The WTiN Podcast

Here you can find the latest episodes of The WTiN Podcast and catch up on any instalments you may have missed.

The WTiN Podcast takes a series approach to the podcast, starting with several episodes dedicated to how members of the textile & apparel community are responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Below you can find a link to more details on each episode. The podcast is entirely free - you can listen to The WTiN Podcast on several popular platforms, use the player on this page or play individual episodes via the pages linked below.

Should you have any feedback, ideas or want to contribute, please contact our digital editor and lead podcast host Jessica Owen via jowen@wtin.com.

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Series 7: Textile Recycling

In this series, we talk to organisations about the topic of textile recycling. This is one of the most important solutions to the industry’s waste and sustainability problems. So tune in to learn about new industry initiatives to create circular fashion, upcoming textile recovery technologies, how best to communicate sustainability to consumers. and much more.

Episode 1

BlockTexx's Graham Ross speaks about the company's chemical recycling process, how the textile industry needs to take action towards sustainability and more.

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Episode 4

Textile Recycling Association's founder, Alan Wheeler, explains what happens to clothes and textile waste once it is sent to a charity shop or recycling bank, how mechanical recycling affects the fibre quality for reuse and more.

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Episode 2

Michael Cattanach, of Polartec, talks about the Eco Engineering initiative, developed by the company, which has saved 1.5 billion plastic bottles from going to landfill.

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Episode 5

Dalia Benefatto, of REMOkey, explains the label and communication solutions for textiles made with recycled materials, the importance of transparency, how the industry needs to work together to build a green economy and more.

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Episode 3

In this episode, Petri Alava discusses the new EU-funded scheme, New Cotton Project, which sees 12 key players demonstrate an entirely circular model for commercial garment production.

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Episode 6

Feico van der Veen, of The Movement which has created AWARE™, discusses the technology that aims to eliminate greenwashing by integrating traceability into recycled materials, how it can be applied to other fibres and yarns and more.

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Series 6: Digitalisation

This series looks at companies across the textile & apparel landscape about their new technologies, the benefits of digitalisation, and the advice that they'd give to others who are trying to implement such solutions.

Episode 1

Micol Gamba, of EFI Reggiani, talks about how inkjet is helping to lead the way when it comes to digitalisation and the impact that new technologies are having on reshoring, business models and sustainability.

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Episode 4

In this episode, Jan Torringa and Gary Plunkett discuss PixelPool's services and the benefits for businesses, COvid-19 and how the pandemic has given the fashion industry a sense of urgency and more.

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Episode 7

3DLOOK's co-founder, Whitney Cathcart discusses the company's technology and how both consumers and businesses are using the products. Whitney also talks about how Covid-19 has accelerated 3DLOOK's growth.

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Episode 2

Debbie Shakespeare and Michael Hu, of Avery Dennison, discuss the global materials science company's digital technologies such as RFID and blockchain and how these can benefit brands in several ways.

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Episode 5

EURATEX's Lutz Walter discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the textile industry, EURATEX's Proposals for Recovery, how the textile industry will change over the next 10-20 years thanks to IoT and smart textiles, and more.

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Episode 8

In this podcast, Mark Grave talks about Australia's strong and proud wool industry that comprises around 35,000 wool growers and nearly 70 million sheep as well as how AWEX is taking advantage of new technologies.

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Episode 3

In this episode, The MTC's Chris White chats about the organisation's capabilities and how it can help businesses maximise supply chains, compete better, reskill and more, while talking about some of the company's case studies.

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Episode 6

This episode features Fabdesigns' Connie Huffa discussing the evolution of knitting machines, her thoughts on digitalisation in the industry, the Covid-19 crisis, what Fabdesigns does in more detail and more.

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Episode 9

Picanol's Frederich Dryhoel and Lieven Beke discuss the company's journey, how it uses data, the global pandemic and how companies have to adapt to launch new products and communicate, how VR can assist with remote assembly and training.

