Expertise

by-wire.net acts as an intermediary between technicians and designers, for companies and students. We design innovative garments, prototype wearables, generate ideas & concepts for a better future, support in up-scaling production, manages R&D projects and processes, and share knowledge via education, lectures & seminars. Due to our prototyping tools and consumables in stock we can act very quickly on a wide variety of demands in this field of fashion technology. Here you can find more info about our expertises.

Unfolding Fashion Tech: Pioneers of Bright Futures

Produced and edited by Marina Toeters.
With contributions by Daniëlle Bruggeman, Jan Mahy, Rens Tap, Ben Wubs, Loe Feijs, Koen van Os, Gail Kenning, Lianne Toussaint, Stephan Wensveen, Anke Jongejan, Pauline van Dongen and Oscar Tomico.

Looking back and looking forward in the field of fashion and technology.

Abstract:
The world needs an alternative to the fashion industry as it exists today. That alternative is the field of fashion tech.
Pioneers within the field of fashion and technology are passionate about changing the paradigm of fashion by revolutionizing the way we think about, use and produce fashion. This book is the first to highlight those pioneers: Through presenting fifty projects realised within the last ten years, Unfolding Fashion Tech focuses on those working within the field, their achievements and the cumulative knowledge they have built through research, design and development. Additionally, we brought together the theorists, scientists and designers behind the Dutch wearable technologies field to discuss their different perspectives on the challenges faced by those inside and outside the field. The combination of their perspectives provides a bird’s eye view of the developments that have already been realized, with the aim to anchor current knowledge, contextualise it and to provide room for reflections on these achievements, allowing us to look to the future with optimism.
The future is close. Unfolding Fashion Tech shows what the future of fashion could look like.

 

You can purchase a copy of the book and receive it in your mailbox as soon as it rolls off the press. This is planned for mid July.

Benefits:

  • The first 50 copies will be signed by the editor Marina Toeters.
  • Great present for creative graduates and students interested in design, technology and fashion.
  • Inspirational read during the summer holidays.
  • Concrete actionable suggestions for who wants to become active in this exciting field.
  • Get in the loop for all global events around the book launch.
  • Win tickets for the launch party during Dutch Design Week.

Prototyping tools and consumables in stock

Sewing machine (Pfaff), Laser cutter (HPC), 3D printer (Ultimaker), lock machine (Toyota / industrial), coverlock, knitting machines, iron, heat press, cutting table, power supply (Voltcraft), soldering iron, ultrasonic welding (Sew Systems Ltd). Next to the consumables – fabrics, accessory, haberdashery, yarns,  electronics and literature – these tools enable to react and prototype quickly. The workspace and tools is also free to use during workshops and brainstorm sessions. See all machines here. read more

Innovative garment design

In collaboration with the client by-wire.net starts a design process for innovative textile products.
Wearable technology and textile products are experienced as very intimate, because they are worn onto the human body. Look and feel of the product is very important. What do you want to communicate with the product? By product design and prototypes by-wire.net advises marketing, public relation and communication departments how to design and position their new products.
by-wire.net also initiates own commissioned design process to envision and visualize the latest innovations for our society.

Intermediary between technicians and designers, for companies and students

Fashion and technic are different worlds. This results in a collaboration gap between fashion and technology. Marina Toeters tries to bridge the gap between those two branches. During this multidisciplinary way of working it is often hard to find each other, because of lacking shared history and referees. by-wire.net has experienced these difficulties and is able to move between the groups and link people on content, expertise and attitude.

Prototyping wearables

by-wire.net is able to make working prototypes of wearable electronics in small badges in collaboration with the by-wire.network. The by-wire network is well equipped to develop and execute: pattern drawing, fitting models, source suitable fabrics, accessory and haberdashery, soft electronics, sew / knit / weld / glue the parts together, labelling, photo shoot, technical drawing and detailed process documentation.

Idea & concept generation for a better future

The user and its body are the centre of concept generation for innovative products with added benefits to society. But development processes can also start from a material, technology of processes perspective. by-wire.net organizes hands-on brainstorm sessions with clients and experiments [quick-and-dirty prototyping] with materials and shapes to solve certain problems and come to new ideas. Sustainability and ‘doing better’ is always a key topic for by-wire.net.

Support in up-scaling production

The by-wire.facilities can produce a maximum of about 10 test-prototypes of innovative garments, accessories or textile products. After that we support up scaling by connecting you to high-end manufacturers, source materials and (if needed) complementary production facilities, develop technical drawings and share the latest learning’s and other expertise with the manufacturers.

R&D project and process management

Innovative materials & smart textiles and how to apply these in society with new production processes? Projects like these become very complex, for example due to multi stakeholder involvement. It is important to have a deep knowledge about the content to ensure the quality. Marina Toeters has experience in guiding teams through innovation processes. [MVO zorg] [Wearables Senses, TU/e] [Solar Fiber]

Education, lectures & seminars

by-wire.net loves to expand innovative fashion by sharing knowledge. Marina Toeters educates HKU fashion students in ecology & technology; Introduces innovative materials and new processes to our future designers at the Eindhoven University of Technology where she coaches industrial design students; And product development to the textile students at Saxion Enschede. Besides that Marina gives lectures and seminars for client-specific-issues and advises designers interested in material and process innovation. Find here examples >> Interested in a hands-on workshop? Get in touch!