In Autumn 2019, IFA Paris is set to launch a revolutionary fashion tech innovation lab based at its' Paris campus in the 19th district. The 400sqm industrial space will be the first of its' kind in Paris, containing dynamic co-working spaces, tech demo room and an experimental makerspace equipped with cutting edge technical equipment to support the development of fashion tech solutions. The lab will enable students, start-ups and businesses to work alongside each other - creating the opportunity for them to make extraordinary leaps in fashion and innovation.

As part of the school’s efforts to pioneer fashion tech in France and beyond, the ground-breaking lab is designed to complement IFA Paris’ new program in Fashion Tech Innovation. Individuals will be nurtured to become the next fashion innovators of tomorrow and to do that they need not only world class teaching but hands-on experience through industry collaborations all set to happen within the lab. The fashion tech outputs will be displayed within the elegant tech demo area, which will also play host to industry events.

Jean-Baptiste Andreani, Managing Director of IFA Paris, notes: “Our role as educators is to dispel stereotypes by making our students aware that technologies such as VR or AI are tools to foster creativity and not to restrict it.”

The lab will facilitate academic and commercial activity, such as that with Coty, Fusalp and Zadig & Voltaire. IBM, leader in digital innovation, will partner with the lab by bringing their expertise and forward-thinking vision to future proof the fashion industry. Lectra and The Bridge Fashion Incubator are other well-known partners, and in line with the lab’s philosophy of interconnectedness, emerging startups like sizing specialists Bodi.me and 3D fashion technology solution provider TG3D Studio will complete the stellar line-up of collaborators.

“IBM’s approach, led by the Studios, is dedicated to help our clients in the fashion industry benefit from technologies, whether it concerns the in-store experience, trend analyses, sales optimization, customer knowledge or supply chain optimization. We provide Design Thinking and innovation methodologies to foster co-creation and guarantee the value of the initiatives brought to the market.” - Arnaud Pelletier, IBM Studios Paris Lead

The lab is due to launch in late September 2019 in tandem with the course Postgraduate Diploma: Fashion Tech Innovation.

Press contact: Dzifa Nalike Dogbey - [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

Official Launch: 23rd September 2019
Press Tours: week commencing 2nd September 2019
Location: IFA Paris, 18 – 24 Quai de la Marne, 75019 Paris, France

About IFA Paris:

IFA Paris is a fashion school that offers students around the world a vast range of unique and tailored courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as short and summer courses. We give students the choice to study in three of the most globally influential fashion hubs - Paris, Shanghai and now in Istanbul that sets us apart from other fashion schools.

IFA Paris is a rare example of one of the truly international schools in its' sector. Our value lies in our exposure to the world and the interaction that allows the 50 nationalities constituting its' student and teacher body to share in the projects and daily life taking place within our schools.

About Sponsors & Partners:

Bodi.me | www.bodi.me | @bodidotme

Bodi.Me is able to provide accurate Size Advice and to create 3D virtual garments and bespoke patterns by using body measurements. Bodi.Me provides an easy to implement scalable platform for fashion brands and clothing providers to integrate into their customer relationship management (CRM) or e-commerce platforms.

IBM | www.ibm.com | @ibm

No additional information.

Lectra | www.lectra.com | @lectraofficial

No additional information.

N-Hega | www.n-hega.com | @nhegatechnology

N-hega​ is a technology company based in New York City with clients and partners worldwide. They were founded by award winning experts in Artificial Intelligence and specialize in Automatic Pattern Digitizers with scanners and cameras for CAD/CAM systems.

Neue | neue.se | @neue.se

Neue is a fashion tech company enabling digital fashion. Neue offers the fashion industry a one-service-platform, Playground, for digital and connected fashion- End-to-end, from idea to prototype, production to high volumes. Hardware, smart fabrics, developer software and end user apps, all in one place.

TBFI | www.tbfi.asia | @taff.sg

The Bridge Fashion Incubator (TBFI), an initiative by the Textile and Fashion Federation (Singapore), is South-East Asia's first Fashion and Fashion-Tech Incubator that bridges the gap between Fashion, Technology and Sustainability. The 30-week incubator programme identifies and grooms early stage Fashion brands and related Tech startups to refine and validate their products, services or solutions, and commercialisation strategies.

TG3D Studio | www.tg3ds.com | @tg3dstudio

TG3D Studio is a 3D Fashion Technology solution provider on a mission to help the fashion industry’s transformation through digital technology. TG3D Studio Fashion Technology will benefit manufacturers, retailers and customers by facilitating more flexible and on-demand manufacturing.