6 Viewpoints

Far from being forced to make do with new technologies , artisanal companies have embraced them and the freedom they bring . And digital tools even seem to hone creativity.

Franck Bouvrain, Cuir de Lagny Leather, 3H44

“Digital tools, already at the heart of cutting and printing in ready-to-wear, are becoming increasingly important in leather and exotic skins: from cathodesputtering of precious metals powder, to scratching skins with a laser, embroideries, etc. I strongly support partnerships between our traditional know-hows and the increasingly technological processes coming from outside domains.



Eve Corrigan, Malhia Kent Fabrics, 5L14

“Digital tools are out guiding thread! It assists us in our creative process, but it’s not at the origin of it. If everything were a digital process, we’d lose all our poetry. Our team of designers do everything first by hand: they dye yarns, embroider, weave on hand looms. It’s only after this artisanal and artistic approach that the 30 or 60 fabrics we create every day are digitalised, given a bar code than archived on our in-house software. This let’s us communicate in real time, and to gain in our response times, so we can concentrate on creativity.”



Katrien Soeffers Designs, 5V51

“We create by hand before Digitalising our designs, because the client likes the flexibility provided by digitalisation. The tool gives us the freedom to quickly switch colours or the sizes of our motifs. We can move them around, overlap them, etc. It’s a supplement to working by hand. But it can never replace it.”


Laurent Bracq, J. Bracq – Textiline Fabrics, 5J4

“We have a love affair with technology… a complete revolution triggered in 1975 when we began digitalising our jacquard patterns. Lace sketches transformed into data so that it can be produced is a huge time saver. But people will always have the final say.”



Hatice Feruzoglu, CU Tekstil Manufacturing, 6X9

“With out integrated design team, we develop 90% of our models, both for textiledesigns and for garments. Our designers use manual and digital tools both, there are no boundaries. From project to production, technical files to prototypes, digital tools allow us to discuss with our clients, all in very short time frames.”



Mansoor Bilal, Soorty Enterprises Upper Jeanswear

“Everything can be prgrammed: temperatures, baths, wash-outs, de-pigmentations… But technology isn’t fully effective without the outstanding quality control carried out by our teams. It’s an indispensable balance.”