Editor: Ashanti Brown
The fashion industry is growing day-by-day with new creators and innovators bridging the gap between technology and fashion. With the industry progressing, it is important to have places that creators can use to cultivate their ideas. Foundry is the first fashion tech innovation lab in Paris that strives to use their platform to push the boundaries of fashion tech. Foundry powered by IFA Paris is shifting the industry to solve problems that could improve fashion in the long run. They encourage this shift in the industry by providing spaces, programs and access to a community of people who have extensive knowledge on fashion, tech and entrepreneurship. With Foundry being the first fashion tech lab in Paris, it is changing how fashion is seen in Paris and facilitating a conversation on how tech can improve issues in the industry.
It allows entrepreneurs, startups and students to work with each other to create game-changing ideas. The workspaces it offers are designed to foster creativity for those space members. There are 3 spaces that are specifically designed for members in different sectors of the fashion tech journey. There is a space for startups and entrepreneurs to create their vision, a space for Foundry members and guests to make solutions and a demo space where people come together for fashion tech masterclasses and events. All of these spaces come together to allow future fashion makers to experience cutting-edge technology featured in the makerspace.
The Startup Program at Foundry Powered by IFA Paris is a 6-month program that supports future entrepreneurs in starting their own businesses. It is meant for anyone who has solutions for problems within the fashion industry that are technologically disruptive. Anybody with a plan and the ambition to see it through can apply for this program. Through the program, you will learn the foundations of a startup and how to turn a plan into a practical business opportunity. Besides it being the first to pioneer fashion tech, another special thing about Foundry is how it focuses on using tech to create change in areas like sustainability.
IFA Paris is an international fashion school that offers students a range of courses. It was one of the first schools to include fashion tech as its primary curriculum and pushes the importance of sustainability in fashion. It plans on launching a program solely for fashion sustainability soon.
Foundry Powered by IFA Paris is breaking boundaries by teaching their members and non-members how to live in a world that promotes creativity through the use of AI and VR-not just pen and paper.