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The Trust Deficit & Radical Transparency in the Apparel Supply Chain

“Business of Fashion’s” (BoF), The State of Fashion 2019, reports that the apparel consumer has become more distrusting to companies who do not offer full transparency. In this digital age, consumers expect to be able to track and understand the logistics of their product purchases. As conscious consumerism continues to rise, brands can no longer […]

Behind the Seams: Reprise Activewear On Plant-Based Clothing

We are excited to bring you another episode of our video series Behind The Seams, a platform focused on highlighting some of our favorite brands from our community of clients. We showcase the depth and capabilities of our technology & clothing manufacturing and how our clients have managed to see success using Suuchi solutions, such […]

3 Ways for Clothing Brands to Survive Tariff Increases

On December 15th, the U.S. is still set to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. All industries are at risk –especially apparel since about 4.3 billion meters of clothing fabric was produced in China in September alone! Now more than ever, clothing apparel brands need to formulate a plan of action to protect their businesses. In […]

How Bad Weather Can be Good for the Fashion Supply Chain

Even with all the technological advances in Meteorology, predicting weather will never be an exact science. Bad weather (super storms, tornados, earthquakes, etc…) can cause damage to factories or resources that halts clothing production, while unseasonably hot or cold weather can alter the demand for a product. Therefore, preparation is always the best defense when […]

Fashion Revolution for the Good Clothing Company

Fashion Revolution recently released its 2019 Impact Report. Fashion Revolution is a #MakeShiftHappen leader when it comes to positively shifting the fashion industry. It is known for its direct and effective messaging regarding the current fashion models, materials, and mindset, of what makes a good clothing company or the latter! This impact report shares some incredible […]

Clothing Brands Going Digital to Fight The Retail Apocalypse!

E-commerce markets are on the rise. Digital conglomerates like Amazon are raking in billions as the evolution of digital consumerism drastically changes the face of retail. For the past few years, retailer bankruptcies and store closures have been the consistent story line of America’s malls. Retailers like Sears, Forever 21, Nine West, and Claire’s are […]

The Sustainable Fashion Brand to Watch!

As a fan of cellulosic fibers with a focus specifically on sustainably sourced tree fabrics with hypoallergenic properties, over the last year, Naia has been presented to me as the sustainable fashion brand to watch, and I have.  First, I sighted Naia at REMODE, an incredible gathering of sustainable fashion thought leaders from around the […]

How Adidas’ Speedfactory Will Revolutionize Digital Supply Chains

Described as the most significant step towards the Industrial Internet of Things by various industry insiders, digital transformation could be ripe for adoption. Complementing industries like fast-moving apparel businesses, the digitalization of manufacturing has been transforming operations, processes, and energy footprint of factories and supply chains. Giving more than just a quick boost to productivity, […]

Why Emerging Apparel Brands Need Supply Chain Technology

The apparel industry is one of the few industries where viral brands can pop up overnight. Thanks to the rise of influencer marketing and social media, industry leaders can be established within the first five years. However, the truth is that without supply chain tech, the apparel industry can also destroy a company just as […]

Inside Suuchi: Operations Supply Chain Management

Today we released the newest installment of our “Inside Suuchi” series, which focuses on how our Suuchi Inc team uses their in-house tech. This week, we highlight our Senior Vice President of Platform Operations — Victor Cortes. Victors’ exclusive interview showcases how his team incorporates our proprietary supply chain management software: the Suuchi GRID into their […]

Three Heritage Clothing Brands Empowered by Technology Innovation

In the last couple of years, luxury clothing brands have been embracing innovation as the critical driver for their online and offline solutions. Looking to differentiate themselves from competitors, more forward-thinking brands are confidently turning to technology for answers that will help them empower their teams so that they can make sustainable and agile decisions […]

Behind the Seams: 319 the Label on Clothing Manufacturing

We are excited to bring you another episode of our video series Behind The Seams, a platform focused on highlighting some of our favorite brands from our community of clients. We showcase the depth and capabilities of our technology & clothing manufacturing and how our clients have managed to see success using Suuchi solutions, such […]

Where is Your Supply Chain for 2020?

2019 has been a volatile year for the apparel industry as a whole. We have seen countless brands file for bankruptcy due to their inability to adapt their supply chain practices. This year, “sustainability,” has become the top buzzword, and fast-fashion turned upside down. The top story, however, has been the escalating trade war tensions […]

Using New Blockchain Technology Platform To Improve The Supply Chain

It is effortless to get excited about new technology, especially if it has been designed to empower consumers to steer toward a more sustainable future. Recently I found myself getting excited about a blockchain technology platform by PaperTale. Developed by a Swedish startup, PaperTale has the potential to play an intricate role in not only solving […]

Inside the GRID: How Sales Leverages Our Supply Chain Software

Suuchi Inc. is a tech-first platform that uses its proprietary supply chain management software, the Suuchi GRID, to unify the fashion supply chain. As the Suuchi GRID is the backbone of our company, our team incorporates it into our daily operations. The Suuchi GRID is a cloud-based solution that connects previously disconnected networks, accelerates speed-to-market, […]

Building a Responsible Leather Supply Chain for a Greener Future

As the fashion industry slowly becomes more ethical, we are seeing brands like Chanel changing their ways when it comes to the use of exotic skins. We are also witnessing fashion businesses publicly frowning on the use of fur, but the thing is, when it comes to leather, it seems that many brands are still using […]

