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In October, not far from Manhattan's Garment District, Fan and Tam Nastos, president of the fashion tradeshow organizer ENK International and chair of the CIFFI advisory board, hosted the institute's first roundtable meeting, where Cornell fashion and fiber experts got acquainted with apparel designers, textile scientists, and business leaders from as far away as Hong Kong, Italy, Brazil, and California.
"What's so interesting about CIFFI is there's a huge emphasis on user needs and serving customers," said Jin Seo '91, founder of womenswear label 51 Inc., at the roundtable.
Nastos believes CIFFI will "bridge the gap" between industry and academia and provide a channel for Cornell experts to hear about the most pressing industry needs.
To Hinestroza, FSAD associate professor, it's an example of the kind of project that's tailor-made for CIFFI, with engineers and apparel designers working hand in hand.
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