Since its launch in September 2008, WhichPLM has become an industry institution, packed with exclusive news, interviews, analysis and insight. Our staff of contributors may have changed in the intervening years, but our mission statement has always been clear: we work on behalf of the fashion industry, creating the clearest possible channels of communication between its technology suppliers, brands, and customers. Collectively, the WhichPLM experts boast a half-century of industry experience; as a team and individually, we understand PLM from the foundations upwards, and each of us is invested in understanding, reporting on, and helping to shape its future.
Dr. Evridiki Papahristou is a devoted fashion engineer with a research focus in the effective integration of 3D virtual prototype in the apparel industry. She began her studies at the University of Kent in European Fashion/Product development but after working as a fashion designer in a design studio in Milan she continued her studies with a Master’s degree researching new technologies in apparel. Working in parallel, as a CAD systems trainer in the industry as well as a lecturer for more than 15 years, she has trained many of today’s executives in digital fashion product development. Her recent Ph.D is a unique blend of fashion and engineering, trying to explore new ways of implementing and adopting new technologies like 3D and PLM. She loves research and strongly believes that knowledge should be shared diffusively without restriction.
Yotam Solomon is a fashion designer and product developer focusing on cradle-to-cradle (C2C) innovation in apparel and footwear. Yotam draws inspiration from the natural environment; he has designed collections based on the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and on the relationship between prescribed drugs and its effect on our DNA. His approach to design is about supporting people, building an economy, and preserving and enriching our natural resources. By working with mass manufacturers and smaller production houses, Yotam initiated new research and development projects to eliminate toxic chemicals from today’s manufacturing process. Yotam brings insight about the relationship between sustainable design and the purchasing habits of the end consumer, and serves here as a sustainable fashion design expert.
Eric Fulmer has been a pioneer in digital photography and digital asset workflow since the early 1990s when he joined Fuji’s Digital Imaging Division, where he worked with major corporations and cultural institutions including The Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum of Art as they adopted digital workflows. Later, Eric worked with leading photography studios at both Leaf and Phase One. He has led DAM integrations at major government institutions and played multiple roles in a startup SaaS platform vendor providing end-to-end creative production solutions for the world’s largest fashion and retail brands. He now leads the software team at Capture Integration, developing the ShotFlow One visual content production platform.
Lucy Royle is a Fashion Design graduate of the University of Leeds and became a devoted advocate of CAD and Adobe Illustrator during a sportswear design internship with Reebok. Following graduation, Lucy went on to work as a womenswear designer for Superdry where she pioneered the Superdry Sport product category. She now works as a freelance designer. With her industry experience, Lucy is passionate about working with others, sharing her knowledge – at both professional and student level – and continuing to learn herself. Lucy contributes regularly to WhichPLM, reflecting on how the designers’ role within the industry is evolving in light of new technologies. This year, Lucy is launching a blogging and tutorial site for designers.
Award winning British designer, Debbie McKeegan, began her digital journey almost two decades ago – pre-Photoshop, and pre-digital print. With a manufacturing background, a vast knowledge of traditional textiles (from both a design and production perspective), and an interest in CAD from its onset, today Debbie serves as an expert in the world of digital print. With her partner, she founded the Digetex Group in 2004 – specialising in Textiles and Wallpapers for a multitude of industries worldwide. Debbie has developed many new digital production practices, and speaks as an authority on digital design and print worldwide. As a WhichPLM contributor, she is able to pass on her wisdom as a digital pioneer; embracing the creative freedom offered with the advancement of new technology, she looks forward to sharing her knowledge.
Shoshana Burgett is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Customer Insights for X-Rite Pantone. In that role, she is responsible for leading the corporate voice of the customer (VOC) initiative across all industries, including print & packaging, plastics, automotive, paint & coatings, textiles, cosmetics and more. Before joining X-Rite Pantone in 2011, Shoshana worked at Xerox for 14 years, where she held several senior roles in both U.S. and non-U.S. capacities. Shoshana is a well-known speaker at industry events with a particular focus on colour measurement and management, colour supply chain efficiencies, colour measurement instrumentation and more. She serves on our panel as an expert in all things colour.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the apparel industry, Mark Charlton is a technical leader who has worked with manufacturers, trading companies, direct-to-consumer retailers,omni-channel national and global brands. His key focus is product groups from M2M tailoring to lingerie and everything in-between.
He has an uncompromising approach to understanding the complexities of apparel fit, both on a consumer and global level. Additionally, Mark has a proven record of driving and implementing organizational and process change from corporate teams throughout the global supply chain.
A prominent industry figure, Morag Ashworth has more than 20 years’ experience – the majority of those specialising in product development and supply. Morag studied at the Scottish College of Textiles. She then began her career by accruing a broad experience base, including roles in Garment Technology, Production Management and Sourcing & Commercial Management for such prestigious brands as Van Heusen, Peter England, Umbro, Mountain Equipment, Cotton Oxford and several suppliers to Marks & Spencer. Morag also worked as Senior Product & Sourcing Manager for international lifestyle and high performance sailing brand Henri Lloyd, before establishing herself as an independent consultant and contributor to WhichPLM.
Chris McCann has over twenty years’ experience managing social and environmental programs for the supply chains of national and multi-national Fortune 500 companies in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is a member of the team responsible for creating an international governance structure for labour practices in the global retail sector (the Global Social Compliance Programme). He has received appointments to national and international agencies including the UK Ministry of Justice, UK Department for International Development, UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.
Jaana Jätyri is the founder and CEO of Trendstop trend forecasting agency. Jaana started her career as an intern with WhichPLM’s CEO & Founder, Mark Harrop, and went on to set up the first business to sell PLM integrated design libraries to companies such as Marks & Spencer and River Island.
Today Trendstop is the world leader in sales-driven, business strategic fashion and lifestyle trend forecasting. Clients include Karl Lagerfeld, Tommy, Inditex Group, H&M, Hugo Boss, House of Fraser. Jaana serves as the trend expert on WhichPLM’s Board, and imparts her expertise to our readers through featured articles.
Nancy Winslow writes about human behavior as it relates to fashion & trend and PLM software. Her articles appear on websites and blogs. She is a fashion industry veteran and an independent PLM software consultant & Project Manager for the Fashion & Apparel Industry. Nancy has most recently been responsible for the deployment of Centric 8 PLM and has worked with Yunique Solutions’ plmON; Visual 2000’s VisualPLM; PTC’s Flex PLM; and Lectra’s FashionPLM. Her career in technology started at Ai and Freeborders where she worked as a PDM Consultant and Project Manager. Nancy loves writing and running and lives in New York City with her cat Marley.