Minneapolis-Based Artist Susan Hensel Shares How She Was Impacted by COVID-19 and Local Changes in The Community

Susan Hensel Artist & Gallery Owner

Susan Hensel Artist & Gallery Owner

Special Art Exhibition by Contemporary Artist Susan Hensel

Special Art Exhibition by Contemporary Artist Susan Hensel

Susan Hensel Artist & Gallery Owner

Susan Hensel Artist & Gallery Owner

2020 had an impact on the world – It disrupted many ways of life from public health, communities, schools, & businesses.

Last year was full of turbulence. There were a lot of changes that I felt, both as an artist and an American. I continued to push forward even with the weight of the world around me.”

— Susan Hensel

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2020 had an impact on the world – both on a local scale in American cities all the way up to a global scale. It disrupted many ways of life from public health, communities, schools, and businesses. Minneapolis-based Gallery owner Susan Hensel felt as if she was caught in the middle of it all.

Artist Susan Hensel was one of many artists as well as business owners who were impacted by changes in 2020. These changes impacted Americans from a local scale and they felt the tremor from the international and global scale with COVID-19. The pandemic disrupted many industries in 2020, most of which are still recovering. Susan Hensel Art Gallery in Minneapolis felt the tremors firsthand.

As a result of the pandemic, the arts and culture sector took a hit. Many businesses were closed down – from galleries, creative spaces, music venues, festival spaces, and theaters. According to Americans for the Arts, an estimated $15.5 billion was lost to local businesses. However, there was a silver lining – many artists and creators moved to online spaces. This led to an increase in online art exhibitions, digital art galleries, online art fairs which converted to online art sales. New art buyers accounted for 26% of online sales for the first half of 2020. (Art Basel). Susan Hensel Gallery had released several interactive exhibits in past year, including “Let’s Play: Interactive Sculptures by Susan Hensel” and “Stitches on the Path to Here Ingrid Restemayer”.

The passing of George Floyd was a major event in 2020 that was felt throughout the Minneapolis Community. In the following months, there were demonstrations and protests that took place in Minneapolis. Susan Hensel Gallery is located in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood where George Floyd passed, approximately five minutes away. That intersection is the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

There is an ongoing effort to transform the intersection into “George Floyd Square” – a memorial site. The intersection is also adorned with murals, sculptures, flowers, candles, and other works of art. In late 2020, the city of Minneapolis started long-term planning on the preservation of public art installments and permanent uses of the site.

“As a lifelong resident of Minneapolis, the loss of George Floyd was one of the biggest events that shook our city. It was the catalyst for a much larger movement that would be taking place across the country. The community was able to come together in solidary and turn the intersection into a memorial. Every time I drive by, I catch a glimpse of it and remember.” – Susan Hensel

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at Susan Hensel Gallery

Opened September 10th, 2004 in Minneapolis, MN, Susan Hensel Gallery is a gallery/workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year. In 2013 the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel where she continues to work on small and largescale artwork that engages both sculptural and cultural space. The Susan Hensel Gallery is now both a large window gallery on Cedar Avenue, a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis, and an online venture represented on Artsy.net.

From the Center is an exhibition that will run from June 15, 2021 to August 15, 2021 at Susan Hensel Gallery and feature the work of Linda King Ferguson. Linda’s work relies on the co-properties of textiles and painting processes. Read more about this exhibition on Artsy.net.

About Susan Hensel: Susan Hensel is a multidisciplinary artist, with a 50+ year career, who combines a mixed media practice with embroidery across digital and manual platforms. Susan Hensel’s artwork is known and collected nationwide, represented in collecting libraries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Getty Research Institute. There are major holdings at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, University of Washington, Baylor University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Archives pertaining to her artist’s books are available for study at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. In recent years Hensel has been awarded multiple grants and residencies through the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Ragdale Foundation.

Learn more about Susan Hensel Art at www.susanhenselprojects.com and learn more about Susan Hensel Gallery at www.susanhenselgallery.com.

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Los Angeles Clothing Manufacturer Gives You The Keys to Starting a Clothing Line

There's a ton of work that needs to go into launching your own clothing line, not to mention costly mistakes people make their first time around.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Emerging and established fashion designers now have a key ally in starting a clothing line: The Evans Group.

The Evans Group (TEG) is a full-service fashion development and production house based in Downtown Los Angeles.

The L.A.-based clothing manufacturer offers customers, clients, and consumers to create a fashion brand from scratch. With a solid social media presence on Instagram, TEG engages with potential customers and all-around fashion lovers.

Founded in 2005 by clothing designer Jennifer Evans, TEG has had a hand in designing some of the most memorable fashion pieces of the last 15 years. With collaborations with Greg Lauren, Banana Republic, Guess, and Kate McDonald, TEG knows how to get business done.

How Does The Evans Group Help New Fashion Designers Start A Clothing Line?

It can be intimidating to launch your own fashion brand. There's a ton of work that needs to go into it, not to mention costly mistakes people make when starting a clothing line.

