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Karla Magruder, Textile Professional and Founder of Fabrikology International

  Textile executive with global experience commercializing fibers, fabrics, and finishes. Extensive background    working throughout the entire textile supply chain. Worked with major technology suppliers, mills, brands and retailers.  Previously Apparel Platform Leader at Cargill Dow and Sales Manager at Burlington Performance Fabrics prior to starting Fabrikology. She has presented at global forums including Texworld NY, Texworld Paris, IFFE (International Fashion Fabric Exhibition) Outdoor Retailer and Spin Expo.  Her articles have been published in Textile Insight and Eco Textile News.  She takes a special interest in all things sustainable. Reading, yoga and the outdoors keep her sane.

Eben Nicastro, Apparel and Textile Design Consultant

Apparel and materials consultant with a base in trend forecasting, textile analysis and fashion design. With vast experience in menswear, activewear and denim, Eben has provided fabric development and apparel design direction to major fashion labels, retailers, mills and garment manufacturers. He has worked as the menswear and activewear trend analyst for the cotton industry and as editor-at-large for industry-leading forecasting companies. In addition to his work in design and branding, Eben builds upon his in-depth knowledge of materials and manufacturing, researching and evaluating new textile technologies and sourcing opportunities. Proficient at all stages of the production chain, from research and design to manufacturing and marketing, Eben has long been sought for his ability to develop market-ready products for clients. In addition, he contributes to a growing list of style blogs.