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FabricLink and Outdoor Retailer Host “Project OR-Launch"

The FabricLink Network (FLN), the leading site for textile networking, education, and sourcing for the textile industry and Outdoor Retailer, will sponsor a Project OR opening celebration.

The FabricLink Network and Outdoor Retailer Host

“Project OR-Launch Time” on Day 1

Join us January 23rd, at the Design Center at 2:30 pm, for introductions, coffee, cocoa and treats

Tarzana, Calif. Dec, 14th 2013 ­– The FabricLink Network (FLN), the leading website for textile networking, education, and sourcing for the textile industry and Outdoor Retailer, will sponsor a Project OR opening celebration. Project OR judges and contestants will be introduced, a motivational talk presented and winter treats served. This event celebrates the start of Project OR, and ORWM’13’s Design Center with motivation and sweets!

Join Kenji Haroutunian – Show director, Kathy Swantko – Design Center Sponsor for FabricLink Network, and Eric Steele- Director of Project OR, for a launch of the weeks’ competition. Come warm up on Day One, get your caffeine fix and pick up some creative ideas by attending this fun event in the Design Center, beginning at 2:30 pm on Day 1, January 23rd, 2013, in the Design Center.!

The five OR contestants, Jillian Miranda – Kent State University, Terresa TK Prittchett – California State University Long Beach, Alycia Gillaspie – Middle Tennessee State University, Brynn Williams – The University of Delaware and Allea Zimmerman – Missouri State University will be introducted by the FabricLink Network. Last season’s winner and a Design Center tour—featuring some of the most interesting new textile developments from OR supplier exhibitors, will also be highlighted.A Project OR designer judge, will also present a short motivational talk for the Project OR students and those attending.

While you’re enjoying your cocoa/coffee and sweet treats, catch the results of the first round of Project OR competition. The talented students will present their conceptual drawings and submit their ideas for solving the Design Brief Challenge, which they will receive the morning of Day 1.The Project OR judges, comprised of OR-selected designers and industry trendsetters, will announce the winner of the Conceptual Drawing Phase of the competition at 3pm.

“For over six great years and counting, Project OR and the Design Center have provided opportunities for designers and manufactures to get new ideas for next season’s products,” explains Kathy Swantko- Founder of FabricLink Network. “This opening event is a formal way to say thank you to all our Project OR supplier sponsors, to recognize the immense design talent coming out of today’s design schools, and to view all the new innovative textiles and component materials in the Design Center from the OR supplier exhibitors for creating new outdoor products.”

This “Project OR – Launch Time” program is a must-see event for any designers or product development people attending OR in planning their appointments for the duration of the OR Show, and for anyone interested in learning more about designing and manufacturing product for the outdoor market!

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About the FabricLink Network:

Kathlyn Swantko, a textile advocate and educator, is president and founder of and, the on-line textile resources that 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, news releases on innovations, fabric descriptions, usage and care, supplier history and contacts. Seven searchable indexes make the FabricLink Network websites 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. This gives the ability 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 can be reached at (818) 345-7501, or at Communications Contact: Beth Cochrancochran@whatsuppr.com406.579.7909

About Project OR:

Sponsored by Outdoor Retailer and held at both the Winter and Summer Markets, Project OR is a student design competition that celebrates the functionality, originality and design of outdoor recreational clothing.For the competition, Outdoor Retailer selects five apparel design programs from schools across the country.Each school then chooses its design student to represent them in the competition. Over the four-days of the show, these students produce original garment prototypes, utilizing innovative performance and eco-friendly materials that have a practical application in the outdoor market.On Day 3 of the show, the Project OR judges will review each contestant’s final prototype and presentation, and announce the final winner.The Project OR student competitors are filmed in a reality- style competition that begins with an initial Design Brief, followed by the creation of a conceptual drawing, the sourcing of materials for the project, the actual production of the garment and the final presentation before a panel of design judges.The winning student’s design, selected by the judges, will receive a profile article in Textile Insight magazine and an all-expense-paid trip to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013.A consolation prize for the 2012 Project OR Summer Market is also given.The People’s Choice Award is awarded, based on OR Show attendee votes for their favorite contestant’s design.