About SPESA's Advancements in
Manufacturing Technologies Conference
SPESA’s Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference is a unique opportunity to not only learn about new ideas, solutions, and technology available for the sewn products industry, but to also ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted answered from the people who create the solutions and products you need.
This annual conference features SPESA members who are happy to discuss the products they make as well as the challenges they still want to tackle to improve efficiency, speed, and accuracy in sewn products manufacturing. Previous topics include: microfactories, on-demand manufacturing, software connectivity, industry 4.0, robotics, and automation.
The Advancements Conference is meant for sewn products manufacturers — speakers will touch on fashion, apparel, automotive, interior design, furniture upholstery, technical textiles, and more — brands, retailers, suppliers, government officials, and anyone interested in learning more about the latest and greatest innovation in the sewn products industry and what is yet to come.
2024 Event Details
Location | The Rooftop Terrace at the California Market Center (CMC)
Built in 1963 as the first wholesale fashion marketplace west of the Mississippi, the CMC has a proud history in the global fashion industry as the heartbeat of the Los Angeles Fashion District. Now comprising three towers that span more than 1.8 million square feet, the CMC is home to more than 300 designers and brands, including Adidas, Fendi, and Hugo Boss.
Check out photos from past CMC events here.
*If you plan to drive in for the event, let us know. We can provide a free parking voucher.
Timing & Schedule | Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The day will feature a series of panel discussions with networking breaks and lunch built in.
The day will culminate with a networking reception.
A final agenda is still in the works, but scroll down to see what you can expect to hear & learn about during the event.
Lodging | CMC Partner Properties
The CMC has partnered with six area hotels. A complete list of the available hotels — all within walking or a short driving distance of the CMC — can be found here.
Why Los Angeles?
SPESA is a huge supporter of U.S. manufacturing, and we believe advanced technology is key to its future success. So, we thought it was time to bring that technology to the industry’s backyard.
Los Angeles is home to around 40,000 garment industry workers and more than 3,000 fashion-related businesses, making it the largest apparel manufacturing center in the country. This is an ecosystem unlike any other. And one that is driving a significant amount of change for the industry.
The main purpose of the SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference is in the name of the event: advancements. Showcasing various manufacturing capabilities and technologies — all with the goal of advancing the sewn products industry — is at the heart of what we try to accomplish with this event. And we’re hosting it in a place where real change is taking shape.
Our hope is that the Advancements Conference taps into the dialogue currently taking place in Los Angeles and across California about how the industry can and should change, while also bringing to the table new issues and opportunities to address.
What We'll Be Talking About
Hear from industry leaders on the following topics:
Rebuilding Smarter, Efficient, and More Transparent Supply Chains in the U.S.
Establishing a Successful Innovation Pilot for Domestic Garment Manufacturing
From Automation to AI: The Balancing Act of Industry Evolution + the Protection of Industry Integrity
Navigating Overproduction & Waste Management in Garment Manufacturing
Growing, Sustaining, and Advocating for Local Workforces
The Future of Manufacturing in the Western Hemisphere
Who You'll Be Hearing From
Learn about the companies and institutions participating in the conference: