New York fashion-tech startup Bow & Drape has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to help women make custom apparel and accessories online that will be “enduring statement pieces” in their wardrobes, Chief Executive Aubrie Pagano said.
The company is one of several “mass customization” businesses to attain venture funding and move into experiments with 3-D printing of late. For example, Matter.io’s experimental store DYO.co and Sols Systems Inc. are using 3-D printing to make jewelry and orthotics, respectively.
Bow & Drape’s textiles and leather are sourced, manufactured or sewn by vendor-partners around the U.S., including in New York and Las Vegas. But the company 3-D prints some of its accessories.
The startup plans to use some of its funding to create and sell new lines of accessories in 2014, relying on another New York startup, Shapeways Inc., for 3-D printing of those items.
Larger brands are also embracing 3-D printing. Last year, Nike Inc. introduced 3-D printed cleats, dubbed the Vapor Laser Talon, which were worn by NFL players in the Super Bowl; and this month, 3D Systems Corp. and Hershey Co. launched a partnership to develop a variety of 3-D printed chocolates and even printers that will extrude 3-D chocolates.