Fit specialist Alvanon has launched a fashion industry support programme designed to help restore fashion skills and manufacturing in New York, London and Hong Kong.

The 'Fashion Fit Movement' includes the donation of technical fit tools and consultancy services to selected apparel design and manufacturing businesses rebuilding local production capabilities, and to industry associations which support local production efforts.

The first donation goes to the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), an investment fund which offers match funding to selected New York-based fashion manufacturers.

The donation included AlvaForm technical fit mannequins and AlvaBlock pattern templates, which were awarded to pattern service Werkstatt.

Subsequent donations will go to manufacturers in London and Hong Kong, Alvanon said.

“This is our way of giving back to an industry that’s been so good to us,” said Janice Wang, Alvanon CEO.

“Fashion manufacturing in New York City and other fashion hubs has changed tremendously in recent decades. It’s been a time when major centres such as New York have lost huge pools of technical talent.

“Our intent with the CFDA FMI donation and future gifts made through FMI is to reinvigorate New York City with fundamental manufacturing tools, re-establish the lost art of pattern making in the city and encourage professionals at all levels to stake their businesses here.”