TaFF Talks is a new series of intimate conversations with leading experts in the fields of fashion, design, and technology, held at The Cocoon Space. Designed to spark conversationthe series brings national and international thought-leaders and opinion-makers into direct contact with Singapore’s fashion and design community, driving knowledge-exchange, network-engagement, and frank insights. TaFF Talks pushes us to engage, to inspire, to motivate, and to give Singapore’s fashion and design community a truly global reach.

In Conversation with Guo Pei
Cutting-Edge Couture: The Future of An Art Form

17 June 2019


Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei is a worldwide sensation once compared to legendary couturier Charles James. Listed as one of the 
World’s 100 Most Influential People in Time magazine 2016, she is the first Chinese designer to become a member of the exclusive Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, and regularly shows on the globe’s most prestigious runways. 

In Conversation with Nirvik Singh
From Startup to Stylish: Marketing Fashion in a Hi-Tech World 

29 May 2019


Augmented reality. Gamification. Artificial Intelligence-powered trends prediction. Advertising and marketing fashion and design is a rapidly evolving game. In this tech-oriented consumer landscape, how can fashion brands leverage on innovation to draw attention and drive growth? 

Nirvik is a marketing and communication industry veteran and has been in the business for over 28 years. He is currently Chairman & CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa.   He began his career with Lipton India, a Unilever company. Subsequentlyhe joined Trikaya Advertising( later became Grey Group India) as head of the Kolkata office at age 26. Swiftly, the agency grew to become the city’s second largest, producing some of India’s most ground breaking campaigns, and winning Agency of the Year four consecutive times.

In Conversation with Juan Hinestroza
Smart Fabrics: Nanotechnology & Fashion 

25 April 2019

Imagine the ability to change physical properties of a fabric without any noticeable change in its hand, drape or feel. By working at a nanoparticle level, traditional textile can be made to conduct electricity, repel water and stains, glow under different lights, filter out toxic chemicals, or remain physically cool even in tropical heat – all while remaining unchanged to the human touch. 

Juan P. Hinestroza, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, is a tenured Associate Professor of Fiber Science and directs The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Professor Hinestroza is the co-founder of 3 start-up companies, and has served as consultant to major Fortune 50 corporations in the field of smart and interactive textiles and fibers.Professor Hinestroza works on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to Fiber and Polymer Science.Hinestroza has received over 8.4 MM USD in research funding(Federal and State agencies as well as Industrial Consortiums) for his pioneering work in exploring new pathways for creating multifunctional fibers via manipulation of nanoscale phenomena.