Jennifer Evans and her team aim to eliminate all the stress of the design process and guide new designers into a lucrative career.

Here's a quick view of the clothing line design process for curious fashion entrepreneurs.

The Clothing Line Design Process

Before the master pattern makers and seamstresses get to work manufacturing a clothing line, the fashion designer meets with the TEG team. This is where all the planning and discussion take place.

This is where things like nailing down goals and targets for your own clothing line, along with in-depth brainstorming sessions to get the most out of your business plan occur. These invaluable ways of hashing out clothing details can happen face-to-face or remotely. Either way, this is precisely where Jennifer Evans and her team start to build a good rapport with the burgeoning fashion designer.

Clothing Line Designing and Sourcing

The time has come to actually start designing the samples that will define your own clothing line.

The design team develops TEG specification sheets with all the pertinent info: the look and feel of the clothes, the measurements, and sample sizes.

But don't worry: the clothing designer is still heavily involved. TEG offers a talented creative services team that uses mood boards, sketching sessions, and in-depth discussions to consider every course of action and put any questions to rest.

Developing The Clothing Line

This is where the TEG team, made up of the best veteran textile workers, seamstresses, and Los Angeles pattern makers starts working on bringing your clothing line to life.

The project manager sets timelines, stays in constant contact with the designer to answer any questions, and goes over possible changes or creative directions.

The Production of Your Own Clothing Line

Now that all the creative planning and initial design steps are out of the way, the production manager guides the team to finishing your clothing line.
Clothing Line Costing and Prices

After the order is complete, the production manager contacts the clothing designer for pricing and costs.

For first-time clothing line designers, a great idea for an initial design package is the 'Test Drive.' This is ideal for those looking for low minimums and high-quality craftsmanship at a reasonable price.

It includes:
An intake meeting with the clothing line project manager
Optional design meetings with the clothing design director
Optional sourcing meeting with the fabric sourcing manager
TEG Specification Sheets completed with flat drawings
Technical design and review meeting with the clothing pattern maker
Start to finish project management of the clothing line
2 First clothing patterns
2 First clothing samples
Sample fitting with the clothing line pattern maker
1 Round of pattern fit adjustments
2 Production-ready patterns
2 Duplicates per style (4 samples)

This is an excellent way for clothing line designers to potentially launch a clothing label while simultaneously nailing down essential details, testing new designs, and testing different fabrics for samples.

What Does This Mean For New Fashion Designers?

It means that TEG not only has the tools to get your clothing line started but gives you the steps to launch your product on the market.

Want to start your own online store? A potential haute couture fashion brand? TEG guides clothing designers and gives them the resources to make sure a clothing line is successful.

Whether your aim is to display clothing in a storefront window or on the runways of Paris and New York Fashion Week, The Evans Group offers an easy, detailed, and comprehensive method to realize that dream.

About The Evans Group

The Evans Group, founded in 2005, is a full-service fashion development and production house based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since its inception, The Evans Group has worked with over 2,000 clothing brands and designers. The Evans Group prides itself on being one of the few fashion houses in the United States with unique skills and goals for independent fashion designers. With talented seamstresses, pattern makers, and fashion pattern drafters, TEG allows emerging designers the chance to start a clothing line.

Learn more about The Evans Group on its website: https://tegintl.com/

The Evans Group is located at:
1926 E. 7th Street, Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90021
303 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

You can reach The Evans Group by phone
800-916-0910 (Los Angeles)
415-324-8779 (San Francisco)

Jennifer Evans
The Evans Group
+1 800-916-0910
email us here

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Soothing Stress Through Art

Creating art can help individuals alleviate stress, work through difficult emotions, and build positive self-image.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The process of creation is an important tool for stress relief. Creating art allows us to express emotions that are too powerful for words. It helps us work through issues and feel better about ourselves.

Psychiatric circles have long used Art Therapy to help people express themselves. Creating an image about an issue allows the person to distance themselves and gain clarity. Creativity causes a relaxed state, which can allow a person to access buried memories. Art is a safe way to explore difficult emotions within boundaries and structure.

Crafting art can boost self image as well. Making something unique provides a sense of accomplishment and control. It empowers the creative, giving them individual choice and freedom. Making a piece of art is a problem solving process, which teaches better coping skills in life. Putting an emotion into a physical form can also offer catharsis.

The world we live in now has made it difficult to connect with artists physically. With many feeling isolated and alone, artistry is even more essential to us. Art provides an escape to a freer space. Making art connects us to other times, places, and cultures. It has the power to provide a link between people across the globe, who would never have met otherwise. The internet has proven to be an essential vehicle for sharing art.

Curious Mondo’s goal is to empower creatives around the world to make more art. The company’s founder, Shahar Boyayan, commented, “I love making art. It gives my brain time to buffer, forget about the problems of the day, and focus on creating something beautiful.” This is the spirit that Curious Mondo hopes to share with the world. To join us for free, live art classes, go to CuriousMondo.com.

