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The Right Thing Thought Leadership The goal is the same but we’ve decided to change the game we’re playing.
The goal is the same but we’ve decided to change the game we’re playing.

SupplyCompass has changed and we explain why we've pivoted from being a sourcing agent to a software company.

by Gus Bartholomew

4 minutes

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The Right Thing Thought Leadership Structured data, easily accessible information & shared systems play a key role in the sustainable transformation of fashion. Here’s how.
Structured data, easily accessible information & shared systems play a key role in the sustainable transformation of fashion. Here’s how.

How do you navigate the path towards sustainability when you need to juggle vast amounts of information as well as people spread around the globe? We suggest a three-phase approach that balances short-term goals with long term visions and is fair, inclusive, holistic and hyper-conscious of the role brands play in the convoluted fashion system.

by SupplyCompass

4 minutes

The Right Thing Thought Leadership What IS Collaborative Production?
What IS Collaborative Production?

Collaborative Production is a term we often use at SupplyCompass for several reasons. We explain why this mode of working goes far beyond the traditional model, by stressing communication and workflows that produce the most efficient, sustainable results for everyone involved.

by SupplyCompass

4 minutes

The Right Thing Thought Leadership What the fashion industry can learn from systems thinking
What the fashion industry can learn from systems thinking

Systems thinking is an approach — or philosophy — to problem-solving that views 'problems' as part of a wider, dynamic system. We break down why the fashion industry needs to be viewed through a systems thinking lens and our role as a business and enabler.

by SupplyCompass

4 minutes

Top stories

Technology What is a production platform, and why does every fashion brand need one?
What is a production platform, and why does every fashion brand need one?

There’s a whole host of different fashion software out there that caters to businesses of all different shapes and sizes, each focused on solving specific challenges, driving better team collaboration, and streamlining processes.

by Flora Davidson

5 min

The Right Thing The Right Thing #1
The Right Thing #1

I've been thinking a lot about how fast things have changed in the fashion industry since we started SupplyCompass - obviously no more than last year—seasons, systems thinking and sustainability.

by Flora Davidson
Technology We’re building the SupplyCompass Co:Lab!
We’re building the SupplyCompass Co:Lab!

The SupplyCompass Co:Lab is a hub created for the fashion industry to discover, play, learn, and connect. Joining the dots across the complex global ecosystem, we are building the Co:Lab for anyone who envisions a more interconnected, collaborative and responsible future for fashion

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

4 minutes

Features

Tech Talks

Spotlights software and technology companies at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation through the lens of fashion and supply chains.

Features Tech Talks <i>Tech Talks</i> with Compare Ethics
Tech Talks with Compare Ethics

SupplyCompass speaks to Abbie Morris, Founder of Compare Ethics. Compare Ethics is the platform that builds trust and transparency through sustainable product verification.  They turn sustainable product data into increased revenues via their verification technology and product impact measurements.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

6 mins

Tech Talks <i>Tech Talks</i> with Stephanie Benedetto, Co-Founder of Queen of Raw
Tech Talks with Stephanie Benedetto, Co-Founder of Queen of Raw

SupplyCompass speaks to Stephanie Benedetto, CEO & Co-Founder of Queen of Raw. Queen of Raw matches buyers with sellers, where unused textiles are sold quickly and easily at lower price points, giving people access to materials that they never had before

by SupplyCompass

9 min read

Perspectives

SupplyCompass series that focuses on our supply chain partners operating at the intersection between innovation, efficiency and sustainability, to help shape more inclusive conversations in the fashion industry.

Perspectives <i>Perspectives</i> from Re:Down
Perspectives from Re:Down

SupplyCompass speaks to Eric Firmann, Co-Founder of Re: Down, a business recycling post-consumer down and feathers for insulation in the apparel and bedding industries. He walks us through their innovative process, how they have coped through the pandemic, and what his visions for a circular industry are.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

3 min read

Perspectives <i>Perspectives</i> from Enviu’s Reweave Venture Studio
Perspectives from Enviu’s Reweave Venture Studio

SupplyCompass speaks to Marieke Lenders, the Program Lead of Circular Apparel at Enviu. Our conversation focuses on Enviu’s Reweave Venture Studio, an initiative building disruptive and impactful ventures looking to drive the fashion sector towards a circular and fair value chain in India.

by Gus Bartholomew

7 min read

In Conversation With

Highlights fashion businesses from around the globe who are balancing people, profit and planet, and are leading the way when it comes to responsible business.

