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Meet the Manufacturing Futures 2021 Shortlist

The Fashion District, in collaboration with the Fashion Innovation Agency, is delighted to announce the shortlist for Manufacturing Futures: Fashion District Innovation Challenge Prize 2021!

The shortlist was selected from a host of impressive and creative applications by our esteemed panel of industry experts. This year’s cohort is comprised of ten start-ups who showed true innovation and the potential to change the future of manufacturing.

“Manufacturing Futures 2021 has unearthed some truly cutting edge start-ups that are applying technology and science to tackle the urgent environmental needs of the fashion industry. We have a real opportunity to collaborate, both within the industry and with other sectors, to bring on the brightest and most impactful innovations to reshape the industry.”

Helen Lax, Director, Fashion District.

Petit Pli

“We’re proud to be supporting technological innovations that are solving the manufacturing challenges facing the fashion industry today. Engineering is behind everything we touch, including the clothes we wear, so it’s important that we create interdisciplinary connections between technologists and engineers, and fashion creatives and manufacturers.”

Danielle George, MBE, President, IET.

Our shortlisted start-ups are offering a range of solutions that include innovative new materials, effective new software which help brands and customers to make ethical and sustainable choices, as well as fashion tech businesses using nanomaterials to reduce the impact of harmful manufacturing processes.  

Modern Synthesis

“It is a privilege to judge Manufacturing Futures 2021 and be part of an initiative that puts science and engineering at its heart. At PANGAIA, we are on a mission to inspire and accelerate an Earth Positive future, and it is amazing to be part of a competition where all of the innovators are striving towards the same shared goal. There are some really ground-breaking technologies within this group and I personally cannot wait to see what the future holds for all of them.”

Craig Smith, Head of Research & Development, PANGAIA.

Treekind™ by Biophilica

Treekind™ by Biophilica is a plant-based leather alternative for the fashion industry. It is estimated to be carbon negative, recyclable as green waste, home compostable, non-toxic and completely free of plastic and petrochemicals. With Treekind™ we want to support the transition to local, sustainable manufacturing and consumption.

Clean Ocean Fiber Tech by Airjet Global

Clean Ocean Fiber Technology by Airjet Global is a textile business that creates new yarn by binding any recycled raw material with natural and bio artificial spun yarn. It reduces the polluting effect of textiles and protects the environment by preventing fibre shedding in clothing, whilst providing greater durability and better circularity.


ClearChain is a software platform for easy, low-cost, high-value supply chain mapping, compliance auditing and reporting. It enables companies to get answers to the big questions facing them about sustainability, Net Zero and ethical compliance. Its modern, simple user interface eliminates clutter and allows users to map supply chains and conduct compliance audits on one or more of these vendors.

2DTronics by G Square

2DTronics by G Square is a textile technology start-up dedicated to producing smart sustainable clothing for the home, for work and for exercise. 2DTronics fabrics are made from composites of nanomaterials with recycled or natural fibres giving enhanced strength, durability and comfort. Garments are also to be embedded with smart sensing functions using graphene conductive inks.

Modern Synthesis

Modern Synthesis is a London based biomaterial start-up connecting the dots between biology, material science and design to craft progressive biomaterials for the fashion industry. The company’s ‘microbial weaving’ process employs microbes to grow a strong, lightweight cellulose-based composite material that is naturally biodegradable and offers unique potential for customization.

Nanofique Limited

Nanofique Limited is working with bio-composites of nanostructured material to degrade the dyes in wastewater, removing the colour and associated harmful effects. They also separate, remove and upgrade the heavy metal ions and salt without producing sludge and recycle the water. Their product is catalytic and biodegradable. The bio element can be grown without the use of irrigation, fertilizer or pesticides.


Nanoloom creates biodegradable fibre from a novel, unique nanomaterial called BioHastalex, which is based on graphene. BioHastalex is extremely strong, light, flexible and durable. It can be made to attract or repel water without additives, doesn’t shed and is scalable. This makes it suitable for numerous applications, and Nanoloom currently focuses on performance apparel.

