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The report which identifies Swedish apparel manufacturers in Sweden is now published by the Swedish School of Textiles. It is the result of a survey of subcontractors, manufacturers of fashion and clothes within Sweden.

The Swedish School of Textiles has now finished the first report about subcontractors, manufacturing fashion and clothes in Sweden. The report, called Apparel manufacturers in Sweden 2013 – a survey of subcontractors, is about the characters of manufacturing companies within the different areas of the clothing supply chain: from production and processing of woven material and knitwear, dyeing, pattern making, cutting and sewing to production of ready-made garments. The report is the result of a survey regarding Swedish apparel manufacturers and it has been carried out within the EU financed project Baltic Fashion.

About Baltic fashion
The fashion sector in the countries around the Baltic Sea has long textile traditions. The challenge is how the fashion sector can grow in the future. Sweden is represented by The Swedish School of Textiles with responsibility for the Innovation Network which will promote innovations in fashion. The Swedish school of Textiles is also the contact point for the activities within Sweden. Continuously, we conduct national information about the fashion sector on the project page www.baltic-fashion.eu. This is to simplify for everyone with the need of information and contacts e.g. fashion entrepreneurs, fashion organizations, subcontractors, designers, education etc. in Sweden and around the Baltic Sea. 

Until now there was no comprehensive list of companies manufacturing facilities in Sweden. It is important for the industry to know where the production capabilities are, to help those who are seeking for production possibilities. We often hear or talk about Swedish fashion but never about the Swedish production. By identifying and highlighting the production we analyse and contribute to a positive development of the clothing industry.

  • The result of this survey will be available both national, and international.
  • The material is also available in a bigger database for production, covering the seven countries around the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Pland, Germany, Sweden and Finland. Search for manufacturers by country, cathegory etcetera.
  • Author of the report is Pia Mouwitz, Senior Lecturer at the Swedish School of Textiles and assisting author Lisbeth Svengren Holm, Professor in Design Management at The Swedish School of Textiles. The data for the survey was conducted by Master's Degree students, Olga Wernemyr and Christopher Gustafsson,

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Apparel manufacturers in Sweden 2013 – a survey of subcontractors
The list of apparel manufacturers in Sweden 2013


Activities fall 2013

Innovation

Research is conducted in order to clarify the level of innovation in fashion today and to find out the potential of innovative fashion in all countries involved in the project: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Sweden. Researchers at The Swedish School of Textiles will identify the innovations that have been launched recently, analyze these and coordinate activities.

Successively a lot of innovative fashion examples will be presented on www.baltic-fashion.eu as the Fashion innovation digest: Examples on innovation, Baltic Fashion Project Topics and Organizations for innovation. Several innovation topics will be studied e.g. Concepts, Technologies, Materials and Business models. Each project partner will compile national information on innovation, successively.

Activities on various topics are held by the partners. Sweden is responsible for two activities: Smart Textile and wearable technology and To make clothes that matter- from tradition to new design aesthetics:

Smart Textile and wearable technology

Smart textiles represent the next generation of textile materials with extensive research activities on European as well as national level. In this study we investigate how these materials have been introduced in the fashion and clothing sector. The aim with this survey is to anticipate a future direction of wearable technology, smart textile and fashion and how we can get there. The survey is mainly directed towards European projects and activities in both an academic and a commercial context.

The report was written during 2012 and spring 2013 and the report will be published fall-winter 2013.

To make clothes that matter- from tradition to new design aesthetics

There is already an overload of clothes on the market. It is therefore time to reconsider the values of clothing and to look at how these values can be expressed in clothing. Doing so, we aim to understand how the values can be expressed by design, through the garment aesthetics.

This research aims to find new skills and ways to work with design. Research, in theory and in practice by exchange of skills and competence, through a collaboration between designers, product developers, Swedish manufactureres, artists and design students. The starting point is presentations of the partakers own traditions: sami culture, new cultures, tailoring, mass market, accessories and functional clothing with integrated electronics. Techniques and methods: weaving, embroidery, From denim to dressed and To begin form the end.

In what way are clothes expressing the values of Swedish culture and traditions?. How can we express new and traditional values through garments, to meet the future. This research is dealing with the question: How we can find new ways to work with the value of clothes, to design clothes that matter? 


 

To meet the needs of Fashion Entrepreneurs 

Research about the specific needs of fashion entrepreneurs will be conducted. In the end of the project, when the needs are identified, some results will be tested in practice. A pilot training will be held for entrepreneurs and students, to meet the future educational needs from the Fashion companies. 

Report: Support and training needs Among Swedish Fashion companies

In the spring of 2012, we have investigated fashion and sports wear companies need for training and development, with a questionnaire and through two roundtables: one in Boras and one in Stockholm. The results from these studies form the basis for our continued efforts, with the aim to contribute in various ways to support and train fashion companies. 

Read the report


Previous activities

Partner meeting in Boras Mar 4-6 2013

Baltic Fashion project partners from seven countries meet at the Swedish School of Textiles. There will be transnational discussions and presentations regarding innovations, need of support to promote fashion, mapping of production etc. The partners will also visit the Fashion Incubator and Textile and Fashion center at Simonsland and be introduced to the continuous interaction between The Swedish School of Textiles, the fashion entrepreneurs and organisations.

Mar 4th 3.30-5.30pm

Welcome to an Open presentation on Smart Textile and wearable technology

Researcher Lena Berglin will present how smart textiles are introduced in the fashion and clothing sector, the results of research within the Batic Fashion Project. The presentations starts with a general presentation of Smart Textiles by Susanne Nejderås. The Gallery, level 2, Textilhögskolan, Bryggaregatan 17, Borås

The Swedish School of Textiles identifies Swedish apparel production - we are looking for Sweden’s sub-contractors in the apparel and fashion industry.

The Swedish School of Textiles is conducting a survey among the apparel producers in Sweden. We are looking for production companies within the different areas of the supply chain: from production and processing of woven material and knitwear, dyeing, pattern making, cutting and sewing to production of ready-made garments.

WhyThere is no comprehensive list today of companies that have their own production facilities in Sweden. It is important for the industry to know where the production capabilities are to help those who are seeking for production possibilities. We often hear or talk about Swedish fashion but never about the Swedish production. By identifying and highlighting the production we can analyse and contribute to a positive development of the industry. The result of this survey will be available both national, and international, during 2013.

National: The result will be published on this website (www.hb.se/ths/balticfashion)
International: The result and a list of producers and subcontractors will be available in a database on the website of the EU-project Baltic Fashion 
www.baltic-fashion.eu

This survey is conducted by Olga Wernemyr and Christopher Gustafsson, christopher.gustafsson@hb.se  

Tell us

if You know some Swedish apparel and fashion producers?  pia.mouwitz@hb.se

Contact Sweden

Lena Berglin: Researcher in this project regarding “Smart textile and wearable technology”. Senior lecturer at the Swedish School of Textiles. Researcher in textile materials, smart textile and biocomposites.

Pia Mouwitz: Project coordinator. Researcher in this project regarding “The Value of Tradition in fashion and clothes”. Senior lecturer in fashion at the Swedish School of Textiles.

Anita Radon: Researcher regarding the support and training needs of fashion SME.s. Postdoc in fashion management.

Lisbeth Svengren Holm: Head of research in this project, with focus on the innovative fashion sector of the Baltic countries. Professor in Fashion and Design management

More about Baltic Fashion: www.balticfashion.eu

Finance

Part financed by the European Union: European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

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