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13 Companies Donating Gear at the Great Come and Get Outfitted Raffle

Join Outdoor Retailer and FabricLink Network with 13 donating companies for the Textile Mixer at the Outdoor Retailer SM11 This popular networking event provides manufacturers, designers and suppliers with the opportunity to meet and connect.

13 Companies Donating Gear at the Great Come and Get Outfitted Raffle

Outdoor Retailer and the FabricLink Network’s Bi-Annual Textile Community Mixer
Date: Friday 5th, Day 2
4:00 to 6:00 pm, In the Design Center

Tarzana, CA. July 27th, 2011. Join Outdoor Retailer and the FabricLink Network and 13 donating companies for the Textile Community Mixer at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. This popular networking event provides manufacturers, designers and suppliers with the opportunity to make new contacts and explore new business opportunities to create the innovative product developments needed to drive the outdoor market. The event will be held in the show’s Design Center on Friday the 5th from 4-6 pm- near the Project OR area.

Make New Contacts, Exchange Ideas, Discuss Product Development Concepts

When: Friday, August 5th
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Where: Design Center
Salt Palace Convention Center


More gear than ever at the Textile Community Mixer—the “Come and Get Outfitted” contest and drawing is bigger than ever. This season Mixer is supported by several companies, who have generously donated items for the “Come and Get Outfitted” raffle. Products Provided by: 13 Companies are donating: Concept III, Chaos, Kingwhale, Hyperbola, Cordura® Brand Fabrics, Gramicci, Teflon, Schoeller, Rogers Corporation, Fits Sock Company, PORON® and Outlast®.

The Design Center, also sponsored by Outdoor Retailer and the FabricLink Network, is where visiting attendees and exhibitors can see a broad display of fabrics, trim and zipper samples from supplier exhibitors. Designers and manufacturers can browse the Design Center for inspiration and find the latest product developments and component materials currently available in the market.

“Every year the event has been growing and allowing more of the suppliers to get to know each and exchange ideas. The OR show is a fast, intense time for buyers and sellers alike, with minimal time available to network.” explains Kathy Swantko, founder of Network. “This is why, this Networking and Beer event is so popular. It’s held at the end of the 2nd day, when everyone can find time to drop by for a beer and chat.”

The Textile Community Mixer also provides an opportunity to see top student designers from major design schools across the county preparing their original outerwear prototypes for the Project OR competition. The Project OR competition is located next to the Design Center.

Come and join in on all the fun! Networking, Beer and Getting Outfitted!

About the FabricLink Network:
Kathlyn Swantko, a textile advocate and educator, is president of FabricLink (, and founder of and ( on-line textile resources, which make up the FabricLink Network. (trade to consumer) and (trade-to-trade) provide information about new products and marketing opportunities for specialty textiles, textile-based products and services. The two sites offer valuable content and technical information; new releases on innovations; fabric descriptions; usage and care; supplier history and contacts. Seven Searchable indexes makes the FabricLink Network web sites the “go to” resources for developers of textiles, fashion designers, and researchers. In addition, the Network offers effective platforms for all businesses, from small niche-based companies to large broad-based textile manufacturers, to reach other businesses within the supply chain and the consumer. Visit the FabricLink Network ( and on twitter at fabricLinkNet, and on facebook at

Kathy Swantko
FabricLink Network
6228 Belmar Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91335
Phone: 818-345-7501 (trade to consumer) (trade to trade)

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Kathy Swantko can be reached at (818) 345-7501, or at .

About Project OR:
As part of the Project OR Planning Committee, the FabricLink Network assists in the selection of five design students from top design programs around the country to produce a garment prototype that is original. The students’ innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials, have a practical application for the outdoor market. 

Once initial garment designs are complete on the first day, contestants turn their drawings into products using the latest fabrics, zippers and other clothing components provided by participating supplier exhibitor sponsors. With sourcing complete, contestants spend the remainder of the 48-hour deadline at their work-stations (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, pressing equipment and tools) building their final prototypes. The winner will be announced at 3:00pm on Day 3 of the show.

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Communications Contact: Beth Cochran

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