The flexible, fast production process is a natural fit for the brand, which lets women designate a range of design components, right down to the zipper pulls on a clutch (which are now 3D printed). Shapeways, which told us months ago that they had more fashion in the works, is working with Bow & Drape to produce the components Besides zipper pulls, customers can also choose from a range of 3D printed belt buckles, along with the standard-produced material of the belt itself. While the idea behind 3D printing, at least in fashion, is that ultimately the consumer has complete design control, for now Bow & Drape is offering preselected options manufactured using the technology.
The site’s custom, 3D printed orders take about two weeks to fill, and cost between $48 and $148. Bow & Drape’s new addition brings the round-up of 3D printed outfit components to include zippers, buckles, rings (from Shapeways itself), and a general jewelry line (from designer Kimberly Ovitz in partnership with Shapeways). Stay tuned on Monday — we’re checking out two new 3D printer launches today. Maybe Shapeways, which has been leading the sector for a while now, has some competition in the pipeline.