The retail technology company meepl ⎜ Fision AG, Zurich/Switzerland, and the manufacturer of flat knitting machines Stoll, a business unit of the Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany, have partnered to offer made-to-measure knitwear for the fashion industry on a global scale.
This collaboration will be a first for the knitwear fashion market – combining sustainability with personalization. Coupling meepl’s 3D body scanning app with Stoll’s “knit and wear” innovative technology will provide a customer-centric solution to tailor-made clothing production. It will allow knitwear to be customized on an automated and scalable level, using meepl’s highly accurate measurements fed straight into the “knitelligence” software controlling Stoll’s machines. meepl’s smartphone-enabled 3D body scanning technology uses body reconstruction algorithms to produce an almost 100% accurate body image from just 2 pictures, instantly obtaining up to 100 measurements of the body. With this body scanning technology the consumer’s personal body measurements can easily be connected to the knitelligence platform. The platform automatically adjusts the knitting pattern based on the body measurements being provided making it possible to knit tailored garments in a very short time without any manual intervention. The partnership will offer a benefit for the end-user in terms of both accuracy of sizing and quality of fit, leading to a level of automatic customization of knitwear which can be scaled to a high level. Over the last few years, there has been a notable global increase in demand for knitwear products, with a recent report recognizing knitwear as a major segment of the fashion industry.