2021 SPESA Executive Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 SPESA Executive Conference in Boston! Click here for a recap of the event.

The next SPESA Executive Conference will be a live event Wednesday, October 27 - Thursday, October 28 in Boston!

This annual conference is SPESA's key education and networking event for our members, their customers, and anyone interested in learning more about the current issues, trends, and policies impacting the global sewn products industry.


This year’s event, themed “Riding the Momentum,” will take place at an important time in history for the sewn products industry. The industry has experienced a surge of momentum over the past two years as it adopted new technologies, mended supply chains, and developed more flexible manufacturing strategies — much of which was done in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will discuss how the industry landscape has shifted over the past few years, while also doing a deep dive into where it is headed next.

The two-day conference features a combination of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and industry case studies to provide an opportunity for attendees to both learn and engage. While our speakers are experts in their fields, no one has all the answers and thus this conference aims to build communication among both speakers and attendees to address the issues facing our industry and find solutions together.

Please note: The SPESA Executive Conference will begin at 2:00 p.m. on October 27th and end at 10:00 p.m. on October 28th after our closing night party. Attendees are also invited to tour a local sewn products facility on October 29th. To ensure you get the most out of your attendance, we suggest booking your travel to arrive either Tuesday, October 26th, or the morning of Wednesday, October 27th, and stay until Friday, October 29th. Or bring your family and stay for the weekend!


And did we mention networking? SPESA’s unofficial mandate is to always provide open dialogue, open minds, and an open bar. This conference effectively balances educational sessions with more casual off-site events providing an opportunity to make both business connections and lifelong friends within the industry we all love. The 2021 event includes two evening receptions and a "Mobsters & Lobsters" tour of Boston.

In addition, each iteration of the Executive Conference is in a new city to ensure it is accessible to interested sewn products professionals from all over. So, invite your colleagues, bring your family, and make the SPESA Executive Conference part of your annual travel plans.

Optional Tour

While the conference is officially over on Thursday, we have scheduled a tour to two local facilities on Friday for those of you who are still in town.

We will first visit Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) in Cambridge. AFFOA’s HQ FDC is an end-to-end advanced fibers and fabrics prototyping facility with state of the art prototyping and manufacturing equipment. We will then travel to Fall River, Massachusetts, to the Merrow facility, producing sewing machines as well as everything from lingerie to bulletproof vests to knit sweaters.

Health & Safety

As of August 27, 2021, face masks are required in all indoor public settings in the City of Boston. Additionally, based on requests from speakers and guests, we have decided to require all attendees and registered spouses to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test to be admitted to this event. Networking, both during the conference and the evening receptions, is a key component to the event. And we feel this is the best way to ensure all attendees feel safe in doing so. We will contact attendees with more information prior to the event.

Additional event details and safety instructions will be shared with attendees before the event. If you have any questions or concerns related to SPESA's health and safety precautions (Covid protocols, room accessibility, food allergies, or anything else) please email marie@spesa.org or maggie@spesa.org.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


SPESA Members
Understanding that 2020 was not an easy year for any one, we have opted to keep registration rates for this event as low as possible. In addition, SPESA members are eligible for a discounted rate.

  • Early Bird SPESA Member Rate (Available Through July 27, 2021): $595
  • Regular SPESA Member Rate: $645

We know how much our members value the opportunity to network with their customers. With that in mind, each SPESA member will be provided a unique discount code they can share with current or potential customers. If you have any questions, please contact marie@spesa.org.

Not a member? Not a problem! SPESA's Executive Conference is open to everyone.

  • Early Bird Non-Member Rate (Available Through July 27, 2021): $645
  • Regular Non-Member Rate: $695

If you are a supplier to the sewn products industry and interested in learning more about SPESA membership, please contact michael@spesa.org or marie@spesa.org.

Cut-and-sew manufacturers are not eligible for SPESA membership, but we would be happy to help connect you with a SPESA member who can hook up you with that sweet discount code and might just be the right supplier you for your business.

This is a family business and a family industry, so we encourage you to bring your loved ones along.

  • Spouse Rate: $245

This registration is only valid for the networking events on the evenings of October 27 and 28. But, trust us, you will have a blast!

Spouse registration must be accompanied by a regular attendee.

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If you have any questions or need help with your registration, please email marie@spesa.org or maggie@spesa.org.

Refunds for this event are available until September 27th. After this date, refunds may be issued on a case by case basis.


The 2021 Executive Conference will be at the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston. Besides its prime location — on the Freedom Trail and minutes from Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Quincy Market, and Faneuil Hall — the hotel's incredible history is a draw of its own.

The hotel was home to the Saturday Club including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Charles Dickens lived at the Parker House for two years and gave his first public reading of "A Christmas Carol" at the Saturday Club. (We will be in the Alcott room, named for author Louisa May Alcott, who also spent time writing there even though the men wouldn't let her join their club.)

The hotel has seen its share of major political characters as well. Ho Chi Minh, Marxist revolutionary and president of North Vietnam, worked there as a pastry chef and his marble baking table is still being used. Malcolm X, the African American activist, worked as a waiter in the hotel's restaurant. It was also a favorite of the late President John F. Kennedy. JFK gave his first public speech, announced his bid for the U.S. Senate, and held his bachelor party at the Omni Parker House.

And, of course, it is the birthplace of the Boston cream pie!

SPESA has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel for October 26-29. Rooms are now available for $209 per night until October 15th or until they sell out. (This rate is lower than was previously listed. If you booked a room in the block at the former rate, the hotel will update the price for you.)

Click here to reserve your room!

Please note: The SPESA Executive Conference will begin at 2:00 p.m. on October 27th and end at 10:00 p.m. on October 28th after our closing night party. To ensure you get the most out of your attendance, we suggest booking your travel to arrive either Tuesday, October 26th, or the morning of Wednesday, October 27th, and stay until Friday, October 29th.


Thank you to our 2021 sponsors: CGS, Lectra, and Messe Frankfurt.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact maggie@spesa.org.


Industry press is welcome at this event! For press credentials, event images, or additional information, please contact maggie@spesa.org.

An initial press release for the 2021 Executive Conference is available here. Additional event and SPESA news coverage is available here.

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