Sarah Hayes

Position: Director of Material Development, Patagonia
Category: Featured speaker

Sarah is a materials specialist with close to two decades working in the apparel industry. She began her career working for large brands in the fashion industry including Banana Republic, Nautica, and Alexander Wang.  In 2013, Sarah moved to Patagonia to align her passion for the art of textiles with her core values around sustainability, responsible sourcing, and a love of the outdoors.  Sarah has led her team in the implementation of several key initiatives for Patagonia including a focus the last few years developing materials with specialty inputs including Regenerative Organic Cotton, Net Plus recycled nylon from fishing nets, among many others.   Her and her team’s work continues to focus on; sustainably sourced natural fibers from farm to fabric, vetting new recycling technologies, expanding low impact dyestuffs, and developing trims from recycled and natural inputs.

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