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Lastwear – world’s first open source clothing company


Lastwear is a revolution in clothing manufacture. For one thing the company licenses all its creative materials under a Creative Commons license, but now –  following a successful Kickstarter campaign –  they are going to release all their production patterns for download so anyone can sew their own versions of the garments. Wild!


Not only that, but they’re also practising a transparent business, by putting their sales, production and business information online for anyone to see. This effectively means that anyone could ‘steal’ their business by legitimately copying their process and designs under a new brand name/label. Absolutely fascinating approach, and since they launched in 2007 and appear to be still going strong, maybe it’s a signpost for the future?

 Lastwear is a seattle based clothing company. We got started back in 2007 when Thom Becker and Jawn Wakefield realized they both wanted to update the design of the clasic Japanese Hakama to include pockets etc. Since that time we’ve been fortunate to have a whole group of wonderful talented people come on board and lend a hand in various capacities.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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