N.A.bld focuses primarily on inventory as the starting point for tackling fashion waste. This type of waste arises from trying to sell clothes that customers don’t want — whether from inventory mismanagement or bad merchandising judgement. N.A.bld allows brands to test products and react quickly to customers by giving them a way to produce only what sells on-demand or as needed in limited quantities with just-in time manufacturing.
N.A.bld brands get access to a vetted network of no-minimum US-based manufacturers. All manufacturers are visited and inspected by members of our team, vetted through an end-to-end run, and must comply with our Manufacturer Code of Ethics. Nearshoring production to the US gives N.A.bld and our brands more visibility into the practices of our production partners and allows us to establish a mutually beneficial relationship while maintaining and growing skilled manufacturing jobs in the USA.
Fabric pollution is perhaps the biggest issue as it is furthest down in the supply chain. Many micro-brands do not have the resources or visibility into large fabric suppliers. On N.A.bld, our brands are fully responsible for their material choices. We make sure brands have access to resources with preferred sustainable fabric suppliers, on-demand printing, and deadstock fabric deals. As an on-demand platform, brands can use N.A.bld to limit production run amounts automatically in their production process and therefore only use as much material as needed.