In Conversation With Stuart McCullough, Managing Director of The Woolmark Company

SupplyCompass speaks to Stuart McCullough, Managing Director of The Woolmark Company—the global authority on wool. The Woolmark Company connects the global apparel and textile supply chain on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the not-for-profit company.

by Margo Camus

6 mins

In Conversation With Josh Bowden, Co-Founder of noissue

SupplyCompass speaks to Josh Bowden, Co-Founder of noissue, a New Zealand-headquartered sustainable packaging company that’s changing the status quo when it comes to e-commerce packaging.

by Margo Camus

5 mins

In Conversation With Nicola Harlem, Founder of The Curated

SupplyCompass speaks to The Curated, a Scandinavian-based company focusing on timeless, high quality staples. Primarily known for their coats—which are quickly taking over the Instagram world—they focus on sustainable, affordable luxury and minimal elegance for women. 

by Margo Camus

5 mins

In Conversation With Gordon Renouf, Co-Founder & CEO of Good On You

SupplyCompass speaks to Good On You, the Emma Watson-approved world-leading source of trusted brand ratings, articles and expertise on ethical and sustainable fashion. Since 2015, they have built a database of thousands of fashion brands, all assessed against their robust rating system for their impact on people, the planet and animals.

by Gus Bartholomew

9 min read

In Conversation With Gertjan Meijer, CCO of Arch & Hook

SupplyCompass sits down with Gertjan Meijer, CCO of Arch & Hook, to talk about how the company began, their sustainable products, the effects COVID-19 has had on their business, and what sustainability means to them.

by Margo Camus

8 min

Platform updates

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Platform We’ve just launched some snazzy new features
We’ve just launched some snazzy new features

After some major product feature launches in Jan, we’ve been busy since making lots of small, but important updates. Here's a round-up of our 6 hottest new features released in the last month

by SupplyCompass

5 min

Platform Chat Feature: Real-time communication in Fashion Supply Chains
Chat Feature: Real-time communication in Fashion Supply Chains

SupplyCompass launches an in-platform chat feature, for real-time communication among global fashion teams with their manufacturers. The future of Supply Chain Communication!

by SupplyCompass

5 min

Platform Sample management, feedback and approvals made easy
Sample management, feedback and approvals made easy

Current ways of managing sampling make it harder than it needs to be. We’ve been working closely with hundreds of brands and manufacturers for over a year to design, build and launch a new way to manage the sampling process. One that works for both brands and manufacturers. 

by SupplyCompass

3 min read

Production

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Production Thought Leadership The unstoppable rise of the Drop 🔥 Why Seasons are so AW19
The unstoppable rise of the Drop 🔥 Why Seasons are so AW19

There's growing pressure on brands and their factories to delight and meet the ever-evolving expectations of the digitally savvy, increasingly climate-conscious fashion consumer. They're reacting by designing and producing smaller collections faster and dropping new lines more frequently. A fresh approach to selling requires a fresh approach to producing.

by Flora Davidson

3 minutes

Production 4 ways our Moodboard tool can save you time, money and improve quality!
4 ways our Moodboard tool can save you time, money and improve quality!

Our moodboard feature isn’t a moodboard as you know it. You can use it not just as a collaborative inspiration sharing tool, but also as a sourcing pack with your factory, for sharing and commenting on quality assurance images, and to gather and share customer feedback with your factory!

by SupplyCompass

2 min

Production 5 Top Tips to make your product lines more profitable
5 Top Tips to make your product lines more profitable

As a brand, you want to deliver your customers the best quality product at an affordable price point, yet you also need to make sure it can be a profitable line for your business. Products need to fall into a specific RRP price point, so finding ways to maximise your margin needs to come from the design. Here we look at 5 top tips to help you maximise your profitability.

by SupplyCompass

5 min

Circularity

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Circularity Circularity: A vision for a new textile economy
Circularity: A vision for a new textile economy

Mehathab Joharullah, Production Manager at SupplyCompass shares her thoughts and learnings in the circular economy space and what it means for the future of fashion.

by Mehathab Joharullah

5 min

Circularity Recycling and the Circularity Conundrum
Recycling and the Circularity Conundrum

At the 9th Future Fabrics Expo held recently in London, SupplyCompass attended a seminar which sought to examine circularity through the lens of recycling.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

5 min read

Circularity The State of Packaging: Paper and Card
The State of Packaging: Paper and Card

Traditional paper is made from wood pulp, and although it’s possible to make paper from other types of plant such as cotton, bamboo and hemp, about 95% of the raw material used to make paper comes from trees.

by Flora Davidson

4 min read

Materials

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Materials Responsibility is yours to own
Responsibility is yours to own

