Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[EVENT] DBS BusinessClass : Apparel Disrupt ~ Weaving a New Perspective

The whole textile and apparel sector in Asia is in its transformation phase. With changing consumer tastes and technological disruption, this sector needs to constantly upgrade itself to meet the unpredictable demand in the market. 

Singapore being the leader in technology has moved away from low cost manufacturing and towards more innovative businesses in design and retail by focusing on new technologies and research and development.

I attended the Apparel Disrupt, an exclusive event by DBS BusinessClass held at National Gallery Singapore which brings together fashion retailers and business owners to encourage digital innovation in the apparel industry. I was most fascinated by how these new innovation became a trend to the apparels industry.

5 Trends Disrupting the Textiles & Apparels Industry

  1. AR / 3D Technology

Designers can now make adjustments in real time with 3D Technology. It is a leap in this apparels industry and coming out with a garment that fits well can be more efficient and effective.

Always wanted to find out how an outfit looks on you without having to try on the physical item? Now you can. ARPLANET, a local firm has came up with this virtual fitting mirror using augmented reality technology that can superimpose the outfit of your choice to the image in the mirror. That's me trying on a very elaborated costume. This is a super clever concept which I've once thought of too and now it has became a reality.

One can also scan images and watch it comes to live for virtual fitting. That's how cool augmented reality technology can be.

CLO, founded in 2009 create cutting edge 3D garment visualisation technology that helps designers to create and visualise their designs before the actual production, reducing lead time from weeks to minutes.

2. Advanced Robotics

With the introduction of advanced robotics, the clothes making process now become cheaper and faster.

Tianyuan Garments Company partnering with textile equipment manufacturer SoftWear automation to develop a fully automated T-shirt production line for Adidas. This system is able to product one T-shirt in every 22 seconds.

3. Mass Customisation

Mass customisation allows customers to dictate exactly how their clothes look and each piece is unique thus wearing them can stand out from the crowd.

Rapid-turn apparel design and manufacturing company, SUUCHI INC, uses high-tech machinery and automation to create custom garments quickly and cost-efficiently. They sells to businesses like young designers launching their fashion labels and retailers who want to make private-label clothing.

4. Smart Clothing

Wearable tech has gone beyond fitness trackers and smartwatches to the rest of our wardrobe. Smart clothing uses conductive threads and embedded sensors that can monitor our body temperature and even answers phone calls.

I'm trying on the Anti-Paparazzi Scarf by ISHU. It looks like any normal scarf but take a look at my next photo and you will understand why it's called the Anti-Paparazzi Scarf. 

Made from a special kind of fabric that can reflects light from a camera, when you put on the scarf, any photos taken with flash will be almost impossible to capture the face. Celebrity fans for this include Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz and Joe Jonas. The collection even includes hoodies, jackets and phone covers. Since Halloween is coming, they commented that this is a great piece to wear for photo taking.

Singapore-based TWARE develops wearable technology that calms anxiety through immediate, invisible, comforting touch. AiraWear is part of TWARE and is a smart massage jacket that is designed to relieve back pain anytime and anywhere you want.

5. Digital Supply Chains

With digital tools implemented to the inventory management systems, Companies can get accurate and real-time picture of their inventory, thus better manage their production process.

PAKT is a 24/7 clothing storage service in Hong Kong that looks after your specialty or seasonal garments so that your garments will be kept properly and won't take up the spaces in your home's wardrobe. Using the Digital Wardrobe service, customers can manage and retrieve their clothes with just one click.

EASYSHIP makes shipping around the world easy with their all-in-one platform to provide shipping logistics and fulfillment services for all.

Fashion Showcase by Ying The Label

We were ushered in to the event hall and the program begin with a fashion showcase by Ying The Label.

Here's a video of the complete fashion showcase.

Welcome remarks by Joyce Tee, Group Head of DBS SME banking. The outfit that she's wearing is customized solely for her by Ying. It's a watercolor painting coming to life on fabric.

Phuay Li Ying, the founder of Ying The Label sharing her personal journey in the apparel business. She shared her whole experiences on how she change her business model for business sustainability and scalability and how to keep a balance in her life. She actually has a full-time job on top of doing this which is her passion.

From Left to Right: Doreen Tan, Chief Executive, TAFF.TC, Rayne Reed, Head of Private Labels at Zalora, Mark Lee, President, Textile & Fashion Federation, Barbara Yu Larsson, Founder & CEO of PAKT, Neel Bhatt, Head of API Growth at Easyship.

Panel Discussion - Weaving A New Perspective by the esteemed panel, represented by various parts of the apparel industry. They discussed about the challenges in the industry and share insights on the textile and apparel sector in Asia.

Another fashion showcase by La Salle College of The Arts.

Taking some more photos at the exhibits before leaving.

Thank you DBS Business Class for this networking event. I am truly impressed by how the apparel business do to keep up with the trend.


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