Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

Principal – Interwoven

As Founder and Principal of Interwoven Design Group, Rebeccah Pailes-Freidman pools her vast experience in the lab, classroom and private design practice and combines her expertise in wearable technology and smart textiles with a passion for design. A pioneering researcher in design methodologies and smart materials, her latest investigations include “BioWear,” a kinetic accessory that communicates the wearer’s emotions, commissioned by the Biet Ha’ir Museum and exhibited as part of Coded Couture at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics, released in 2016 by Laurence King Publishers, London.

Rebeccah’s unique vision has been realized internationally; her clients range from start-ups to NASA. She has over 25 years of experience designing products for active sportswear, and has held positions as design director for Fila, Champion and Nike. She is founding director of the Intelligent Materials Applied Research & Innovation Lab (IMARI) at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a former research fellow at the T-Lab for Wearable Technology at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.