Style speak. She gave a presentation on what Source4Style is and how their showroom is the next generation of textile sourcing.
All of the students were very attentive and involved, and we hope they learned a lot from this seminar! We’d like to thank Ms. Akiko Inui, lecturer at FIT, for introducing us to these wonderful students who are the future of our industry.
"Cotton into the dream sky"
Our friend, Ms. Ayako Ohmizu, a Kasuri designer, who just completed handwoven, kasuri textile product (3,000 warp & 8,000 weft thread) for Tohoku Tsunami victims to pray for good departure based on SynZenBe, which are, TRUTH, GOODNESS and BEAUTY.
Yoshi visited Furusho Indigo dyeing factory in Tokushima, Japan in October. Mr. Furusho is a natural indigo hand-dyeing master. He was chosen as a contemporary master craftsman by Japanese Ministry of Health, labour and Welfare. Also, he is a Tokushima prefectural living treasure. He has been dyeing our indigo scarves.
Yoshi visited Nii-Seiaisho in Tokkushima, Japan in October.
Mr. Nii is a master of producing a fermented indigo leaves, called Sukumo for natural indigo dyeing (Aizome).
We have been using his Sukumo for dyeing scarves, and promoting it.
His Sukumo produces the most beautiful deep Japanese indigo blue.
We held a seminar for students and graduates from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) on November 12th.
Chikako and Yoshi made a speech there.
The topics were "Why KNY exists?" and "Why we need to care sustainable products (organic cotton, NPO product)?".
The attendees were so serious and carefully listening to the speech.
Also, they asked a lot of questions in Q&A time.
After the seminar, we had a cocktail party at our office.
There were some professional people in fashion industry,
and we could exchange opinions about sustainability or business in NY.
We believe we should hold this kind of events more often,
so that we could return our knowledge or experiences back to society.