3 October 2019

Interfiliere New York brings the INNOVATION panel to this October session of the show.

The panel will take place on October 16th from 11AM-12PM. Brands must reflect on their objectives and processes to produce the most innovative products. For this panel, there will be a focus on high-performance fabrics, sustainability, and design improvements.


Below is a sneak peek of the speakers to present their concepts of innovations and practices of their brands.

Moderator – Stephanie Muhlenfeld

Owner/Founder of The Squad

Stephanie Muhlenfeld is the Owner/Founder of The Squad, a consulting agency that dives in and does the work. The Squad has expertise across the entire product life cycle from innovation, concept, all the way through product distribution. The Squad works with brands of all sizes, from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar brands, and has product expertise across soft goods, Women’s lingerie, sports bras, and swimwear, and Men’s and Women’s apparel and sports performance products.

Stephanie has 17 years of product experience from concept, innovation, design, technical design, product development, through to product distribution, and has worked for brands: Victoria’s Secret, Aerie, Nike, and Evelyn and Bobbie.  A product expert in lingerie bras, sports bras, swimwear, and compression, Stephanie has been integral to launching over 2000+ products, education platforms, and algorithms, and has 9 patents across 3 companies. When Stephanie is not working on innovating new products, she focuses on the vision, flexes between strategy and tactical, promoting the business, curating new clients, allocating resources, and continuous process improvement.  Stephanie is also a certified PMP and a certified Scrum Master who is focused on building in agile methodologies in order to maximize efficiency to pass the savings onto her clients. The Squad’s motto, “Prefer the expertise, not the overhead.”

Laura Madden

Director of Apparel and Bra Development, Brooks Running

Laura joined Brooks in 2011 and today leads the apparel and bra development function – supporting material, bra, apparel and accessory development as well as apparel engineering.

Laura has been working in the bra and apparel industry for nearly 20 years, after starting out as a freelance lingerie pattern maker as she finished her degree in Contour Fashion. After completing her degree, Laura was a sample machinist and worked her way through a variety of roles, from technical design to development of a technical training course in Sri Lanka for pattern makers, graders and technologists.

About Brooks Running Company

Brooks Running Company sells its performance footwear, apparel, sports bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster. This purpose is supported by Brooks’ Run Happy philosophy, a quest to celebrate and champion the sport of running and all runners everywhere. Founded 1914, Brooks is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle. Visit for more information or follow us on Twitter (@brooksrunning), Facebook ( and Instagram (@brooksrunning).

Egemen Izci

Raw Materials Innovation Manager, Lululemon Athletica

Egemen Izci is a Raw Materials Innovation Manager at lululemon athletica in Vancouver, Canada. In his current position, he has been working on various advanced research and development projects including engineered knits, sweaters, technical and functional yarn developments as well as sports and outerwear. During his 25 years of career, his achievements include numerous advanced textile projects in the outdoor industry as well as production and quality management and fabric development. He sees every day an opportunity to research and design net new solutions for functional textile materials with more sustainable alternatives. He is an avid runner and loves biking with his six year old son, Arin Elgin. Mr. Izci received his Textile Engineering degree in 1993 from Ege University in Izmir, Turkey and his MBA degree as a Chevening Scholar in 1995 from Leeds University, UK.

Stephanie Benedetto

Co-Founder, Queen of Raw

Corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur, Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Queen of Raw, a marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles, keeping them out of landfills and turning pollution into profit. Prior to starting Queen of Raw, Stephanie worked as a lawyer in the fashion, media/entertainment, start-up, and technology industries and co-founded a sustainable textile manufacturing facility. An advocate for women in business and sustainability, her companies have been featured on NPR, Good Morning America, NYTimes, Vogue, WWD, ELLE, Cheddar, Parade, WCBS, United Nations, Fortune, Entrepreneur, WIRED, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Fast Company. Stephanie is a NASA/NIKE/IKEA/DELL Innovator, a Grand Prize WeWork Creator Awards Winner presented by Ashton Kutcher, an MIT – Solve Global Challenge Winner, a thredUP Circular Fashion Fund Recipient, was nominated as a Founder to Watch by Women 2.0, and was a Finalist for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, Rent the Runway/UBS Project Entrepreneur, and the $1M Verizon Powerful Answers Award. She is a member of Pledge 1% and Founding Member of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, along with Aveda, Kering, and Stella McCartney.

Chris Moore

Owner, Digital Print Solutions

25 years of experience in Textile Printing and Color Management.  The first ten years of Chris’ career focused on production printing.  The next ten years focused on the print design and coloring.  The final five years have focused on finding better ways for Design and Production to communicate color with less waste.  We need to leave our children a healthy planet.


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