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Byborre raises €3.2 million for on-demand textile platform

Jun '20
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Pic: Byborre
Byborre has raised € 3.2 million in a series A funding round led by Shift Invest (Vandebron, The Renewal Workshop, Protix), along with existing investor the Amsterdam Climate & Energy Fund (Vandebron, Aectual) and existing angel investors. Byborre is an Amsterdam based textile studio working on aesthetics, functionality, technology, and material research.

The funding will be used to accelerate Byborre’s on-demand textile platform (Textile Development Kit, or TDK) and expand its global on-demand production network. Industry leading suppliers like Gore-Tex, Woolmark, Santoni, and Mayer & Cie., have already partnered with Byborre, while brands using the Byborre platform include Adidas, BMW, Rapha, Descente, Kapital, Natuzzi, Bedwin & The Heartbreakers, Mini, and many more, according to a press release by the company.

The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, generating large landfills, responsible for 10 per cent of the global CO2 emission and for 20 per cent of the water waste. The industry is known for inefficient production processes, high energy demand and many unnecessary transports (goods and people). Byborre challenges this status quo and made it its mission to create conscious creators and allow them to be ‘part of something bigger’.

“We are in contact with textiles almost every minute of the day from the moment we are born, and therefor it's fascinating that this very traditional industry has not been disrupted and revolutionised for the last decades. We are thrilled to work with those who share our desire to question the status quo, hence why we’re reconsidering what it in fact means to collaborate with some of the world’s most respected creatives and brands, providing the tools to help them push their textiles into new forms and new meaning,” Borre Akkersdijk, co-founder and creative director at Byborre said.

“Byborre is committed to improve the entire textile creation cycle and production processes worldwide, inviting others to join them as they upturn the market and rethink tired habits and norms. Their methods have already spread far and wide beyond their studio, reshaping the way numerous brands think about the potential of responsible textile making and radically shifting what textiles mean for their collections,” Guus Verhees, managing partner at Shift Invest said.

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