Upcoming Events

This is the must attend event for footwear sourcing and supply chain execs, directors and professionals. Nearly 130 of the industry’s top leaders attend this event to hear new strategies, insights, best practices and solutions to challenges around factory workforce and quality, sourcing shifts, tariffs, supply chain transparency and more!


  • Refining development and sourcing strategies after the coronavirus
  • A review of current sourcing challenges and opportunities in China, Vietnam, and other Asian countries
  • An assessment of manufacturing in North America after NAFTA 2.0
  • A discussion on factory sustainability
  • A discussion on current supply chain challenges and transparency
  • Sourcing and supply chain technologies and innovations helping reduce headaches
  • Announcing FDRA’s Shoe Waste Program in factories that brands can adopt
  • Material innovation, sourcing, and supply chain issues

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) invites you to our annual Washington Trade Symposium taking place from July 14 to July 16, 2020. It’s the same great event but we are moving online!

Sessions will take place at 1:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET each day.

The USFIA Washington Trade Symposium will feature three days of briefings by policymakers and analysis from industry experts.

Topics that will be discussed this year include:

  • The Trump Administration’s trade policy agenda, including the latest updates on China tariffs, Hong Kong trade status and new Free Trade Agreement negotiations, featuring key Administration officials and our Washington insiders
  • An update on Customs activities, including the U.S. Customs & Border Protection priorities
  • The results from the seventh-annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study will be presented by Dr. Sheng Lu of the University of Delaware

More details and the full agenda will be released soon!

Click here to register for the Symposium now.

Each day your designers, product developers and material teams make critical business decisions such as: Which type of material should I use? Which supplier should I use? Which material will be high quality, yet cost-effective?

The information needed to make these decisions is trapped in physical material books, which are often out of date and contain inadequate information. Searching through dozens of physical books to find the appropriate materials is a time consuming process that leads to inflated development costs and longer cycle times.

Join this must-attend webinar to learn how to transform your material selection process by leveraging a centralized digital material library containing thousands of materials with up-to-the-minute data, providing ‘one source of truth’ for material sourcing and development.

By attending this webinar you will discover:

– How Material Exchange can weave into your existing FlexPLM solution, 3D and digital product creation strategy to increase speed and innovation.
– An insight into the key features, benefits and value of leveraging Material Exchange, as told by a current brand customer.
– An exclusive offer only available to attending brands.

To register, click here.

Material Exchange and our partners American Events and Première Vision, are taking The Materials Show DIGITAL!

As you may know the NE & NW Material Shows as well as many other shows, were sadly cancelled. Together, we aim to help the industry continue to share materials for the upcoming season.

The Digital Material Show is set to be the biggest and best material event of the year! The biggest material suppliers all in one place!

400+ material suppliers will showcase 4000+ materials to 5000+ attendees around the world!

The Digital Material Show will feature an online digital material showcase featuring the best materials from suppliers, in both 2D and 3D – available for visitors to view throughout the month!

In addition to materials, the show will feature
– 5+ Live Keynotes
– Private Virtual Meetings
– 3 Live Networking Sessions
– Interactive Webinars

Digital Material Online Showcase: July 15th – August 15th 2020

Networking and Live Webinars: July 21st – July 23rd 2020

Brands also have the opportunity to schedule an exclusive private networking session, only available to their chosen list of material suppliers.

Register now! Click here.

FDRA will be holding a series of online seminars — Digital (3D) FLOW – focused on helping every footwear brand successfully execute digital (3D) transformations through in-depth case studies, best practices, and specialized training.

Material Exchange is excited to be actively involved in the events to show brands how Digital Transformation can help them and the future of the industry.

Seminars will be held in May, June, July and August.

Click here to find out more about the FDRA Digital Transformation Event.