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Series 5: Innovate Textile & Apparel

Episode 1

Professor Parik Goswami gives his insight on PPE, smart textiles and sustainability. Furthermore, he recognises the need for collaboration and how technical textiles are at the heart of how to solve many of today's problems and WTiN's efforts to provide the industry with a virtual trade show.

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Episode 2

Dr John Oyekan talks about what digitalisation can do primarily to support the textile & apparel industry, specifically focusing on artificial intelligence and digital twin technologies and how these tools can helps companies to become more efficient, intelligent and sustainable.

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Series 4: Health and Wellbeing

Considering the challenges that this year have brought thanks to Covid-19, in this new series of The WTiN Podcast we talk to companies in the industry about how textiles and apparel can help manage our health and wellbeing.

Episode 1

In this episode, Harry Zalk discusses the microencapsulation process of the product in more detail, the importance of technical textiles and his belief that in five years, we will all be buying clothing with some technical benefit.

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Episode 4

In this episode, Julie Davies, of The Woolmark Company, talks about wool and its numerous impressive characteristics, how wool has been proven to improve sleep quality, how wool products can also help our mental wellbeing and more.

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Episode 7

In this episode, Claire Hauster, founder of Merineo, talks about the development of the company's first product, merino wool and swaddling and how this helps babies and parents gain a better quality of life, as well as the shift in wool over the last few decades.

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Episode 2

Founder and CEO of Sepiia, Federico Sainz de Robles, explains how the company came about from his love of fashion and science, the company's new Smart Shirt 3.0, which adds wellness benefits and more.

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Episode 5

In this podcast, Sensoree's Kristin Neidlinger discusses the company's most popular products, such as the Mood Sweater, which interprets emotion and displays excitement levels instantly with an illuminated collar, and more.

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Episode 8

Lumiton's Gates Hinds goes into depth about the technology that transforms textiles into a light delivery system for enhanced performance, protection, cooling comfort and wellness. Gates also talks about the company's new face masks and more.

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Episode 3

Michael Howe discusses the process of microencapsulation technology, the benefits of using CBD for relaxation, pain relief and sleep, the demand for the pillow, the company's expansion plans and more.

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Episode 6

Hemp Black's Mark Sunderland and Alex Capano discuss how the company has recently shifted its business to cope with Covid-19, Hemp Black's main technologies and its first apparel line launching later this year.

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Episode 9

Eileen Willett and Nancy Zeffman, of Cucumber Clothing, talk about blending luxury with performance fabrics to create clothes that empower women, as well as their approach to sustainability, and how the pandemic has made us mindful of comfort and more. 

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Series 3: Brand Journeys

For The WTiN Podcast's new series we focus on start-ups in the textile & apparel industry. From sustainable swimsuits to jackets inspired by NASA's technology, we talk about products, the highs and lows of starting a business, and advice for others interested in entering this space.

Episode 1

Hannah Daykin, co-founder of the ethical swimwear brand Pursuit the Label, explains the inspiration for launching the company, challenges such as Covid-19 and more.

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Episode 4

Hema Nambiar, CEO and founder of 13-One, discusses the company's performance travel jackets made from Heatsheet technology, the story that inspired her to start the company and more.

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Episode 7

Leon Szeli, of fit technology company PreSize, discusses how the technology works, benefits to the customer and companies and how Covid-19 has affected the company.

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Episode 10

Gilberto Loureiro, CEO and co-founder of Smartex, talks about the company's beginnings, how the technology spots defects such as oil spots, holes and yarn faults, his experience with Covid-19 and more.

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Episode 2

In this episode, Sophia Scott, of Groundtruth discusses the motivation behind launching the company, the unique material their products are made from and more.

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Episode 5

Per Stenflo, one of the founding partners of Imogo, discusses the products being developed by the company, which specialises in sustainable production processes, primarily in the textile dyeing industry.

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Episode 8

Beth Epsonnette, co-founder of Unspun, discusses the tailor-made company's backstory, the process of building a customer the perfect fitting jean and much more.

