CFP(s): Dressing for the Occasion and Luxury Retail Operations and Supply Chain Management

Today, we have two CFPs to share with you! Note the quickly approaching due dates for submissions.

First up: Dressing for the Occasion. This fall, the Costume Society of America’s Midwest Region will be hosting its annual symposium September 26-27 in Minneapolis-Saint Paul; this year’s theme is “Dressing for the Occasion.” Worn Through editor, Monica Sklar, will be in attendance – be sure to say hello!

“Occasion” is a particular time, especially when something happens that involves thinking about how to dress–such as seasonal changes and special events. Come to the CSA Regional meeting, September 26 and 27, 2014, in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Minnesota to learn about “Dressing for the Occasion.”

Autumn is a spectacular season in Minnesota—along the majestic Mississippi River leaves begin turning vibrant color, squirrels make ready for the coming winter, and CSA members will enjoy the opportunity to tour costume collections, the many theaters and the enticing extras that make Minneapolis-Saint Paul such a vibrant community. Did you know that Minneapolis is home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, the Mall of America, Target Headquarters, the American Craft Council—and that many artists actively design and live in warehouse lofts in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul?

Special conference tours will include the Goldstein Museum of Design’s Historic Costume Collection, the Guthrie Costume Shop, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Textile Center, and the Minnesota History Center.  During your visit, attend one of the many repertoire theaters, including the famous Guthrie Theater or MN History Theater.

Deadline for Abstracts:  March 1, 2014.

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Abstracts of 250 words; send cover page separately with presenter and contact information and preference for presentation or poster.


Next: Luxury Retail Operations and Supply Chain Management

Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce is pleased to sponsor the Third International Workshop on Luxury Retail Operations and Supply Chain Management to be held April 14 and 15, 2014 at Philadelphia University.

The luxury goods category is significantly outpacing other consumer goods categories. With greater emphasis placed on globalization, the challenge is to determine what consumers are seeking and what they value, when it comes to luxury.

The United States of America is the number one luxury market in the world. Philadelphia, historically known as the Workshop of the World, and home to Philadelphia University, the first school of textiles in America, is the ideal location for presenting research and discussing issues of craftsmanship, creativity and branding of the luxury artisan.

Authors are invited to present abstracts related to, but not limited to, different luxury areas such as:

  • Perceptions of luxury in the 21st C;
  • Artisan/ craftsmanship & Savoir Faire of luxury goods;
  • Heritage, lineage and product curation;
  • Manufacturing strategies & practices of luxury companies;
  • Collaboration & integration among designers, manufacturers and distributors of luxury goods;
  • Supply chain & distribution;
  • Retailing (in situ & online) of luxury businesses;
  • Marketing & branding narrative of luxury products;
  • Legal issues surrounding the luxury world in the 21st C;
  • Luxury business models;
  • Emerging market economies for luxury goods;
  • Sustainability & slow fashion in today’s luxury world;
  • Media/social media’s role in luxury fashion.

Abstracts of 250-350 words.

Authors must supply a structured abstract set out under the following sub-headings:

  • Purpose
  • Design/methodology/approach
  • Findings
  • Originality/value (mandatory)


Please provide up to 10 keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper.

Deadline for abstracts:  February 21, 2014

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Full papers are also welcome, not required.

*Authors with best papers will be invited to submit a full version for publication in a special issue Luxury in the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management.

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