Over production is the elephant in the room; the thing brands don’t want to discuss. “It’s the sacred cow at the heart of the industry,” he says. “Look, fashion’s not alone. With any kind of mass production, the business of being in a factory is producing as cheaply as possible, and you get that through scale. That’s what brands in many ways are forced into… Then there’s a forecasting issue, where everyone expects to sell perhaps more than they can… but waste is built into their business models and they are quite happy with not selling [a certain percentage].”
There is another way. Csaki and his business partner Eric Phu decided if they’re going to be in the fashion game they have to be part of the solution not the problem. Their big idea? M.O.D. – manufacturing on demand. That’s right: Citizen Wolf makes T-shirts to order. If they haven’t sold it, they don’t produce it. Simples. Or is it?
Find out how they do it, and how they make it pay. Learn what hurdles they encountered when they were setting up, and how something called the “Magic Fit” algorithm helps them predict your sizing. “We started by designing out the measuring tape because we knew that if we wanted to do tailoring at scale, we had to solve the data input issue,” says Csaki.
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