Lite Notes by Ellen Rogers
by Ellen Rogers
September 29th, 2016

Walking the Runway

I always enjoy getting to know people in the industry and am often intrigued by their hobbies and the things they enjoy outside of the industry. For me, I’ve made a lot of running friends and we often enjoy early morning runs before trade shows and association meetings. I’ve learned about wine tasting and food pairing; have gotten to know photographers and seen some amazing pieces; and also enjoy hearing about fly-fishing excursions. It’s fun to see how our work lives and personal lives often overlap as we find commonalities with our peers. But personally, I have another love I’ve yet to see cross-over into the glazing world—until recently.

I have in my possession the September 2016 issue of Vogue—800 pages of glorious fashion and style. I love to read the issue and admire all of the beautiful new trends, straight off the runway from New York, Paris and Milan. Now, before I continue, let me just say that while an 800-page issue may sound impressive, it is not the biggest issue ever of Vogue. That was the 916-page September 2012 issue, which I believe weighed in around 5 pounds. (On a side note, the largest issue of USGlass was the September 2006 issue, which hit 180 pages).

So what does fashion have to do with glass? Last week during glasstec Kuraray hosted an event for customers and invited guests to introduce its portfolio of interlayers. And they did so quite creatively: through a fashion show—and not just any fashion show. The company hired a designer to create a collection made of its interlayer materials. It was absolutely gorgeous and, in my opinion, worthy of the pages of Vogue.

SentryGlas® Expressions™  digitally printed PVB interlayer was used for this design.

SentryGlas® Expressions™ digitally printed PVB interlayer was used for this design.

These two looks are made using Trosifol® ES and SentryGlas® ionnoplast interlayers.

These two looks are made using Trosifol® ES and SentryGlas® ionnoplast interlayers.

This design features Trosifol® ExtraProtect PVB, which filters 100 percent UV below 380 nm.

This design features Trosifol® ExtraProtect PVB, which filters 100 percent UV below 380 nm.

It was fun to see a company try such a unique way to share a message. I’m sure everyone who saw the show was just as impressed as I was.

What do you think of these pieces? Which is your favorite? As always, I love to hear your feedback.

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