Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fashion & Textile designing Solutions by Lectra France

Fashion design
Kaledo Suite is a collaborative platform that facilitates communication between business, design and technical teams throughout the conceptual design development process. Capitalizing on design resources, reducing time to market and boosting creative options are critical. Fashion companies rely on coherent branding, marketing and product design to set themselves apart in a crowded marketplace.

Eliminating repetitive tasks that are labor-intensive and tedious allows designers to focus on what they do best: design. The marriage of an artistic eye and technical know-how is very valuable, and Kaledo provides the forum to facilitate this type of collaboration.

Trend and color direction
By sharing interesting trend aspects—color, texture, silhouette, graphic, embellishments—on a common platform, concept building can follow freely, with teams—design, marketing, technical, pattern-making, management—in sync.

Files are up-to-date, easily found, organized and protected. Validated concepts follow smoothly through to the collection-building phase with no repeated data entry or loss of information.

Kaledo contains some of the industry’s best color development tools, including spectral data management and a wealth of standard libraries such as Pantone™ (Textile, Paper and Goe), Munsell, NCS™, CSI™ as well as a host of thread libraries.

Kaledo also offers sketching tools especially made for fashion such as symmetry, vector and bitmap stitching effects and component libraries to facilitate the re-purposing of individual pieces or of whole styles. Designers are quickly operational and productivity is streamlined.

Because Kaledo includes unique, fashion-specific “push” technology, style and other modifications are automatically sent wherever that item is used, eliminating tedious manual updates.  Carryovers are cloned to accelerate the process, inheriting style and fabric properties.

Sketches can also be saved and classified directly onto the platform from Adobe Illustrator CS3 or CS4.

Collection plans
Designers quickly fill mini-bodies with colors and fabrics using tools built solely for this purpose. Whether fabrics come from Kaledo Textile Solutions, scanned artwork or other sources, colorways are handled as a group to minimize repetitive object handling.

Even when sketches are filled with fabric and color, colorways created and placed in a collection plan, modifications can be made once and pushed to wherever that particular item is used—a considerable time savings.

Dynamic collection plans give designers the freedom to explore ideas and create better collections, ultimately resulting in increased design options and refined brand identity.

Collaborative storyboarding
Boards of all types—trendboards, moodboards, style sheets, collection plans, colorway boards and more—are generated throughout the design process. Often, information is repeated from board to board in order to dissect a collection from every possible angle. Brands and other fashion companies must also present the same information in different ways to appeal to their target customer.

In Kaledo Collection, objects are intelligently linked in a way that is logical for fashion. When a modification is made, the update can automatically be “pushed” to all boards, saving time and reducing confusion, because everyone has the latest version.

Product briefs and specifications
As collections take shape and evolve, conceptual information associated with individual designs is harnessed and transformed into a brief or specification. Teams not only share information in real time, but contribute to seamlessly transform design into development. As team members of all disciplines see and contribute continuously throughout the process, information about a particular design is richer and more precise, earlier in the process.

Kaledo Collection is part of Lectra’s range of fashion-specific solutions that facilitate the sharing of technical and visual information throughout the development process.

Textile design
Innovative textile designs are fundamental to creating apparel that maintains a brand’s unique positioning in the marketplace. The latest trends and colors must be adapted so that they conform to a brand’s identity, appeal to target consumers, and meet production constraints. In a saturated marketplace, unique printed, woven and knitted fabrics help differentiate a product or brand from the competition.

With Kaledo, designers can easily create original concepts or adapt existing ideas for prints, weaves and knits. While it is possible to use Kaledo Print, Weave and Knit as standalone units, they are part of a global solution, Kaledo Suite.

Print fabrics
Kaledo Print is specifically targeted for textile print development work and offers a powerful, efficient toolset, free from extraneous distractions. Kaledo Print handles very large files quickly, even when in repeat.

Related functions are grouped into studios for a reduced learning curve. Designers are not restricted to working in any specific order. They may color reduce at any time, if at all, clean-up stray pixels before or after a design is in repeat, work in tonal or flat color, experiment with motifs, and adjust the repeat at any time. They are free to adapt their working methods to the job at hand.

Call out, palette and other reports generate technical information to facilitate the communication and production of printed fabrics.

Woven fabrics
Kaledo Weave offers a rich toolset for creating dobby wovens. Designers draw from a vast, well-organized library of weaves and yarns or develop their own designs.

Surface effects such as stripes, repeats and mirrored patterns are created, in either technical or visual mode.  Woven structures, yarns and colors are changed interactively to freely experiment with the effects of fine tuning the smallest detail, down to a fiber color or type.

Designers are truly innovative while reducing development costs by previewing extremely realistic simulations before producing samples. The information necessary for production is easily generated to reduce communication difficulties and delays.

Knit fabrics
The interplay of color, texture and structure can yield surprising results, especially in a knitted fabric.

Kaledo Knit is driven by a unique 3D stitch simulator that generates realistic knit fabric simulations. This is a very powerful tool for knit development, as designers can preview and error-check complex combinations of multi-color yarns and structured knits. Also included is a very rich stitch library containing elements such as jerseys, arans, cables, laces, misses and tucks.

Designers can go beyond simple stitch placement and surface design to use the color/structure combination of yarns and stitches to create innovative and eye-catching effects.

Kaledo Weave and Knit rely on a sophisticated yarn generator coupled with a powerful color palette toolset to encourage designers to explore the effects of fibers, twist, diameter and weave/knit patterns with colored and textured yarns.

Colored yarn options include space dyes, heathers and jasp├ęs; texture options include nubs and yarn smoothness effects. Yarns can also be adjusted and saved for future use to fine-tune fiber content, twist, density, strands and other technical parameters in order to develop a custom yarn.

The interface for controlling and modifying yarn color palettes is innovative and slick with fast keyboard shortcuts to encourage experimentation without hassle.

With Kaledo, designers manage unlimited colorways, and as this colorway information is embedded in the textile file itself, files are much easier to handle. Whenever a textile design is modified, its colorways automatically follow suit, eliminating the need to separately modify each color variation, even for reports.

Kaledo is fully compatible with .ase, .aco and .act color palette format and it also includes a seasonal palette that is shared across the Lectra platform, throughout both design and development.

Kaledo Suite includes built-in features for the automatic generation of industry standard reports such as pitch sheets (complete with callouts), technical palette data and more.

Developed by : Lectra
16-18 rue Chalgrin  75016 Paris - France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 64 42 00  Fax: +33 (0)1 53 64 43 00 


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