Dutch textile innovation studio releases advanced software update with many new features.
After two years of onboarding hundreds of brands and designers, textile innovation platform Byborre is accelerating digital transformation through its online design tool Byborre Create. From today, anyone who works or wants to work with textiles, is invited to design from ‘pixel to needle’ with Byborre’s textile creation technology and its direct access to circular knitting machines.
The advanced software update and new features enhance the workflow to create bespoke knitted textiles: from a completely new editor with expanded colour options, extended library of curated textile compositions, to visibility on detailed impact data and an updated order history page. On top of that, every fabric comes with a textile passport that has insights on impact, care and lifecycle to help the creator with more freedom in making a conscious choice.
Brands, designers, and creators everywhere have complete control and insights over the design and production process and can compose textiles by selecting from impact features such as recycled content, CO2 savings, water savings, zero-microplastics or selecting an enhanced lifetime, says Byborre. The online tool is designed to provide creative freedom and transparency to the creator, while also pushing the textile industry toward a conscious direction by disrupting traditional supply and demand. The amount of waste and unused textiles are significantly reduced, as only the required metres for a specific product are produced.
Byborre’s Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Borre Akkersdijk, commented: “Byborre Create brings all the years of research and understanding of knit together and shares it with designers from all disciplines in a way that is intuitive and easy to use. Now to make it possible for anyone, anywhere in the world to create a distinctive knitted textile with this speed and their own company DNA. That has never been possible before.”
Byborre Create shows that there is a need and desire from the industry to create custom and responsible textiles, with many respected brands and suppliers working with Byborre. Create was introduced in 2019 on an invitation only basis. The beta launch took place in April 2021, quickly followed by an access request in August and open access for automated onboarding with credit card integrations in December 2021.
Byborre is an Amsterdam based textile innovation studio working on the frontiers of material development, functionality and aesthetics through engineered knits. The Byborre studio is committed to true textile innovation and rethinking all stages of the garment-creation process, from design to manufacturing. Byborre serves both as a material development and production hub, a design studio and, overall, a platform for questioning how fashions of the future can be more responsible, providing a better, sustainable product to people worldwide.
With over a decade of experience, Byborre has worked with global industry leaders in fashion, sportswear, interior and automotive brands to create consciously bespoke textiles. Byborre Create is the next step in Byborre’s ambition to become the world’s leading authority on responsible knitted textiles, operating as the portal between the physical and digital world within the textile industry by democratizing the design and production process.
Borre Akkersdijk is a Dutch textile designer and the co-founder and creative director of textile innovation studio Byborre. Born in Wamel, the Netherlands, Akkersdijk took fashion design courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 while also working at Paris-based design and trend consultancy Studio Edelkoort.
He started what became the foundation of Byborre in October 2010, initially consulting for brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton before deciding to focus solely on the development of his now signature 3D knitted fabrics. In 2012, he was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Dutch Design Awards. Research into the future of fashion and integrated technology resulted in presentations at South by Southwest, Bejing Designweek and Salone del Mobile Milano and publications in Wired magazine and Fast Company Magazine.
Since then, Akkersdijk has worked on building a studio filled with machines and a team of specialists from all corners of the textile industry to grow Byborre into what it is today.