The entire business of fashion has been undergoing major changes in the past decade. The Virtual Symposium, a webinar series produced by the TechTextil North America and Texprocess Americas trade events, charted what may happen next with manufacturing. The Zoom panels were webcast on Oct. 7 and 8.

In “The Factories of the Future,” fashion’s future may lie in micro factories that make bespoke clothing, said Andrea Madho, chief executive officer and co-founder of Lab 141, a Brooklyn, N.Y.–headquartered online platform and startup company that produces small batches of clothing for its customers.

“The future of clothing manufacturing is, we believe, personalization and localized small-factory production,” Madho said. She forecasted that small factories producing made-to-measure clothes for individuals would help solve looming environmental issues such as the dumping of millions of garments in landfills. If clothes were manufactured with better quality, so many tons of clothing would not be thrown in the trash. “One hundred years ago, everything was made one-off,” she said. “You went to your local tailor or your local seamstress. One hundred years later, it’s how do we return to that in an efficient way using 100 years of development and technology?” Read More