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3rd Lingerie Industry Forum

organized as part of RIGA FASHION WEEK

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Elizabetes Street 55, Riga, Latvia

3rd Lingerie Industry Forum in Latvia brought together around 200 industry professionals from 12 countries to spend together two fruitful and inspirational days in conferences, B2B meetings, the fashion show and visits of Latvian lingerie factories and stores. The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) thanks all lecturers and panelists as well as partners, participants and everyone who was involved!

Most significant and beautiful moments of the forum in photography: lingerieforum.liaa.gov.lv/gallery/

Presentations of the forum:

The UK market:
Ms. Pamela Scott, Underlines Magazine & The Swimwear Yearbook
Ms. Claire Franks, Intimate Apparel Consultancy
Ms. Colleen Angela Ryan, Mio Destino
Ms. Julie Robb, Julie Robb Design and Sales Agency

The Italian market:
Ms. Francesca Bortoluzzi, Red Velvet Lingerie
Ms. Gaia Bocola, Gaya Boutique
Mr. Pietro Tanduo, TOM Tommasini

The CIS market:
Ms. Ksenia Tsareva, Intima Media Group
Ms. Olga Stasevich, EL-FORM.RU
Ms. Zosia Zavyalko, SINYAYA PTITSA
Ms. Antonina Mozgovaya, Sharm

The French market:
Ms. Eleonore Gall, Eleonore Lingerie
Ms. Sandrine Brun, Story Diffusion

The German market:
Ms. Petra Schmatz, SOUS

The Forum as part of Riga Fashion Week was organized by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia in co-operation with the Association of Latvian Lingerie Manufacturers, Intima Magazines, Underlines Magazine, Sous Magazine, IA Technical and the Baltic Fashion Federation.

For more information: ilze.micule@liaa.gov.lv

  • 8:30 Registration

    Venue: Conference room Alfa

  • 9:00 Opening of the conference

    Ms. Velga Balode, Head of Export Promotion Division, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
    Ms. Jelena Strahova, President of the Baltic Fashion Federation
    Mr. Peter Partma, CEO of European Lingerie Group AS
    Mr. Jurijs Hadarovičs, Chairman of the Board of Association of Latvian Lingerie Manufacturers

  • 9:20 Introduction remarks: Europe - which Europe? Overview of European markets

    Ms. Francesca Spinetta, Co-owner and Editorial Director of INTIMA magazines

  • 9:30 Panel discussion: The UK market

    Moderator: Ms. Pamela Scott, Managing Editor, Underlines Magazine & The Swimwear Yearbook
    Ms. Claire Franks, Founder, Intimate Apparel Consultancy
    Ms. Colleen Angela Ryan, Director, Mio Destino
    Ms. Julie Robb, Owner, Julie Robb Design and Sales Agency

  • 10:00 Panel discussion: The Italian market

    Moderator: Ms. Francesca Spinetta, Co-owner and Editorial Director of INTIMA magazines
    Ms. Francesca Bortoluzzi, Bra Fitter and Owner, Red Velvet Lingerie online shop
    Ms. Gaia Bocola, Bra Fitter, Gaya Boutique
    Mr. Pietro Tanduo, General Director of the store, TOM Tommasini

  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:45 Panel discussion: The CIS market

    Moderator: Ms. Ksenia Tsareva, Representative of Intima Media Group
    Ms. Olga Stasevich, Owner, EL-FORM.RU (Russia)
    Ms. Zosia Zavyalko, Owner, SINYAYA PTITSA (Russia)
    Ms. Antonina Mozgovaya, Owner, Sharm (Ukraine)

  • 11:15 Panel discussion: The French market

    Moderator: Ms. Francesca Spinetta, Co-owner and Editorial Director of INTIMA magazines
    Ms. Eleonore Gall, Owner, Eleonore Lingerie
    Ms. Lola Seguin, Account Manager, La Redoute
    Mr. Carlos Cantoni, Head of Account Management, La Redoute
    Ms. Sandrine Brun, Managing Director, Story Diffusion

  • 11:45 Panel discussion: The German market

    Moderator: Ms. Petra Schmatz, Acting Editor-in-chief at SOUS, Chief Editor at MEIN BRAUTKLEID & MEINE BRAUTFRISUR
    Ms. Cilly Hassenmeier, CEO, lingerie store Hassenmeier
    Ms. Gabriele Manthey, Managing Director, fashion house Buckenmeier
    Ms. Ingrid Monika Höptner, Managing Director, lingerie store Höptner Lingerie Styling Meer
    Ms. Kathrin Höptner, CEO, lingerie store Höptner Lingerie Styling Meer

  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-18:15 Matchmaking session

    (each company will have up to 15 meetings (20 min each))

    Venue: Conference room Beta

  • 18:30 Lingerie catwalk

    10 Latvian brands

    Venue: Conference room Omega

    Flash You and Me, Glora, Gracija-RIM, Lauma Lingerie, Orhideja, Regina N, Rosme, Stefi L, V.I.P.A, V.O.V.A.

  • 19:30 Reception

    Venue: Conference room Alfa

  • 8:00 – 22:00 Factory tour in Liepaja (Group A)
  • 9:00 – 13:30 Factory and Lingerie shops tour in Riga (Group B)

Speakers

Francesca Spinetta

Co-owner and Editorial Director, INTIMA magazines (Italy)

After starting her career in a consulting company as business analyst and editor, Francesca Spinetta was offered the opportunity to join Intima Media Group to become, few years later, the co-owner of the Milano based company.

