2012 Participant Feedback

Edward A. GRIBBIN, President, Alvanon, Inc.
The quality and information we got from the presenters and the speeches were just fantastic. I guess it gets better every year, and I think the topics get more relevant. I also like the diversity of the speakers, representing not just Hong Kong and China, but all of Asia and Western Europe. It is very insightful for us.

Philip YEUNG, Executive Director, Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA), Hong Kong
I enjoyed the Forum very much. My favourite aspect of PSF is its format, which is very interactive, and the problems and issues identified are very up to date and contemporary.

Arvind MATHUR, Group Commercial Development Director, Coats Plc
You did a fantastic job getting some experts from the PRC for the first time. Keep it up and build on it.

Alessandra COCCHI, Managing Director, EastMax Fashion Ltd.
I thought the Forum was very interesting. I had the chance to compare my knowledge with other companies and managing directors who have similar problems to mine, or maybe different issues with different solutions. It has certainly been an opportunity for me to learn more and grow in new directions.

Matt PRIEST, President, The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)
When I heard the news that PSF was going to cover footwear, I was excited about the opportunity to participate.

Jan A. EGGERT, Director General, Foreign Trade Association (FTA)
(PSF) is a very important platform to exchange ideas on textile sourcing worldwide.

Linda BELAWICH, Director, Fusion Retail Brands, Australia
A fabulous networking opportunity, with great interaction/participation from all attendees. Overall it is an excellent event.

Felix CHUNG, Chairman, Hong Kong Apparel Society
PSF is becoming more important in the Asia region. It invites many experts from all over the world and, this year, we discussed new technology that is going to affect the future of the apparel industry, so PSF is definitely a major event that we should attend every year.

Lawrence LEUNG, Chairman, Hong Kong Knitwear Innovation and Design Society (HKKIDS)
This is more than a meeting; it is a platform where everybody interacts and a very useful annual event where industry players can meet.

Carlos E. BOTERO, President, The Institute for Exports and Fashion, Colombia
This was my first time attending PSF in Hong Kong and I really enjoyed it because you can get a view of what is going on with the world with the apparel and footwear industries, it was not only really interesting to learn from the rest of the speakers and delegates, but also to have the opportunity to share Colombia’s progress with the distinguished audience. So it was a very interesting experience for me.

David HAMPSON, Country Manager, The Jones Group, Nine West Footwear
This was the first time I had attended PSF, and I thought it was fascinating and very informative; if you ask me to return next year, I will!

Henry TAN, BBS, JP, CEO and President, Luen Thai Holdings Ltd.
I think it is exciting to have PSF in Hong Kong, not least as it attracts many speakers and people from our industry. We were also delighted to see footwear become part of the Forum this year.

Fiona JENVEY, CEO, Mudpie
If you are a retailer or supplier, you might be interested in what is going on at this thought-provoking leading retail event.

Michael J. BLAKELEY, Executive Director, The Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance (SAFSA)
I think the Forum has been great so far; it has been an excellent opportunity to learn from very high-level people.

Kurt CAVANO, Chairman and CEO, TradeCard, Inc.
We have been attending  for a number of years and find that it is a really a good place to meet executives, particularly the regional office heads of a lot of US brands and retailers, as well as local Chinese companies. So it is really a great experience for us to speak and meet with them … I will be back next year.

Julia K. HUGHES, President, United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel
I think the Forum was terrific this year. We had some really interesting discussions about new issues for the industry, i.e. social media and new multi-channel outlets for sales, as well as global retail expansion from a number of aspects. I think it is a really fascinating event.

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