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Lectra reveals the Fit of the Future at the Drapers Fashion Forum


How product development teams can use innovative technology like Modaris® 3D to work faster and smarter 

United Kingdom, October 19th 2016 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, for the third year running has recently sponsored the Drapers Fashion Forum. This year’s event titled ‘Fit for the Future’ brought board-level visions and strategies from global brands and retailers explaining what the future will really hold for fashion retailing.

Jean Patrice Gros, Director of Lectra Northern Europe introduced Lectra key note speaking session titled ‘Fit of the Future’ which focused on what the future of product development looks like. “With development cycles becoming more complex and consumers demanding better products to market in a faster time, fashion companies are looking at their development processes to review how they can improve visibility and make informed accurate real-time decisions efficiently,” he explained.

Fashion Designer Maria Grachvogel spoke of her use of Modaris® Expert solution and how using the dependent links between pattern pieces and a complete set of automated industrialization tools allows her to save time to “expand her creativity by quickly drafting patterns to test ideas”.

Nicole Callender, Lectra Senior Fashion and Textile Design Expert explained how by using Modaris Expert 3D technology, businesses can not only work faster and better but how they can go one step further and work smarter by introducing a product developer collaborative platform environment, part of the Lectra Fashion PLM solution. Modaris 3D technology allows design, pattern, buying and merchandising teams to view styling details, fabrics, trims and size ranges instantly to allow quicker decisions of what styles to amend, seal and purchase. They can share decisions and comments in real-time with departments and suppliers saving valuable time, reducing samples and their carbon footprint.

During the Lectra hosted roundtable, executives from some of the UK’s leading retailers and brands such as Pentland, New Look and Temperley London shared their views on the future of product lifecycle management technology. The general focus with regards to technology was to implement tools that enabled them to make rapid decisions to get products into stores faster, select ranges in real time, have greater control over stock and again improve communication with departments and suppliers to enable business growth, cost reduction and supply chain agility. It was concluded that for retailers and brand to be future proof in this consumer driven marketplace the adaption of a fashion specific PLM solution is critical for success.

About Lectra 

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,500 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $264 million in 2015 and is listed on Euronext.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

® Modaris is a registered trademark of Lectra.

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