Knitwear Lab develops and produces innovative knitwear designs

Knitwear Lab has a mission to develop knitwear for its customers that is groundbreaking in design, sustainability and technology. It is now also possible to have knitted designs produced by Knitwear Lab. The knowledge and research center in the field of innovative knitwear solutions works for brands such as Daily Paper, Decathlon, Ecco, Ninamounah and Studio Elzinga.

In recent years Knitwear Lab has started developing more and more knitwear for big names in the industry. Thanks to their extensive knowledge of the latest (3D) knitting techniques, sustainable materials and production methods, the lab is frequently used for fundamental research projects and special design assignments. Knitwear Lab recently conducted a research project for Rhenoflex – the market leader for thermoplastic reinforcement material for shoes and bags. Thijs Verhaar, one of the founders of Knitwear Lab: “Our role varied from extensive market research into reinforcement material in knitted sneakers to developing shoes on which newly developed formulas can be tested.”

In addition, Dutch and international fashion designers also like to work with Knitwear Lab. High-fashion designers such as Studio Elzinga, Ludovic de Saint Sernin and Filling Pieces have had knitwear developed at the Lab for their ready-to-wear collections. For the Amsterdam fashion label Ninamounah, the team developed a spencer with a high-profile graphic print. The all-knit looks in high-quality shimmery yarn that the Lab developed for the creative studio Maison the Faux have graced the catwalk of New York Fashion Week. In addition, we also see designs from Knitwear Lab reflected in the streets. The iconic Daily Paper logo scarves and hats that dominated the streets of Amsterdam are knitted by Knitwear Lab.

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However, the potential of knitwear extends beyond the fashion industry: “Thanks to the latest 3D knitting techniques, complex shapes can easily be knitted in one piece, without producing any waste,” says Verhaar. “This can offer many benefits for fashion and shoe brands. For example, for shoes, the construction process of complex shapes can be considerably simplified when a 3D knitted upper is used. 3D knitting also makes it possible to knit shapes that fit perfectly to the body: very functional when developing medical accessories, sportswear, body protection and clothing with sensors.”

The Knitwear Lab team is always open to exploring new applications for knitwear and likes to work with visionary brands, start-ups and autonomous designers. “We think it’s important that professional brands are given the opportunity to realize their progressive ideas,” says Verhaar. “Our team of ambitious and experimental programmers does not shy away from a creative challenge. We are very proud of our innovative, sustainable projects that show the diverse possibilities of knitwear. With our projects we hope to stimulate the design industry to discover the creative and sustainable possibilities of knitwear.”

What makes Knitwear Lab unique is their versatility. All five Knitwear Lab programmers are not only technically skilled, but each also has a background in fashion design and are also skilled craftsmen. This means that the programmers can think along with the entire creative process, from developing a concept and making aesthetic design choices to advising on the best production options. Knitwear Lab will soon open their own production lab in Istanbul. In this location, the team will run productions of fashion brands, start-ups and autonomous designers in small runs. In this way, the Lab hopes to contribute to the responsible production of high-quality knits.

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