Chair, Pro Tem: Patrick Ayers, LCA Designs LLC
Vice-Chair: Ajoy Sarkar, Fashion Institute of Technology
Treasurer: Adam Varley, Vartest Laboratories Inc.
Secretary: Cesar Saavedra, Fashion Institute of Technology

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Upcoming Activities

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Past Activities

January 28, 2021

AATCC Members Event: Design Considerations for Reusable Consumer Masks

Free Event for Members-Only

Speakers: Lexie Sachs and Amanda PernaHosted by the AATCC NY Metro Section

Lexie will discuss the broad scope of articles that Good Housekeeping has published concerning reusable consumer masks.

Lexie Sachs is Textiles Director at Good Housekeeping, where she tests and reports on all fabric-based consumer products including clothing, footwear, bedding, towels and more. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Fiber Science from Cornell University and spent several years working in the fashion and home product industries prior to joining the Good Housekeeping Institute in 2013. Lexie is often consulted as an industry expert by major media outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Good Morning America and NBC News for product recommendations, trend analysis and shopping and care tips.

Amanda will discuss her exploration of mask design elements and her efforts to educate others.

Amanda Perna is a fashion designer, author and illustrator. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design from the University of Alabama and continued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was on two seasons of Project Runway and spent several years designing for major fashion labels in New York before launching her own brands, The House of Perna and Neon Bohemians. Her designs have been sold in major retailers internationally and at retailers including: Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Bloomingdale’s. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Amanda jumped in, donating tens of thousands of masks and partnering with Good Housekeeping to create videos teaching people make their own masks to protect themselves and others. Amanda has been featured in publications including: Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Elle, Women’s Health and Forbes.

Good Housekeeping

Amanda Perna


November 19, 2020

Chair Patrick Ayers lead a Zoom call to check-in with each other, discuss how people are adapting—what is working (and what is not)—and do a little networking. Section members discussed having regular check-ins at different days/times, and getting speakers for the next Zoom call about Consumer Face Coverings.


July 23, 2019
2nd AATCC Annual Summer Social at Pennsylvania 6 NYC!

132 West  31st Street
NEW YORK, NY 10001

Time: 5:30 pm-8:30pm
Hosted by AATCC’s NY METRO Section & TEXAS Section



AATCC Summer Social July 18, 2018


 February 2018
In February, the AATCC NY-Metro Section hosted speaker George Psipsikas from Nanobionic. Psipsikas spoke with NY-Metro Section members and students from the Fashion Institute of Technology AATCC Student Chapter about his company’s products and technology. Nanobionic uses a specialized bio-ceramic coating technology to take the wearer’s natural thermal energy and recycle it into FIR (Far Infrared Rays). The company uses this coating in their activewear and underwear products.

Networking is a wonderful way to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest in our industry! AATCC NY Metro members would like to invite you to join us for a social gathering in New York City. This event is open to anyone who would find value in attending and so we encourage you to bring colleagues and friends, AATCC membership is not required. Please join us after work in Midtown for food, drink specials, and valuable conversation.

September 29, 2016 The Fashion Institute of Technology hosted the New York Metro Section AATCC meeting. This meeting featured John Crocker from SDL Atlas demonstrating the new “Fabric Touch Tester”.  SDL  Atlas has graciously loaned FIT this new machine for 3 weeks so that our AATCC student chapter can use this new technology.  Another productive meeting.

Oct. 9-AATCC Metro Section/FIT Student Chapter Meeting, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, USA. Contact Adam Varley at +1.212.947.8391.

Oct. 25, 2012- Know Before You Sew, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, N.Y., USA

May 24, 2012-Roundtable: “New Developments in AATCC Test Methods for Use as Sales, Sourcing, Compliance, and Quality Assurance Tools Worldwide

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