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Copyright 2006
Cornell University.
All rights reserved.



Suzanne Loker
Professor and J. Thomas Clark Professor
of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise
326 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-4401

This web-based course was developed by Dr. Suzanne Loker, Professor and J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entreprenership and Personal Enterprise in the Department of Textiles and Apparel at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Loker has taught a variety of courses in apparel design and management at Cornell and five other universities for three decades. She has published a dozens of research and teaching articles, book chapters, and two edited books. Her current research program focuses on innovation and technology in the apparel industry with emphasis on applications of body scan technology and mass customization strategies. The development of The Cutting Edge guide to apparel business was funded by the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise program at Cornell.

The Cutting Edge is NOT responsible for the success or failure of your business and neither the author or Cornell University is liable for any of your business transactions. The information presented is accurate to the best of the author’s knowledge but may change at any time.


The following people contributed to the development of The Cutting Edge through research, writing, interviewing, or review.

Fran Kozen, Extension Associate, Cornell University

Cornell students Melissa Kaan, Jennifer Cohen, Tara Taff, Narges Kamali, Pamela Connolly

Cornell student sketches and designs

Dr. Pamela Brown, Texas A & M University

Dr. Sharon Stevens, University of Missouri


Web Page Design and Development

Mike Tolomeo, Cornell Information Technology

Nate Demarest, Deviron, Ithaca, NY

Jason Mooberry, Ithaca, NY


Guest Entrepreneurs who were interviewed

The following entrepreneurs willingly shared their stories for this project. The names of their businesses at the time of their interviews are listed. Note that some have moved to new entrepreneurial ventures and are no longer with the business they describe. This is the way of entrepreneurs.

Amy Brill, Amy Brill Handmade Sweaters
Diane Brush, formerly of Garnet Hill
Michael Crooke, Patagonia
Peter DelRio, IC3D, Interactive Clothing 3-Dimensional
Nate Demarest, formerly of Deviron
Peggy Hart Earle, Hartstrings
Rhonda Gilmore, former owner interior design business
Amy Hall, Eileen Fisher
Sandaresan Jayaraman, Sensatex
Chris Mackin, SweatX
Deni McCann, Champion JobBra
Malia Mills, Malia Mills Swimwear
Joan Reuning, Fibers and Fantasy
Jin Seo, formerly of RLX
Nathaniel Stern,
Chris Stoia, Christophe
Margaret Carroll Taft, Design Works and Calf Cozy
Carol Young, [un]designed by Carol Young





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