Esmetex Launches Digital Platform for Fabrics

The Frontier platform streamlines creative development for the textile industry. Photo courtesy of Esmetex.

Esmetex a leader in producing and sourcing fabric, has introduced Frontier, an online platform designed to digitize the fabric supply chain from fabric development, to the inspection process, to 3D garment design with the goal of reducing the creative development cycle by more than two weeks, effectively collecting and organizing information from the supply chain.

Frontier platform is one of the largest databases of searchable online fabrics, containing more than 18,000 fabrics from Esmetex’s own mill and the 25 mills under their management. According to the company, it’s growing at 1,000 items per month, with expected exponential growth with every brand that joins the digital community.

Prior to this roll out, Esmetex used the database internally. Now with this introduction, the company plans to work with national brands and retailers to add their fabrics from additional mill partners, creating an integrated solution where all customers’ vendor fabric collections and libraries are available in one place digitally.  

“We don’t intend to be disruptive, instead we want to be part of a gentle revolution that advances the whole industry,” said Victor Chao, founder of Esmetex and Esmetex Frontier. “We aim to simplify the fabric development process; no more looking through swatch boxes and shipping swatches back and forth. It’s not practical for a designer to search through 18,000 fabric swatches when Frontier can search based on whatever criteria the user is interested in, and return all relevant fabric information on one page. This can be done on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone by accessing our website or by installing our app.”

Brands and retailers can also manage fabric quality control through the fully digitized Frontier platform. The Frontier inspection app allows QC to capture, record and share an inspection report in the field; such quality data is compiled into a scorecard and directly helps a brand to consolidate their factories. Additionally, the inspection report provides defect distribution to reduce consumption for garment factories.

Fabric designers and developers at a brand or retailer can use the platform to image search, find similar items via AI or search by description, blend, color, end use, pantone color number, pattern or weight. The resulting fabrics include all fabric details and available sample yardage, which can be ordered directly from the platform via a mobile device.

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