Trend Theatre

Open to all SURTEX participants (exhibitors and attendees) on a complimentary basis!

What is it?

A unique theatre where you can gain insight and inspiration from world-renowned trend forecasting companies! Daily presentations will focus on the latest trends impacting industries as diverse as home and accessories, textiles, tabletop, fashion, paper, stationery, packaging and gifts, through fabulous imagery and insider commentary.


Thirty-minute presentations are scheduled every show day – THREE sessions per day, beginning at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.


All sessions will take place at the Trend Theatre, located on the SURTEX Show Floor at the rear of the 900 aisle in the ReSource Hub.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

11:00 - 11:30 am 

Crewest Studio: Art is the New Black
The most exciting movement in art today is global in scope and Millennials Gen Z say it’s part of their “lifestyle”. Today’s top brands and designers are using it too. What is it and what might you do with it? To find out, come to this talk by Scott Power, Co-Founder, Crewest Studio.

Presented by: Scott Power, Co-Founder, Crewest Studio

1:00 - 1:30 pm

The Trend Forecaster: Millennial Whys? . . . You Have to Look Back to Predict the Future
Jill will discuss the Whys of Millennials today . . . Why this is happening now, Why similar patterns have occurred in the past, Why knowing this will help us predict the future of design, marketing, etc.

Presented by: Jill Sands, Publisher, The Trend Forecaster

3:00 - 3:30pm

Kids a la Mode: Key Trends for Children's Fashion: Fall/Winter 2016/17
Highlights from the top international kid’s wear collections. Concise, informative and entertaining commentary focusing on themes, color palettes, textile prints, graphics and more. The essential start to your design season!

Presented by: Janet Jacobs, Founder, Kids a la Mode

Monday, May 18, 2015

11:00 - 11:30am

Milou Ket: Milou Ket Styling & Design presents Home Interiors 2016/2017
This years trend book features 6 themes spanning spring to winter 2016/17 and also comes with a USB card with the presentation in digital format. Each theme is shown with its corresponding color card plus more than 200 inspiring materials and images that matches the themes colors & character.

Presented by: Dan Nazario, US Represenative, Milou Ket

1:00 - 1:30pm

Pantone: Revealing Color's New Direction for Autumn/Winter 2016/17
For Autumn/Winter 2016/17 we explore color that is "real" and "unreal", absent and present and a mixology of what is in between.  We are polarized between colors that are simple, honest and unassuming and stronger, more saturated tones that make a bold statement.  For those in the middle?  A third platform of color that connects and bridges our desire to be sober or intoxicated, quiet or loud - or both at the same time.

Presented by: Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Color Institute 

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Design Works International: An Insider's Look into the Daily Work of a NYC Lifestyle Design Studio
Nancy Fire knows a thing or two about trends. As founder and creative director of Design Works International, she specializes in trend presentations, print/color direction, color palette creation, and graphic design for numerous brands in the home arena. In today’s ever-changing marketing, it is crucial to stay relevant and maintain emotional resonance as a brand. See how Nancy curates trends and gives the consumer smart choices for their evolving lifestyle.

Presented by: Nancy Fire, Creative Director & Founder, Design Works International

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

11:00 - 11:30am

First2print: The Printed Project

An insiders  look to of some unique printed projects that pushed the boundaries of textile design, technology and  digital fabric printing. See how the process affected the  outcome with  these projects for fashion, costumes and interiors.
Where did we start… and how did they end up? 

Presented by: Danielle LoCastro, Director of Operations, First2Print

1:00 - 1:30pm

Carpenter + Company: Trendscope Color + Trend Insights

Patti Carpenter will provide a Creative Director's view on the Macro and Emerging trends for the Home Decor, Personal Accessories and Gift Markets. We will explore the season through color, materials + print/pattern/surface design.

Presented by: Patti Carpenter, Founder & Creative Director, Carpenter + Company

3:00 - 3:30pm

Stacy Garcia, Inc: Maximizing Color & Material: The Trends You Need to Know
Join Stacy Garcia, an established leader in the world of design, and founder of her namesake global licensed lifestyle brand, for a lively visual session. Learn how to identify trends and how to incorporate trend research into your business. With brands like Stacy Garcia Commercial, Stacy Garcia | New York, and Stay by Stacy Garcia, this design-minded entrepreneur and forecasting expert will share her top picks for color & material trends of the season.

Presented by: Stacy Garcia, Founder, Stacy Garcia, Inc.