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MEETING OF IMPORT: “Economic and Market Outlook,” a seminar for cotton importers sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, will be held May 9 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago. Mark Messura, senior director of corporate planning and program development, and Lisa Robinson, senior director of importer programs for Cotton Inc., will present the seminar.
THAT WARM FEELING: A partnership between students at the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and Malden Mills is providing some easy-to-wear garb for handicapped children.
For 10 years, PCT&S students have formed mock apparel companies that design and create apparel products for local charities, in part to learn the apparel business, but also to help the surrounding community. In the latest effort, students approached Malden, which donated more than 50 yards of its Polartec outerwear fabric. The fabric was made into ponchos for children with cerebral palsy. Monogrammed with a child’s name, the ponchos were designed to be easy to put on and remove.
The students began to distribute the ponchos Sunday, to coincide with President Clinton’s Summit for America’s Future on volunteerism. In the past months, PCT&S students have also made vests for homeless children and animal-shaped pillows for abused children living in a group foster home.