Our guides have been downloaded hundreds of times and we’ve received some brilliant positive feedback from design and production teams.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

4 minutes

Materials Materials: The Latest Innovations in Wool
Materials: The Latest Innovations in Wool

Think you know wool? Think again. These innovative product developments will change the way you work with wool. From innovations reducing the impact of end products, to driving the adoption of cleaner process and technologies within the supply chain, this is Merino wool, but not as you know it.

by Lisa Griplas

6 mins

Materials Biomaterials in Fashion: When Science and Design Collide
Biomaterials in Fashion: When Science and Design Collide

With technological advances comes material innovation. Biomaterials can be found in multidisciplinary industries with different functions and uses.

by Aly Tobin

4 min read

Technology

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Technology We’re building the SupplyCompass Co:Lab!
We’re building the SupplyCompass Co:Lab!

The SupplyCompass Co:Lab is a hub created for the fashion industry to discover, play, learn, and connect. Joining the dots across the complex global ecosystem, we are building the Co:Lab for anyone who envisions a more interconnected, collaborative and responsible future for fashion

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

4 minutes

Technology Tech talks with Swatchbook Founder Yazan Malkosh
Tech talks with Swatchbook Founder Yazan Malkosh

We sit down for a rapid-fire Tech Talk with Yazan Malkosh, Founder and CEO of digital materials marketplace Swatchbook.

by SupplyCompass

5 min

Technology Top 5 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Softwares for Fashion: A Comparison
Top 5 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Softwares for Fashion: A Comparison

PLM System isn’t a nice-to-have anymore. It’s essential for fashion brands. We compare the top 5 PLM software companies.

by SupplyCompass

Webinars & Events

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Events How 3D will shape the future of fashion: Webinar Recap
How 3D will shape the future of fashion: Webinar Recap

We recently hosted a webinar featuring Browzwear, Swatchbook and WAIR about how 3D and the inclusion of digitalization have evolved in the fashion industry, and what the future looks like for a more technologically capable industry.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

5 min read

Events In Conversation With Queen of Raw: Webinar Recap
In Conversation With Queen of Raw: Webinar Recap

We recently hosted a webinar with Stephanie Benedetto, Co-Founder of Queen of Raw, an 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.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

5 min read

Events What Makes a Sustainable Fashion Brand? Webinar Recap
What Makes a Sustainable Fashion Brand? Webinar Recap

We recently hosted a webinar with the #1 sustainability ratings and discovery platform for fashion, Good On You, and the online luxury fashion retailer, Farfetch. Our panellists sought to explore how the critical growth of sustainability in fashion is shaped by consumer choices and business innovation.

by Nayanika Bharadwaj

5 min read

Storytellers

Flora Davidson
Flora Davidson

Co-Founder at SupplyCompass

Flora is Head of Product & Co-Founder of SupplyCompass and is responsible for the vision and direction of this platform. Flora is passionate about reimagining how the fashion ecosystem can work more openly and collaboratively together, and sees the shift in emphasis towards stronger partnerships between brand and factory, as foundational to the transformation of the industry.

Aly Tobin
Aly Tobin

Guest Contributor

Aly is a footwear and accessories designer from London College of Fashion with a specialised focus on disassembly and circularity within footwear design. Since graduating she has worked for Stella McCartney, Two Degrees, McQ Alexander McQueen and Ganni.

Brooke Roberts-Islam
Brooke Roberts-Islam

Guest Contributor

Brooke Roberts-Islam is an award-winning digital knitwear designer and consultant and Co-Founder of BRIA. She is also a "fashion-tech" and sustainability writer for Forbes.com, Chaos 69, Eco Age and Techstyler—a publishing platform she founded—sharing opinions and interviews from the crossroads of these sectors.

Nayanika Bharadwaj
Nayanika Bharadwaj

Sustainability and Marketing at SupplyCompass

Nayanika is a designer, writer and illustrator with experience across design activism, sustainable supply chains, craft production, and circular economies. She graduated from the prestigious MA Fashion Futures program at London College of Fashion with a Distinction in 2019.

Lisa Griplas
Lisa Griplas

Guest Contributor

Lisa Griplas is The Woolmark Company’s Global Editor, where she has worked for close to a decade. Her passion for conscious consumption and igniting positive change within the fashion and textile industry aligns with the ethos of the global authority on wool, creating content across the supply chain to build demand for nature’s original eco fibre – Merino wool.

Elly Strang
Elly Strang

Guest Contributor

Elly Strang is digital editor at noissue, which provides custom, sustainable packaging at low minimum order quantities. She’s passionate about e-commerce, the art of branding, and ways businesses can reduce their impact on the world.

