• Fiona Abrahams

Raw Talent Podcast S1 Episode 8 with Product Innovator Naeem Riaz

Updated: Aug 16

In Episode 8 of Raw Talent, I am speaking with Naeem Riaz about technical evolution in yarn and garment construction. Inspired by his dad, Naeem started out in the family clothing business learning the art of garment manufacturing, whilst at the same completing a 3 year college course in just over a year, before embarking on what would evolve into a global journey working with names such as Next, Boohoo, Li & Fung, Adidas, John Smedley and Prevayl.


Today, Naeem is one of the world's foremost Product Development experts, he has an intimate knowledge of spinning and garment manufacturing, machinery, costing and sourcing. His quest to drive ground-breaking technical innovation is met by apparel businesses inspired by evolution, fitness and technology. They have given Naeem the opportunity to drive efficiency, sustainability and innovation that breaks boundaries and makes a positive lasting impact.

Naeem thrives on out of the box the challenges with expertise that extends across Clothing and Sportswear, Wearable Tech, Sneakers and Fitness Apparel embracing circular knit, transformation of fibres and use of Shima and Stoll machinery. His overall experience flows across Garment Engineering, Sampling, Manufacturing, Production Management, Performance Improvement, Factory Management, Supplier Negotiation, International Sourcing and Waste Management.

Complimenting all of this, Naeem brings a heads down, can do, team player attitude with a great sense of humour and personable approach. He is a highly motivated professional and the perfect example of a self starter inspired to find the ultimate solution.