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L.A. Fashion Production House is a New Fashion Designer's Secret Weapon

LA Fashion Production House

New and emerging fashion designers have a new secret weapon in the fight against fast fashion.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — New and emerging fashion designers have a new secret weapon in the fight against fast fashion. Not to mention a crucial resource in cranking out memorable fashion samples to woo customers into doling out a bit more for quality clothing. Especially for L.A. fashion production.

Jennifer Evans, the founder of the Los Angeles fashion production house, The Evans Group (TEG), offers new and emerging fashion designers the opportunity to craft couture, regardless of experience.

The TEG Difference in L.A. Fashion Production

The Los Angeles garment manufacturer shows both established and new fashion designers why good clothing manufacturing can make or break your business. It also affects your clothing business's bottom line.

With cutters, experienced seamstresses, pattern makers, and design experts, TEG pulls out all the stops to help fashion designers start a fashion collection that transcends seasonal trends.

TEG also practices ethical and sustainable production practices lessening the notorious environmental impact that the fashion industry has.

TEG's Clothing Manufacturing Bona Fides

Proudly boasting that all apparel is 'made in L.A.' Jennifer Evans takes pride in developing new and exciting brands and collections. And with good reason. Since 2005, TEG has acquired nearly 2,000 clients.

And not all clothing companies are new to the business, either. Industry giants like Guess and Banana Republic have worked alongside the Los Angeles clothing manufacturer.

Banana Republic, in particular, teamed up with independent designer Greg Lauren to craft a quality menswear line, aptly titled 'Made in L.A.'

Working alongside Greg Lauren, Jennifer Evans and her team, at the behest of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), crafted a product for the fall of 2016. It was ready for the runway at the following New York Fashion Week.

With distressed twill, vintage fabrics, and expert garment manufacturing, 'Made in L.A.' proved that Los Angeles is easily the premier apparel manufacturing epicenter.

The TEG Clothing Manufacturing Formula

So, how do Evans and the roster of some of the best design talent in L.A. make visions turn into tangible items?

Curious and ambitious fashion designers start by meeting with Evans and her team to discuss ideas, brainstorm, and figure out crucial details.

Next, the creative director and Jennifer craft TEG Specification Sheets, essentially all the pertinent info to make the best product they can.

The brunt of the production takes place next. The various pattern makers, sewists, style experts, and Evans herself spend hours poring over designs, sourcing fabric and making sure the entire clothing line is a cohesive style.

Evans and TEG contact local Los Angeles factories and textile workers in the city who know their ways around the fabric to further craft the perfect product. Raw experience and years of clothing orders ensure that fashion production jobs in Los Angeles are plentiful.

This practice harkens back to Evans's long background in crafting couture. She stressed the importance of hiring former factory workers to create local jobs in Los Angeles. She’s been consistent with this particular practice, continuing it well over the 15 years TEG has been in business.

The team reaches the finish line in 4 to 8 weeks. There are rush orders available at an extra cost for those who need their apparel in a hurry. Afterward, a production manager gets in contact with the client to work out a price for the clothing samples.

What Does This Mean for New Fashion Designers?

In short, it means fashion designers looking for a clothing manufacturer in Los Angeles are in luck. But that doesn't mean emerging designers desiring to launch clothing lines are left out in the cold. TEG provides international services for sample making, with no minimums.

Evans and the expert textile workers, pattern makers, and design staff allow even the most experienced Los Angeles fashion designers to experience expert design services for a fraction of the cost of other West Coast clothing manufacturers.

With a long list of impressive clients, some smaller, some more established, Jennifer Evans and TEG are creating a haven for independent designers in need of starting a clothing line in Los Angeles.

The city of Los Angeles breeds a unique form of fashion, and Jennifer Evans and TEG aim to bring unique ideas to life.

About The Evans Group

The Evans Group, founded in 2005, is a full-service fashion development and production house based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since its inception, The Evans Group has worked with over 2,000 clothing brands and designers. The Evans Group prides itself on being one of the few fashion houses in the United States with unique skills and goals for independent fashion designers. With talented seamstresses, pattern makers, and fashion pattern drafters, TEG allows emerging designers the chance to start a clothing line.

Learn more about The Evans Group on its website: https://tegintl.com/

The Evans Group has locations at:
1926 E. 7th Street, Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90021
303 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

You can reach The Evans Group by phone
800-916-0910 (Los Angeles)
415-324-8779 (San Francisco)

Jennifer Evans
The Evans Group
+1 800-916-0910
email us here

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L.A. Couture Crafting Allows Emerging Fashion Designers To Live Out Their Dreams

The Evans Group Studio

The Evans Group Studio

Whether you're an emerging fashion designer, or just looking to build that clothing collection you've always dreamed of, there's finally an easy solution.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Whether you're an emerging fashion designer, or just someone looking to build that clothing collection you've always dreamed of, there's finally an easy solution.

The Evans Group (TEG) is a full-service L.A. fashion production house that focuses on crafting memorable couture for independent designers.

Why? To give those who want to break into the fashion industry a fair shot. Even those not familiar with the fashion industry know it's difficult to make waves. TEG allows a designer to build a brand when they might not have been able to otherwise.

