Dubai-based in5, an enabling platform for tech, media and design startups, announced on Sunday that it has launched in5 Fashion Lab, an agile, design-to-delivery manufacturing facility located next to Dubai Design District (d3) to support clothing designers and entrepreneurs.
It said in a press statement that the Fashion Lab, equipped with high-end German and Japanese sewing, stitching and cutting machines, will provide a wide range of services to in5 members and the wider public, including apparel design, textile design, sampling, grading, production, business development, mentorship and material procurement.
Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Media City, said the Lab is aligned with vision to transform Dubai into a global hub for the creative industries by 2025.
"We provide an enabling environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, mentorship programmes and access to angel investors and venture capitalists to turn new ideas into commercially viable ventures," he said.
Fashion Lab, the statement noted, will support small-scale manufacturing with low minimum order quantities, which allows aspiring designers to start small by making between one to 1,000 units before scaling up.
(Writing by N Madhura; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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