2016 Grand Prize Winner

99Degrees Custom

Humans + Machines

99Degrees Custom is a future apparel manufacturing factory. As off-shored mass production becomes obsolete, regional speed factories are the future, enabling brands to respond to demand, hold less inventory, and innovate ahead of their competition. We apply this model to the production of activewear and wearable technology apparel for leading and emerging brands and over fastest turn production, on-demand customization, and agility to respond to shifts in demand. We are redefining the apparel manufacturing industry while creating jobs that catalyze opportunity and advancement. In apparel manufacturing, automation and job creation are not mutually exclusive. The bridge we’re building between an antiquated industry and an advanced manufacturing industry offers a unique opportunity to employ a manually skilled workforce, pay living wages, and invest in transitioning that workforce into a future innovation economy workforce.

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