TEG is a clothing manufacturer in Los Angeles that emphasizes independent brands and businesses.

Jennifer Evans, a veteran of couture clothing orders, aims to forge unbreakable bonds with clients. She employs a vast team of unique and talented textile workers, bringing culture and diverse ideas to small batch manufacturing.

But how do Evans and TEG go about helping new designers avoid mistakes when launching a clothing line? How does she and her business open doors for those looking to design their first clothing samples?

TEG and Hiraeth

Hiraeth, an independent design fashion label stressing the importance of sustainability in fashion, commissioned the help of the TEG team early on in its production process.

Created by a group of sustainability-minded women, Hiraeth is a ready-to-wear womenswear line that balances quality craftsmanship, iconic styles, and ethical production practices.

Naturally, TEG and Hiraeth were a match made in heaven.

With similar views on sustainability in the fashion world, both TEG and Hiraeth worked to create an extraordinary clothing collection utterly void of animal products. That means no silk, fur, or leather products.

From the onset, TEG and Hiraeth worked together to achieve the founders’ goals.

Were the materials ethically sourced?
How big should TEG and Hiraeth make the collection size?
How will the L.A. clothing manufacturing process work within the confines of the independent designer’s goals?

With these questions in mind, TEG and Hiraeth were able to launch a unique clothing line that epitomized Hiraeth’s motto: “A Commitment to Create Garments and Accessories That Are Completely Free of Animal Products.”

Over nearly 20 years, TEG has had similar success stories with over 2,000 satisfied customers. Could you be the next Hiraeth?

Curious How TEG Works?

After expressing an interest in commissioning TEG's services, clients meet with Jennifer Evans and her team. After in-depth discussions on the future style of your collection, the design team gets to work. They craft the blueprint for your clothes, the design process, and how the collection will come together.

Fashion Design and Production

Now it's time for clothing designers to get to work creating your new clothing collection. With talented textile workers and craftsmen from L.A. garment factories, production begins.

Will ethically sourced materials, the design, and the production team get to work developing your styles. Meanwhile, the project and production managers offer unprecedented support by performing meticulous quality checks and check-ins with the client.

Your New Collection is Ready

After 4 to 8 weeks, your samples are ready. From here, you can market your brand, build an audience, and get inspired to create more clothing collections.

Are you looking to sell your new collection in a specialty shop? Or do you have loftier goals like New York Fashion Week?

Whatever the occasion, your brand will receive a big boost from TEG's expert craftsmanship. Those Instagram likes are bound to roll in once you share the talents of the TEG team. And you may find some eager clients of your own willing to buy from your label.

What Does This Mean for Independent and Emerging Fashion Designers?

It means that with the resources, materials, and open channels of communication, high fashion and custom couture is no longer a pipe dream. Regardless of experience in the fashion industry, you can make your mark. No need to have had your pieces displayed on the runways of New York Fashion Week. No prior experience at showing denim wear in art installations. It's all accessible.

TEG engages in sustainable, ethically sourced fabric and fashion. With the rise of things like fast fashion, promoting sustainability and environmental awareness has never been more critical.

TEG doesn't only focus on L.A. clothing manufacturing. The Los Angeles fashion production house encourages designers worldwide to submit their best fashion and design ideas. From London to Los Angeles, creating fashion has never been more accessible.

For first-time, independent designers, you can't do much better than Los Angeles clothing manufacturer The Evans Group. What unique fashion designs do you have up your sleeves?

About The Evans Group

The Evans Group, founded in 2005, is a full-service fashion development and production house based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since its inception, The Evans Group has worked with over 2,000 clothing brands and designers. The Evans Group prides itself on being one of the few fashion houses in the United States with raw experience and talent. And primarily for independent fashion designers to benefit from.

With talented seamstresses, pattern makers, and fashion pattern drafters, TEG allows emerging designers the chance to start a clothing line.

Learn more about The Evans Group on its website: https://tegintl.com/
You can follow and engage with TEG on Instagram

The Evans Group has locations at:
1926 E. 7th Street, Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90021
303 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

You can reach The Evans Group by phone
800-916-0910 (Los Angeles)
415-324-8779 (San Francisco)

Jennifer Evans
The Evans Group
+1 800-916-0910
email us here

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Lori Hamilton’s Production Company Awarded “Best Research & Media Production Company”

Logo for Prosperity Productions, quote: "All truths are easy to understand once we discover them. The point is to discover them." – Gallileo and picture of scubadriver underwater flashlight with copy: Bringing Insights to Light

Prosperity Productions, Delivering the Unexpected, Uncovering Secrets and Bringing Insights to Light

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Lori Hamilton, Founder & CEO, Prosperity Productions

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Prosperity Productions

Prosperity Productions Inc victorious at the Media Innovator Awards 2021

I’m always grateful for any recognition of the work I get to do for my clients.”

