Fashion designer Joseph Abboud may have spoken too soon when he boasted to the Boston Globe that he could turn around a custom suit order in 10 days and that Amazon had better “get out of the way.”
Coincidentally, Abboud’s comments were published on the same day as a patent from Amazon that shows the e-commerce behemoth may, in fact, get in the way of his business and those of many other clothiers.
The patent envisions a clothing factory with similarities to an Amazon fulfillment warehouse, in which as many tasks as possible are done by machines.
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According to the patent applied for in December 2015 and granted Oct. 10 for “on-demand apparel panel cutting,” computers would aggregate online clothing orders made to Amazon, and run machinery that would print designs on cloth panels that are used for making clothes.