Arguing for Hybrid Opportunities in the Future of Fashion and Technology
Amanda Parkes rethinks how manufacturing, technology and design intersect, under one state-of-the-art roof
Amanda Parkes of Manufacture NY, a Fashion Incubator and Accelerator Manufacturing Facility in Brooklyn, works with leaders across sectors to create sustainable solutions within the broken infrastructure of fashion manufacturing. In this video, Parkes argues in favor of creating hybrid opportunities for the future of fashion and technology through the use of withstanding materials, processes and facilities.
Parkes begins by documenting the tremendous potential to inflict both positive and negative impact within the fashion industry given its sheer size and status. In particular, she looks at metrics of labor, policy and gender as instrumental problems that require costly and longstanding solutions. Other pressing challenges, such as the transparent shift in the way young and independent designers innovate, has led to fewer jobs and cheap places to produce. These market variables combined have radical implications for the global economy.
“Our mission is to reawaken and rebuild America’s Fashion Industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain.” How exactly does a company tap into this fueled mission? A $100 million building initiative to reinvent the fashion factory through design and sustainability.