We can choose whoever or whatever we want to be in the metaverse. The possibilities will be endless. Still, there is a red thread here: Usually, digital representations of humans, or other beings, are fully dressed.
A Solution For Fashion?
The increased need for digital garments at scale — be it for participation in virtual worlds or even virtual stores — might just be the push fashion brands need to change their ways.
“But how?” you ask. Well, let’s consider it.
Imagine fashion brands were to create collections with 3D at the core. In an overly simplified way, the actual process of digital product creation might be a separate article altogether, but designers and other members of the creator teams design the collections entirely in 3D instead of using 2D CAD and physical prototypes. Brands can leverage existing technologies like CLO3D or Browzwear and possibly even make use of a visual library and workflow product like Stitch3D.
With this 3D-based creation, brands can start exploring two separate tracks:
1. Collaborating with their supplier base to create the physical goods. Leveraging 3D to communicate with suppliers can offer significant benefits, from the reduction of physical prototypes to greater efficiencies in terms of time and costs.
2. Engage directly with the digital realm using these 3D assets. This could potentially provide brands direct access to virtual worlds without needing to rely on external parties to create the assets in the first place.
This 3D fashion value chain has the potential to ignite endless amounts of use cases. For example:
• Create marketing assets and campaigns without needing to produce a physical garment.
• Sell collections digitally to wholesale partners without producing a single physical sample.
• Test your collections with actual consumers without creating waste.
• Sell your collections digitally and produce to order — potentially paving the way for made-to-order at scale.
• Sell your collections digitally only.
Not only does a digital value chain like this create incredible opportunities for fashion brands to work more sustainably, more efficiently and with reduced costs, but it also builds the foundation for brands to unlock the value of these digital collections and could allow participation in the metaverse — at scale.
Who Will Dress The Metaverse?
So coming back to my original question: Who will dress the metaverse? I think the brands that will come out the strongest will be the ones that are able to transition internally to a digital creation process. The journey to unlock 3D design will allow brands to upskill their teams, create new ways of working and, above all, create a new digital mindset.
Working with creative agencies will always be possible, but imagine if your own teams could do this kind of amazing work? With the amount of innovation happening in the Web3 space, the opportunities for brands that get this right could be endless. To be sure, there are many hurdles to overcome before we get there. But for brands that are strongly positioned in this space, I’m sure they will succeed in overcoming them.
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