What Should Emerging Designers Know About Sourcing Eco-Textiles?
As the first trends-driven global-sourcing marketplace for the fashion industry, Source4Style knows fabric. To celebrate the 2.0 version of its website, co-founder Summer Rayne Oakes has compiled a list of sourcing tips for emerging designers, particularly those with a yen for sustainability. “Despite the rise of online solutions to fashion commerce, the $400 billion market for materials sourcing remains offline and fragmented,” says Oakes. “Design and apparel brands want to come to a place where they are inspired, where they can discover new trends. Most don’t want to purchase the material for their upcoming collection in the same place they can source coffee beans or machine parts." Source4Style seeks to change all offering designers a curated selection of materials through comprehensive search tools and trend reports. Plus, the first 25 Ecouterre readers to use the code 25TERRE100 at checkout will get $100 off an annual Premium Level Membership and $25 in free swatches.