FABRIC embraces the latest technologies including:1. Design a. FABRIC Apparel Entrepreneur Roadmap b. Adobe Creative Suite c. CLo3D2. Pattern Making, Grading, Markers a. Lectra/Gerber v.14.0 PDS-3D, Accumark, GMS & Yunique PLM b. Lectra/Gerber Plotter c. Lectra/Gerber Digitizer3. Batched, On-Demand Printing a. Kornit Presto Direct-to-Fabric printer4. Cut & Sew a. Movable pod sewing stations & automated sewing machines5. Sales & Marketing a. Integrated e-commerce, PLM, an MRP system used to drive ODM b. NFT and NFC creation and authentication
These technologies enable apparel entrepreneurs and brands of any size to virtually design unique, niche products and then physically print, cut, and sew them in just-in-time limited drops online. Using the 3D assets also allows these entrepreneurs/brands to expand their sales channels and break out of the limitations of physical retail into Web3 opportunities with digital twins of their designs.
Web3 refers to the next generation of the internet, characterized by integrating blockchain technology and decentralized protocols. It aims to transform the current centralized web (Web 2.0) into a more open, secure, and user-centric ecosystem.
Arizona Fashion Source and Fabric Tempe combined forces to unite national fashion professionals by providing resources in Arizona where they can create, test, play, collaborate, learn, source, manufacture, market, and celebrate fashion. They are there to support and grow a more sustainable domestic fashion industry by scaffolding its entrepreneurs and attracting fashion brands and resources to the state. They utilize sustainable and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and are passionate about leading innovation in 21st-century apparel design and wearable tech.
“We’re one of the only micro-factories in the U.S. that can do on-demand print and cut/sew/pack/ship using the phygital model that is open to brands of any size,” says Angela Johnson. “When you can actually develop something digitally, virtually stitch it up, see what it’s going to look like, perfect the fit, embed an engineered print all before putting your scissors to your cloth and paying for that sample, it just saved you multiple samples and the costs that go into that.”
“Sustainability is a core challenge to the industry,” said Don Whaley, VP of sales and marketing Americas, at the Rosh Haayin, Israel-based Kornit Digital. Kornit develops and sells large digital-printing solutions, workflow ink, and actual print technology. “It’s all about sustainability and printing what you need when you need it and where you need it,” said Whaley.
FABRIC helps apparel entrepreneurs fill a void in the market. It's where a brand owner can come to find all of the resources they need at any stage of their business. No experience is necessary.
The problem is that the apparel manufacturing industry is set up for larger brands that have large budgets and make large quantities in overseas factories. Unrealistic consumer price expectations force these brands to over-produce overseas, using unsustainable methods, and questionable labor practices.
This traditional apparel manufacturing process is flawed and isn’t set up to meet the needs of modern apparel entrepreneurs or larger brands that care about sustainability that want to make smaller quantities of niche-sewn products domestically. So most new apparel entrepreneurs struggle to overcome these obstacles:
● High minimums (MOQ’s) required = Unsustainable overproduction. ● Large capital investment is needed. ● Requires a full-time, knowledgeable, and experienced team who understands technical design, sourcing, production management, and quality control. ● High probability of damages and unusable inventory due to a lack of understanding of the brand’s role and responsibilities in Quality Control. ● The physical proximity of resources. Lack of local resources. Most domestic resources are in LA or NY. The majority of factories are overseas. Overseas manufacturing comes with… ● Language barrier ● Long lead times for shipping and customs ● High tariffs on imports ● Loss of intellectual property ● Lack of communication ● Lack of quality control ● Unsustainable practices that have made the fashion industry one of the most polluting industries on the planet
Is FABRIC for you?
FABRIC was created for the modern apparel entrepreneur. No prior experience is necessary. Almost any sewn product is possible.