Building a Sustainable Brand: Terms Designers Should Know

Once every few years, I listen to a podcast that aligns all the nerdy research, facts, vocab words, and intentions that I want every designer to have access to. Most recently, the Smart Creation, the podcast with Isaac Nichelson, CEO & Co-founder at Circular Systems™ had all of the information that designers would need to know when […]

Building a Scalable Brand through White Label

As new apparel brands continue to pop-up overnight, it becomes more difficult for brands to find ways to stand out from the competition in a way that is scalable. While many brand owners think that this takes reinventing the wheel, the truth of the matter is that a brand that is scalable starts with the […]

Scale your Fashion Brand with Supply Chain Data Analytics

As brands are scaling to the next level there are growing pains that they will experience as they find ways to sustain growth. While these growing pains are often unavoidable, some measures can be taken to help alleviate the process. Companies that are in the process of establishing their next chapter for success can rely […]

Circular Business Models: Bridging the Gap in the Apparel Sector

In the past two decades, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of times clothes are worn. According to Amsterdam based Circle Economy, the shift towards fast fashion has meant that today’s average consumer buys 60% more items than they did 15 years ago and wear them for half as long. They also state […]

The Death of Fast Fashion

Over the course of 2019, we have watched multiple apparel brands file for bankruptcy and shock the industry with crumbling supply chain efforts. Brands that were once considered industry titans are now being swept to the side by brands who had the foresight to establish a strong supply chain and smaller brands who have been […]

Changing the Fashion Industry with Cloud-Based Technology

Suspicious and untrusting, the fashion industry has been quite reluctant to adopt the latest innovation as a tool for their business. Usually labeled as a ‘fad’, today’s technology has been mainly resisted by traditional companies unwilling to leave the days of hand-written orders to their suppliers and factories in the past. As time ticks on, […]

The Serious Effects of the Denim Industry

Last week the St. Pete Women’s Collective and Venus Gallery curator, Emily Stone, hosted a sustainable fashion panel called DENIM. The event series DENIM began earlier this year to activate discussions about the environmental effects of the Denim Industry and women’s rights relating to national Denim Day, which observes sexual violence against women.  The DENIM […]

Suuchi Inc Wins Start Up Manufacturer of the Year!

On October 4th, we became the proud winners of the NJMEP’s 2019 Start-Up of the Year, award!” That night, the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program handed out eight awards during the Made in New Jersey Manufacturing Day event at the Marigold in Somerset.  When news of the award broke, it spread like wildfire amongst the 180+ proud employees, who […]

Supply Chain Analytics are the Solution to the Retail Apocalypse

As the apparel industry stands at the crossroads of what’s next to innovate the industry, many of the top leaders are unsure of where to go. Many brands have turned to microtrends, such as fast fashion, that have very quickly shown that they are not long term solutions. Forever 21’s recent bankruptcy is a clear […]

Forever 21 & the Importance of Sustainability & Digital Integration

It is no secret that in the past few years, quite a few retailers, like Sears, Nine West, and Claire’s have closed down. More recently, American retailer Forever21 fell from grace. Marketed as trendy and affordable, the fast-fashion chain sold, accessories, beauty products, home goods and clothing for women, men and children. A firm favorite with […]

Suuchi Ramesh Interview with NASDAQ’S Jill Maladrino of Trade Talks

Last week, Founder & CEO, Suuchi Ramesh sat down for an interview with host of NADAQ’s Trade Talks and Global Markets Reporter, Jill Malandrino, to discuss how technology is revolutionizing legacy industries such as apparel. Suuchi explained how technology such as the Suuchi GRID can allow brands and retailers can use the GRID to track […]

Teemill: Building a Circular Economy on the Cloud

Did you know that a truckful of clothes is disposed of in landfills every second and that less than 1% of the material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing? As the advancement of technology continues to propel the fashion industry towards a more positive direction, UK based company Teemill might have found […]

Why Supply Chain Visibility is Essential for Fashion Brands

It is no secret that the majority of consumers would prefer fashion businesses to disclose their supply chain, but unfortunately, the manufacturing of fashion has never been an open book. This is why consumers must use their purchasing power to encourage brands further to take traceability seriously, which includes knowing exactly where all the stages […]

THE TOP FASHION TECH MOMENTS OF 2019…SO FAR

Changing the direction of the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future, forward-thinking designers and makers have been challenging traditional design methods by successfully combining fashion with technology. Of the many innovations that have taken place so far in 2019, here are some that have made quite the impact on the fashion industry:     […]

Olistic the Label: Blending Sustainability with Fashion

Meet Camille Jaillant: ecopreneur, and the founder and creative director of Olistic The Label, a sustainable luxury brand. ABOUT THE BRAND Olistic The Label is redefining wedding and evening dresses, blending romantic silhouettes with a contemporary bohemian twist. Inspired by the earth, the collection is made using organic peace silk (GOTS certified), wood fibers (PEFC, […]

MFS KEYHOUSE, Further Proofing Textile Trade Shows

Fashion trade shows are a lucrative business. They have been catering to an industry that demands access to the latest seasonal trends for a long while now. As expectations change, trade shows are finding themselves having to let go of some of their traditional methods in favour of more modern ones. They realise that to […]

Part 2: Interview with Diviya Loomba, VP of Eagle Fabrics

A two-part exclusive interview with Diviya Loomba, Vice President of Eagle Fabrics, a leader in innovation and quality in knitted textile fabrication. Part 2: Diviya explains why textile production requires fabric to be produced in large batches, which translates to high minimums. She also shares the creative options that allow Eagle Fabrics to offer low […]

Is Early Adoption of Blockchain Technology Advisable?

