Atacac is a Swedish based fashion studio founded by Rickard Lindqvist and Jimmy Herdberg. Atacac aims to redo the way to design, present, sell and produce garments.
Atacac explores and develops an alternative model for designing garments that takes as its point of origin the actual, variable body. Instead of a static matrix of a rigid body, this kinetic garment construction theory starts out from balance lines and certain key biomechanical points on the body. For a deeper understanding of the design method please read the digital book Kinetic garment construction.
Today it is possible to digitally design three-dimensional garments. However, in comparison to other design disciplines, such as industrial design or architecture, 3D simulation in the fashion industry is still done in a limited scale. Computer assisted design radically changes the design process and makes two-dimensional sketches become obsolete.
Three-dimensional visualisations of garments open up for new ways of presenting and communicating. By using 3d visualisations we present the garment before it is being produced. This can be used for many things such as develop new designs, replace physical prototypes, replace product images in stores, for communication online as well as in traditional medias.
Based on the ability to digitally visualize the garments before they are made, we start selling the garments before it is produced, and price them according to an algorithm similar to that used for flight tickets with dynamic pricing. This means a lower price before the item is produced and a "normal" price when the item is stocked. By doing this we minimise over-production and stock-keeping.
With digitalisation, and the possibilities of image creation of yet not existing garments new ways of selling, and producing garments becomes possible. In order to explore and develop new such ways atacac started an in-house micro-factory for maximal speed and flexibility in production. Today the micro-factory produces all Atacac garments alongside production for other local brands and companies reaching from independent shops to restaurants and taxi companies. The micro-factory today employs four workers with extensive industrial experiences from factories in Syria and France.
We do this because we believe it's necessary and fun to find new ways of making clothes. We try out our theories in practise, explore new possibilities and hopefully inspires other brands to use our research & development. We believe this will be beneficial for all parts – for you, for me and for the planet.
Rickard Lindqvist is a fashion designer and researcher. His research proposes new foundations, theories and methods for pattern cutting and stretches between blue-skies research and applied projects. Rickard was originally trained as a men's tailor, in addition to studying fashion design at the Swedish School of Textiles from where he also holds a PhD in fashion design. Between 2007 and 2011 he ran the eponymous Rickard Lindqvist fashion label. As a consultant he has served clients such as Vivienne Westwood and Nudie Jeans.
Jimmy Herdberg is the founder of Kokokaka, a creative studio and producers of digital haute couture. He discovered the world of programming when he was 12 years old and have since then been obsessed by the power of the digital world. Since the beginning of the 21st century Jimmy and his creative team have explored the world between digital and fashion for clients such as Wrangler, Prada, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.
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