Originally posted on Sourcing Journal 

While sustainability may be a common thread throughout any conversation in the apparel business, the truth is that the industry has hamstrung itself thanks to years of poor, inefficient practices and a reliance on fast fashion.

Now, all companies—from brands to manufactures to retailers—are struggling with nearly every aspect of sustainability, including how to even define it.

And although we’re seeing more technologies that promise to improve things, effecting change is more than just installing new tech or even fixing legacy production processes. Lena Lim, the co-founder of Browzwear, joined a recent Sourcing Journal podcast to discuss why it’s more important for companies to develop a holistic mindset—which may be somewhat surprising coming from the co-founder of a tech company.

Listen to learn:

  • Why sustainability is actually more than just decreasing waste
  • Why tech alone can’t save us
  • How companies can use metrics other than sales to gauge their financial growth
  • The “myth” of greenwashing
  • Who’s getting it right

The digital platform allows designers to create new designs incorporating YKK® fasteners and send error-free instructions to production, reducing waste and speeding time to market.

YKK, a global leader in fastening solutions, including zippers, plastic hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snaps and buttons, is among the growing number of prominent companies in the industry to partner with Browzwear to facilitate creative design and speed time to market. Both companies also share a commitment to driving innovations for more sustainable processes and practices for apparel businesses.

“At Browzwear, we are constantly building partnerships and developing new solutions that will streamline the design process for our clients from concept to commerce,” said Sharon Lim, co-founder and CEO of Browzwear. “A zipper may seem simple, but designing and manufacturing with that zipper is actually complex. With YKK’s products available in our platform in true-to-life 3D, we’re changing that, and we feel confident that our customers will benefit from the ability to work faster and smarter.”

“Browzwear, which shares YKK’s vision for a more innovative, sustainable and efficient fashion industry, is an ideal partner for us. We look forward to working closely with the company to build pioneering solutions that will achieve those goals.” said Takashi Tsukumo, Vice President, Global Marketing Group, YKK Corporation.

The first stage of the YKK integration will be available in the January product update. The YKK catalogue will be incorporated in phases, with new products added in each of Browzwear’s software updates.

Browzwear and the Fashion Institute of Technology NYC invite you to attend our “3rd Annual Browzwear FIT Night” event, where you will hear from leaders in the apparel industry.

This year we will focus on “Human Creativity in the Digital Age”. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover innovative 3D apparel technology
  • Learn about the user experience and end-to-end 3D digital workflow
  • Listen and engage with prominent industry speakers from PVH, Nordstrom, and others
  • Explore a showcase of our partners’ solutions
  • Network with leading professionals over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

September 10, 2019

Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Hall,

New York City, NY

5:30 – 7:00 pm  Registration, partners’ exhibition and cocktail reception
7:00 – 8:30 pm  Opening session and panel: Human Creativity in the Digital Age
8:30 – 9:30 pm  Drinks, hors d’óeuvres, and solutions showcase




(Spots are filing up fast)

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Browzwear Team

Looking for ways to expand your knowledge base? Want to get up to speed with the latest trends in apparel design? Now you can earn a 3D Apparel Design Certificate from FIT, New York’s internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. Browzwear and FIT have teamed up to offer a new five-week course introducing you to VStitcher for more creative designs, faster time to market and less waste. In this five-week course, you will learn how to work in a 3D design environment, develop basic blocks into new garments, build fabric and trim libraries, use 3D imaging to test pattern fit across a range of activities, create and manipulate virtual samples and more. You will also learn to apply a variety of fabric textures and prints onto 3D images to see how’s garments are affected. Click here to sign up today.

Singapore, February 21, 2019 – Browzwear, the leading provider of 3D solutions for fashion design, development and merchandising, announced today a new integration with BeProduct, the management solution behind some of fashion’s biggest technology install bases.

With this new integration, users will be able to access assets stored in BeProduct such as  fabrics, trims, and seam libraries, from Browzwear applications. With real-time sync, assets and tags will seamlessly update between the two platforms for an improved user experience.

“At BeProduct, we believe in putting control back in the hands of creatives who have been less served by traditional enterprise PLM systems, so integrating with the leading, open 3D platform made perfect sense for us and our users,” said Daniel Pak, BeProduct CEO. “We know that designers and product teams stand to benefit in a huge way from intuitive, powerful 3D tools, and an integrated approach to 3D and PLM is already unlocking real, measurable value for brands and retailers – from product design to marketing.”

The BeProduct and Browzwear integration makes it easier for designers to access and use the assets they need, and for brands to control which designers have access to which assets for their work, thereby closing the loop in an end-to-end workflow management process.

The new integration ensures that assets in BeProduct are automatically available in Browzwear. In addition, BeProduct includes full support for the U3M standard, with all material characteristics required for extremely technical 3D design, alteration, sample evaluation and other areas being accessible through an in-solution U3M app.

“As partners in the U3M alliance, we’re committed to delivering the most seamless 3D and PLM experience through open standards,” said Sharon Lim, Browzwear CEO. “Working closely with BeProduct enables transparent synchronization between material libraries and product data held in BeProduct, and every part of the Browzwear ecosystem.”

“We see Browzwear as being at the forefront of 3D adoption and innovation in apparel, and we’re proud to have established a partnership that brings the best of 3D and the best of design-oriented PLM into a single system,” said Pak.

About Browzwear

Browzwear’s pioneering 3D solutions for apparel design, merchandising and sales are the key to a successful digital product lifecycle. Through the power of accurate, true-to-life 3D, designers, pattern-makers, production and marketing can now collaborate effectively and shorten delivery schedules. With Browzwear’s open platform and partner ecosystem, brands and retailers world-wide are automating workflows, reducing iterations and samples, and selling garments even before they are produced.

Learn more at www.browzwear.com.  

About BeProduct

Built by the brains behind some of fashion’s biggest technology install bases, BeProduct helps brands and retailers inhabit the things they make. Every sketch; every stitch; every step of design and development. Headquartered in New York City, hosted on the cloud and designed with collaboration at its heart, our PLM solution is uniquely flexible and as full-featured as market leaders’, with none of the big enterprise bloats.

Manage apparel, footwear, and accessories. Use our bulletproof API to design custom apps without a line of code. Create color palettes by uploading street style snaps. Handle complex compliance requirements. Work more closely together on design and development. Do more of what you love, and let us worry about everything else. Sidestep the false choice between implementing off-the-shelf solutions or custom-building at huge cost. BeProduct is PLM done differently.

For more information, visit http://www.beproduct.com.