— Lori Hamilton, Founder, Prosperity Productions

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Strategist and entrepreneur Lori Hamilton’s insights firm, Prosperity Productions Inc, has been awarded Best Research & Media Production Company – Western USA at the Media Innovator Awards 2021. The awards are hosted by Corporate Vision Magazine. Hamilton will be featured on their annual winners’ magazine soon-to-be available on their website.

Corporate Vision Magazine reaches a worldwide audience of around 155,000 experts and business leaders. It offers insight and advice on industry subjects such as IT and recruitment. Judges awarded the title based on factors including Prosperity Production’s business growth, performance, reputation, and longevity.

The company has generated over $1 billion in incremental income for their clients, won 37 awards for creative and marketing excellence, including multiple Best of Show Awards – Addy, Amy, Effie, Clio, as well as the coveted Burke Award for marketing communications excellence from Johnson & Johnson. In addition to their client work, they have been asked to teach insights to global organizations such as Google, Amazon, Samsung, Accenture, MetLife, ConAgra, and more than 10 of the largest marketing and communications firms in the world.

As founder and CEO, Hamilton has brought her own unique and creative style to the business, encouraging her team to utilize a passion for and drive to uncover true brand insights that lead to game-changing strategic and creative solutions. Prosperity Productions implements traditional and unique research methodologies to guarantee the most comprehensive and diverse learnings, while also looking beyond that to create an engaging research narrative that allows for marketing strategy that is as compelling as the creative.

Client Reviews:
“Wow! I mean…wow! Did you ever work with…wow…someone and just walk away…wow…stunned. More energy and enthusiasm than a team of marketers could ever muster, with walk-into-a-pole brilliant ideas coming out of her mouth one after another – like she was just chatting. Wow!” – Mark Truss, Chief Research Officer at Wunderman Thompson

“I have worked with Lori on numerous projects and have found her to be a first-rate researcher. She is inventive in designing studies and guides. She is a truly gifted interviewer who can elicit gems from any respondent, no matter how shy or difficult. And she does a great job of finding and illuminating insights. As a bonus, she’s very collaborative and always fun to work with.” – Hope Picker, VP, Insights at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

About Lori:
As Founder and President of Prosperity Productions, Hamilton has worked as a marketing strategist, researcher, and creative consultant for more than 20 years. Her work has generated over $3 billion in incremental business for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups. Having worked across a wide range of categories and industries, her clients include Google, ConAgra, Intuit, Rubbermaid, Deloitte Consulting, CitiBank, MetLife, Accenture, Herman Miller, USG, Russell Athletic, Blue Diamond, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, Garanimals, Carter’s/Oshkosh, United Technologies, The Home Depot, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis. Lori holds a B.A. in Linguistics from UCLA and has won 39 awards for creative and marketing excellence, including five Best of Shows and a Clio. Lori has taught Insights and Innovation at Columbia University’s Master’s Degree Program in Strategic Communications, NYU Business School, Pace University.

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International Hemp Will Produce Over 500,000 Pounds of AOSCA Certified Industrial Hemp Seed with American Farmers

AOSCA Certified Industrial Hemp Seed Field for Grain and Fiber Hemp

CEO, Derek Montgomery, and Lead Agronomist, Terry Moran, in an AOSCA certified hemp seed production field

Fiber and Grain AOSCA Certified Industrial Hemp Seed

Lead Agronomist, Terry Moran walking through a seed propagation field

Fiber Industrial AOSCA Certified Hemp Seed

CEO, Derek Montgomery, in a Bialobrzeskie AOSCA certified seed production field.

International Hemp is producing more than half a million pounds of AOSCA certified seed on two grain and fiber Polish hemp varieties, Henola and Białobrzeskie.

It is our intent to bring the best hemp genetics from our European partners here to the United States and merge them with the highest-quality, North American AOSCA seed production standards.”

— Derek Montgomery

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — International Hemp, a U.S.-based agricultural company, is currently in domestic production of over half a million pounds of Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (“AOSCA”) certified hemp seed of two monoecious grain and fiber varieties, Henola and Białobrzeskie. With its ability to domestically produce and import large volumes of hemp seed, International Hemp is positioned to be the largest producer and distributor of certified industrial hemp seed in the United States.

In the next several years, the demand for industrial hemp acreage in the United States is expected to increase dramatically as regional processing and end markets for hemp-based products develop. Previously, International Hemp worked with European seed producers to import OECD-certified seed. But shipping costs from Europe have increased dramatically during the pandemic. Increased shipping costs, coupled with the negative effects long transportation can have on seed quality and American farmers' preference for AOSCA certification, all helped expedite International Hemp’s switch to domestic AOSCA seed production.

“By establishing partnerships with American certified seed producers with many generations of seed production experience, it is our intent to bring the best genetics from our European partners here to the United States and merge them with the highest quality North American AOSCA seed production standards,” says Derek Montgomery, President and CEO of International Hemp. He adds, “In 2022, our domestic seed production combined with our remaining European certified seed imports will position us to have enough certified hemp seed in the United States to more than double the total United States industrial hemp acreage planted in 2020. By 2022, 100% of our current varieties will be domestically produced and AOSCA certified.”

