Alvanon started with a tiny office in New York and a two room mannequin prototype line at Dr. Wang’s apparel manufacturing facility in China. From the start, the company has applied science to help the apparel industry increase efficiencies within its product development processes.Alvanon quickly demonstrated that poor fit was common and was costing the global apparel industry billions of dollars in returns, markdowns, alterations and exchanges. These problems stemmed from a reliance on body measurement data compiled as far back as World War II, when the hourglass figure was the most common body type among women. Scientific analysis conducted by Alvanon clearly indicated that women’s figures had changed since the middle of the last century.
The industry was stuck in a time warp, using as its standard a body shape that represents less than 10 percent of women today.
The company’s mission quickly became clear – to help retailers, brands and manufacturers move away from outdated measurements and perceptions of body shape and utilize the latest research to develop better fitting apparel.
Today Alvanon is a successful multi-national company with a multi-million dollar turnover. Our robust scientific approach supported by practical tools have positioned us as the apparel industry’s leading sizing and fit expert. We are the world’s largest producer of fit mannequins, with well known clients ranging from independent designers to specialty stores, from luxury to mass market, and everyone in between.