Swiss luxury fashion label Philipp Plein has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help track and calculate material costs and support its ongoing expansion.

The company has selected the Centric 8 PLM system from Centric Software to develop its spring/summer 2017 collection and to better negotiate with suppliers.

The software is currently in use across the company's design, product development, sourcing and production departments in Lugano, Switzerland.

"We needed a better way to track and calculate material costs," says production manager Daniele Montaguti. "With Centric 8 PLM our product development teams are able to precisely evaluate material costs and send very accurate requirements for prototyping and production; this is real a time saver. Negotiation with suppliers is also facilitated due to accurate information tracking."

The company specialises in using expensive materials such as metal hardware and crystals and was looking for a way to better estimate these "significant" material costs.

Founded in 1998 by German fashion designer Philipp Plein, the luxury brand develops menswear, womenswear and childrenswear alongside jewellery, accessories and a home collection. It has more than 100 employees worldwide, with showrooms in Milan, New York and Hong Kong.

According to Centric, its 8 PLM suite was implemented at Phillip Plein in three months and is streamlining operations and reducing time to market.

Centric recently developed a field testing mobile app designed to help apparel and footwear companies track the usage and performance of prototypes and samples. The app, developed in Apple's iOS, works with Centric's PLM platform, or can be used as a stand-alone solution. 

Centric develops field testing mobile app for samples