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What is Research and Development (R&D)?

This category includes organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to the research and development of new products and/or new processes. This can include discovering or creating a unique material, transferring a research or technology development to practice, improving the performance of an existing product or creating a new simulation or design tools.

The category also includes companies that have made significant investments into their R&D processes.


The fashion industry has seen the need for innovation in adapting textiles to modern times with technological leaps such as smart textiles and fibres. The companies ranked below have been working hard to develop antimicrobial and anti-odor textiles, as well as digital textiles to help consumers in the fitting process, and smart thread development to help integrate different technologies in the consumer experience.

The industry has also seen a focus in fitting technology development in order to assure consumers get a modern, chic and efficient way of browsing both apparel and footwear. We can see such examples as digital textiles, online and virtual fitting tech to optimise both online shopping and the physical sales process.


The cоmpanies in this category have been working on developing antimicrobial textiles, such as self-disinfecting and anti-odor ones.

The cоmpanies in this category have been developing digital textiles such as programmable fabrics and digital fibre technology for traceability.

The cоmpanies in this category have been working on developing innovative fitting technology such as improved online fit technology as well as virtual fit tech for both apparel and footwear.

The cоmpanies in this category have been working on developing and researching practical applications for software solutions in the fashion industry.

The cоmpanies in this category have been working on developing innovative textile technology such as research for the quantifying of GMOs in organic cotton, sportswear performance smart thread development, as well as smart tech working with apparel and plastic-free apparel research.