As additional investments are made to develop hemp grain and fiber processing in North America, reliable, high-quality genetics and a stable seed supply will be critical. Mr. Montgomery adds, “Groups are investing millions in seed processing, and they cannot simply hope their seed gets here from Europe on time and in good condition. Future hemp grain and fiber processors will demand the quality and reliability that can only be obtained from domestically sourced AOSCA certified seed.”

While International Hemp has several new varieties in early-stage production, Bialobrezskie and Henola, which were bred in Poland by the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants for their fiber quality and high grain yields, are the varieties currently being produced this summer in the United States. Bialobrezskie and Henola first received certification in Europe under the OECD Seed Schemes, and were successfully trialed and certified in 2018 by the Colorado Seed Growers Association.

AOSCA certification helps guarantee variety purity and seed quality. AOSCA certification of a monoecious hemp variety imposes strict field isolation requirements as well as limits on the presence of male plants. During AOSCA’s two formal inspections, 20,000 plants are typically counted, and AOSCA allows only 1 out of every 100 (1%) to be all-male if the field is to be approved for certified seed, and 2 out of every 10,000 (.02%) to receive registered class certification.

The strict standards require the all-male and genetically different “off type” plants to be physically removed to prevent unwanted pollination. While this added labor increases costs, it also helps ensure consistent yields, uniform maturity, and THC compliance. “We want to let the market know that a reliable supply of domestically sourced AOSCA hemp seed is here and ready to be scaled upwards to meet growing demand. Consistent and reliable seed helps produce a reliable crop, which ultimately is what processors want to see,” says Mr. Montgomery.

In Europe and Canada, farmers are only allowed to plant certified hemp seed, but certified hemp seed is not a requirement under USDA's Interim Final Rule for Domestic Hemp Production, and states are allowed to set their own rules. This has allowed some farmers to take the risk of buying non-certified seed. Non-certified seed has no minimum quality requirements, can have low germination, poor vigor, and may be nothing more than another hemp farmer’s grain crop. The lack of quality control(s) can produce a poor stand, poor yields, and there is the risk of little to no genetic consistency in subsequent years.

Most importantly, non-certified hemp seed may test above the 0.3% THC threshold, or worse yet, above 1%, (the USDA threshold for imputing grower negligence). Non-THC compliant crops must be destroyed, which can cause legal troubles for the grower as well as the suspension of the grower’s license for future hemp production. As a resource for hemp growers, International Hemp has published a list of questions that can be used to vet hemp seed providers.

About International Hemp

International Hemp is a Colorado-based provider of certified industrial hemp seed. International Hemp has focused on building the domestic infrastructure for “industrial hemp,” i.e. fiber and grain.

International Hemp has allowed American farmers to grow thousands of acres of certified industrial hemp. In 2021, International Hemp sold certified hemp seed to farmers in more than 45 states, Canada, Latin America, as well as non-profit researchers and land grant universities.

Forward-Looking Statements

By 2022, all of International Hemp’s commercial inventory in the United States and Canada will be domestically produced and AOSCA certified. International Hemp intends to continue licensing and developing the highest quality, highest yielding hemp genetics in North America.
International Hemp is partnering with food and industrial manufacturers to spur continued expansion of hemp processing and is on a mission to plant 1,000,000 acres of industrial hemp by 2025.

International Hemp is always looking for strategic partnerships to help develop protein, fiber, and carbon credit markets.

Please direct all inquiries to:

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Brazilian Footwear Trends Kids Playtime

Kids Trends

Vivid colors, animal prints and sustainable footwear are at the forefront of Playtime Ny

NOVO HAMBURGO, RS, BRAZIL, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The first summer season in-person fair for many Brazilian brands in 18 months, the tradeshow will take place August 1st – 3rd in NYC and at Playtime Marketplace, a B2B digital platform that includes more than 400 international brands in the children’s segments. Many of the brands will be focused on the importance of sustainable footwear for children and using this as an opportunity to create a new generation of sustainable footwear buyers. Brazilian Footwear, an exports promotion program maintained by the Brazilian Industries Association (Abicalçados) in partnership with the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) is supporting all the Brazilian brands at Playtime NY.

Playtime NY will take place for the first time in its on-site format since the beginning of the pandemic. “The fair attracts buyers from the main boutiques and chain stores in the children’s segment in the US, the main market for Brazilian footwear abroad,” says Abicalçados' Trade Promotion analyst, Ruisa Scheffel. She further notes that in the first half of 2021, North American buyers imported 6.36 million pairs that generated $88 million, an increase of 44.4% in volume and 30.85% in revenue in relation to the first half of 2020.

Playtime Marketplace, the digital platform, has more than 7000 registered buyers from all over the world and allows brands to sell directly through the platform, in a 100% digital format. Scheffel emphasizes that the digital platform has a meticulous curatorship, which focuses on relevant brands that work with sustainability and social responsibility. “It is a positioning platform for this growing audience,” she says.

