Fabric is the main ingredient in apparel. Countless mills around the world produce it. Every brand understands that something accounting for 60% of COGS must be managed to optimize margin. However, mills do not have an effective means to manage what they have already developed and brands don’t have an effective way to find the fabric that they need. Fabric development and replication follow a lengthy, uncertain, and circuitous path. As a result, brands have long product development calendars and mills absorb the resulting development costs, often without actual fabric orders. All of this is considered “the nature of the beast.”
BlackOPS defines the key attributes required to comprehensively model fabric and leverages those data to transform an inspiration into a specification.