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Mr. Ed Gribbin

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Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Alvanon Inc
145 W 30Th St. Suite 1000
New York, New York 10001
United States

Company Description: Alvanon is the global leader in providing full service, integrated fit solutions for the apparel industry. With pioneering expertise in strategic fit consulting and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
  • Founder
    Boathouse Sports


  • Bachelor of Arts degree , Philosophy
    St. Joseph's University
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NEW YORK - April 22, 2014 ..., 22 April 2014 [cached]
NEW YORK - April 22, 2014 - Alvanon, the world's leading apparel size and fit expert, has announced that its president, Ed Gribbin and Don Howard, executive director of its AlvaInsight consultancy division have both been invited to present at Texprocess Americas 2014, North America's largest exhibition of equipment and technology for the development, sourcing and production of sewn products.
Ed Gribbin's presentation, entitled "How technology and process modernization are lowering costs and shortening lead times," will feature in the Texprocess Americas Symposium in the "Fit, sizing and virtual try-on technologies" session on Tuesday, May 13th from 9.30 to 11.30 am.
In addition to Ed Gribbin, there will be featured presentations from session host Dr. Mike Fralix, CEO of [TC]2 and guest contributors Yoram Burg, president, OptiTex USA; Luis Velázquez, business consultant, Lectra; and Michael Van Genabith of Human Solutions North America.
Ed Gribbin. President, Alvanon, Inc. is generally regarded throughout the global apparel industry as the world's foremost authority on apparel sizing and fit and serves numerous global organizations dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors. He leads Alvanon teams around the globe helping fashion industry clients optimize their fit, sizing and product development strategies. He joined Alvanon in 2006 to launch the AlvaInsight strategic consulting division. At Alvanon he has played an outstanding role in developing global fit strategies based on the 3D body shape data analysis of over 300,000 consumers. His expert advice on improved fit strategies has secured consultancy contracts with some of the world's largest brands and retailers in the fashion, lingerie, sportswear, swimwear, corporate clothing and mail order sectors. Ed Gribbin currently operates from the group's head office in New York and regional offices in the UK , Hong Kong and Germany . Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as president of Intellifit Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner. As senior vice president at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the US.
Alvanon, About Us :: Management Team, 7 Dec 2012 [cached]
Ed Gribbin President
Edward A. Gribbin was promoted to President, Alvanon, Inc. effective January 1, 2011. In this role, Ed will lead the Alvanon teams in the Americas, Europe and Asia as they continue to help fashion industry clients grow their businesses profitably and efficiently. Ed is widely recognised throughout the apparel industry as the world's leading authority on sizing and fit and will continue to represent Alvanon at conferences and events around the globe, serving numerous global organizations dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors.
Ed joined Alvanon in 2006 as President of AlvaInsight, Alvanon's strategic consulting division, developing a team of experts who, through extensive research and data analysis, help clients develop the most effective sizing and fit strategies and product development processes. Ed has over thirty years of apparel industry experience. Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President of Intellifit Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner and oversaw the collection of over 120,000 consumer body scans. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the US. Before Angelica, Ed co-founded Boathouse Sports, one of the largest specialty athletic manufacturers in the US today.
Ed Gribbin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Joseph's University and is a member of The Fashion Group International, The International Apparel Federation, the Product Innovation Council of the American Association of Apparel and Footwear, the Fashion & Apparel Studies Advisory Board of the University of Delaware, the International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives, The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, and ASTM International. Ed was a four-time member of the US National Rowing team, a World Championship medalist, and ten-time US Rowing National Champion. Ed resides in Merion Station, Pennsylvania with his wife, Georgianne, and their daughter Bridget.
SPESA Officers & Staff, 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
Ed Gribbin President, Alvanon, Inc.
Alvanon president Ed ..., 21 May 2014 [cached]
Alvanon president Ed Gribbin had stressed this point in an earlier interview with FashionUnited: "When catching someone's eye in fashion, fit is the one reason, the one important part of the message."
Sophisticated engineering tools are key for Gribbin, which is what the Fashion Fit Movement is all about: "Though engineering for most consumer products is very, very sophisticated (think of electronics or cars for example), this is not so in fashion. It should be though as the tools are available and the brands and retailers could really build their customer loyalty by prioritizing the right fit," he added.
In talks with Ed Gribbin, President of Alvanon
That information comes from Edward ..., 25 July 2014 [cached]
That information comes from Edward Gribbin, president of the clothing size and fit consulting firm Alvanon. His company has body-scanned over 400,000 people across the world and has access to sales-by-size figures for major U.S. retailers.
"Of the guys who actually have a waist close to the average (between, say, 38 to 40 inches), the highest percentage buy size 34 pants (close to 55 percent), followed by size 36 (about 35 percent). Only a very small percentage buy size 38," he explained in an email.
Where does the major discrepancy come from? A few places. For one, "vanity sizing" - where the actual size of a garment is bigger than advertised in an effort to flatter you - is not just for women anymore. Gribbin says the waist measurement in a man's pant is generally 1.5 to 2 inches larger than the stated size. (Or up to 5 inches, if you're shopping at Old Navy.)
Secondly, guys with a waist bigger than 35 to 36 inches tend to have a prominent belly, Gribbin says. The more it sticks out, the lower men wear their pants.
"They can wear a smaller size, and though the belly hanging over is not the most attractive sight, most men don't care," Gribbin says.
Finally, there may be a certain amount of stubbornness at play. Gribbin says men don't intentionally "buy a smaller size for reasons of vanity" - they just continue to grab the size that they've always bought.
"They are more creatures of habit, and if they wore size 34 as a younger man, they just continue to buy that size ('their size') even after they've gained 10, 15, 20 pounds," he says.
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