Retail remains a very tactile industry, focused on the hand, drape, and durability of fabrics and trim—besides which, designs are still being sketched on paper and pinned on size models or mannequins.
and footwear manufacturing
discrete manufacturing, since apparel and footwear buyers need to touch, see, and feel their components, and are uniquely involved in every step of the product lifecycle. Designing and planning for a season''s collection typically begins at least 9 months in advance, with 90 percent of product designs never seeing the light of day due to lack of communication between merchants, product designers, and vendors, within which time the idea is already, well, out of fashion. In the real world, product design