Industry & History Tour

by Dunja Hoejenbos


Join us on Wednesday, October 25 for an Industry & History Tour of Philadelphia that aims to blend history, fashion, food, and fun. The tour will take approximately 6 hours and include various elements.

Industry Stops

The day will begin with a visit to Thomas Jefferson University’s new state-of-the-art Fashion & Textiles Futures Center, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the exciting work being done to shape the future of the industry and the industry’s next generation of leaders.

The second industry stop will be at Boathouse Sports, an American-made, hand-crafted outerwear brand brought to life in the 1970s by Olympic rower John Strotbeck. Here you’ll get to see how a one-stop-shop manufacturing facility operates in the U.S. From the beginning, Boathouse Sports has been committed to producing quality outerwear and owning the entire supply chain process — from sourcing its own raw materials, to producing products, to shipping directly to consumers.

Lunch at Reading Terminal

Dating back to 1893, Reading Terminal Market is one of the largest and oldest public markets in the U.S. and was voted the best public market in the nation in 2022 by USA Today. The market features more than 80 merchants offering culinary treats from all over the world, including, of course, the famous Philly Cheesesteak. Although the best bet for sandwich lovers may be Tommy DiNic’s famous roast pork, voted “Best Sandwich in America” by the Travel Channel.

You will be given a food voucher for lunch which will allow you the opportunity to try whatever food best suits your palette!

City History

Philadelphia is home to a unique collection of historic sites and stories that have shaped U.S. history. In addition to seeing the industry landscape in Philadelphia, you’ll also have the opportunity to see and learn more about some of Philadelphia’s most famous sites, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Old City of Philadelphia.

Please note, the tour is an add-on to your event registration ($200 + $6.05 fee).

Register here.