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What we do

We combine our expertise and enthusiasm with user-centered design to deliver bright concepts, manufacturable products and beautifully-finished prototypes.

We receive a lot of positive feedback from our clients, and here are a few of the reasons why our clients love working with us.

We collaborate

As a team of engineers, designers, prototypers and seamstresses, we value close collaboration with clients and external subject-matter experts. We pride ourselves on asking questions, and regularly host creative sessions with our clients to fully understand their vision, help drive new design ideas and provide fresh direction.

We’re strategic

We conduct intelligent research into products, processes and materials to deconstruct and simplify ideas into solutions that work. While no two projects are the same, our design process remains consistent: we listen, research, create, test, and deliver.

We’re technical

Our knowledge of conventional and technical materials is broad and always expanding, enabling us to offer expert guidance on materials’ capabilities, benefits and limits. As a technically-minded group of people our practical dexterity shines through in our detailed prototypes and finished products.

We’re user-led

There’s no point creating a beautiful product if it doesn’t have function, and the use-experience is key in evaluating the strength of a product. Our user-led approach to design enables us to construct products that solve problems and create an impact for their users.



We work closely with our clients to realise their aims. Some know exactly what they want their product to be like, and others come to us with a problem to solve.


Manufacture support

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Manufacture lead times often get extended by toing and froing with the factory. This is why we take an engineering approach to technical packs; Patterns, samples and detailed specifications eliminate ambiguity in the handover from designer to manufacturer, minimising errors that can arise through misinterpretation.


Materials and sourcing


We source materials, fixtures and fittings from a wide range of suppliers, from local retailers to global manufacturers. Our materials library is continually growing and contains materials fromcotton canvas to highly technical textiles. We are continually looking for new fabrics to fulfil our clients needs


Mechanical engineering


We develop and incorporate mechanical and functional features such as mechanisms and moulded fixtures into products we design, and can develop moulded components, mechanisms and internal structural elements.


Process design and development

Complex textile assemblies need to be made cost effective, and the process for assembling them can strongly influence the feasibility of a concept. Thread can provide support and innovation in generating and refining processes for assembling products to make them more cost effective, better looking, stronger, simpler.



Making is at the heart of all projects at Thread. Ideas can be generated, tested, proven, demonstrated and communicated through prototyping, and this is especially important with textiles. For manufacture, a sample is vital to ensure clear communication of the construction, and the quality required.




Books, Google, primary research, user research, inspiration; all these help to bring understanding to a design project. Insights drive projects and facilitate successful design. Research, and particularly user research helps generate insight.


Technical clothing design

Thread meets the demands of companies that wish to develop innovative technical garments. Whether we're designing for sports, protection, sanitary or medical purposes, we work to meet the users' needs. Our hands on approach permits us to iteratively design make and test rapidly. where additional rigour is required, we can test fabrics and assemblies in house or through our partners to prove the design prior to outsourcing production.



Our designers are constantly testing their ideas and materials to help make the right decisions. We build test rigs and fixtures to support this work. From testing absorbency of materials to go in sanitary products, understand how dry a product will feel after wetting, make sure a bag will be accepted in cabin luggage. Testing helps us build ours and your understanding of the materials and products we work with every day.

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