FABRIC is a non-profit fashion incubator, business accelerator, design studio, academy, and manufacturer that is sustainably disrupting, redefining, and reshoring the fashion industry for the modern apparel entrepreneur. A non-profit born from Arizona Fashion Source, a multi-line apparel manufacturer offering both on-demand (sell it, make it, ship it) and traditional manufacturing options with low MOQs.
Arizona Fashion Source provides the most important, and extremely scarce resources, like no-minimum manufacturing, that apparel entrepreneurs need, so they can build sustainable businesses domestically. Arizona Fashion Source, its organization FABRIC, along with the help of the city of Tempe, Arizona, where they are located, has been able to help over 600 apparel brands and have provided nearly $4,000,000 in free and discounted programs and services to help relieve some of the financial burdens for these innovative entrepreneurs.
In 2020, a company making reusable PPE was born out of Arizona Fashion Source. A company helping to solve the nation’s PPE shortage, called Reusa. Reusa is a supply-chain-friendly company that makes sustainable products in the USA. To this date, over 600,000 reusable level 2 and 3 isolation gowns have been produced.
Now that Reusa is on its way a new innovative and scarce resource is being explored and developed at Arizona Fashion Source that has the potential to disrupt, reinvent, and drastically improve domestic apparel manufacturing. This new improvement will make domestic apparel manufacturing more affordable and more accessible to smaller niche brands.
This new technology is On-demand manufacturing. On-demand manufacturing is a new technology that is just being explored in the U.S. and is currently being put to the test in Arizona Fashion Source’s, FABRIC Tempe facility. Rather than fabricating parts with large minimum order quantities and storing those goods in inventory, on-demand manufacturing is built around producing only what customers need when they need it.
This alternative to traditional manufacturing is a sustainable solution to the overseas manufacturing minimums that often result in excess unsold inventory for brands. It opens up doors.