Athens Knit Lab is a contemporary knit design and development studio based in Athens, Greece and founded in 2019.
From concept to final product we provide the support for ideation, development & production of knitwear, knitted footwear, accessories, smart textiles & technical products.
With a focus on innovative technologies and creative knit engineering we offer knit development services with a strong technical know-how and understanding of design.
We are passionate about fully-fashioning techniques such as 3D knitting & knit-to-shape and our aim is to connect cutting-edge technology with sustainable manufacturing and quality craftsmanship with innovative materials.
Our services are operated with the latest STOLL ADF and CMS knitting machines and STOLL M1+ and CAD/CAM software
MATERIAL SOURCING, RESEARCH, IDEATION
We are passionate about creating the link between material sourcing, research, design, engineering, manufacturing and consulting on the full process of any knit product development cycle. Also we are keen about researching based on the brief that we receive. The research informs the material sourcing and the ideation. In the process of ideation we generate ideas, solutions and new techniques through brainstorming and knit swatches while exploring fabric and stitch stuctures. This process creates a solid ground for your project to develop its full potential. Our team implements your ideas into tangible forms, taking into consideration all important aspects from the first step to the last.
DEVELOPMENT & PROTOTYPING
Prototype development for technical products, fashion and footwear collections is one of AKL’s strongest assets. Prototyping includes advanced knit engineering and programming services as well as shape, fabrication and stitch structure development offered by our experienced team members. Design and technical decisions are made together with the customer’s teams and the aim is to translate a design brief to a technical or fashion product while maintaining the artistic vision, functionality and production effectiveness at the same time.
Our lab offers limited small scale production services upon request availability, handled with extra care and quality monitoring.
We work closely with a wide network of experienced manufacturers, engineers and sewing companies to finalise your products and offer hiqh quality finishing solutions. From sewing & dyeing for knitwear to special treatments for technical products & shoe manufacturing for footwear.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT & TRAINING
We offer technical support services & training to any project, company or team who is looking for problem solving solutions on specific technical issues or who would like to elevate their knit engineering skills, would like to set up a new knitting facility/team, or would like to start a new knitting project.