Earlier this year, Gartner, Inc. predicted that 90% of Blockchain-based supply chain initiatives would experience ‘Blockchain Fatigue’ by 2023. It was a survey that explored the role that technology plays in supply chains and how supply chain organisations leverage technology for competitive advantage. It also explored the changing views on how best to exploit technology […]

Vollebak, Taking Environmental Clothing To The Next Level

Clothing tech company Vollebak have come up with a new material that could positively change how the fashion industry deals with its waste.  Founded by twin brothers Nick and Steve Tidball, Vollebak is well known for using science and technology, to disrupt the smart textile world. Famously, the founders once followed in the footsteps of […]

Interview with Diviya Loomba, VP of Eagle Fabrics

A two-part exclusive interview with Diviya Loomba, Vice President of Eagle Fabrics, a leader in innovation and quality in knitted textile fabrication. Taryn Hipwell: How long have you been working in fabric manufacturing? Diviya Loomba: I’ve been working at Eagle Fabrics for 10 years. We are a family-owned business and have been established in the […]

Eliminating Wasteful Practices in the Pre-Consumer Supply Chain

Did you know that textile waste is present at all levels of the fashion industry? With attention on fashion companies to adopt sustainable initiatives, some of them have been transparent about the fact that when garments are cut out as patterns, about 15% of the material ends up on the cutting room floor — an […]

5 Women Reinventing Fabric Technologies for the Textile Industry

Widely adopted by various industries and predicted to be worth $130 billion by 2025, the textiles industry is evolving. It is becoming smarter, thanks to technology. Innovation has introduced us to tech wonders like, fabric that can protect us in ways we never imagined, new materials that can be grown in labs and sustainable ways […]

What fashion brands must know before launching an eCommerce brand

Forrester reports that 27% of all fashion sales are now online, a sign that the standards for retail are changing. Apparel brands are triumphing in the eCommerce space by accounting for over a quarter of the top 1,000 internet retailers. When it comes to fashion brands, it’s also noteworthy that mobile commerce is making a […]

The Top 5 Traits Your Apparel Manufacturing Partner Must Have

Choosing the right manufacturer for your apparel brand is the most important decision you will make as a brand. It needs to be a partnership with a company that has the same vision, values, and qualities that you are building out in your mission statement. Your manufacturer will need to be able to foster and […]

A Conversation With Supply Chain Expert Lisa Morales-Hellebo

Lisa Morales-Hellebo is a disrupter and a well respected supply chain expert. Not a newbie to the fashion tech scene, Morales-Hellebo is a VC, entrepreneur, seasoned product strategist, creative director and founder of New York Fashion Tech Lab, which she launched in 2014. A Carnegie Mellon University alumni,  Morales-Hellebo previously participated in TechStars in 2012 […]

TOP 3 TAKEAWAYS FROM “THE LEAD”

Conferences addressing the dire need for massive shifts in the fashion industry are growing. One such series of conferences called The Lead “bridges the fashion & retail industry with the global Silicon Valley,” according to the company’s website. It focuses “on the sweet spot in the fashion, retail and technology markets where innovation is shifting […]

5 Technologies Reshaping The Supply Chain For Tomorrow’s Digital Economy

It is predicted that 75 million wearables will permeate the workplace by 2020. MHI, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association, expects 70% of facilities to adopt wearable technology in the next five years.  So it does not come as a surprise that an intelligent, automated, connected supply chain represents a vision for […]

CircularID, A New Global Standard Set By Fashion’s Decision Makers

A new standard has been set by the big guns of the fashion industry. Partnering up for the greater good, they have found a way to make it possible for a garment to have a unique digital identity that stays with the clothing throughout its lifecycle. Accelerating the Circular Economy By Making Longer-lasting Products Devised […]

The Top Sustainable Fashion Events to Attend this Summer

Mark your calendars! The Fashinnovation Summer Edition is being held on September 4th in New York City. It’s a great opportunity for New Yorkers and anyone interested in connecting with top-level sustainability experts and fashion innovators from around the world. The conference’s lineup of speakers will cover topics including tech, ethics, empowerment, sustainable fabrics, accelerator […]

IIoT and the Connected Fashion Shopfloor

In 2018, Niall Murphy, Co-Founder & CEO of Evrythng, spoke at the Stockholm Fashion Tech Talks about how smart fashion was poised to disrupt the apparel industry. This was not limited to just the world of wearables. He said that the Internet of Things (IoT) wasn’t restricted to connected cars or smart homes, but had […]

Additive Manufacturing, Revolutionarily Changing The Fashion Industry

When it comes to manufacturing, the fashion industry cannot deny that there is no time like the present to take positive action. Change is being made possible thanks to the rapid rise in technological advancements. We are witnessing the manufacturing industry’s overall mindset slowly move towards accommodating lower volume production of high-added value, innovative, customizable […]

Garments M.D.: Qualified to Give a Snapshot of Wearer’s Health

Can you imagine if your clothes were capable of letting you know that you are unwell? This is something that could become a possibility very soon, thanks to Dr. Jessica Wade, a research associate at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Natural Sciences. She is determined to make our passive clothes a thing of the past […]

UN Forestry for Fashion

Some of you may know by now that I love (double-certified) wood-based fabrics. (They are so soft!) I am grateful to have connected with an amazing woman, Leonie Meier, at the Forestry and Timber Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), who far out-nerds me when it comes to her depth of […]

