Even for the most talented and savviest young fashion designers, getting your head around the logistics of production can be a huge stumbling block – and can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to establishing a business.
But there’s a technology platform trying to change all that. Sewport allows brands to connect directly and easily with manufacturers, and it has just secured £650 000 in investment from venture capital fund Fuel Ventures. The money will go towards growing the platform and hiring additional staff.
To work with Sewport, a fledgling fashion designer or brand doesn’t need to have any industry connections. You simply fill in an enquiry form outlining the needs of your project, and the platform makes this enquiry public to specialists and manufacturers who will contact you to offer their services and fight for your business. From there, it’s up to you to select the best supplier and partner to suit your needs. All payment is secured via Escrow and it’s not only production that Sewport can help with – other services include pattern making, sampling and sourcing. Essentially, they help turn ideas into products by connecting the fashion community with those who can manufacture them.
“After working with brands and launching over 200 new projects in 3 years I realised we need to make fashion factory sourcing more accessible to everybody,” explains founder Boris Hodakel, “even for those new to the industry and without connections.”
To date, Sewport has been used by over 4,000 brands and works with more than 500 manufacturers and suppliers.