TECHNOLOGY

Upgraded 3D Platforms Go High-tech

By Dorothy Crouch | May 10, 2018

The age of fast fashion has led to a need for faster design technology, but breakthroughs to produce a better 3-D platform have been moving slowly. During the first half of 2018, leaders in the apparel-technology segment have elevated their digital solutions to generate realistic patterns, accurate samples and streamline product lifecycle management (PLM).

National Stores Discloses Data Breach

National Stores Inc., the parent company of more than 300 value stores, disclosed Jan. 22 that its computers had been the subject of a malware attack.

Fashion That Fits

Fashion has a fit problem, and it’s a $62 billion–plus apparel- and footwear-return problem annually and growing, according to the Franklin, Tenn.–based global research and advisory IHL Group.

Epson Introduces Next-Generation DTG F2100 Printer

Five years ago, when Epson America Inc. introduced its first purpose-built, direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the Epson SureColor F2000, it intended to set a new standard in the industry by enabling screen-print shops of all sizes to print high-quality graphics on fabrics ranging from 100 percent cotton to 50/50 fabric blends at production speed in a simple, user-friendly format.

Shoppers Favor Stores That Have Technology

Shoppers may be letting their fingers do the walking by snapping up fashions online, but a recent survey shows that consumers are willing to hit the stores if time-saving technology is involved.

Taking a Cue from James Bond to Design Performance Wear for Professionals

Taking a Cue from James Bond to Design Performance Wear for Professionals

Will 3-D knitting become the wave of the future in apparel manufacturing? A 5-year-old firm in Boston believes so. Since March, the company has been using a Shima Seiki machine positioned at its Boston flagship store to produce custom-knitted blazers.

Fashion Students Getting Better Tools to Increase Their Tech Skills

New cloud-based technology is popping up everywhere, and the world of fashion and design is no different.

Apparel Brands and Blockchain: Three Things You Need to Know Right Now

Just when you thought you were finally starting to have a basic understanding of social media, RFID, Magic Mirrors, Big Data and a plethora of other retail technologies required for today’s connected consumers, along comes a new term—Blockchain.

Net Neutrality Repeal Expected To Drive Up E-Tail Costs

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the current “net neutrality” regulations. Opponents of the Dec. 14 vote said it could spell disaster for small businesses that might be charged higher prices to access the Internet.

Agenda Introduces Digital Marketplace

Agenda Introduces Digital Marketplace

The Agenda trade show is going digital.

2017 Newsmaker: Gerber Technology Brings Ideation Conference to LA

Gerber Technology has been hosting its user conference in various cities around the country since 1998, but this was the first year the Tolland, Conn.–based maker of apparel equipment and software brought the event to California.

Stitch Fix Files IPO

San Francisco–headquartered fashion company Stitch Fix filed an initial public offering on Nov. 16, releasing 8 million shares of Class A common stock at a price of $15 per share.

Avery Dennison Helps Rebecca Minkoff Connect to Customers Through the #AlwaysOn Handbag

Avery Dennison Helps Rebecca Minkoff Connect to Customers Through the #AlwaysOn Handbag

Rebecca Minkoff’s #AlwaysOn handbags feature technology that allows customers to receive exclusive offers, product recommendations and video content. But that’s not all the bags can do, according to a recently released study.

HOFB to Start E-Marketplace for New Designers

For many independent designers and brands, the goal of selling to department stores and major specialty retailers is out of reach because of the challenge of finding the right retail contacts and the manufacturers who can produce in volume for major retailers.

Bendoni Breaks Down Trend Science at FGILA Event

Bendoni Breaks Down Trend Science at FGILA Event

When Wendy K. Bendoni got her start in the trend-forecasting business, the job involved multiple overseas trips to international fashion capitals with a long lead time to distill the trends for the upcoming season.

Avattire: Avatars Step Into the Dressing Room

Video and online gamers are familiar with avatars, the fantasy characters they use to represent themselves in online forums and games. A Santa Monica, Calif.­–based startup company wants to bring the avatar concept to fashion retail.