Pattern Project

Pattern Project is a clothing micro-factory, developing machinery and software to enable independent fashion brands, high street retailers or tailoring companies to produce custom-fit clothing in-store and on-demand. The software generates a made-to-measure pattern from customer measurements and sends it to a desktop cutting machine. A ready-to-sew custom-fit garment is then created in as little as 10 minutes.

Petit Pli

Petit Pli is a wearable technology company engineering clothes that grow. Trained aeronautical engineer, Ryan Mario Yasin founded Petit Pli in 2017, shortly after gifting clothes to his newborn nephew in Denmark. By the time the clothes arrived they were already too small! Determined to pioneer a new approach to slow fashion he drew inspiration from his background in deployable nano-satellite structures.

Terra Neutra

Terra Neutra provides innovative services that measure the carbon footprint of a product and allow customers to offset the impact in the shopping cart. Their mission is to create a carbon positive world, empowering people to live more sustainably, raising awareness of climate impact, enabling reduction and offsetting any residual emissions.

Lone Design Club – Designer Call Out

Lone Design Club (winners of Fashion District’s Retail Futures 2020) are looking for fresh new designers to showcase across their channels! They are cultivating a community of innovative brands who are:

As part of the Lone Design Club community, you will have the opportunity to showcase your designs in LDC’s experiential concept stores across the world, as well as on their 24/7 online store. This is an amazing chance to connect with new markets of ethical and mindful shoppers and grow your brand!

How It Started

Lone Design Club was founded on the notion of rising-up, taking control and changing the future of retail; like-minded emerging fashion and lifestyle brands coming together to challenge the high-street with fresh new concepts and a focus on unique, ethically produced pieces.

The starting point was a series of short-term concept stores appearing for 1-2 weeks at a time in London, at first, and now across the globe. Experiences and events followed, allowing designers an intimate outlet to tell their stories directly to shoppers – creating real connections between brands and customers. Shortly after, Lone Design Club launched its 24/7 online store, giving their community a new avenue to reach wider markets.

Lone Design Club operates now through both physical and digital platforms – allowing consumers to discover and shop from independent brands with traceable and mindful practices, selling exclusive and one-of-a-kind items.

LDC has exciting plans for the coming year – with “The Next Normal” pop-up and a Fashion and Lifestyle Festival in the works, there’s no better time to join the community!

For more information visit


Instagram: @lonedesignclub


Are you looking for pay-as-you go studio space? Do you need access to best-in-class machinery at an affordable price? If so, welcome to Building BloQs – a fully equipped workshop that you can book by the day.

Building Bloqs started with seven makers, craftsmen and artists who were faced with the gloomy realities of London studio rental costs when their landlord served notice on their shared live-work space. After a fruitless search for alternatives, they decided to do things on their own terms. They committed to creating a cost-effective workspace where all makers could access the machinery they needed, connect with other creatives and learn new skills. They have continued to accommodate the needs of their members ever since, providing world-class machinery, from traditional analogue tools to advanced digital systems.

Building BloQs has everything you need for toiling, pattern cutting and sampling. Each Fabric Workspace is equipped with a bench, 240V power, cutting table, straight stitch machine and a mannequin. The Fabric Workspaces are priced at £28 per day – and can be booked for single days or longer stints (with discounts for 6+ days).


As well as the workspaces, Building BloQs has its own café which the team describe as ‘the beating heart’ of the building. It’s the place where members meet, connect, share ideas and dream up ambitious projects. Building BloQs wholeheartedly encourages collaboration and co-working – and if you feel inspired to learn a new skill after hearing about another maker’s project, they offer a wide range of training sessions across their machinery.

With so much to offer, the future of Building BloQs looks bright; they’re definitely worth a visit!

Find out more and become a member here

Instagram: @buildingbloqs