How Tech can Help Fashion Brands Reduce Waste

Fashion has long been among one of the more wasteful industries on the planet. A recent survey showed that the average American will toss out 81 pounds of clothing each year, which amounts to 26 billion pounds of textiles that end up in landfills.  This alarming amount of waste is composed of not only final […]

A Sustainable Supply Chain Begins With Corporate Transparency & Consumer Responsibility

Needless pollution caused by the fashion industry has been a hot topic of conversation for a while now. It has brought about the kind of pressure from conscious consumers that has driven significant fashion brands to take  sustainability seriously. More and more fashion companies are cleaning up their image by adopting a much greener approach […]

More Than Hype, AI Takes the Guessing Out of Fashion

According to Juniper Research, global retail spending on AI will grow to $7.3 billion per year by 2022, up by 5 billion, from an estimated $2 billion in 2018.  Driven by the promise of improved margins, Juniper expects over 325,000 retailers to adopt AI technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI)  has been around for a while but […]

Athleisure & Social Responsibility

Intentionally and unintentionally, I’ve been taking a closer look at athleisure wear for both women and men. Unique perspectives: A designer that makes structural and fabric decisions to pajama sets/rompers for wearability outside of the home Women choose to wear yoga pants for things other than yoga, including travel (flying, driving, walking, etc.) Men’s trend […]

Can Direct-to-Consumer Fix Fashion’s Broken Supply Chain?

Manufacturing Insights prophesies that “by the end of 2020, 50% of all manufacturing supply chains will have the capability to enable direct-to-consumption shipments and home delivery.” It is a prediction that sounds plausible, especially since the idea of “see now, buy now” seems ideal, but why is it that brands, like ex-Jimmy Choo CEO Tamara […]

How Fashion Brands can Spot (and Stay Ahead of) Microtrends

As social media and influencer marketing continues to drive the fashion industry forward, it is key for brands to be able to spot microtrends before their competitors. Microtrends are can last anywhere from 3-5 years and can emerge virtually overnight. If you’re quick to spot micro trends, you can monetize on them for a longer […]

Benefits of Local Manufacturing for USA’s Fashion Industry

In a recent article, Forbes Magazine dubbed local manufacturing as a “secret weapon” for a new generation of  entrepreneurs, and we couldn’t agree more. When we think about manufacturing, our minds often drift off-shore. We automatically begin to compare labor costs and raw material rates of distant countries. This has been the norm, but not […]

Exploring Technologies Destined To Change the Clothes We Wear

Did you know that clothing was one of the first wearable extensible used and developed by humankind?  Well, it’s true. Our clothes are considered to be the most natural extension of our body, not only are they evolving, but they are taking on a new direction into a future where handheld devices will disappear, and […]

Using Language to Promote Transparency and Sustainability

It’s been 10 years since the inception of the word “EcoDiva”, which opened up the silly, sassy, sexy side of sustainability (in food, film, and fashion). Since then, some environmentally conscious brands in Los Angeles have been thriving. This has caused many business owners, including Isaac Nichelson, the founder of Sustainable Source Studios, to shift […]

From AI to Blockchain: Get To Know The Technologies Disrupting Existing Supply Chain Operating Models

Do you know which supply chain technologies are currently trending? Whether you do or do not, there is no denying that knowing your AI from your IoT will definitely give your fashion brand a competitive edge.   First, you have to understand all the moving parts and intricate processes that come into play when adopting innovation […]

How Fashion Brands can Connect with the Conscious Buyer

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation reported that the fashion industry could account for as much as 25% of the world’s total allowable carbon emissions by 2050 if the current practices continued. A study by Unilever revealed that 21% of people would support brands that clearly conveyed sustainability principles through their marketing and packaging. The fashion industry […]

Should Fashion Brands Care About Artificial Intelligence?

There has come a time where even fashion brands must embrace technology to take their brand to the next level. As customer needs get more unique and the pace of the industry accelerates, the need to improve agility, creativity, productivity, and customer support is imperative. This is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) can step in. From […]

Tracing a Fibres Journey Through Blockchain Technology

Not long ago we wrote about how brands are rethinking the traditional business model when it comes to manufacturing through blockchain. There are many advantages to blockchain, like the potential to erase the more familiar practice of less transparency.  As many companies increasingly feel the pressure to change their usual methods, we are witnessing change, […]

Google x Stella McCartney Hatch Up Pilot Scheme To Help The Fashion Industry Rethink Their Production Processes

Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 20 percent of wastewater and 10 percent of carbon emissions globally? Occurring in the first stage of production, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have found that the fashion industry accounts for 20% of wastewater and 10% of carbon emissions worldwide. The 2019 […]

How Transparency in Fashion has Evolved

In the ’20s most people knew their tailor personally and oftentimes watched the in-house seamstresses sew while they waited. In the ’50s most people knew the owner of the dress boutique up the street who kept them up to date on the latest trends. Flash forward to the ‘80s where the only thing touch point […]

Is It Time For Smart Fashion? Why, Yes It Is.

