- Angela Gonzalez-Rodriguez |
David Brown, owner and founder of outdoor apparel and adventure start-up Mts to Sea, has launched a cut-and-sew facility in North Carolina to help emerging talent and the apparel industry within the region.
As explained by Brown, the new facility will operate like a co-working space for tech companies, a makers space for inventors or shared kitchen for emerging chefs. Brown wants to build an open and collaborative community, in addition to offering shared equipment and resources.
New South Manufacturing launched on February, 11 aimed to build a community where emerging fashion designers can grow successful businesses.
Because of North Carolina's history in apparel and textile manufacturing and the prominence of NC State's Colleges of Textiles and Design, Brown hopes to foster in our region some of the momentum building nationally around independent fashion brands.
to CB Insights, funding to start-up fashion brands climbed from under 25 million dollars in the first three quarters of 2010 to more than 235 million dollars during that period last year, reports ‘WRAL TechWire’.
“I knew I wanted to have more impact on the work than just creating a new apparel company, I wanted to do some good,” explained his decision Brown, adding that “The best way I could figure out how to do the most good was to create jobs. This sort of manufacturing is labour intensive (…) but we see it as our greatest opportunity to make lives better."