Bow & Drape, the fashion brand and online retailer that allows women to custom-build garments and accessories based on pre-made patterns, is partnering with Shapeways to launch a line of 3D printed, jewelry-grade metal accessories for Fall 2013.
The line includes leather belts and clutches, both with 3D printed hardware, and customer can choose between 7 different brass and metal buckle designs brought to life by Shapeways. Each piece is also interchangeable so the belts function more like a collection.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Through the Bow & Drape website, women will be able to choose the design of their 3D printed hardware from a selection of vintage-inspired shapes including: geometric bows, elephants, lions, carousel horses, beetles, and even lipstick. New designs will be added each season.
- Shapeways will then print each belt buckle or clutch pull to order, and Bow & Drape will attach the finished metal pieces to the customer's selected material for delivery.
- The customer will then receive her printed accessory within 2 weeks.
Options are still narrow, but it is fantastic to see that 3D printing is entering the consumer market and customers are given more choices on customizable items. "The Fall 2013 Collection is just the beginning. Bow & Drape is actively exploring new ways to allow the customer to place their mark on the design process." the company says.
Other uses for 3D printing technology, the company believes, will open doors to new customer interaction models, new manufacturing processes and new product delivery channels. Imagine in 5 years licensing a Bow & Drape design, modifying it in CAD and printing it out in your home. "This is not a so distant reality," Creative Director and CEO, Aubrie Pagano says, "and we are excited to help usher in the future of fashion."
The Fall 3D printed line will retail between $48- $148.
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