The International Textile and Apparel Association’s (ITAA) 2019 annual conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 25th through October 29th. Six CARS faculty members and six Graduate students gathered with colleagues and UNCG alum to present their research from the past year and network with other industry professionals in higher education. ITAA is a professional and educational association whose members are composed of scholars, educators and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. To learn more about ITAA, visit their website at https://itaaonline.org/.
CARS Faculty and graduate students presented the following research:
- “55 Is Not Old!”: Aging and Identity in Fashion Blogs Targeting Female Baby Boomers Youngji Lee and Nancy Hodges, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Seoha Min, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- Can We Bring It Back Home? A Conceptual Analysis of Localized Support for Reshoring U.S. Textile and Apparel Production Nancy Hodges, Meghan Hembree, and Leanna Williams, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Teaching Virtual Technology through Industry Collaboration: An Assessment of Pedagogical Process and Outcomes Nancy Hodges and Kittichai Watchravesringkan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Seoha Min, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and Youngji Lee and Sukyung Seo, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- A Conceptual Framework for Examining Impulse Self-Gifting Behavior Sukyung Seo, Jin Su, and Nancy Hodges, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Investigating the Role of Open Costing in the Buyer-Supplier Relationship: Implications for Global Apparel Supply Chain Management Huicheng (Jeff) Wu, Jin Su, and Nancy Hodges University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- What Does it Mean to “Shop Local”? Exploring Perceptions and Experiences of Shoppers and Store Owners in the Context of Downtown Revitalization Jennifer L. Wilson, University of Texas at Austin; and Nancy N. Hodges, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Doing Good in the Neighborhood: Employee Volunteerism and the Reciprocal Social Obligations of Apparel Firms Tara J. Konya, Southern New Hampshire University; and Nancy J. Hodges, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Modeling the Determinants of Online Consumer Loyalty: Evidence from Baby Boomers in the U.S. Laura Eglen, Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte, NC and Kittichai Watchravesringkan University of North Carolina Greensboro
- Denim Risk: A Case Study by Five Fashion Designers with Nontraditional Seam Placement in a Creative Design Process Using Denim Fabric Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes, Texas Tech University; Melanie Carrico, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Chanjuan Chen, Kent State University; Sheri Dragoo, Texas Women’s University; and Krissi Riewe, University of North Texas
- No Risk, No Reward: A Case Study Evaluating Risk-Taking in the Design Process Using Technology, Maternal Dress, Bat-wing Denim Dress
- Risk and Reward in Patterns of Dressing for Older Women Marilyn DeLong and Caroline Albers, University of Minnesota; and Haeun (Grace) Bang, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Creativity and Sustainability Experiences of a Capsule Wardrobe Project Haeun (Grace) Bang, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Su, J., & Wood, A. M. (2019). Applying a supply chain perspective to understand sustainability in the apparel and textiles discipline.
- Hembree, M., & Su, J. (2019). Virtual apparel consumption in gaming virtual worlds.
ITAA’s Annual Conference in 2020 is slated to be held in Denver, Colorado.
Graduate students at ITAA: (left to right) Youngji Lee, Sukyung Seo, Huicheng (Jeff) Wu, Meghan Hembree, and Maria Gil del Alcazar.