Srishti Dhawan
Srishti Dhawan

Head of Supply Chain

Srishti has 11+ years of experience working in the fashion value chain including manufacturing, retail, operations, and strategy consulting. She has worked with global retailers on large-scale projects to set up responsive supply chains and implement technologies i.e. PLM and ERP systems.

Gus Bartholomew
Gus Bartholomew

Co-Founder & CEO at SupplyCompass

Gus is responsible for driving sustainable growth across the business. He believes that the best route to creating seismic change within the global fashion manufacturing industry is to find virtuous loops that drive improvements for people, planet and profit.

Roxane Nichols
Roxane Nichols

Head of PR at SupplyCompass

Roxane has been delivering integrated PR campaigns for world number ones and challenger brands for over a decade. With a career that spans the UK and Australia, she has extensive experience in consumer and corporate PR, experiential and events, and influencer engagement.

Hannah Badminton
Hannah Badminton

Senior Account Manager at SupplyCompass

With a background in sustainability and responsible production, Hannah has project management experience in factories in Nepal and Cambodia. She has managed 20+ brands with SupplyCompass and is focused on continually discovering materials and processes less harmful to producers and the planet.

Mehathab Joharullah
Mehathab Joharullah

Assistant Project Manager

Mehathab has worked in sustainable sourcing for over 5 years, developing her career in ethical textile supply chains in both London and India. At SupplyCompass, she works to create high-impact projects by providing transparency, sharing knowledge, and breaking preconceptions in sustainable manufacturing.

Shaunie Brett
Shaunie Brett

Guest Contributor

Shaunie Brett is a thought leader, coach and consultant in sustainable clothing consumption. Through content and campaigns she helps citizens navigate the world of sustainable shopping, and as founder of Sussed Consulting she helps brands design transformative customer connections and experiences.

Margo Camus
Margo Camus

Guest Contributor

Margo is a brand marketing manager with a focus on sustainability and collaborations in fashion, currently working for adidas’ Global Brand Comms team in Germany. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in the Frankfurt, Germany hub. 

Our Guides

Sustainable Fashion Guide: Certifications

We have rounded up the top fashion industry supply chain certifications and standards, including leading audits, to help guide you through the sustainable production landscape. These include those that cover fair labour practices, social concerns, animal welfare and environmental impact.

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Sustainable Fashion Guide: Cotton

Everything you need to know about cotton: key material properties, the difference between conventional and organic, and how to design a collection with this coveted material.

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Sustainable Material Guide: Leather

Not all leather is equal in price, quality, texture or use. This guide will take you through the key considerations when designing a collection with leather; including the full leather supply chain process and exploring the different types of leather available.

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Sustainable Material Guide: Leather Alternatives

Companies and consumers are fast becoming more open to leather alternatives with the rise of environmental and societal concerns, as well as animal welfare. Including an overview on PU, fish skin, recycled, coconut, apple, pineapple, mushroom, cork, cactus and wine leather – we've got you covered.

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Sustainable Material Guide: Polyester

Our latest guide explores the rPET process, the environmental impact of polyester, the difference between virgin and recycled, and what to consider when designing a collection with polyester.

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Sustainable Material Guide: Viscose

Viscose is a man-made cellulosic fibre and the third most commonly used in the world. Often seen as a vegan alternative to silk due to its properties, viscose can have severe impacts on forests, workers and local communities. Learn more about what to consider while developing a collection with viscose.

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Sustainable Material Guide: Wool

In partnership with The Woolmark Company
We've joined forces to develop a comprehensive guide to cover everything you need to know about wool. We also highlight the considerations for designing a collection with wool, the environmental, animal and social impacts, The Woolmark Company's certification, and the latest innovations in wool.

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sustainable materials guide hemp

Hemp is one of the most historically celebrated textile fibres in human history. Once one of the most important fibres and widely grown in Europe and Asia, cultivation of hemp began to decline in production due to the controversies surrounding the plant as both hemp fibre and marijuana are derived as distinct cultivars but from the same plant species. Hemp is now being increasingly recognized once more globally for its numerous useful and sustainable properties, particularly essential for the fashion industry of the 21st Century.

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Logistics guide: Sustainable Fashion Guide

In partnership with Flexport
Fashion supply chains are incredibly complex and usually spread across continents. Ensuring the right quantities are ordered, accounting for time, unforeseeable delays and for sustainability can make the world of logistics difficult to navigate. By explaining the most common terms and exploring key factors to be aware of, this is an essential guide for fashion brands looking to better understand the complexities of moving goods around the world.

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