About

Alvanon's founder was both a doctor and a garment manufacturer.

After failing to sell clothing online in 2001, he began looking at other ways to help standardize the selling of apparel online. He said, “let's look at the body that we are actually designing the goods on." The result were mannequins based on real human anatomy, created with an understanding of pattern making and garment production in mind, to help brands, designers and retailer ensure their products achieve the best possible fit.

Today, Alvanon is a global innovations company that helps apparel brands improve their fit to reflect modern-day consumers. Since 2001, Alvanon has used the latest technology and body shape data to advise the world's leading apparel brands and retailers on fit and sizing strategies.

"All we can do is EVOLVE."
- Dr. Kenneth Wang, Founder, Alvanon

over 60% of garments are being sold at a discount
nearly 90% will not return to a brand if they have a bad fit
  • 2018
    • Alvanon partners with Jenny Liu, former editor in chief of Apparel Monthly, to launch the Shanghai Apparel Experience Center
    • Inaugural Trailblazers event highlighting inclusive design launches in New York
    • Motif, the apparel knowledge hub, launches.
    • Alvanon launches beta phase of the Alvanon Body Platform.
  • 2017
    • Alvanon partners with Bodidata which holds largest North American body scan database.
    • Catherine Cole joins as Executive Director to lead Alvanon’s learning initiatives.
    • Stephen Sze joins Alvanon to lead the technology division.
    • Alvanon relaunches AlvaScan initiative.
  • 2016
    • Alvanon partners with Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator to support and nurture local design, technology and manufact
    • Alvanon conducts niche body morphology study on crossfit athletes
  • 2015
    • Alvanon conducts pro bono niche body morphology study on the ballet with Opera National de Paris
    • Alvanon launches second Global Mentorship Program with 3 mentees: Ellie Kai, Rosie Assoulin, Studio Jux
    • Alvanon develops technological tools for 3D body creation
    • Alvanon conducts scan study in UK
  • 2014
    • Alvanon launches Professional Development Series training programs
    • Alvanon conducts major scan study in South Africa
    • Alvanon develops consumer observation technology and deploys with major retailers
    • Alvanon partners with Fashion Enter in UK to support and nurture local manufacturing and technical talent
  • 2013
    • Alvanon develops Virtual AlvaForms and partners with major 3D partners.
    • Alvanon launches AlvaKids childrens size recommendation app
    • Alvanon conducts major scan study in Australia.
  • 2012
    • Alvanon conducts major scan studies in Europe.
    • Alvanon launches Global Mentorship Program, the first mentees are A for Apple, Carrie Parry and Saloni Lodha
    • Alvanon launches AlvaFit data and technology division
  • 2011
    • Alvanon launches ASTM Womens Mannequins.
    • Ed Gribbin appointed to President of Alvanon Inc.
    • Alvanon launches Global Academic Program, to put professional fit and sizing tools in hands of students.
    • Alvanon launches European Standard AlvaForms for men and women, in which increases fit match by over 57 percent.
    • Alvanon expands into Japan with exclusive distribution deal with Kiiya.
  • 2010
    • Dr. Kenneth Wang, Founder and Chairman of Alvanon, passes away.
    • Barneys adds UMAN Collection
    • Alvanon launches the new EU Standard AlvaForm Mannequins.
    • New children’s European standard AlvaForms launched.
  • 2009
    • Alvanon partners with IFTH to release French standard sized mannequins and expands representation in France.
  • 2008
    • AlvaScan China project collects over 30,000 Chinese consumer scans from 6 cities in China
    • Alvanon publishes findings from the data.
    • Don Howard joins as Executive Director, Alvanon Consulting
  • 2007
    • Alvanon Germany office is established.
    • The Alvainsight division expands to provide strategic services for clients.
    • AlvaScan Division is launched with the purchase and deployment of 2 intellifit scanners.
  • 2006
    • Alvanon acquires exclusive license for use of the intellifit database, the largest database of scanned bodies in the world.
    • Ed Gribbin joins Alvanon as Director of Strategic Services.
    • The Alvainsight division is established for analysis of the scanned body database.
    • The same year AlvaBlock Division is established to enhance development of basic blocks on AlvaForms and AlvaTraining Div
  • 2005
    • Alvanon partners with North Carolina State University to increase awareness of the current fit and sizing issues.
    • Jonathan Wang joins Alvanon as Executive Director of Research and Development.
    • Analysis yields that only 8 percent of US women are hourglass shaped.
  • 2004
    • Alvanon UK, Ltd is established in London as the UK and European sales office
  • 2003
    • Alvanon New York City Office expands to 10 people.
    • AlvaChina Manufacturing exhausts existing production and moves to 50,000 square feet facility.
  • 2002
    • Janice Wang joins Alvanon as CEO alongside co-founder Jason Wang, COO, and the Hong Kong office is established as an operations hub
    • Edward Lemack joins Alvanon as Director of Sales
  • 2001
    • Alvanon is founded in New York City by Dr. Kenneth Wang.
    • A small office is opened in Soho and the San Francisco Technology office is created.
    • Alva China Manufacturing is established in 2 rooms on the ground floor of Dr. Wang’s apparel manufacturing facility.

Meet the Team

Everyone who joins Alvanon comes with a passion for the apparel industry. Our team of experts have many years of experience in all aspects of our industry. To name a few: design, merchandising, technical, production, sourcing, sales, retail management, brand strategy, corporate finance, multichannel retailing and technology.

