Who's involved and what's happened so far?
TCBL members from the UK, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Romania have participated in a number of different projects to date, all of which are ongoing. All projects are intended to be both scalable and replicable elsewhere.
Late 2018 saw the beginning of a project to map the short runs (from one-off bespoke pieces up to 1,000 pieces) manufacturing expertise across Europe. The project involves TCBL partners the TCoE (UK), DITF (Germany) and Sqetch (Netherlands). A future project will develop and pilot a supply-chain for the clothing rental market - My Yorkshire Wardrobe - utilising locally sourced products where possible.
Overall, some of the participants include:
UKRita Britton / Nomad Atelier - http://www.nomadatelier.co.uk/
Nomad manufactures and sells clothes and accessories for ladies. Rita’s store, The Tobacco Warehouse, has been fully restored as a 21st Century luxury emporium, showcasing the Nomad collection of cashmere, silk, and leather accessories. Sourcing fabric in small quantities is a barrier to production.
Stephanie is a start-up company of Performance sportswear for ladies to be sold online and as a concession to large stores. She needs to source technical sports fabrics and specialist sportswear manufacturers as well as technical trims and a manufacturer who can make functional bra tops. She would also benefit from support for fits-development stages.
Trafi Creatività Tessile - http://www.trafi.it/
Trafi gives the fashion world the opportunity to go beyond the old traditions of the textile industry by offering treatments that allow the creation of innovative textile products. Trafi works with recycled waste and offers dyeing and needle-punching expertise amongst other areas.
TIE&GO - http://www.tieandgo.eu/?lang=en
TIE&GO aims at combining the long tradition of the silk industry of Como with the needs of the contemporary menswear market that is demanding a quick reaction to trend changes, creativity and reliability of products and service.
Tatjana Kalamar Fashion http://tatikalamar.com/
Tatjana is a textile design expert with special graphic skills (portraits) and interest to innovate new textile products. She has more than 20 years of experiences in big textile industries and fashion, she has knowledge on textile materials and also works for medium sized Slovenian textile industry producers.
Match-making and e-commerce providers
Netherlands based Sqetch provides a means of putting textiles and clothing brands and manufacturers in touch with each other via https://sqetch.co/. The site has a European focus so is ideal for TCBL members.
Prato Expo (Italy) offers an ecommerce platform selling short runs of fabrics from Italian manufacturers via http://www.pratoexpo.com/.
A one stop digital networking service, Sourcebook (Germany) connects fashion brands with garment manufacturers, service providers and fabric mills through its site at https://sourcebook.eu/en/start.