Evolution St. Louis Helps Fashion Brands Rebound from Supply Chain Disruption Caused by COVID-19
The Missouri factory sparked a supply chain revolution and helped companies meet customer demand in the rapidly evolving fashion industry
St. Louis, Missouri – Evolution St. Louis – the most technologically advanced flatbed knitting company in the USA – is reviving domestic knitting. During the pandemic, the Missouri-based company helped American fashion brands and retailers bring manufacturing back to the United States.
“The dynamic shift in consumer buying patterns and the long lead times associated with offshore manufacturing have already led brands towards domestic manufacturing. The supply chain problems caused by last year’s COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated these decisions, ”said John Elmuccio, co-founder of Evolution St. Louis. “By creating more responsive supply chains and locating manufacturing in the US with companies like Evolution St. Louis, brands and retailers have a better opportunity to respond to demand in a world forever changed by the pandemic.”
Prior to COVID-19, over 95% of clothing sold in the US was imported from overseas. The pandemic disrupted production and shipping overseas. In the past 12 months, billions of dollars in clothing orders have been canceled and countless brick and mortar stores have closed.
“There are so many risks and obstacles to manufacturing overseas. We saw major delays and overseas fashion manufacturers simply went under and never delivered the product as promised, ”said Timo Weiland, co-founder and creative director of the Timo Weiland brand. “By working with Evolution St. Louis, we can monitor our products and the process more closely from start to finish. They are nimble and cooperative, and our partnership with Evolution St. Louis enables us to respond to consumer demand in real time. “
Evolution St. Louis’ industry-leading flatbed knitting machines can make whole garments, bespoke knitwear, fully fashionable knitwear and complex shapes, as well as shoes, smart and technical textiles. The company also provides full services including raw material sourcing, merchandising, technical design and product development. Linking, sewing, finishing and on-site inventory, logistics, packaging and shipping are possible.
“The entire fashion industry has been hard hit by the pandemic, but companies with domestic partners have done better,” said Jon Lewis, co-founder of Evolution St. Louis. “We’re disrupting the fashion industry by using the latest technology to help contemporary brands, designers and luxury brands control their intellectual property and better manage inventory.”
Evolution St. Louis technology serves a variety of industries including apparel and footwear, automotive, lifestyle, sports, health and wellness, medical, and police and fire services. She develops products for Fortune 500 companies, major brands, boutique designers, and direct customer consumer entrepreneurs.