Wearable Lab : prototyping, manufacturing & logistics

On the occasion of Première Vision tradefair’s next edition, the Wearable Lab (a veritable specialized space within the salon) is enriching its offer, with the launch of a whole new space dedicated to fashion startups, an exhibition around the creative process of designer Clara Daguin, and a conferences cycle around innovations transforming the fashion industry.

Prototyping & manufacturing: new materialx, 3D printing, Internet of things, robotics, big data and blockchain

During these key steps in the process, the use of innovations such as 3D printing or robotics can save time but also reduce costs.

Sotfwear, for example, offers production line automation solutions, where basic parts – such as t-shirts – can be produced without human intervention.

Another example, with the French startup Euveka, winner of the ANDAM Innovation Award last year. The startup tackles the problem of sizing in confection, through a connected dummy that offers an exact reproduction of the desired morphology, with measurement system and detection of bien-aller through sensors. An innovation that dusts off the traditional dummies market, and easily adapts to couture clients’ morphology changes but not only: the dummy is also used in the ready-to-wear segment, where it can update standard sizing.

In addition, the use of technology such as the blockchain (see definition here) could provide a real transparency to the fashion supply chain. Thus, a startup like Verisum offers luxury brands to integrate an NFC chip in its products, to better fight counterfeiting. Thereby registered in the Blockchain, the authenticity of these products is easily verifiable via a mobile application.

Another example is Provenance, which offers brands a platform to tell the story of their products, from fibers to store. The startup has collaborated with young designer Martine Jarlgaard on woolen clothes with Alpaca sourced in the United Kingdom. From the raw fiber, sourced from the British Alpaca Fashion Farm to knitting in the Knister LDN workshop to the Two Rivers Mills spinning mill, the Provenance app was able to follow the journey of these garments to the London studio of the designer.

Finally, Dienpi and its smart label project allow the traceability of products on a simple iPhone application.

 Logistics: Internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and immersive technologies

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Logistics is one of the SDA in the chain most likely to be transformed by innovations: let’s take the example of Amazon. The firm has invested colossal amounts in the development of autonomous robotics, in order to automate all of its warehouses. Founded in 2003, Amazon Robotics happens to be the largest entity in the group in terms of research and development. It was created in order to adapt to the constantly evolving e-commerce demand.

Increasingly used, immersive devices are also transforming logistics. For example, Streye Logistic offers to use Google Glass for better management of storage warehouses.

Curious to discover more on the subject? Visit the Wearable Lab space at Première Vision, February 13-15 in Villepinte, Paris. We will also be on site to host a Facebook live video during which we will discuss with exhibiting startups around their latest innovations and their vision of the future of fashion through innovation.

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