When it comes to early tech adoption in the apparel & footwear industry, sports and fitness brands have most certainly taken the lead. One such company well known for its innovation and early adoption is Under Armour. Yet even they experience the hurdle of ‘how does technological innovation affect the bottom line’.
The desire to work in 3D was present at Under Armour long before they got the funding, as the business side of the company struggled to see its immediate value. It wasn't until they decided to grow their women's offering by 30% and were faltering on meeting prototype deadlines that it began to be considered a viable solution to working in an agile, flexible and efficient manner. It was at this point that the CTO at the time engaged with Optitex to virtualize and bring 3D into the showroom.
For those of you that don’t already know, PI Apparel has partnered with Target to form the 3D Retail coalition (3D.RC), a group whose sole purpose is to help companies who are currently using 3D or intending on investing in it. As such, the 3D.RC will be welcoming Under Armour's Jami Dunbar (VP, Apparel Manufacturing) and Lisa Struble (VP, Technical Design) who will share the Under Armour 3D journey.