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Kornit Digital and New York’s FIT intensify their collaboration: From textile to fashion design

November 15, 2016 – Kornit Allegro, the world’s first single step roll-to- roll digital textile printing system, continues educating design students on the possibilities of digital printing and mass customization.   For three years now, Kornit Digital and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have been collaborating on a unique project challenging students to create designs

November 15, 2016 – Kornit Allegro, the world’s first single step roll-to- roll digital textile printing system, continues educating design students on the possibilities of digital printing and mass customization.

 

For three years now, Kornit Digital and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have been collaborating on a unique project challenging students to create designs to be printed digitally onto fabric, in a sustainable fashion.

 

So far, the project has been focusing on encouraging textile/surface design students at FIT to create original designs. This year, for the first time, the printed fabrics have been used as a starting point for a separate fashion design challenge where they were turned into ready-to-wear fashion pieces.

 

Over 40 fashion design students created garments based on the Allegro printed fabrics, a number significantly higher than with typical competitions in the department. The amazing results were judged by a panel of industry judges including Zahir Babvani, Vice President of Design for FullBeauty Brands; Leslie Baker, Designer at Bon-Ton; Nicki Gondell, Principal of Trend House; Debbye Strickler, Creative Director of Trend House; Erin Doty, Art Director of Kornit Digital.; and Marco Paul, Strategic Accounts Manager of Kornit Digital North America. Garments were scored based on marketability, use of printed textile, construction, trend to name a few points. After the judging, the winners were announced in an exciting ceremony. The first place was awarded to Allison Clausius, second place to Anchal Kansra and third place to Aarohi Shah.

 

As the textile industry keeps being challenged about environmental concerns, this project provides students with strong, first-hand insights as to how the Kornit Allegro is revolutionizing textile production, while still enabling creative use of design and color.

 

Rich Thompson, President of Kornit Digital North America comments: “The Kornit-FIT collaboration keeps exciting us. We educate tomorrow’s designers on flexible, environmentally conscious printing technology while creating beautiful pieces of art and fashion. And all this is enabled by our technology which was unthinkable just a few years ago. We extend our congratulations to all winners and wish them the best for their future career!”

 

The Kornit Allegro incorporates the company’s NeoPigment inks and prints onto multiple fabric types with 100% sustainable results. Its integrated fixation process removes the need for pre-treatment, steaming or washing, making it a truly environmentally friendly solution that meets the most rigorous environmental regulations, including OekoTex 100 standard and GOTS approval.

 

About Kornit Digital

Kornit Digital (Nasdaq: KRNT) develops, manufactures and markets industrial and commercial printing solutions for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Leading the digital textile printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment process, it caters directly to the needs of the entire textile printing value chain, from designers to manufacturers, apparel decorators and fashion brands. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit Digital is also revolutionising the roll fabric industry with its single step solution that enables printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric and with no additional finishing process. Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company with offices in the USA, Asia Pacific and Europe and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit Kornit Digital at www.kornit.com.

 

About FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers nearly 50 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Visit fitnyc.edu.

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