VF Corp. will open three innovation centers — dedicated to new frontiers in technical apparel, footwear and jeans — during the first half of 2014.
The company will establish the technical apparel facility in Alameda, Calif., home of The North Face; the jeanswear center in Greensboro, N.C., home of the parent firm and the Wrangler brand, and the footwear base in Stratham, N.H., the home of Timberland. The centers will be staffed with teams of scientists, engineers, technical designers and other key talent.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"