According to Gartner, the worldwide shipments of wearable devices will reach 225 million this year, a 25% increase over last year. Gartner also revealed that the smart clothing industry is poised to become one of the fastest-growing industries out there, growing from 4.12 million units shipped in 2017, to an estimated 19.91 million by 2022. […]

Incorporating Tech Throughout Your Supply Chain (2019 Success)

Everyone knows that technology is influential and has the ability to transform all industries. Many brands, particularly fashion brands, start implementing technology too late in the process, which ends up costing them in the long-run. By integrating technology into the process, from product conception to delivery of the end-product, your brand will have full visibility […]

Squid-Inspired Material could be the Key to Temperature-Regulating Clothing

Can you imagine being able to control the temperature of your clothing, to either heat you up or cool you down? Sounds a bit like science fiction, I know, but it is an idea that could in fact become a reality, thanks to researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).   When Science Is […]

How Fashion Politics is Transforming the Circular Supply Chain

Let’s talk fashion politics. With transparency trending as one of the words shaping the future of fashion, there has been an increase in brands embracing supply chain transparency. Using data to develop eco and socially conscious supply chains,  future-forward brands are not only looking to establish trust with the more mindful shopper, but are also […]

Chemicals Designers can Avoid in their Clothing

In addition to The BtL “F”ed Up Fashion 5, the consumer-facing short list of chemicals to avoid when buying clothing, the Greenpeace DETOX campaign lists several more chemicals that designers and manufacturers should avoid when sourcing and producing fabrics. Greenpeace’s 11 hazardous chemicals to eliminate: Alkylphenols Phthalates Azo dyes Chlorobenzenes Chlorinated solvents Chlorophenols Brominated and chlorinated […]

AI Silk: Freeing the Future by Turning Silk into Sensors

As we head towards a future where the rise in adoption of cognitive technologies is inevitable, thinking out of the box seems to be key when it comes to the evolution of material design. With an increase of intelligence in our garments expected in the not too distant future, the latest innovation to come to […]

How Technology can Help Fashion Brands get Closer to their Customers

The fashion industry is completely dependent on the needs of the customers. In a world where trends can change in the blink of an eye (and brands are meant to be able to keep up), companies need to have the tools to stay ahead. With buying decisions based on a number of things, all factors […]

What Would a Digital Fashion Organization Look like?

Customer demands are at the heart of how brands make the decisions that drive the company forward. The consumer expects so much more from fashion brands – speed, quality, and even ethics. Fashion companies that do not keep up with the transformation of the modern consumer will likely be left behind.   Digital transformation is […]

Suuchi Raises $8M in Series A Funding from Edison Partners to Reinvent the Fashion Supply Chain

NORTH BERGEN, NJ—April 25, 2019—Suuchi Inc., the next-generation supply chain platform provider for fashion brands and retailers, announced that they raised an $8 million investment in Series A funding from Edison Partners. The investment will enable the company to accelerate sales growth, further scale operations and its network, and ensure enterprise-readiness for its cloud-based product […]

The Smart Way to Launching a Fashion Brand Today

It’s no surprise that some of the best brands in the business have a great founding story. A successful launch for a fashion brand is a make or break moment due to the time, energy, and resources that are required to stand out in the clustered industry. Established brands know what it takes to remain […]

A Shortlist of Chemicals to Avoid when Buying Clothes

Last week, I shared information on the innovative fabric manufacturers that genuinely care about “What’s in my tee?” Not all fabric is created with good intentions. This week’s topic is not fun, it’s hard to digest (literally for your pores, which ingests chemicals from your clothes), and it’s a lot to cover in one article. […]

The Role of Analytics in the Apparel Industry

The apparel industry is going through a tectonic shift, with channels proliferating, new markets blossoming, e-commerce booming and customers demanding personalized products instantaneously. That said, every facet of clothing and manufacturing is under scrutiny: from the fabric to the colors, the fit to the style – everything that eventually affects customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. […]

Five Material Innovations Driving The Growth of Fabric-related Technology in 2019

As ordinary textiles steadily evolve into smart fabrics, what seems like fiction today is rapidly becoming a reality. We are witnessing the kind of textile innovation that is introducing us to materials that can communicate, transform, conduct energy and even grow. It is these advances that have many of us looking forward to a wardrobe […]

5 Sustainable Fabrics & Where to Find Them

If you read “What’s in my tee?” and watched the trailers, you would’ve seen the devastating effects of unregulated fabric production and dye dumping. If you are in Tampa on April 18th, Fashion Revolution, Beyond the Label and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability have partnered to show trailers and have a fireside chat […]

What the Future of Supply Chain Could Look Like

Did you know? Did you know, the term, ‘supply chain management’ was first introduced in the 1980s? It’s safe to say that technology is still evolving every day and there is immense scope for improvement in every step of the supply chain. As consumer preferences change, apparel manufacturers must also take a step back and […]

The Smart Textile Market Will Be Worth $5.55 Billion by 2025

A recent report released by  Grand View Research, Inc. stated that the Smart Textile market size is going to be worth $5.55 Billion by 2025. Basing their forecast on the increasing penetration of smartphones and other high-tech or smart devices, the U.S. based market research and consulting company anticipate a substantial growth owed to increasing […]

What To Look For In Your PLM Solution

In a hurry? Listen to the blog instead! Click play below:   Managing products through their entire lifecycle – from inception to design and development until production and end of life – although challenging, it’s thrilling. With a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, you can manage this lifecycle with ease. According to Statista, the PLM and […]

What’s in my Tee?

