BYBORRE launches a new global initiative together with a consortium of partners to democratize the textile supply chain to global and emerging brands, industry trailblazers and young talent.

BYBORRE, a textile platform for bespoke and responsible textiles headquartered in Amsterdam, is launching The Window of Textile Opportunities™ (WoTO™) on October 28th. The WoTO™ showroom represents a worldwide transparent ecosystem of supply chain stakeholders and industry changemakers, housing permanent exhibitions of the partners*, such as The Woolmark Company and Parley for the Oceans. 

Through this ongoing collaboration, the partners of WoTO™ are joining forces to lead the responsibility movement and challenge the industry for the better together, creating an open-source mentality in the textile industry. The partners are committed to responsible, low-impact access to textile design and production for all creators that work- or want to work with textile. The showroom is there to facilitate a unique program where leading industry changemakers give access to their knowledge, textile development processes, design tools and responsible ingredients. 

“WoTO™ creates an open-source environment that is focused on other brands' products and allows them to access textile creation technology of supply chain stakeholders and industry leaders" - Borre Akkersdijk, CCO and Co-founder, BYBORRE 

The ultimate goal is to enable and educate an entire generation of creators to design more fit for purpose and responsible textiles. Therefore WoTO™ has formed partnerships with leading universities around the world as well to connect with the changemakers of the future, including FIT and Parsons (United States), Amsterdam Fashion Institute and Saxion (The Netherlands), London College of Fashion (United Kingdom) and others who will participate in the program and host workshops, seminars and other events. 

Change is needed in the industry but proven to be difficult because of an inaccessible supply chain, limited creativity, a lack of validation opportunities and subsequent access to the market. WoTO™ opens the door for all industry silos to look at the bigger picture: creating more consciously for a healthier earth. 

* WoTO™ partners: machine manufacturers MEC by Santoni® and Mayer & Cie, (raw) material suppliers Südwolle Group, XINAO, Nylstar Hydrogen Technologies, Sorona®, Indorama Ventures LifeStyle (Europe) - Sinterama Group and Trevira and the platform BYBORRE Create™. Also, global authority The Woolmark Company, environmental organization Parley for the Oceans, and Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS). 

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For press inquiries and more information, please contact: press@byborre.com or reach out to woto@byborre.com to plan a visit.

The Window of Textile Opportunities (WoTO™)

Naritaweg 70

1043 BZ Amsterdam

The Netherlands

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About WoTO™

List of partners 

MEC by Santoni®

Mayer & Cie

Südwolle Group 

ZHEJIANG XINAO TEXTILES INC.

Indorama Ventures LifeStyle (Europe)Sinterama Group and Trevira

Nylstar Hydrogen Technologies

Sorona®

Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS)

Parley for the Oceans

BYBORRE Create™

The Woolmark Company

FIT - State University of New York

MFA Textiles, Parsons School of Design

Saxion UAS, Fashion and Textile Technology

UAL London College of Fashion 

Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences - Fashion Research & Technology Group

Technology partners 

Samsung

Sonos

Photography by: Jordi Huisman

Space Design by: La Bolleur

About BYBORRE

About BYBORRE

Since 2015, textile innovation studio BYBORRE has been rewriting the rules of responsible textile creation by digitizing the design- and production process and introducing Textile-as-a-Service with their platform BYBORRE Create™. Launched in 2020, Create™ serves as the portal between the physical and digital worlds of the textile industry – enabling brands, designers and creators around the world to design bespoke and responsible textiles from pixel to needle. Providing direct access to textile creation technology and a transparent overview of the textile’s journey at every step of the process, Create™ puts creative freedom and control over impact back into the hands of the creator.

In 2021, BYBORRE opened the very first WoTO™ (Window of Textile Opportunities) showroom in Amsterdam, marking their next step towards an open-source and transparent ecosystem to drastically change the textile industry as we know it today.

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About Borre Akkersdijk

Borre Akkersdijk is a Dutch textile designer and the co-founder and creative director of textile innovation studio BYBORRE. Born in Wamel, the Netherlands, Akkersdijk took fashion design courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 while also working at Paris-based design and trend consultancy Studio Edelkoort. He started what became the foundation of BYBORRE in October 2010, initially consulting for brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton before deciding to focus solely on the development of his now signature 3D knitted fabrics. In 2012, he was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Dutch Design Awards. Research into the future of fashion and integrated technology resulted in presentations at South by Southwest, Bejing Designweek and Salone del Mobile Milano and publications in Wired magazine and Fast Company Magazine.

Since then Akkersdijk has worked on building a studio filled with machines and a team of specialists from all corners of the textile industry to grow BYBORRE into what it is today.

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