Today saw the opening of the Wired Pop Up Store in Central London, which celebrates how new technologies are reinventing manufacturing.
Amongst the robots and gadgets bringing the pages of Wired magazine to life for this one week show is Hiut Denim, the British brand that has restored jean manufacturing to the town of Cardigan in Wales. Hiut are exhibiting their History tag concept, which is a unique secret code given to each pair of jeans they make meaning that the life of the product can be tracked online via the History Tag website. You can buy the jeans there too, along with the beautiful bespoke knitwear brand Monkstone, which is all hand knitted in Wales.
If, like us, you think that 3D printing will have a huge impact on the future of British manufacturing, then you should check out Makie Lab. Their fully customisable dolls might frighten some small children, but demonstrate how rapid prototyping will help restore toy manufacturing to the UK. They have set up a studio space at the Wired Pop Up shop which demonstrates how they make the dolls and accessories, which you can customise yourself in their online store.