The brands Dalai Beachwear, Matuschka Mia, Mini Melissa, Planet Sea and Tnin Shoes are on the market place with the support of Brazilian Footwear.

Mini Melissa embarks on a journey through different paradises, to remind us that it is necessary to transform, evolve and explore our ability to take new paths. It's time to celebrate our existence and the collection, called Paradise, features cute, colorful shoes with lots of fashion information, in addition to a strong bet on comfort. The sandals with velcro openings, plastisol applications and comfortable insoles make up to Mini Melissa paradise. Emphasis on papete models, which are already hits. Redesigned, they appear in even more colorful and very comfortable versions. Also pay attention to the model that has rainbow strips, in the best walking-on-the-cloud style. Wide Sandal, the brand's success inspired by the 90s, also gets its Mini Melissa version and is a highlight in the portfolio. All products are vegan and have sustainable attributes, with up to 30% recycled raw material.

Another highlight of the Paradise collection are the already traditional Mini Melissa partnerships. With Disney, the Princess' magical universe is translated into sneakers with applications, bicolor sandals and a lot of comfort. Disney's main heroines will now be in the outfits of the little ones with a lot of tutti-frutti smell, the unmistakable aroma of Mini Melissa.

For the new collection, they will be featuring their renowned Animal Print and fun color combinations. For the first time, they will be launching an entire clothing collection to match the shoes. The highlight will be the metallic jaguar print, which is a mix of their most popular styles: the Animal Print and lots of shine. In addition, their beautiful natural rope sole is super comfortable and light for everyday use. The signature Oxford Zeus also reappears to complete the collection with comfort and style.

Teaching children to be “sustainable from start” and how important it is to connect to sustainability, the collection brings a mix and match of fun bright colors with their trademark stripes. Locally produced in Brazil, the brand seeks to minimize its environmental footprint, through responsible sourcing.

About Brazilian Footwear:
Brazilian Footwear is an exports promotion program developed by Abicalçados in partnership with Apex-Brasil. This program aims to increase the exports of Brazilian Footwear brands through development, trade promotion and image actions focusing on the international market. Learn more: www.brazilianfootwear.com.br | www.abicalcados.com.br/brazilianfootwear.

About Apex-Brasil:
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investments to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. To reach these objectives, Apex-Brasil carries out diverse trade promotion actions that aim to promote exports and to value Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and trade missions, business networking meetings, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in important international fairs, and visits from foreign buyers and opinion formers to get to know the Brazilian manufacturing structure, among other business platforms that also aim to strengthen the Brazil brand. Learn more: www.apexbrasil.com.br.

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CMI programme at Edge Hill helps build stronger team at Pakawaste

David Hamer - CEO at Pakawaste

David Hamer – CEO at Pakawaste Waste Handling Systems

CMI programme at Edge Hill College helps Pakawaste to build a stronger more coherent team for the future

The CMI course has helped expand our teams management knowledge and skills”

— David Hamer

PRESTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, July 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “As our business continues to grow, offering new products into new sectors, it is important that the team expand their management knowledge and skills to build their confidence and feel valued and supported. The CMI programme at Edge Hill has helped us to build a stronger more coherent team that will stay with us for a long-time to continue to move the business forward. The content of the Level 7 course has been informative and applicable to my role as CEO. John Plummer from the Business School at Edge Hill has made the course engaging, interactive and enjoyable.”
– David Hamer, CEO – Pakawaste Limited

CMI Management and Leadership Qualifications – benefits and impact
• Build a strong coherent management team
• Expand management knowledge and capabilities
• Formalise management experience with a professional qualification
• Develop a confident and loyal workforce to help grow the business

About the business
Preston based Pakawaste Ltd is the UK’s number one waste handling equipment and systems provider. They offer a wide range of products to a variety of sectors including retail, manufacturing, warehousing, education, transport and leisure/entertainment.

The forward-thinking organisation was established forty-five years ago. They have built a reputation for providing tailored flexible design that puts customer service at the forefront of their operations.

CEO, David Hamer has been with the organisation for fifteen years and along with his experienced team has helped shape the business into the success it is today. With plans to expand into international markets including Australia and Malaysia, the company currently employs over 75 local people, making it one of the largest employers within its field in the UK.
Building leadership and management capabilities

David has built an organisational culture that has its employees at the centre of all they do. Training and development play an integral role in the success of the business. Providing better opportunities to the employees and personal development is encouraged and supported. The organisation has an established technical apprenticeship programme up to degree level and leadership and management training is highly valued.

The range of qualifications offered through the CMI management and leadership programme by Edge Hill was not only a perfect opportunity for David to offer the online courses to his employees, but for him to continue with his own personal development. David has completed his Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership certificate and four members of his Sales, Service and General Management teams are studying one of the CMI nationally recognised qualifications.

Outcome and impact
Rachael Almond joined Pakawaste as a Maintenance Administrator and before long was promoted to Maintenance Manager. Studying the Level 4 Management and Leadership, Rachael has found the knowledge-based programme beneficial and has been able to apply her learning to her role. The course has helped her build the confidence to view her own performance within the team and adapt different techniques to support her in her approach to tasks and situations.

