The Femmy Gala, recognized as a premier event in the Intimate Apparel Industry, is the fundraising vehicle which enables the Underfashion Club to support its extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs. These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better industry tomorrow”.
View a recap of the 2017 Femmy Gala here!
2017 Gift Bag Contributors
FASHION FORMS, INC.
Carole Hochman Design Group
Chantelle Lingerie Inc.
GCE International Inc.
Intimate Apparel Journal
Paula Dream Lounge
Richard Leeds International, Inc.
Stretchline Holdings Ltd.
Wacoal America Inc.
A huge thank you to all who made contributions to this year’s Femmy Gift Bag! If you would like more information or are interested in contributing next year, please reach out to us at Femmygiftbags@gmail.com.
Jennifer Foyle is the Global Brand President of Aerie. She joined Aerie in August 2010 as Senior Vice President/Chief Merchandising Officer and has been instrumental in trans- forming the specialty retailer into an authority in the body positivity movement.
Through her vision and leadership, Jennifer has led Aerie to become one of the leading intimate apparel brands for girls of all ages. Jennifer is passionate about empowering women to love their real selves and has become a noted game changer in the fashion industry by launching the #AerieReal campaign, which features zero retouching on all models.
Jennifer began her career at Bloomingdales, where she worked for more than 10 years, and later spent several years at Gap Inc., where she held various Merchandising roles before being promoted to Divisional Merchandise Manager of all Women’s Fashion areas. After Gap, Inc., she spent more than 6 years in merchandising roles at J. Crew, ultimately becoming the Chief Merchandising Officer. Prior to joining AEO, she served as President of the global lifestyle brand, Calypso St. Barth. Jennifer graduated from Roanoke College and currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter.
CUPID FOUNDATIONS, INC.
David & Marilyn Welsch
Cupid Foundations was founded in October, 1942 by David’s father, Larry Welsch.
David started working part time at Cupid during the 1950’s. He joined the company full time after graduating LeHigh University in January, 1960. He has been President of Cupid since 1979.
Marilyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University in 1962. She has been Cupid’s Corporate Secretary & Treasurer since 1982.
David and Marilyn live in Livingston, New Jersey. They have a son, Adam, who lives in Minnesota.
TIANHAI LACE CO., LTD.
Tianhai Lace specializes in the design and manufacture of high quality warp-knitted laces for intimates, ready to wear, bridal, sport, and athleisure. The company is known for quality product, innovative designs, on time performance, and a strong customer support team.
With the vision and direction of its General Manager, Ning Yi Shen, Tianhai has grown to be the largest lace supplier in the world and is now considered to be the number one lace supplier for many intimate apparel brands globally such as Triumph, Victoria’s Secret, M&S, Wacoal, HBI, Amir, Lane Bryant, La Senza, etc.
Tianhai takes pride in the creation of every original pattern by its 40 designers and drafters, and maintains the copyright certification for each one. In 2016, Tianhai became the first and only lace manufacturer to become a Bluesign system partner.
As a responsible manufacturer, Tianhai is fully aware of the environmental impact of its operation and is continuously working together with selected partners and institutions to be ecofriendly at the highest standard. Tianhai has supported and built many schools in China and, for the past two years, has been a leading supporter of the Underfashion Club’s dedicated scholarship program.
Ning Yi Shen graduated from Xi-An University, Textiles Department in 1982. He has worked at Tianhai Lace since it was established in 1988. Mr. Shen and his wife Jenny Pu have been married for 30 years and have one son.
Innovation Award Recipient
Lisa Struble is the Vice President Technical Design for Under Armour. She leads the technical design/product development group, pushing performance and innovation through fit and construction. She is responsible for product consistency and execution. Ms. Struble is responsible for creating best in class fit and sizing standards for all apparel categories, establishing best practices for the brand, and building a world class technical design team to complement product development.
Ms. Struble joined Under Armour in June 2012. Prior to this role, she was with Abercrombie & Fitch for 15 years, acting as the Vice President of Technical Design.
Ms. Struble holds a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from Middle Tennessee State University.
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
B. NORMAN COLLIER
I was born in 1946 in Coalville, a coal mining town, near to Leicester and in the Heart of the UK, which at that time was the centre for hosiery, knitwear and footwear industries. My father unfortunately passed away when I was only 4 years old, which ensured that as I grew up, I had no choice but to develop a good work ethic, which has served me well throughout my career. I was educated at the local Primary School and then Ashby De La Zouch Grammar school, where I took an active part in football (soccer) and cricket. On leaving school at 16, I was not attracted by the thought of working in the mines and so took up a position as trainee manager at the local elastic company Clutsom & Kemp. After 17 years I left the company, which was then part of Courtaulds, to set up and become a shareholder in a crochet elastic plant – Elastic Trims. Because of the migration of the garment industry, initially to North Africa and then Asia, I was given the opportunity to partner Marty Trust and Mahesh Amalean to create Stretchline PVT in Sri Lanka. Over the last 20 years Stretchline has positioned itself in 7 countries producing 20million mts/wk and supplying most of the world’s major brands and retailers. I was awarded an Honorary Degree in the Arts from De Montfort University in Leicester in 2012. This was given for my service to the industry and support of the Contour Fashion course and its students. I have now been involved in manufacturing elastic for 53 years, supported by my wife Janet, 2 children, Adam & Anna and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Apart from a busy work schedule, I try to make time for my hobbies – golf and horse racing and supporting our Leicester City Football Club. I am extremely proud and honoured to be receiving this prestigious award. I am lucky to work in an industry where I have so many good memories and have developed so many close friends and colleagues I have seen many changes to the industry over the years but one thing that remains the same is the unique close, enthusiastic and innovative people involved in our intimate apparel business.