Currently, jersey, leather, and handwoven fabrics are available, with more to follow

Currently, jersey, leather, and handwoven fabrics are available, with more to follow

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has launched a new library providing a myriad of deadstock fabric options to help brands design more sustainable collections, create value from waste, and champion circularity.

The global Deadstock Library has launched in partnership with Queen of Raw, the NYC-based technology company. It is a marketplace solution that matches fashion organisations looking to offload excess fabrics with buyers interested in high quality sustainable and affordable textiles.

Queen of Raw addresses the US$120bn a year of unused textiles that are thrown into landfills, burned, or laid to rest in warehouses. Leveraging blockchain technology, it provides transparency around wasted inventory, including water, toxins, energy, and dollars saved by leveraging the Queen of Raw platform.

By partnering with Queen of Raw, SupplyCompass is able to offer deadstock fabrics at scale to brands and manufacturers in its network.

Materials classified as 'deadstock' are available to source through the SupplyCompass platform. In turn, Queen of Raw's designers and brands are able to tap into the SupplyCompass network to manufacture collections using its platform and services.

The initiative forms part of SupplyCompass' wider mission to make sustainability accessible and cost effective for all, the company says. The launch comes about as a direct result of an increasing demand for deadstock fabric from brands and manufacturers, which the fashion production software company observed being accelerated by the impacts of Covid-19.

"Deadstock has always been something we wanted to offer our brands, but there are challenges in doing it effectively and at scale," says SupplyCompass co-founder, Flora Davidson. 

"Digitisation of materials, components, and trims into our cloud-based libraries is a big part of our tech roadmap. Our vision is to make sustainability accessible and cost effective for every brand, and the Deadstock Library is a vital piece of the jigsaw for this. Brands can design collections in the SupplyCompass platform and in one click, access available resources, materials from factories and suppliers close by, designing around all of those elements at the start of the process—whilst also allowing factories to sell their waste stock. We'd ultimately like to see 25% of every brand's collections being made from deadstock materials."

Brands can access the Deadstock Library by signing up to the SupplyCompass platform. SupplyCompass has selected a handful of initial factory partners for brands looking to design and produce collections with deadstock fabric. Brands are provided with sample yardage and are then required to place a down payment to block out the chosen fabric. Currently, jersey, leather, and handwoven fabrics are available, with more to follow.