The grants were made as part of Alvanon’s Fashion Fit Movement, a program designed to help restore technical skills to New York City and other global fashion hubs, including Hong Kong and London. The tools, which include AlvaForm technical fit mannequins, technical grading blocks and Virtual AlvaForms, have in turn been awarded by the CFDA to New York-based fashion firms Design Incubator and Sunrise Studio.
Alvanon chief executive officer Janice Wang said, “Look for both enterprises to steadily emerge in prominence throughout the fashion industry,” adding that both firms have “a laser focus on the technical aspects of product development.”
Design Incubator specializes in garment development, taking design concepts from sketch to finished products. Clients include Creatures of the Wind, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Mara Hoffman and Timo Weiland.
“Alvanon’s forms are wonderful,” said Amy Fong, owner of Design Incubator. “They are very well designed. Our pattern-makers love them. The other forms we have probably were designed 100 years ago and haven’t been updated by those companies in ages.”
Sunrise Studio Inc. is a high-end sample and production contractor with more than 65 skilled workers. Located in the city’s Garment District, Sunrise’s garment production categories range from silk chiffon to leather, woven and knits. Clients include Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler, The Row, Calvin Klein Collection, Marc Jacobs Collection, Urban Zen, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Taylor and 10 Crosby Derek Lam.
Alvanon launched its Fit Movement in 2012 by granting a two-year mentorship to designer Carrie Parry. Since then, Alvanon has supplied grants and mentoring to a variety of fashion organizations and small businesses, including pattern-maker Werkstatt, and associations that support the reshoring of apparel manufacturing jobs to the US, such as the CFDA.
Alvanon, founded in 2001, has evolved into a global consulting firm advising apparel organizations on areas such as consumer analytics, concept and technical design, product development, manufacturing, quality, sourcing, planning, merchandising, distribution, marketing e-commerce and training. Alvanon works with its clients across multiple apparel sectors in 89 countries. It operates from its head office in New York, European headquarters in London and Asia office in Hong Kong, with research, development and manufacturing facilities in Dongguan and Shenzhen in China.