It was a year ago that we wrote about the world of Unmade. Founded by Royal College of Art graduates, Ben Alun-Jones, Hal Watts and Kirsty Emery, Unmade, previously called Knyttan, uses coding to power knitting machines as though they are 3D printers. They are proving to be far cry from being just another big knit craze, by ensuring that nothing they produce will be unwanted.
Now we revisit, to see what they are up to now. They are still about enabling customisable products that can be manufactured on an industrial scale. “Fashion is about expressing your individuality through the clothes you wear, but current industrial manufacturing fails to account for this. Clothes are designed for the ‘average’ meaning many products are not fit for purpose. The result is overproduction, heavy discounting and waste, impacting companies’ bottom lines and the environment. Unmade is the industrial solution to change this,” shared someone from the Unmade team.
Founded in 2013, Unmade used their technology to launch a series of interactive knitwear products in collaboration with artists and designers. They’ve since worked on projects with the British Fashion Council, designed an award-winning catwalk collection with Christopher Raeburn, and built a concept store within Selfridges.
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Described by BoF as “making the tools of factory production available at the click of a mouse, with no penalty for short productions runs”, they have come up with a solution that comes down to their system which is made from three key elements: personalisation editors, e-commerce integration, and on-demand manufacturing. It is these three key elements that enable their partners to take customised designs straight to production, for the same unit cost as mass production.
They have won Drapers Digital Award (Best Use of Innovation 2017), British Fashion Council (Futures Award Digital Coalition 2016) and Retail Week Tech & Ecomm Award (Digital Launch of the Year 2016) too name a few, Unmade continues to work in collaboration with other innovative global brands and powering them with Unmade technology.