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September 26 - 29, 2019
Vancouver Convention Centre West
Friday, September 27 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Hopie Stockman runs Block Shop’s Los Angeles studio, and is equal parts business operations manager and textile designer. She studied English literature and painting at Brown University, and after five years working in investment consulting, she went to Harvard Business School with the goal of learning the building blocks for running a socially responsible business.
Block Shop is a textile company that marries the traditional Indian hand block printing process with a modern California aesthetic. Founded in 2013, Block Shop is a direct collaboration between Los Angeles-based sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman and a community of master printers, dyers and weavers in the desert state of Rajasthan, India. Their bold, geometric designs are inspired by the architecture and palette of the sisters’ three home bases: downtown Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, and Jaipur. Block Shop quickly amassed a cult following for its iconic designs and transparent process, and has since grown into an international lifestyle brand with limited-edition collections of scarves, woodblock prints, linens, pillows, kantha quilts, hand-woven dhurries and wool rugs, all available in select boutiques around the world and online. Block Shop invests 5% of its profits into community healthcare initiatives in Rajasthan.
Admission to this talk is included in your Trade Day badge. Seats are first come, first served.
Saturday, September 28 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Born and raised in Vancouver, Aleem Kassam started his path in interior design in 2004 by obtaining a formal education at the Art Institute of Vancouver. He soon found himself with a desire for adventures and a yearning to further his education abroad, thus bringing him to the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain a Bachelors Degree in interior design & sustainable interior architecture. He then attended the Domus Academy in Milan for hospitality design and the School of Central Saint Martins in London for retail design.
This global perspective soon brought him to broader his platform as a participant on "From the Ground Up," a series on Global Television and later broadcasted in countries around the world, along with HGTV. Since then, he has made various media appearances, making him a fixture in the industry both locally and abroad.
Admission to this talk is included in your Saturday ticket. Seats are first come, first served.
More keynote speakers will be announced shortly!
GRAY is a privately-held media company based in Washington, and is North America’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to design from the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada. GRAY’s print and digital magazines, talks, competitions, website, and events are curated to reflect the culture of leading design in this region. Established in 2011, GRAY presents the best of the best in interiors, architecture, fashion, art, and design—encouraging a global audience of more than 1 million designers and consumers to look to the Pacific Northwest for sourcing, inspiration, and leadership.