Come to this great speaker event at the Fabric Discovery Center & Makerspace!

Apparel Designers Network
Apparel Designers Network
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UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center

110 Canal St · Lowell, MA

How to find us

We will be inside on the first floor of the Fabric Discovery Lab at the Maker space.

Location image of event venue


Join us for a great line up of Fashion industry speakers and a tour of the Fabric Discovery Center and Makerspace!

our Speakers:
Chris Donovan of Chris Donovan Shoe Design
Stephanie Zopf of Women of Wearables
Thea Perez of Polychrome

As always there will be ample time for networking with industry insiders!

*light refreshments will be served*
*there is on-street parking available*

hosted by:
Apparel Designers Network
Fabric Discovery Center & Makerspace

about our speakers:

CHRIS DONOVAN At 55 after an illness, Chris decided with the tremendous support of his husband, to retire early and go to Italy for a masters in footwear design. He graduated at the top of his class and was asked to show his graduate collection at Dutch Design Week. At home in America, he won a contest on Project Runway to meet Tim Gunn and was then featured in a documentary by AARP and on shows like Chronicle. He decided that he’d start his own line since no one was going to hire someone his age. Chris’s first shoe line manufactured in Italy will be launched this fall.

STEPHANIE ZOPF is the Ambassador for the Women of Wearables Boston chapter. She aims to find and promote more women in the field of wearable technology in the local Boston and surrounding New England area.
Her background spans research in materials science, textiles and electronics. Past projects include digital textile printing and printed electronics with HP, as well as chemical protective textiles and wearable energy storage with the US Army. She has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and Tufts University, respectively. She is a scholarship recipient and recent graduate of Fabricademy, a transdisciplinary course focusing on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Boston University.

THEA PEREZ is the Founder & Creative Director of POLYCHROME, an online studio with a global team providing original print patterns and trend forecasting to the fashion industry. Fashion brands save time in their development process utilizing POLYCHROME services and products.