From Design to Fabrication
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
From Design to Fabrication: A Discussion of Creative Industry in Philadelphia
Please join the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce and CreativePHL for a conversation with designers and manufacturers about why artists and entrepreneurs are choosing to create products in our city. After the program, stay for a networking reception to meet fellow creative professionals who are designing, prototyping and fabricating the future of Philadelphia.
Gena Alulis is the Founder and CEO of Superfit, Inc. - the original custom fit ring company. Gena brings a sensitive and informed perspective to her management at Superfit and has led the company to constant and significant growth over the past 19 years, making Superfit® the industry’s #1 selling specialty ring in the U.S. and abroad.
Her passion for jewelry led Gena to pursue a formal gemological education with the Gemological Institue of America. She subsequently managed a retail jewelry store for many years and it was through that experience that she saw a tremendous unsolved problem for her customers’ rings that simply didn’t fit properly.
In 1992, Gena began the strategic planning and development for Superfit, Inc. She has since taken the company from start-up to its foremost position as both a leading manufacturer and supplier to the fine jewlery industry throughout North America and Europe. Gena’s years of experience have helped her understand the perspective of the retailer and the wholesale distributor.
Gena was honored in 2009 with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Manufacturing by The Women’s Jewelers Association. She was also a 2005 recipient of Pennsylvania’s “50 Best Women in Business” award. Gena represents Superfit, Inc. at leading jewelry trade shows, seminars, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Gena has a strong commitment to women’s advocacy and served as an officer on the national board of the Women’s Jewelers Association. Gena has also secured the elite status of an American Gem Society (AGS) Registered Supplieron behalf of the company. In 2011 Gena was invited to The White House to participate in the White House Business Council Leadership Forum.
A former policy attorney, Jeanine Hays is the Creative Director & Founder of AphroChic, a home decor company that produces modern and sustainable pillows, wallpaper, table linens and organic shower curtains. Jeanine is a graduate of Spelman College and American University Washington College of Law. She is the voice behind the company’s popular interior design blog that blends modern design with cultural style. As a home decor expert, Jeanine contributes regularly to HGTV, the DIY Network, Houzz, Homesessive, and Keep. She has been a guest pinner for The White House, Visit Philly and has been a sponsored blogger for High Point Market. Jeanine was also an online guest judge for HGTV Design Star. She is the author of REMIX: Decorating With Culture, Objects and Soul.
Jay McCarroll is a fashion and textile designer based in Philadelphia, PA. Jay studied fashion design at the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, now Philadelphia University, where he currently teaches. He also studied at the London College of Fashion.
Fabric, color, pattern, and texture are among the great loves of Jay's life. According to Jay, the greatest part of his job is manipulating those elements into functioning products for people to use and enjoy. Jay finds inspiration for his work in many different things. He's always been drawn to the vastness and the beauty of nature and is also fascinated by how other humans utilize nature so industriously.
Jay is internationally recognized for winning the inaugural season of the Emmy nominated, competitive reality television show, Project Runway in 2006. In 2007 Jay was featured in a docu-special on the Bravo network entitled “Project Jay” where he was asked to design a dress for supermodel Heidi Klum to wear to the Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2008 Jay was the subject of a full length documentary entitled “Eleven Minutes” which chronicled his experience of putting together a collection for New York Fashion Week.
In 2008, Seun met the owner of Boston based clothing line, Johnny Cupcakes at a work related design seminar and was intrigued by how he launched a huge, internationally recognized brand out of simple t-shirt he had initially designed to sell to his buddies.
Seun started to formulate the idea to start his own line and like Johnny Cupcakes, would start very small and cater directly to local customers and build a following slowly. Having no fashion training whatsoever, he came up with the name Duke & Winston (named after his bulldog The Duke and Winston Churchill known as "the British Bulldog") in his apartment basement and started the line with the $5000 he got from selling his car. He quit his job in a very overly dramatic fashion and he launched Duke & Winston with one t-shirt design in 4 different colors in July 2009 which he sold on a website he built himself and at various street festival events around the city.
Over the last 3 years and largely a one man operation, Seun has expanded into a larger line of tees, polos, ties, pet products and various accessories. The line is now carried in 30 stores around the country and internationally and has a growing & highly loyal following online. He opened a small retail store in Northern Liberties and will be opening a second location as a 3 month pop-up shop in Bryn Mawr on November 1st.
The line will be launching nationally in January as a full collection at tradeshows in NYC and Las Vegas and his goal is to be placed in 80 to 100 stores nationally by the middle of 2014.
Alexander Stadler is the designer/proprietor of stadler-Kahn, a design house and shop based in CC Philadelphia. His stadler-Kahn shop at 1724 Sansom street sells his own work, much of which is produced in Philadelphia, alongside the work of 6 or 7 other philadelphia based artists and designers and mixed with vintage glass, ceramics and clothing. He is currently collaborating with the Langhorne Carpet Co on a carpet design which will be produced in their Pendell PA mill.
This holiday season he will premiere his Philly Gift Bucket - a selection of Philly-made gifts and snacks, all presented in a stadler-Kahn tote bag which will be printed and sewn in Philadelphia.
Stadler is also the creator of P.POD (Philadelphia Produces Original Design) - a Philadelphia based design shop, featuring 40 Philadelphia designers, which premiered at holiday 2011/12 inside the PMA's main retail space.
Stadler is also the author and illustrator of 11 books for children and adults. He has designed and illustrated for babyGap, Jack Lenor Larsen, Donghia, Todd Oldham, John Bartlett, Nina Campbell ltd and Comme des Garçons.
JoAnn Greco is a freelance journalist who frequently writes about the build environment. Based in Philadelphia, her articles have appeared on PlanPhilly.com, in Planning, Metropolis, The Atlantic Cities, Urban Land, the AIA publications in Boston and Philadelphia and dozens of consumer publications. She is particularly interested in issues concerning public space, urban parks, mixed use and walkable cities.