Amazon’s New Fast Fashion Manufacturing Patent Could Come Home

A system of textile printers, cutters and cameras will be used for custom textile orders
April 20, 2017Allison Zisko

Amazon logoSEATTLE—Amazon’s newly awarded patent for an on-demand clothing manufacturing system could one day be applied to home textiles.

The e-commerce giant has developed a computerized system that can quickly produce clothing to fulfill custom orders, according to a story in Recode. The system includes textile printers, cutters, an assembly line and cameras that can take pictures of the garments to aid alterations if necessary. The apparel would be made in batches grouped according to customer shipping addresses as well as other factors, the report said.

This fast fashion boost could theoretically also apply to Amazon’s home textiles business, including its private label Pinzon brand. The patent inventors reportedly think their new manufacturing system could work in other categories like “footwear, bedding, curtains, towels,” and be made from a variety of materials like plastic and rubber, among others, Recode reported.

Amazon could not be reached for comment at press time.

As previously reported in HFN, Amazon plans to launch a collection of upholstered furniture and fabrics from fast fashion home brand Cloth & Company, in collaboration with Apartment Therapy. The capsule collection features 26 fabrics, including linens, velvets and an eclectic array of prints in 13 silhouettes, and represents the top trend picks emerging from Apartment Therapy’s 10 million readers. Cloth & Company is led by Christiane Lemieux, the founder of DwellStudio, and Meganne Wecker, president of Skyline Furniture.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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