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Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon is set to launch an apparel knowledge and continual e-learning hub it says will help solve the skills gap within the global apparel industry.

The platform, called Motif will give apparel industry practitioners online access to training, professional development and mentorship from what the firm calls the industry’s “most successful and seasoned professionals”.

The platform will initially launch with four interactive courses from three course publishers, including Alvanon, Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre ( and Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (Pratt BF+DA).

Initial courses on offer are apparel costing, mechanics of fit, sustainability in fashion, and The Fit Form: A Critical Standard for Product Development. Users will be able to complete the courses at their own pace with on-demand videos, interactive exercises and assessments.

Meanwhile, future courses will cover topics such as 3D, sizing, textiles, and product development and the course publisher list will quickly expand to include subject matter experts from around the globe. There are also plans to partner with universities and associations as it grows.

“Motif’s mission is to empower industry professionals with critical skills to readily apply in their job and to further their careers, as well as helps apparel organisations with onboarding and upskilling training materials and assessment tools suitable for new and old employees. We are tackling a critical industry need that surfaced in our 2018 State of Skills Report,” says Catherine Cole, executive director of Motif.

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Alvanon enlisted the support of 50 companies, from large brands to specialist players across the fashion supply chain, on its beta platform to test the courses and user-learning experience, leveraging end-user feedback to fine-tune the learning environment’s design.

“Education has long been part of the DNA of Alvanon,” says Alvanon CEO Janice Wang. “Technology has always been a catalyst for transformation in apparel.”

She adds the new product “uses the most advanced technologies to deliver an e-learning environment that will develop and nurture the skills our industry so desperately needs and will help future proof businesses in a rapidly evolving world.”