By Real Estate Weekly
This article was published in Real Estate Weekly September 21, 2021.
Resonance Companies today announced a milestone in driving the return of domestic textile manufacturing — the opening of the company’s first stateside sew production facility in New York City.
The 300 s/f facility is housed at Pier 59 in Chelsea Piers, adjacent to Resonance’s headquarters.
Resonance has built the first creation-to-customer-closet platform for sustainable fashion; the company uses digital printing on organic and environmentally certified fabrics as part of a fully automated process to design, sell, and make garments in real time, on demand, sustainably anywhere in the world.
Their new facility is comprised of 12 sewing stations with the ability to make hundreds of garments per week supported by Resonance’s proprietary technology. The team plans to hire additional team members to run the NYC facility as well as several others that are planned in the coming months.
“The US has lost one million apparel manufacturing jobs in the last 50 years. These jobs won’t come back by just wishing it – every step in the value chain to create fashion needs to be reimagined. Using advanced machine learning, innovative manufacturing systems, and new human processes, we can create thousands of living wage jobs across this country,” said Resonance chairman and co-founder Lawrence Lenihan.
Resonance is committed to bringing components of garment manufacturing back to NYC, a city whose thriving textile manufacturing industry was driven overseas in search of lower production costs.
The company is also working to create a network of US-based sew production firms utilizing the Resonance platform to renew stateside manufacturing across the country. Resonance believes that this network can birth a new fashion value chain and new entrepreneurs can build job-creating manufacturing businesses in their communities powered by orders for clothing from brands on the Resonance platform. These next generation manufacturers will compete on cost and by being closer to the end customer, adding value to the last-mile process, and producing garments that create social and environmental value transparently.
In the future, Resonance’s goal is to open hundreds of these sew production facilities around the country and internationally while also connecting existing ones, helping to reimagine the textile manufacturing experience for designers, consumers and the planet.