Apparel designers initiate fabric development by communicating their aesthetic vision to a mill based on existing samples found in other garments or mill header cards. Such inspirational swatches are intended to convey what the designer likes but cannot objectively express.
Thus, the fabric development process is slow and difficult. It is like playing “Twenty Questions” through the exchange of many samples between the mill and designer in an effort to guess what is wanted.
Whereas a fabric inspirational sample allows the design process to begin, a manufacturing specification allows the production process to begin. BlackOPS™ accelerates the move from inspiration to specification.
A successful fabric solution – that is, one that achieves widespread industry adoption – must meet the needs of both the brands and mills alike. Data gathered through digitization must be transformed to add value to those who adopt the model.