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Expert Opinion

  • Debra Cobb

    Expert Opinion

    Debra Cobb presents her highly valued opinions on the very latest innovations in fibres, yarns, knitted fabrics and garments. A veteran of the US textiles industry with international experience in the development and marketing of yarns, fabrics, and apparel trends, Debra reports from the industry's leading conferences and shows.

  • Billy Hunter

    Editor's Viewpoint

    Knitting Industry's founder and editor Billy Hunter is a textile technologist with many years of international business experience in knitted textiles manufacturing, advanced knitting machinery, research and development and textiles journalism.

  • Sabine Anton-Katzenbach

    Expert Opinion

    Germany based Cert-eng. Sabine Anton-Katzenbach a textile finishing specialist and experienced journalist offers her expert opinions on key events and issues affecting the knitted textiles industry.

  • Carlo Volpi

    Knit Blog

    Carlo Volpi is an award winning contemporary knitwear designer based in London who set up his own knitwear label after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2012.

  • Elizia Volkmann

    Expert Opinion

    Elizia Volkmann, formerly of Flux Magazine and Fashion Editor for Twist Magazine, has worked on editorial projects as both a fashion editor and photographer with some of the greatest brands such as Ralph Lauren and Christopher Kane, as well as national publications. You can see Elizia's photography work at www.eliziavolkmann.com

  • Janet Prescott

    Expert Opinion

    Janet Prescott is an editor and journalist with a special interest in the textiles and the fashion industries. Writing for many different publications in the UK and Europe she also reports for Woolmark and IWTO on fashion and business trends from major exhibitions in Milan, Florence and Paris.

  • Jana Bukolovska


    Jana Bukolovska, a recent Journalism graduate and a current Knitting Industry editorial assistant, with a passion for politics, economic developments and social affairs, shares her views on the industry's trends and developments.

  • Lindsay Mann


    Lindsay Mann is a connector in the New York fashion industry specializing in the WholeGarment, 3D knitwear, market. A strong supporter of domestic manufacturing and innovation, she contributed to the brand and design development for KOTOBA, a brand of Shima Seiki USA.

  • Marcia La Madrid


    Marcia La Madrid is a freelancer and designer-maker who specialises in knitted textiles. Shortlisted for the New Designer of the Year Award in 2015 for her collection 'The Jungle Girls Tribe', Marcia is now working towards creating her own label.

  • Wendy Friedman


    Wendy Friedman is a self-taught knitwear designer specializing in sweaters, cold weather, and athleisure. She works with women's, men's and accessories brands to launch new businesses or fix ones that need to be reinvented. She has held positions with Coach, Henri Bendel, and Tommy Hilfiger and designed for clients across all market sectors including Gap, Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Steve Madden, Victor Alfaro, Thakoon, Adam Lippes, Bill Blass, and Badgley Mischka.

  • Marie O'Mahony


    Marie O'Mahony writes and consults for the textile and apparel industry and is based in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of several books on advanced and smart textiles published by Thames and Hudson and has been a visiting professor at various educational establishments including London's Royal College of Art, Ontario College of Art & Design and the University of Technology Sydney.

  • Anne Prahl


    Anne Prahl is an independent design professional with extensive experience in the sports and fashion industry and specialises in design-driven sustainable innovation to improve resource efficiency and enable more considered consumption. Her projects involve design research and writing, trend forecasting and analysis, creative direction and product design and development, as well as inspiring others through motivational talks and tailor-made workshops & training. Connect with Anne on LinkedIn.

  • Charlotte Cameron


    Charlotte is a British knitwear designer, currently based in Nottingham, England. Having trained extensively in knitwear and knitted textile design at Nottingham Trent University, she has since worked developing knitwear and multi product including jersey, for several premium brands including Karen Millen in London, Calvin Klein in Amsterdam, Eskandar in London, and most recently TOAST. Charlotte is currently studying for her MA in Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University and was awarded the Paul Smith Scholarship 2016 to travel to Japan and research at Bunka University for 6 weeks.

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