The online delivery of the programme has provided David and his team with the flexibility to adapt the course around their busy work and home schedules and all the team have been given the time to access the live lectures.

Whilst on the course, David has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Global 100 – Europe CEO of the year 2021 award. Winners of the award need to have demonstrated exemplary leadership and team management in their domestic and international work.

Congratulations to David, from John Plummer and the team at the Business School.

Don Fryer
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Fair Labor Association Accredits Fanatics Brands

Fantatics Brands and Fair Labor Association logos

Fanatics Brands has been accredited by the Fair Labor Association.

FLA recognizes that Fanatics Brands has systems in place to identify and remediate unfair labor practices in its global supply chain.

FLA accreditation is a tangible sign of Fanatics Brands’ pledge to meet the world’s highest labor standards and its commitment to continuous improvement toward better conditions for workers.”

— Sharon Waxman

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced today that its board of directors voted to accredit the social compliance program of Fanatics Brands, the private label division of Fanatics, Inc., a global leader for licensed sports merchandise headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, that specializes in licensed fan apparel for the world’s most popular leagues, brands, and collegiate and professional teams.

Fanatics Brands manufactures its products at three owned and operated facilities located in Tampa, Florida, Easton, Pennsylvania, and Norman, Oklahoma, and sources from 94 contracted facilities across 17 countries. Accreditation by the FLA recognizes that Fanatics Brands has systems in place to identify and remediate unfair labor practices in its global supply chain.

“Accreditation by the Fair Labor Association shows that Fanatics Brands plays by the rules when it comes to protecting the rights of the workers who make its officially licensed gear for sports fans,” said Sharon Waxman, FLA president and CEO. “FLA accreditation is a tangible sign of Fanatics Brands’ pledge to meet the world’s highest labor standards and its commitment to continuous improvement toward better conditions for workers.”

The FLA accreditation report is the result of a lengthy review of a company’s social compliance program against international labor standards. The accreditation report on Fanatics Brands’ program noted the following:

• Commitment to workplace standards: Sustainability at Fanatics Brands, the company’s social compliance program, includes 11 global staff members, including regional managers in six countries. The company publishes its labor standards commitments online, reinforcing its obligations.
• Responsible purchasing practices: A long-range planning template and adherence to planning and operations calendars preserves production lead times and mitigates last-minute changes to orders. Regular cross-departmental meetings and weekly meetings with suppliers provide forums to analyze the impact of purchasing practices on working conditions.
• Fair compensation: Fanatics Brands has used the FLA Fair Compensation Dashboard to analyze wage data from 21 percent of its suppliers in scope and map wages against living wage estimates. Fanatics Brands drafted a blueprint for making living wage progress using this information.
• Monitoring: FLA verified that 100 percent of Fanatics Brands owned and tier one contract facilities received a full social compliance audit over a two-year period. Further, Fanatics Brands deployed an online workforce impact survey to all suppliers in response to COVID-19 restrictions that limited in-person audits. The survey focused on retrenchment risks, wage payment accuracy, and health and safety issues.
• Training: An extensive social compliance training program for Fanatics Brands staff includes a required introductory training on responsible purchasing practices for all staff, and quarterly and annual sessions on workplace standards and topics such as grievance mechanisms, retrenchment, and freedom of association and collective bargaining for sustainability staff. The commitment to training extends to ensuring that global suppliers are aware of their responsibilities and the production workers are fully informed of their rights.

“On behalf of the entire Fanatics Brands team, we are extremely proud to receive this accreditation from the Fair Labor Association, one of our industry’s most important and purposeful organizations,” said Joe Bozich, President, Fanatics Brands. “We take great pride in running a socially responsible business that respects workers’ rights, and believe we have an obligation and opportunity to use our business to make a positive difference for the people and in the communities in which we operate.”

FLA accreditation requires companies to meet standards and benchmarks that are based on those of the International Labour Organization, UN Guiding Principles, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As part of the process, companies agree to assessments of corporate systems for purchasing and sourcing and regular review of facilities in their global supply chain.

FLA accreditation is the gold standard for a systems-level approach to human rights compliance and social responsibility and includes a commitment to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. Accredited companies are evaluated on an ongoing basis and must demonstrate continuous improvement efforts to address working conditions and protect workers’ rights.

A company’s accreditation signifies that it understands the consequences of its business practices on workplace conditions, has put effective systems in place to prevent workplace abuses and commits to remediating violations that occur. Accreditation provides a basis for socially responsible investors and consumers to make informed investing and purchasing choices.


The Fair Labor Association promotes and protects workers’ rights and improves workplace conditions by facilitating collaboration among businesses, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities. The FLA, established in 1999, conducts independent monitoring to ensure that rigorous labor standards are upheld wherever its affiliates source their products, identifies the root causes of labor violations and proposes solutions to workplace problems.

Bill Furmanski
Fair Labor Association
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