Grose has been actively engaged in the fashion industry for 25 years, working with clients ranging from The Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans and Gap Inc. Grose has also developed curricula for sustainable fashion design at Academy of Art University and California College of the Arts, in San Francisco. According to Grose, the tides are turning and the understanding of sustainability is evolving to extend to the full lifecycle, including consumer use and patterns of consumption.  The presentation will highlight emerging examples in fashion that provoke reflection, and will provide insight into how alternative business models will affect the footwear industry.  In addition, attendees will take away tools to help them capture trends, eco strategies and impacts.
In addition, Materials at WSA will also host the following events:
•a two-part colour trend preview presented by colour forecasting leader Pantone on July 28 and 29
•‘The Future of Footwear Manufacturing in China’ on July 28, which will provide an overview of economic and political trends in China – US relations
•‘Translating New Materials into Function,’ which will introduce new materials, and demonstrate innovative ways to use them.
A focal point at the show will be its cutting-edge trend forecast area, which will reflect the direction of the new season by showcasing innovative materials from exhibiting suppliers.
‘Sustainability: Collective Visions’ will take place at 2:30pm on July 28 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N-102 and pre-registration can be completed online at