[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Blog”] This week I had the wonderful opportunity to do a Wear it Wise NetImpact webinar on “What’s in my tee?” with chapter leaders and members from around the world. As I was speaking, I realized that since the first time I spoke about healthier fashion options 10 years […]

The Growing Role of IoT in Apparel Manufacturing

The apparel industry is going through so much change. Consumer, channel, and supply chain shifts and increased economic volatility are the drivers. With the power balance subtly shifting from the seller to the buyer, consumers are dictating what they want. Manufacturers must provide them with products that meet their needs. While this shift in balance […]

Triboelectric Material: Designed To Harvest Energy from Raindrops

The fusion of technology and fabric has been giving birth to super textiles for a while now. These are smart fabrics that are capable of doing things that we once thought impossible. Most recently there has been talk about a waterproof fabric developed by researchers in Taiwan and the US to harvest energy from raindrops. […]

Why Fashion Brands Need to Incorporate Augmented Reality

As the landscape of what traditional retail experiences look like, augmented reality (AR) is now an emerging trend that will continue to evolve consumer experience. AR continues to blur the lines of where “real” life and virtual life differ. In recent years, apps like Pokemon Go have brought AR to the forefront of people’s minds. […]

Celebrating 10 Years of Sustainable, Glamour Fashion at Annual Pre-Oscars Celebration

Some of the celebrities that attended the Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) pre-Oscars celebration this year at the Albright Fashion Library were Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious franchise), Fiona Xie (Crazy Rich Asians), and Danielle Macdonald (Bird Box), among others. RCGD is an internationally recognized organization that combines the worlds of fashion and sustainability. Currently […]

International Women’s Day 2019

As a women-owned and operated company, International Women’s Day is certainly a big deal for us here at Suuchi Inc. When Suuchi launched the company just under 3 years ago, she never could’ve predicted the astronomical success that we would experience. Much of this success can be attributed to the culture that she built. With […]

Why Every Brand Should be Using a PLM Software

Whether you are launching your first brand or have been in the industry for decades, using a product lifecycle management (PLM) software is no longer optional for your supply chain. In order to keep up with the competition in the heavily saturated fashion industry, PLM software is necessary for every brand. Below are 5 benefits […]

Blockchain Technology: an Unprecedented Disruptor of the Fashion Industry

There is no denying that Blockchain has been slowly finding its way into the business of fashion for a while now. As a technology that is set to revolutionize the fashion industry, it was recently announced that online luxury marketplace and platform Reebonz, founded in 2009, has partnered up with VeChain, a leading global enterprise-level […]

Why Diversity and Inclusion are Important to Suuchi Inc. -and how we Cultivate it

Diversity and inclusion are much talked about today. Suuchi Inc. doesn’t want to just support diversity and inclusion, but rather, embodies it. Today, 80% of the team are women, who hail from 27 different nationalities, and 60% of team members are well into their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Our CEO & Founder, Suuchi Ramesh, takes […]

Supply Chain Secrets to Expand Your Fashion Empire From Millions to Billions

If there’s one thing that’s not a secret in the fashion world, it’s that fashion moves fast. Another non-secret: the industry is currently in the throes of a major disruption.   This disruption is of a magnitude that’s never been witnessed before. It’s a disruption that impacts all the makers of fashion. From the designers […]

How to Launch a Customer-Centered Brand

Creating a brand with Amazon-level convenience is imperative to the success of starting a brand in 2019. Amazon’s customer service and Prime capabilities have completely altered the expectations consumers have of brands. Here are the top things to keep in mind when launching your brand this year.   Your customer service is the bottom line. […]

What Consumers Gain from Sustainable Options

“I like to support my friends who are designing in responsible ways by either buying their samples or pre-ordering a garment to help reduce waste. I also like to buy second hand if it is a piece I know I will cherish.” —Nicholas J. Brown, How to Shop for Shi(f)t The mission of Beyond the […]

Building the Brand of your Dreams in 2019 Webinar

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting our first ever webinar! “Launch the Brand of your Dreams in 2019” helped potential clients realize what it takes to make their brand come to life this year. Below is a quick recap of the information we equipped start-up entrepreneurs with to help them get started.   […]

Keeping Automation at the Heart of Apparel Manufacturing for Faster Time to Market (and Other Great Benefits!)

Fashion has drastically changed. As industry insiders, we’re all keenly aware of the effect that the rise of apparel retailers like Zara have had on the fashion marketplace. They’re able to get fresh-off-the-runway fashion into their stores in just weeks with incredible speed to market. They’ve become masters of the “see-now-buy-now” sales model. The fast […]

The Wearable Lab: All About Technologies, Materials & Discoveries

Première Vision, which took place this week in Paris, houses The Wearable Lab, an initiative launched by the tradeshow to support the future of fashion and technology. Partnering up with Federation De La Haute Couture et De La Mode, Première Vision Paris is committed to being part of the global transformation of the fashion industry. […]

The Top Consumer Shifts Brands Need to be Aware of

Business of Fashion released their “State of Fashion 2019” report and illuminated key trends across the board that industry leaders should be aware of. Within this report are the key shifts in consumer behavior. In order to succeed in the coming year, brand and company owners need to be able to identify these trends and […]

A Guide to Sustainable Shopping

“What gives me the chills is the thought of chemicals lurking in places I’m not expecting them to be, like my jackets, pajamas, or pillowcases. There’s something sinister about fashion business owners who allow a level of exposure of hazardous chemicals to people who haven’t the slightest idea of what they’re being exposed to.” -Karen […]

How Technology can Save the Future of the Fashion Industry

Sharecloth released their “2018 Apparel Industry Overproduction Report” and illuminated some truly terrifying statistics plaguing the industry. Fast fashion has innovated the industry, but has also been one of the main contributors to why it may fail in the future. While the numbers presented below are alarming, incorporating advanced technology is the solution that the […]

Pireta: Enabling a New Generation of ‘Truly Wearable’ Smart Garments

As we look to a future where current devices will disappear and instead be built into the clothes that we wear on a daily basis, we explore what Pireta technology has to offer. It is a company that is offering fashion brands the opportunity to build technology into their products. They are able to do […]