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Pamela Scott

Managing Editor, Underlines Magazine & The Swimwear Yearbook (UK)

After her graduation from Queen’s University Belfast and a career move to London, Pamela Scott started working in journalism in 1986 and founded Underlines Magazine in 1989. Underlines Magazine has become without dispute, the best known and respected b2b title in the UK & Ireland.

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Claire Franks

Founder, Intimate Apparel Consultancy (UK)

Claire Franks founded Intimate Apparel Consultancy in 2009, offering the only Industry specific Lingerie business consultancy and recruitment service. Claire has worked in the Intimate Apparel Industry for over 28 years.

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Colleen Angela Ryan

Director, Mio Destino (UK)

A Canadian native, Colleen worked in the e-commerce industry for 10 years before accepting a scholarship at the University of Oxford for a Masters business degree.  Remaining in the UK, she launched Mio Destino in 2006, a lingerie etailer.  The company now sells over 100 brands online via www.miodestino.com and over 30 online marketplaces with…

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Julie Robb

Owner of Julie Robb Design and Sales Agency (UK)

Julie has worked in the Lingerie Industry for over 30 years. She started out as a designer of Lingerie and sleepwear and has spent her whole career working in Design and Sales.

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Francesca Bortoluzzi

Bra Fitter and Owner of Red Velvet Lingerie online shop (Italy)

Francesca Bortoluzzi – graduated in Economics and Business Management in Venice. Since 2002 she has worked for different companies in different fields as tourism, marketing and industrial one.

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Gaia Bocola

Bra Fitter, Gaya Boutique (Italy)

Gaia born in 1984, in the same year of the shop. She grown up in and through Gaya Boutique. She graduated in communication in Milan. Since 2008 she worked in the marketing field for different industries as food, tourism, FMCG.

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Pietro Tanduo

General Director of the store, TOM Tommasini (Italy)

Born in Venice on April 21, 1967 Having completed my education with the Diploma degree in Accounting, I worked at a large store with an area of 1,000 square meters, wherein household products and toys were sold, for the period from 1987 to 1989.

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Ksenia Tsareva

Representative of Intima Media Group (Italy)

Ksenia Tsareva, born in Moscow in 1984, after graduating in Literature and Language from the Moscow University of The Humanities, has worked as a journalist and translator. In 2007 she moved to Milan, Italy to continue studying at the Università degli Studi di Milano and graduated in Multimedia Communications.

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Olga Stasevich

Owner, EL-FORM.RU (Russia)

I have three higher educations: one in the field of design and architecture and two in business management. I also have the MBA degree. I’ve been involved in information technology for over 15 years. I worked in large Russian and foreign IT companies as the head of training and consulting centres.

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Antonina Mozgovaya

Owner of Sharm Lingerie (Ukraine)

After her second degree in Applied Finance, Antonina started her career in a consulting company as business analyst and later becoming a CFO.

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Éléonore Gall

Owner, Eléonore Lingerie (France)

Éléonore Gall, born in 1983 in Normandy. General manager of Eléonore’s boutique in Granville for 8 years. A BTS training in aesthetics enabled her to acquire a real know-how in terms of advice and listening which now allows to build customer loyalty. “The advice” is the strength and future of small town shops.

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Carlos Cantoni

Head of Account Management, La Redoute (France)

La Redoute is the leading ecommerce platform for fashion and home in France, attracting 9 million unique visitors per month. La Redoute has been part of French culture since 1837 and is now a household brand.

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Lola Seguin

Account Manager, La Redoute (France)

Graduated from marketing and e-commerce Master at IESEG School of Management in Lille (North of France), Lola Seguin works at La Redoute for 3 years as Account Manager. Specialized in Marketplaces, she is responsible for the Lingerie and Shoe categories.

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Sandrine Brun

Managing Director, Story Difussion (France)

I started as B2B Sales engineer for almost 15 years in the intruder security systems, video security systems and multiple alarm systems market. I created my first websites in 2004 on affiliate marketing and discussion forums.

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Petra Schmatz

Acting editor-in-chief at SOUS, Chief editor at MEIN BRAUTKLEID & MEINE BRAUTFRISUR (Germany)

Petra Schmatz, born in 1975 in Austria, during her stay abroad in the USA and after graduation in Europa has gained valuable experience to start a career in the magazine industry.

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Cilly Hassenmeier

CEO, lingerie store Hassenmeier (Germany)

Cilly Hassenmeier, born in 1952, is a part of the lingerie-industry since 1975. She has devoted her heart and soul into her work and her business. C.Hassenmeier was able to receive the prestigious reward for the best lingerie shops and departaments in Germany in 2006, 2010, 2014.

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Gabriele Ingrid Manthey

Managing Director, fashion house Buckenmeier (Germany)

Ms. Manthey born in 1969, has studied textile industry and clothing. Nowadays she is a successful female business leader in 2 stores in Bavaria: TC Ingrid Buckenmeier GmbH & Co KG Crallsmeier and Ansbach.

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Ingrid Monika Höptner

Managing Director, lingerie store Höptner Lingerie Styling Meer (Germany)

Ms. Ingrid Monika Höptner has been active in the textile and lingerie business for over 30 years. Both as a buyer and a saleswoman, Ingrid Monika Höptner has made experiences with German and foreign lingerie producers.

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Kathrin Höptner

CEO, lingerie store Höptner Lingerie Styling Meer (Germany)

Katrin Höptner has graduated from graphics and design and has entered lingerie industry. Since 2015 CEO in family store for Lingerie & Dessous in Kirchheim/Teck.

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