LONDON, 2020: SupplyCompass , the production software for fashion brands and manufacturers, announces the launch of its global Deadstock Library in partnership with Queen of Raw , the NYC-based technology company changing the landscape for deadstock fabric. An industry first partnership, the SupplyCompass Deadstock Library will provide a myriad of deadstock fabric options to help brands design more sustainable collections, create value from waste, and champion circularity.
SupplyCompass x Queen of Raw Partnership
Queen of Raw is a NYC-based technology company with a marketplace solution that matches fashion organizations looking to offload excess fabrics with buyers interested in high quality sustainable and affordable textiles. Queen of Raw addresses the $120 billion a year of unused textiles that are thrown into
landfills, burned, or laid to rest in warehouses. Leveraging blockchain technology, it provides transparency around wasted inventory, including water, toxins, energy, and dollars saved by leveraging the Queen of Raw platform.
By partnering with Queen of Raw, SupplyCompass is able to offer deadstock fabrics at scale to brands and manufacturers in its network. Materials classified as ‘deadstock’ will be available to source through the SupplyCompass platform from 1st September. In turn, Queen of Raw’s designers and brands will be able to tap into the SupplyCompass network to manufacture collections using its platform and services.
SupplyCompass Deadstock Library
SupplyCompass is the first PLM with a marketplace to offer a service of this kind where
deadstock fabric is seamlessly integrated into the design flow and available at the ideation stage of production and design. Usually a disjointed process, through the Deadstock Library brands can design collections around what is available rather than relying on custom virgin materials each season.
This deadstock fabric initiative forms part of SupplyCompass’ wider mission to make
sustainability accessible and cost effective for all. The launch comes about as a direct result of an increasing demand for deadstock fabric from brands and manufacturers, which the fashion production software company observed being accelerated by the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic has left brands concerned by money tied up in unsold inventory and manufacturers saddled with leftover fabric from cancelled orders. Deadstock fabric is therefore an all-round win-win solution that works for people, planet, and profit.
SupplyCompass sees huge potential when it comes to the use of deadstock fabrics, beyond just an environmental perspective. Empowering designers to build collections around what is already available can reduce lead times by as much as 6-8 weeks. Being more reactive to customers and being able to produce closer to the season is top priority for brands right now—and working with deadstock fabric is a great solution for this.
Quote from SupplyCompass Co-Founder, Flora Davidson
“Deadstock has always been something we wanted to offer our brands, but there are challenges in doing it effectively and at scale. We’re really excited by this partnership with Queen of Raw, which is an amazing platform making deadstock fabric possible in an easy, streamlined way.”
internationally, especially where this inventory is located, is critical to building a connected and circular future globally.”
companies that have excess fabric with the creators close by who need it throughout the world. So far, Queen of Raw has helped buyers and sellers of fabric save over one billion gallons of water. That’s enough clean water for 1.43 million people to drink around the world for 3 years.
Brands can access the Deadstock Library by signing up to the SupplyCompass platform.
SupplyCompass has selected a handful of initial factory partners for brands looking to design and produce collections with deadstock fabric. Brands are provided with sample yardage and are then required to place a down payment to block out the chosen fabric. Currently, jersey, leather, and handwoven fabrics are available, with more to follow.
discussing Queen of Raw’s journey to date, the intricacies around deadstock, the economics of waste in fashion supply chains, and how technology has been integral to their revolutionary journey.
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