Meet the PERFORMANCE FORUM Jury

Launched in 2009, the PERFORMANCE FORUM is the first trend forum devoted to fabric categories such as BASELAYER, MIDLAYER, SOFTSHELL, 2.5 & 3LAYER, 2LAYER, HIGHDENSITY & LIGHTWEIGHT, SHIRT & PANTS, ATHLEISURE, AND SAFETY & DURABILITY as opposed to fashion subjects. The philosophy behind the concept has not changed since the beginning. The three structural pillars are: to provide a working tool for designers, buyers, and product managers, a free and exclusive participation for all exhibitors, and finally, the selection process by a jury consisting of resident members, textile experts, and brand support.

ALEXA DEHMEL
started her textile career as a student of ESMOD Design University, Paris, a place she later returned to accept a position as a lecturer. Alexa has many years of experience in the fashion industry and opened Active Sports Design in 2005. Her passion for sports combined with an understanding of what is needed and what works enables her to create great designs – be it for water sports or climbing sports. In 2009, she founded the PERFORMANCE FORUM and has guided its development continuously through the following years. She provides the perspectives of a designer and active woman athlete and her approach towards fabrics is to identify attractive fashion as well as functional products.

CLAUS HABBICHT
started working for a well-known textile brand 30 years ago. In 2005, he founded his own garment consulting agency. As a service provider, he works with active D-A-CH sports like skiing, outdoor, running, fitness, team sports, corporate fashion, and workwear brands for Asian manufacturers (mainly China, Vietnam Cambodia, and Bangladesh) in addition to the European companies. In 2008, he helped develop the concept of PERFORMANCE DAYS and has been an active member of the PERFORMANCE FORUM Jury since 2009. His input often covers the processing of the materials.

LENA WEIMER
assumed her duties at PERFORMANCE DAYS in 2016 as the face of the trade fair for visitors and as the expert for sustainable markets. Since this time, she has been a member of the PERFORMANCE FORUM Jury. As the interface between the fair organization and the trade fair visitors, her job is to inform designers, buyers, and product managers on all aspects of the fair and the innovations presented by the exhibitors. A fan of snowboarding, tennis, and fitness, her approach is to take a consumer perspective on functional textiles.

LISA LECHNER
joined the PERFORMANCE DAYS team in 2016. She is the voice and contact for the exhibitors and is responsible for generating a maximum pool of submissions. Thanks to her organizational talent, all nominated and later on selected fabrics and accessories physically find their way into the PERFORMANCE FORUM and are digitalized for the online 24/7 Sourcing tool. Her jury focus is on the material advantages to the consumer. Her hobbies are hiking, yoga and running.

MARCO WEICHERT
has textile expertise in his DNA. A third generation textile agent, he is now CEO of the family run agency based in Munich. After early internships at Burlington in the USA and Pontetorto in Italy, he has developed and sold fashion, sports, and workwear fabrics. He has 20 years of experience working with numerous textile, yarn, and finishing manufacturers mainly from USA, Italy, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China. His expertise is in the construction, composition, lamination, etc. of the functional fabrics.  

THERESIA BRANDL
is the newest member in the PERFORMANCE DAYS team, starting August 2018. With her backround in Architecture she is more functional, less fabric and mostly fair. She´s also a contact for the exhibitors and her jury focus lies on sustainability and technical developments. Her interests are climbing, skateboarding and lazing.

ULRIKE ARLT
entered the textile and sports business from the side of sports retail in 1994. She is a well-known figure in the world of sports and textile media, reporting since 1999 about the industry as both a freelance journalist for different brands and ingredient suppliers and on the staffs of well-known media outlets like Textilwirtschaft, SAZ Verlag. The PERFORMANCE FORUM jury values her sports as well as her textile and fibre experience and knowledge about publishing and press information. Most recently, she was instrumental in the relaunch of SAZ Sports&Fashion as a new bilingual sports and fashion magazine and is leading it as editor-in-chief.

PERFORMANCE FORUM JURY BRAND SUPPORT

 

 

2019 May: Stella McCartney + AMD München
2018 November: Helly Hansen + Tierra + HS Niederrhein
2018 April: Odlo + Puma
2017 November: Adidas Outdoor + Mammut
2017 April: VAUDE + The North Face
2016 November: Salwea/Dynafit + Development Never Stops LLC.
2016 April: Kjus + GreenRoomVoice
2015 November: VAUDE + Maloja
2015 April: Jack Wolfskin + HS Niederrhein
2014 November: Jack Wolfskin


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