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Sarah Hayes

Senior Material Research & Innovation Manager, Patagonia Inc.
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Sarah is a material development specialist with experience developing textiles for all levels of apparel markets for over 13 years. Previously to working at Patagonia, she spent a decade developing materials for large brands including Banana Republic, Nautica, as well as high end designers like Alexander Wang. She transitioned in 2013 to Patagonia to align with core values around sustainability, responsible sourcing, and a love of the outdoors. Currently her work focus is on sustainably sourced natural fibers from farm to fabric, as well as vetting new technologies in recycling, dyestuffs, and lower impact manufacturing processes.