A look behind the indigo curtain to spotlight the role and stories of women in the denim industry. Featuring women who operate in managerial positions in different segments of the denim supply chain - from cotton growing to marketing, from denim mill and laundry to brand.
This Transformers summit is fueled by female energy and aims to put women's contributions to the industry into context and inspire both men and women in all segments.
Kingpins Transformers is a series of conferences focusing on the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the denim industry and spotlighting solutions being created by leading members of the denim community.
Join us for coffee and refreshments.
9:30am - 2:30pm
The morning session will consist of 10-minute presentations from each of our speakers, and an afternoon session will be open to the audience for questions and discussion.
Our speakers, representing all the different points in the denim supply chain, will give short 10-minute presentations offering real-life stories and sharing their insights.
Gry Nissen, Creative Design Director / Retail Brainer / Brand Development – Denmark
Gry graduated with a Master of Design from The Danish Academy of Arts and Design. She is a Strong Brand developer/ Design and Retail professional with a focus on Fashion and Communication. Gry moved mountains and minds within the Asian Fashion- & Design Industry for the past 17 years.
Alice Tonello, Marketing & R&D Manager – Tonello srl – Italy
Alice devotes her work full time to the family business for 11 years now; a company specialized in garment finishing technologies that helps brands, laundries and dyeing plants to produce more sustainable products. In Tonello, she has contributed to the evolution of the company from a mere machine producer to its current position as the international benchmark for the denim and garment processing industry.
Sabine Kühnl, Editor-in-Chief – Sportswear International – Germany
During Sabine’s years of study she started to freelance and gain experience in journalism. Here, her fascination for fashion and the industry behind it became stronger. In 2002 she reached her Master’s degree, since 2009 she holds the position as Editor-In-Chief at Sportswear International. In 2006 she co-founded the German fashion blog Modepilot.de, creating the first leading blog for high fashion in Germany.
Sedef Uncu Akı, R&D, Planning & Operations Director – Orta Anadolu – Turkey
Sedef Uncu Akı is a post-industrial leader with proven ability to build new organizations, reorganize troubled operations, or expansions. She is passionate about denim, responsible production and humankind’s total impact starting from design till closing the loop. Born in 1977, Turkey, she earned her doctorate at North Carolina State University, Textile Technology Management. She is responsible from Sales & Marketing, R&D, Product Development, Planning & Operations and Quality Control at Orta.
Daniela Della Rosa, Director, Founder – DDR Law Firm – Italy
Daniela began her career as an international company lawyer in 1998, serving as a litigation counsel and later as an Associate General Counsel for companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Gucci, YSL and Stella McCartney. Not a conventional lawyer, Daniela is today the founder of DDR Law Firm, an innovative legal start-up that provides outsourced General Counsel expertise in the luxury/premium segments. True to her genuine commitment to a better planet, Ms Della Rosa is currently acting as CEO, leading the turnaround of Petroltecnica S.p.a., Italian leader in bioremediation and recovery of natural resources.
Tricia Carey, Director Global Business Development, Denim – Lenzing Fibers – USA
With a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marywood University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, Tricia has held positions in fabric sales and business development. Over seventeen years ago she started with Courtaulds Fibers NY to develop the marketing for an innovative new fiber, called TENCEL®. Her global sourcing experience assists brands and retailers to evaluate supply chains and realize effective means of using Lenzing Fibers. Currently Tricia manages Lenzing’s global business development for the denim market and is head of the team for USA brands and retailers.
Amy Wang, Board Director & General Manager – Advance Denim Co. Ltd. – China
After graduated in 1993, from the Textile Academy in Wuhan, Amy joined Advance Denim as an operator in the Weaving Department. Ever since, she covered several positions within the company, increasing her knowledge on the warping, dyeing and finishing processes as an Assistant Production Supervisor, specializing in the new generation high-speed machines as a supervisor, creating a strong team when she took over the HR department -which today still leads all the top managements positions within the company-, up to General Manager and Board Director since 2014. Thanks to her devotion and passion during the past 24 years, Advance Denim plays a major role in the denim industry today, supplying premium denim worldwide.
Amy Leverton, Denim Trend Forecaster + Consultant – USA
Amy Leverton has been working in the denim industry since 2003; for four years as a denim and casual wear designer and the last 9 years in trend forecasting and consultancy. In 2007 she entered the world of trend analysis, working for the UK's leading online trend forecasting website, WGSN before heading over to the USA's competitor, Stylesight, before leaving to set up her own consultancy company. Last year she released the denim worlds most talked about book of 2015, Denim Dudes. Amy’s day job encompasses reporting and analysis of the denim market. Amy’s extensive experience in the industry has made her an expert in denim, with strong industry connections amassed from years of coverage.
Thecla Schaeffer, Chief Marketing Officer – G-Star RAW – The Netherlands
Thecla Schaeffer is Chief Marketing Officer for G-Star RAW. Thecla is responsible for the global marketing strategy, including brand positioning, brand communication, digital and retail marketing and crossovers. After graduating with distinction in social and cultural psychology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, Schaeffer started her career in advertising. Thecla, specialised in branding and consumer psychology, finds her inspiration in the continuous search for innovation that is characteristic for G-Star.
Mariette Hoitink, CEO HTNK, Co-Founder House of Denim - Amsterdam
Mariette gained extensive experience on a managerial level in creative and commercial positions within the fashion industry. Since 1997, Mariette is managing director of HTNK, the only globally operating fashion recruitment agency in The Netherlands, and Co-Founder of House of Denim, Denim City, and Jean School and (co-)initiates projects such as Global Denim Awards and Denim Days.
Andrew Olah, CEO - Olah Inc., Founder Kingpins Show - New York
Since 1976, Andrew has worked in textile development and marketing. Under his guidance, Olah Inc. has grown from a simple textile agency firm to a full-service textile company. In 2004 he created the Kingpins Show. The show now hosts editions in New York, Amsterdam and China and has spun-off related events, including Kingpins Transformers, committed to creating, implementing and sharing the changes that need to happen in the jeans industry.