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Fabdesigns, Inc. serves Fortune 100, Silicon Valley startups and others in footwear, aerospace, medical, automotive, and other industries, and counts many Fortune 100 companies, Silicon Valley startups, designers, and others among its current or previous clients.
Through hands-on consulting, Fabdesigns, Inc. supports the innovative development of materials and products, as well as globally-scaled manufacturing of knitwear and highly advanced performance materials. Our forte is first-to-market products.
Fabdesigns was founded as a full-service knitted textile design and development consulting firm in 1988 in Los Angeles, and Incorporated in 2000. Our goal has always been to optimize the way materials are used and to effectively change manufacturing processes to reduce waste to the bare minimum and improve value for our clients and their consumers.
Our business originally grew out of the needs of manufacturers, brands, and designers in the US, Canada, and Australia, designing and developing high-end knit apparel, and accessories, as well as a few projects in automotive interiors and medical devices. For over 35 years, Fabdesigns has grown with technology and adapted to rapid industry changes to serve industries far beyond knitwear.
How do we do what we do?
We are advanced textile engineers, but most of all, we care about our clients, their workers, and our planet.
We also reach our clients where they are in the world by offering consulting online, in-house, and through online platforms like Etsy, Facetime, and Zoom. We do small projects like digitizing their jacquards to major projects building in 3D.
We do specialize in highly technical textiles but also work with apparel and footwear knitting mills to develop knitted graphics, assembly methods, and materials that help them differentiate their products. We build more streamlined processes from design to production and use state-of-the-art skills to define, conceptualize, program, prototype, and scale.
Fabdesigns' Core Values:
Quality in Service
Excellence Stewardship of The Planet
We are Committed to Positive Relationships
Passion for Innovation
Inclusion and Engagement
Fabdesigns' Mission: With less than 14% of textiles recycled, and more than 15 million tons of used textile waste choking landfills in the US each year, our planet can no longer wait. Fabdesigns empowers brands to revolutionize industries with extraordinarily lightweight, sustainable, and multifunctional products, developing and scaling 3D products with nearly zero waste, and using recycled materials to create products with easy assembly; no cutting, minimal sewing, and nearly zero waste.
Fabdesigns' Vision: The future of manufacturing is closing the recycling loop and accurately meeting consumer preferences by making just what is needed. Digital control of materials, processes, and the manufacturing environment by leveraging technology and stocking only raw material strands that can be combined in an exponential number of product configurations creates an agile production environment where there is no need to produce an excess inventory of products.
Our Insights:- Save 20% to 80% of post-production waste- Reduces assembly time of finished product- Scales efficiently, reducing the risk of production overruns and deadstock- Hyper-efficient production increases production capacity and reduces carbon footprint.- Jobs are safer, less repetitive, and offer an advancement of skill sets with experience.
We provide design and engineering consulting, to several industries from polymer to proof of concept prototypes:· Materials · Soft goods R&D (cut and sew as well as knitted)· Aerospace composites design and engineering consulting,· Automotive interiors and composites · specialized apparel (autism, smart textiles, posture garments, etc. )· 2D, 3D, 4D and 5D textiles· medical device· aerospace projects· footwear, · and other products.
Besides knitting, we consult on a project basis, temporarily, on contracts, and remotely, filling the gaps with critical expert skill sets that are in high demand and short supply:-
- Advanced textile engineering
- Material development, engineering, and sourcing
- CP Soft Goods Development
- Apparel, activewear, yarn & knit design, etc
- Automotive & Auto aftermarket
- Materials for extreme environments
- Hard and soft good hybrids
- Advanced medical textiles: ISO13485
- Product development & lifecycle roadmaps
- Manufacturing process improvement
- Process improvement & cost reduction
- Team building in agile design thinking
- Business development & competitive analysis
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Connie holds a US Bachelor of Science in textiles from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, where she also taught in the Masters of textiles program. She has over 35 years of experience in designing, developing, and manufacturing 2D, 3D, 4D, and 5D textiles, apparel, medical devices, and other products using knitting as additive manufacturing.
Connie has designed and engineered knitwear, wovens, and nonwovens for top apparel brands including PhillipsVanHeusen and Tricots St Raphael in NYC, and their manufacturing facilities around the globe.
She also has over 20 experience designing, developing, engineering, testing, and manufacturing knitted, woven, and nonwoven textiles, products, and components using various soft goods technologies (laminates, composites, coatings, co-molding) for extreme environments.
She has held executive roles in automotive materials/product development, ranging from Director to VP of Product Development at Shell Oil US, and Kraco Enterprises. Ms. Huffa has demonstrated success in building financial models, customer-centric development road maps, robust material/product test plans, and sustainable supply chains to implement innovative manufacturing, managed/mitigated risks, optimized operations, and accelerated the launch of game-changing products/materials to market. She is the key person responsible for bringing fashion to a dying industry through material science and innovative product development infrastructure, reviving the Shell aftermarket division from a waning $100 million business unit into a $450 million powerhouse in less than 3 years and later Kraco Enterprises. She speaks marketing, design, risk analysis, operations, and EBITDA fluently. It is with this zeal and passion for materials that she pays knowledge forward, speaking at prominent conferences and symposiums around the world.
She is an industry contributor to (Knitting Trade Journal, Knitting Industry, Textile World, Advanced Textiles Source, Specialty Fabrics Review, WTin, Textile innovations), and International Consultant and Conference Speaker on innovation and textile technology (IFAI, Techtextile, ANPIC, CITME, TTI Vanguard), and has developed customized in-house technical workshops for many fortune 100 brands around the world. She is also a mentor in the Make it In LA program in Los Angeles and has been written about in Forbes, Voyage LA, IFAI, and others.