Trendwatch: Is Custom Outerwear the Future?
November 14, 2012
As covered in our recent trends update, allowing customers to specialize and personalize your products is a major trend headed towards both retail and service industries. Mark Mangelsdorf wrote an article in Skiing Business that captures how custom clothing brands are beginning to capitalize on this trend in the ski industry, interviewing executives from brands like Beyond Clothing, Wild Things and NWT3K. Mangelsdorf describes how customization can give smaller brands a leg up on their larger counterparts:
“If this isn’t the future, it should be,” says Scott Jones, Beyond Clothing’s founder. “It is a win-win for everyone.”
With custom apparel, the business sidesteps the risk of purchasing a designated amount of a product in hopes of selling it all. Instead, Wild Things purchases the raw material and produces only what is demanded, resulting in a more-efficient, less-risky business strategy. With overseas factories and sprawling product distribution, it seems unwieldy for many big brands to tackle tailored outerwear.
Jones is currently working on a retail kiosk plan that would allow people to access the same customization process in-store as they could online, which could help lesser-known brands increase their reach.