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Episode 3

In this episode of The WTiN Podcast, Duvan Couvée of Pure Sportswear discusses the sustainable activewear brand's journey, the 'war on plastic' and more.

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Episode 6

In this episode, Cam Chidiac, founder of Drywired, discusses the clean tech firm's origins, the chemistry involved to achieve oil repellency, opportunity for innovation in the industry and more.

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Episode 9

Aman Advani, CEO and co-founder of Ministry of Supply, talks about the company's beginnings at MIT, why the brand's products are so unique, how it has coped with the ongoing crisis and more.

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Series 2: Covid-19

Episode 1

Flora Davidson, co-founder of SupplyCompass, chats about supply chains, reimagining the future and more.

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Episode 4

Rudiger Fox, CEO of Sympatex, talks about leadership, the company's virtual Corona Cafe to encourage socialising and how we should reflect on the current crisis.

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Episode 7

Kate Hills, CEO and founder of Make It British, talks about the increasing popularity of virtual events, how Covid-19 may boost manufacturing and more.

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Episode 10

Matt Priest, President & CEO at FDRA, talks about the organisations role during the outbreak, member challenges and how we may connect differently after the crisis.

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Episode 13

José Teunissen, dean at the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, talks about the opportunities for students and the industry, digitalisation, and business model ideas.

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Episode 2

Fitness apparel brand Accel Lifestyle is adjusting its manufacturing process to help alleviate a shortage of face masks.

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Episode 5

PrimaLoft's president and managing director for Europe, Jochen Lagemann, chats with Jess Owen about the agility of the company, sustainability and the Covid-19 crisis.

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Episode 8

WTiN's managing director, Mark Jarvis, discusses Innovate Textile & Apparel Online, disruption within the industry and how it might look post-pandemic.

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Episode 11

Simon Cotton, CEO at Johnstons of Elgin, talks about the company's long history, planning for getting employees back to work safely, and rethinking the business's strategy.

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Episode 14

Sean Kerrigan, director for communications and media relations at EDANA, talks to WTiN about the unprecedented increase in nonwovens and how local production is crucial moving forward.

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Episode 3

Katie McKenna, of Virus Collective, talks about how the brand is creating Covid-19 themed fashion to raise money for the WHO's response fund.

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Episode 6

Keith Fenner, managing director at Coats Digital, gives his insight on how digitalisation can play a key role in the textile & apparel industry going forward amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Episode 9

Janelle Bentz and Paul Huish from Nelson Laboratories talk about the different types of face masks and the testing available.

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Episode 12

Christian Schindler, director general at ITMF, talks about the results of the organisation's three surveys, his thoughts on nearshoring, and how he'd like to see more compassion in regard to force majeure.

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Series 1

Episode 1

Janaya Wilkins, owner and creative director of new brand SLO active, talks to Jessica Owen about her swimwear collection made from plant-based materials.

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Episode 4

Dr Matthew Tripper, from the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI), and David Jackson, consultant and formerly of Kimberly Clark, speak with Jessica Owen about wipes.

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Episode 7

In this podcast, Giulio Bonazzi, president and CEO at Aquafil, chats to Jessica Owen about the company's Econyl regenerated nylon and its numerous possibilities.

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Episode 2

Founder of the centre, Professor Parik Goswami, gives Fiona Haran a guided tour of the new facility which supports the multidisciplinary development of high-performance textiles.

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Episode 5

Janne Poranen, CEO and co-founder of Spinnova, talks to Jessica Owen about the company's process of converting wood pulp into textile fibre without the use of harmful chemicals.

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Episode 8

Jemina Pomoell, co-founder and COO at Astrid Wild, talks with Jessica Owen about the brand's sustainable outdoor garments that have been designed by women for women.

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Episode 3

Jessica Owen speaks to Megan Eddings, CEO and founder of activewear brand Accel Lifestyle, which launched in August 2019, about the company's Prema fabric and more.

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Episode 6

Thomas Stanton, a PhD researcher at University of Nottingham, talks with Jessica Owen about his research on microfibre pollution, presenting a somewhat surprising conclusion.

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