Sylvia Heisel

Fashion Tech Innovator & Sustainability Expert

New York, NY, USA


digital fashion

3D printing


fashion design


sustainable apparel

Expert Bio

Hey! I’m Sylvia, a fashion designer and design technology expert with over 25 years of experience in sustainable apparel, digital fashion, wearable tech, and 3D printing. I've been named one of the "25 Forward Thinkers Defining the Future of Fashion" and have spoken on fashion tech and innovation for sustainable fashion at conferences worldwide. My career has included building my brand of designer evening wear, developing 3D printing for apparel, and helping others launch everything from an influencer jewelry collection to hoodies for short-legged dogs. I’ve consulted on apparel innovation including hardware, software, sustainability, supply chain innovation, and digital fashion for over 10 years. I’m passionate about the need for sustainability and diversity in fashion and I love sharing my knowledge and supporting anyone thinking of starting a brand, already growing a brand, or simply loves fashion and wants to understand what goes on behind the seams.

About my sessions:

  • If you love fashion and want to be a more conscious consumer. There are no perfect answers for sustainable fashion but I can unpack some of the marketing jargon and help you understand the best and worst of whatever fashion interests you.

  • If you have an idea for a piece of clothing, accessory, or wearable you would like to make but don’t know where to start. I can advise on designing and creating samples, go-to-market strategies, material suppliers and manufacturers, possible funding routes, patents and business plans. I will keep anything you share 100% confidential.

  • If you work in fashion and want to learn about the innovations and technologies that are shaping the future of fashion. I advise on resources and innovations that can help grow your business.

  • Geek out on tech and fashion? AI and blockchain for fashion, 3D printing, smart clothing, digital fashion, AR & VR. I’d love to share my knowledge, answer your questions, and introduce you to the projects and resources that are here now and coming soon.

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