Textile and Fashion Federation (Singapore), Taff, has been working with IE Singapore since 2011 in organizing overseas mission trips to major fashion cities for trade show with the objective of helping Singapore designers expand in New York, Paris and Seoul.
As the designers start to gain traction with each show, both IE Singapore and Taff are encouraged by the interest by international stockists and have recently embarked on a holistic internationalisation programme for promising Singapore Designers.
As part of this programme, Taff assisted Singapore designers in differentiating their products through materials innovation and creative partnership. Under this material innovation project, participating Singapore fashion designer brands can innovate & differentiate themselves with the help of Taff by partnerships with technology houses such as UCT Pacific, Waste2Wear etc.
This year, we have brought together UCT Pacific, a renowned 3D printing expert, with our 2 of our Taff-member designers, namely bag brand ONE.61 and jewellery brand Carrie K. This additive manufacturing process allowed the designers to design and build intricate pieces that prove to be challenging or even impossible by hand tooling. The 3D modelling also allowed designer to tweak and edit designs quickly and proves to be an efficient and cost-effective way to prototype and produce one-of-a-kind product.
The second designer-technology collaboration that we brought about this year was Waste2Wear Company working with our local designer brand, Pleatation. Waste2Wear recycles 100% post-consumer plastic bottles into eco-friendly fabrics. This unique process involves turning environmentally damaging waste into useable, sustainable yarns. The recycled yarns are then combined with natural fibers to be woven or knitted into 100% eco-friendly fabrics, suitable for garments, home textiles and accessories. Working with Pleatation, a ladies’ apparel brand specializing in pleats, was a perfect match. Synthetic fabrics holds pleats well, and as pleating requires a lot more fabric than the usual garment, it made sense to Pleatation’s founder, Chiang Xiaojun, to go greener and more sustainable.
As this material innovation project progresses, keep a lookout for more interesting collaborations between our local designers and innovative technology houses at the various tradeshows our designers participate in!