Our Clients

  • Abercrombie and Fitch
  • Adidas
  • Aeropostale
  • Alexander Wang
  • All Saints
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ann Taylor
  • Arc’teryx
  • Asics
  • Barbour
  • Bebe
  • Black Diamond
  • Bonobos
  • Burberry
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Burton
  • Calvin Klein
  • Carhartt
  • Cintas
  • Coach
  • Chanel
  • COS
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • DENNIS Uniform
  • A
    • Abercrombie and Fitch
    • Adidas
    • Aeropostale
    • Alexander Wang
    • All Saints
    • American Eagle Outfitters
    • Ann Taylor
    • Arc’teryx
    • Asics
  • B
    • Barbour
    • Bebe
    • Black Diamond
    • Bonobos
    • Burberry
    • Brooks Brothers
    • Boy Scouts of America
    • Burton
  • C
    • Calvin Klein
    • Carhartt
    • Cintas
    • Coach
    • Chanel
    • COS
    • Columbia Sportswear
  • D
    • DENNIS Uniform
    • Diane Von Furstenberg
    • Dick’s Sporting Goods
    • DKNY
    • Dries van Noten
  • E
    • Eileen Fisher
    • Ellesse
    • Express
  • F
    • Fanatics
    • Forever 21
  • G
    • Gap
    • Guess
  • H
    • H&M
    • Hanes Brands
    • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    • Hugo Boss
  • I
    • Incorporatewear
  • J
    • J. Crew
    • JC Penney
    • Juicy Couture
  • K
    • K-Swiss
    • Kiiya
    • Kohl's
  • L
    • Lacoste
    • Levi Strauss
    • LL Bean
    • Lord & Taylor
    • Lululemon
    • Lucky Brands
  • M
    • Macy’s
    • Marks and Spencer
  • N
    • Nautica
    • New Balance
    • Nordstrom
    • NY & Company
    • Napapijri
  • O
    • Old Navy Group
    • Only Kids | zulily
    • OVS
  • P
    • Patagonia
    • Polo Jeans Company
    • Polo Ralph Lauren
    • Prada
    • Puma
  • Q
    • Quicksilver
  • R
    • Reebok
    • REI
  • S
    • Seven For All Mankind
    • Speedo International
    • Sports Authority
  • T
    • T.J. Max
    • Target
    • The North Face
    • Timberland
    • Tommy Hilfiger
    • TROLLKIDS
    • Talbots
  • U
    • Under Armour
    • Urban Outfitters
  • V
    • Vans
    • VERO MODA
    • Victoria’s Secret
  • W
    • Wal Mart
    • Woolworths

Affiliations

  • American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
  • AmCham
  • Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI)
  • just-style.com
  • British Fashion Council
  • Browzwear
  • Fashion Group International (FGI)
  • The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)
  • Hohenstein Institute
  • IACDE
  • International Apparel Federation (IAF)
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • Lectra
  • National Retail Federation (NRF)
  • NAUMD
  • NCWA
  • Optitex
  • Prime Source Forum
  • ShapeGB
  • SPESA
  • Tc2.com
  • TG3D studio
  • The Robin Report
  • A
    • American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
    • AmCham
    • Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI)
  • B
    • British Fashion Council
    • Browzwear
  • F
    • Fashion Group International (FGI)
    • French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • H
    • Hohenstein Institute
  • I
    • IACDE
    • International Apparel Federation (IAF)
    • Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • L
    • Lectra
  • N
    • National Retail Federation (NRF)
    • NAUMD
    • NCWA
  • O
    • Optitex
  • P
    • Prime Source Forum
  • S
    • ShapeGB
    • SPESA
    • Size Stream
  • T
    • The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)
    • Tc2.com
    • TG3D studio
    • The Robin Report
  • j
    • just-style.com

Academic Partners

  • Amsterdam Fashion Institute
  • Cornell University
  • ENSAIT
  • ESMOD
  • FIDM
  • FIT
  • Ghent University
  • Iowa State University
  • KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
  • De Montfort University
  • Kingston University London
  • London College of Fashion
  • NC State University
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Parsons School of Art and Design
  • Royal College of Art
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA)
  • RMIT Melbourne
  • The Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Hochschule Niederrhein
  • China Academy of Art
  • The Art Institute of California - San Diego
  • A
    • Amsterdam Fashion Institute
  • B
    • Box Hill Institute
    • Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
    • Bengaluru - NIFT
  • C
    • Cornell University
    • Central Saint Martins
    • Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA)
    • China Academy of Art
  • D
    • De Montfort University
    • Donghua University
  • E
    • ENSAIT
    • ESMOD
  • F
    • FIDM
    • FIT
    • Fujian Normal University
  • G
    • Ghent University
  • H
    • Hochschule Niederrhein
    • Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
  • I
    • Iowa State University
  • K
    • KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
    • Kingston University London
  • L
    • London College of Fashion
    • LCI Barcelona (Institute of Design LCI Barcelona)
  • M
    • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • N
    • NC State University
  • P
    • Parsons School of Art and Design
    • PolyU: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • R
    • Royal College of Art
    • RMIT Melbourne
  • S
    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • SUNY Buffalo State
  • T
    • The Savannah College of Art and Design
    • The Art Institute of California - San Diego
    • Tsinghua University
  • U
    • University of Delaware
    • Universität der Künste Berlin
    • Universitatea Tehnică Gheorghe Asachi
  • X
    • Xi'an Polytechnic University
  • Z
    • Zhejiang Sci-Tech University