Web Exclusive | November 2019
22 Factor unveils on-demand 3D knitting service
22 Factor, a knitwear lifestyle start-up powered by Cobalt Fashion, a leading knitwear specialist in the knitwear industry, has unveiled an on-demand 3D knitting service offering. The offering takes an eco-friendly digital approach, revolutionising traditional knitwear manufacturing and allowing designers and brands to produce garments in smaller quantities and minimise excessive production.
“At 22 Factor, we have a role in driving the positive change we want to see in this industry. We constantly look for new ways, namely by using technology, to optimize our production process for a smarter and more sustainable supply chain,” said Dorothy Pun, Founder of 22 Factor and Vice President of Cobalt Fashion. “On-demand manufacturing helps to tackle the issue of wastage in the fashion industry and we aim to expand this service to bigger players in the future to drive mass adoption of the technology.”
The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry globally. A minimum 39 million tonnes of clothing are discarded each year, of which only 10 per cent is recycled and 8 per cent is re-used for second-hand clothing. The majority (57 per cent) is sent to landfills.
22 Factor uses upcycled virgin yarn from luxury fashion brands to create premium quality knitwear at a fraction of the price. Its on-demand 3D knitting service offering features high-definition virtual sampling and simulation technology, allowing designers to visualise their designs and create detailed prototypes down to the exact colour, style and material, and all entirely online, without creating a single physical sample.