Lessons to Learn from the Celebrity Side Hustle

There always seems to be a whole host of obstacles that get in the way of you pursuing your dream. All of the “reasons” that we come up with are just hurdles that we create for ourselves. Here at Suuchi Inc. we are constantly encouraging you to pursue your dream, but there is no better […]

Using Blockchain with a Transparent Supply Chain

With Fashion Revolution Week approaching, I reflect back on an amazing panel from last year: “How can fashion change the world?” Panelists included: Leonardo Bonanni, Tara St. James, Abrima Erwiah, Tabitha St. Bernard, and Stephanie Benedetto who spoke at Parsons in NYC. Visiting from Los Angeles where the conversation trend leaned toward healthier fashion options, when […]

How Virtual Reality is Shaping the Future of Fashion

Virtual reality technology is playing a huge part in shaping what the future of the fashion industry and retail will look like.   The beauty world has been exploring what technology can do to help innovate the landscape the industry. They have created and implemented technology to help consumers pick shades of makeup, hair colors […]

Graphene: Changing the Dynamics of Smart Technologies for the Better

Nobel-Prize winning material graphene has been disrupting the smart textile space for some years now. Described as the ‘wonder material’ of the 21st-century world, graphene was first discovered in 2002 by physics professors at the University of Manchester, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. The revolutionary material is not only changing the science and technology landscape; […]

Why you Need to Work with a Young Manufacturer

Many companies are often fearful of partnering and trusting their brand with a young, expanding manufacturer. While it is understandable that there would be some hesitation to partner with a startup, the truth is that working with a rapidly growing manufacturer is the best choice that you could make for your company. Whatever negatives you […]

Integrating Blockchain into Fashion

Before the holidays, Los Angeles hosted REMODE—a disruptive two-day event where the top influencers came together to sustainably shift fashion as an industry. Amongst many panels, “The Role of Blockchain in Fashion” was widely anticipated. Beyond the Label (BtL) supplied REMODE with note takers. Veronica Ko, BtL team member, made note that panelist Tessa Thorburn […]

Debunking US-Based Manufacturing Myths

As most people probably know, there has been a lot of talk of what is going to happen with companies who manufacture overseas when the impending tariffs are put into place. While the appeal of overseas manufacturing was once the lower costs, this will no longer hold true. However, many brands are under the impression […]

Propelling Blockchain into Fashion Manufacturing

A recent report released by Zion Market Research got me thinking that blockchain is becoming a reality in various industries, including fashion. No longer only used for cryptocurrency transactions, the report valued technology to reach $307 million by 2024 which illustrates how blockchain could have the potential to play a vital role in manufacturing.   […]

2019’s Supply Chain Success Tool Kit for Fashion Brands & Retailers

If you are a large enterprise leader in fashion responsible for driving millions or billions of dollars in revenue, you need a new success tool kit for 2019. The supply chain is where the real, revenue driving answers lie –   1)    It’s really about demand network systems Successful companies build products not based on supply constraints, […]

Ethical Treatment of Manufacturing Employees

A few weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that an American sportswear company was manufacturing their products in a Chinese detainment center. The people working at this detainment center were forced to give up their religion and language and were paid either nothing or barely above the minimum wage. This is just one example of […]

Developing your Company Culture

Starting any business requires a ton of energy and a truly entrepreneurial spirit. There are a thousand minute things that you have to think about that will contribute to your ability to grow your company. If your business is going to include anyone other than yourself (which it most likely will), one of the things […]

Intelligent Textiles: Presenting a Roadmap for the Future

As technology evolves, textiles are becoming more and more intelligent. From clothing to sensors to luminous fashion tech, it is a revolution that has brought the integration of electronics and textiles to the forefront. It is no secret that, connected or embedded,  digital components being used in textiles is something that has been in development […]

How Transparency can Transform your Brand

Transparency has become one of the top buzzwords across all industries, but especially within the fashion industry. A quick Google search will show you just how much of a hot topic it has become. As a brand that centers itself around a totally transparent supply chain, Suuchi Inc. knows that while some brands say that […]

Beyond the Label’s #MakeShiftHappen Influencer Meet & Greet

In November, Beyond the Label hosted its first #MakeShiftHappen Influencer Meet & Greet giving students, designers and Angelenos an opportunity to connect with changemakers from London, Germany, France, and around the United States – all in favor to truly #MakeShiftHappen. During a ‘speed interview’, Beyond The Label team members Karen Housel, Naomi Goez and Allison Sherman asked […]

Breaking Down the Apparel Supply Chain

Understanding your supply chain is an important part of owning a fashion line. If you are unsure of what goes into creating your line from start to finish, you’re going to have a hard time describing exactly what you’re selling (remember: transparency is key). We’ve created a cheat sheet to help you understand each stage […]

Navigating the Rubik’s Cube that is Manufacturing Fashion Tech

Although the manufacturing industry is currently in the midst of transformation, thanks to digitisation, executing a fashion tech prototype successfully can still feel like the wild, wild west. This is why it is vital that you take a moment to learn from those who have been through the process countless times because they have learned […]

What to Know when Sourcing your Line

As a brand owner, you know just how much work goes into the “behind-the-scenes” work of your line in order to make it perfect. When you are putting everything into your line, there is no room for any error that can jeopardize the success of your brand. One area that can become a pitfall for […]

How Clothing Recycling can Help Grow your Brand

Recently, the discussion of circular economy has raised new questions when it comes to fashion. A traditional linear economy makes, uses, and disposes, while a circular economy seeks to finds ways to reuse, recycle, and regenerate materials & resources for as long as possible.   I’d like to introduce myself, Taryn Hipwell, as the founder […]

How Tech Keeps Your Supply Chain Nimble

In the recent past, many successful businesses who once were the leaders of their industry have either lost their status as the gold standard or have gone out of business completely. These rapid declines have come as a shock to many people and begs the question of why these business are losing their status so […]

Nanotechnology Creates New Fashion Markets by Disrupting Old Ones

It is no secret that nanotechnology-based textiles, also known as nanotextiles, have given fashion designers, and creative minds the opportunity to work with tech-fused fabrics with superior properties. Now that designers are no longer limited to traditional materials, the fashion industry has been taking advantage of the opportunity to work with fabric that has mechanical […]

5 Questions to ask Yourself Before Launching a Brand

Suuchi Inc. knows that when you’re passionate about the project you’re working on, it can be tempting to want to jump ahead in the process. We work with many amazing designers and brands who have worked hard to be able to showcase their work. However, we also know that creating a successful brand doesn’t happen […]

How to Marketing Working with an Ethical Manufacturer

As the fashion industry continues to grow and the market becomes more crowded, the way brands differentiate themselves has been forced to evolve. With so many different brands on the market, you need to ensure that you have multiple ways to distinguish yourself as the top choice.   One way to differentiate your brand from […]

Translating the Power of Smart Fabrics

Did you know that Smart Textiles is predicted to be worth $130 billion by 2025? It is a prediction made by technology consultancy Cientifica in a report entitled “Smart Textiles and Wearables: Markets, Applications and Technologies”. The report stated that the rapid adoption of smart textile technologies in the apparel and fashion industries could make […]

The Importance of Passionate Employees

What if you were able to customize every job description to every single one of your employees? What if you could take all of their strengths and create the perfect roles for them to be fully dedicated and passionate to the work they’re doing?   Over and over, research has shown that when employees are […]

What’s Next for Suuchi Inc.?

Suuchi Inc. has based its entire mission in continuously innovating fashion manufacturing through our use of technology. While we have already disrupted the industry in a major way, we have no plans of stopping anytime soon.   In just 27 months, we have seen an exponential growth that manufacturing hasn’t experienced in decades. We have […]

The First Step to Launch Your Dream Brand

We know that when you’re a launching brand that all you want to do is to finally show everyone what you’ve been working so hard on. The mundane, first steps to launching your brand could seem like unnecessary formalities just holding you back.   But what if skipping out on one step could jeopardize the […]

Why Boutique Owners Should Start their own Line

Running a boutique requires a keen eye to all of the trends in the fashion industry and the trends that resonate with your customers.   What happens when designers aren’t creating the styles that reflects what resonates with your audience and, ultimately, doesn’t make you money? You create your own clothing line.   Rest assured, […]

What Fast Fashion Means for Sustainability

When was the last time you thought: “I love the outfit I just ordered. Can’t wait to wear it in 4-6 weeks!” Literally never, is my guess.   Consumers have a “see now, buy now, wear now” mentality when it comes to how they shop. Think of all the clothes in your closet: worn once […]

Retail in 2020 & the Role of Sustainability

This past week, three members of our team here at Suuchi Inc. attended the “Retail in 2020 and the Role of Sustainability” panel hosted by The Fashion Institute of Technology and The NPD Group.   The talk and following panel were led by Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst for The NPD Group, who discussed the […]

How Suuchi Inc. is Staying Ahead of the Curve

The fashion industry has long been the straggler in our technological world. In a society that values innovation and speed, the designers and companies need to keep up with a growing demand for custom, high-quality pieces with the ability to deliver them at the same speed of Amazon.   While some companies have stepped up […]

5 Ways to Keep 5 Generations Happy in the Workplace

For the first time in history there are 5 generations that comprise the workforce. The Silent Generation (1925-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980), Millennials (1981-1996), and Generation Z (1997- Present) are all working side-by-side. Here at Suuchi Inc., in fact, our employees are as young as 21 and as old as 70.   Employers […]

Women are Changing the Face of Business

As a woman-owned and mostly women-operated company, we know a thing or two about what it means to be a woman in the business world. In what was once a profession saturated with men, the tables have started to turn in a major way.   American Express reported that women-owned businesses are growing 2.5x faster […]

Smart Apparel: What is Wearable Tech?

How often do you check your phone? Once every few minutes? More? It is not uncommon for someone to feel naked without their phone, but do you ever stop to wonder why? Some believe that it is because of its ability to keep people connected. Others claim it is because of the versatility it offers […]

What Supply Chain Transparency Offers

Supply chains matter. Supply chain transparency matters even more. Getting a finished product is one thing, but seeing its creation can instills a trust in a client that would not be otherwise possible. The digital age has changed the way people view information. People feel entitled to even the smallest shred of additional information about […]

Why the Future of Fashion Derives from the Past

The US apparel industry is worth $350B in revenue. Only 2% of that volume is made in USA. The future is about bringing back the 98%. For local supply chains to scale to making the 98%, prices must be accessible. BUT real-impact fashion is more than accessible price points. Creating the future is creating beautiful […]

Why the Apparel Industry Left the USA

Apparel Industry: Why it left the US    The apparel industry has seen better days upon domestic shores. There was once a point in time, not too long ago, when US-made garments were the standard and not the exception. Today, roughly 2% of apparel is made domestically according to CNBC. This percentage is abysmal compared […]