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
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • A
    • Abercrombie and Fitch
    • Adidas
    • Aeropostale
    • Alexander Wang
    • All Saints
    • American Eagle Outfitters
    • Ann Taylor
    • Arc’teryx
    • Asics
    • Ann Taylor
  • 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
    • Dick’s Sporting Goods
    • DKNY
    • Diane Von Furstenberg
  • E
    • Eileen Fisher
    • Ellesse
    • Express
  • F
    • 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
  • L
    • Lacoste
    • Levi Strauss
    • LL Bean
    • Lord & Taylor
  • M
    • Macy’s
    • Marks and Spencer
  • N
    • Nautica
    • New Balance
    • Nordstrom
    • NY & Company
  • O
    • Old Navy Group
    • 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
    • Sears
  • T
    • T.J. Max
    • The North Face
    • Timberland
    • Tommy Hilfiger
    • Target
  • U
    • Under Armour
    • Urban Outfitters
  • V
    • Vans
    • Victoria’s Secret
  • W
    • Wal Mart
    • Woolworths

Affiliations

  • American Apparel & Footwear Association
  • AmCham
  • Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry
  • AROQ
  • British Fashion Council
  • Browzwear
  • The Fashion Group International
  • French Chamber, Hong Kong
  • French American Chamber of Commerce
  • THKRITA
  • Hohenstein Institute
  • IACDE
  • IAF
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • Lectra
  • National Retail Federation
  • NCWA
  • Optitex
  • Prime Source Forum Hong Kong
  • Shape GB
  • Spesa
  • TC2
  • Size Stream
  • A
    • American Apparel & Footwear Association
    • AmCham
    • Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry
    • AROQ
  • B
    • British Fashion Council
    • Browzwear
  • F
    • French Chamber, Hong Kong
    • French American Chamber of Commerce
  • H
    • Hohenstein Institute
  • I
    • IACDE
    • IAF
    • Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • L
    • Lectra
  • N
    • National Retail Federation
    • NCWA
  • O
    • Optitex
  • P
    • Prime Source Forum Hong Kong
  • S
    • Shape GB
    • Spesa
    • Size Stream
  • T
    • The Fashion Group International
    • THKRITA
    • TC2

Academic Partners

  • Art Institute of California , San Diego, Calif.
  • Buffalo State University, N.Y.
  • Cornell University, N.Y.
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Calif.
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, N.Y.
  • Iowa State University, Iowa
  • North Carolina State University, N.C.
  • Mount Mary College, Wisc.
  • Oklahoma State University , Okla.
  • Parsons The New School for Design , N.Y.
  • Philadelphia University, Pa.
  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Ga.
  • The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, Ill.
  • The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, Ill.
  • University of Delaware, Del.
  • University of Minnesota, Minn.
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • ENSAIT, Roubaix, France
  • ESMOD, Paris, France
  • Hochschule Niederrhein, Mochengladbach, Germany
  • Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
  • Universitatea Technica Gh. Asachi Iasi, Romania
  • Brunel University, London, UK
  • De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • Central Saint Martins, College of Arts and Design, London, UK
  • A
    • Art Institute of California , San Diego, Calif.
  • B
    • Buffalo State University, N.Y.
    • Brunel University, London, UK
    • Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia
    • Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China
  • C
    • Cornell University, N.Y.
    • Central Saint Martins, College of Arts and Design, London, UK
    • Clothing Industry Training Authority, Hong Kong, China
    • China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • D
    • De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
    • Donghua University, Shanghai, China
  • E
    • ENSAIT, Roubaix, France
    • ESMOD, Paris, France
  • F
    • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Calif.
    • Fashion Institute of Technology, N.Y.
    • Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China
  • G
    • Ghent University, Belgium
  • H
    • Hochschule Niederrhein, Mochengladbach, Germany
    • Holmesglen Institute of Technical And Further Education, Melbourne, Australia
    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
    • Hualian Business Administration College, Shenzhen, China
  • I
    • Iowa State University, Iowa
  • K
    • Kingston University London, London, UK
  • L
    • London College of Fashion, London, UK
    • Leeds College of Art , Leeds, UK
    • LCI Barcelona
  • M
    • Mount Mary College, Wisc.
    • Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • N
    • North Carolina State University, N.C.
    • Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK
    • National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore, India
  • O
    • Oklahoma State University , Okla.
  • P
    • Parsons The New School for Design , N.Y.
    • Philadelphia University, Pa.
  • R
    • Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • S
    • Savannah College of Art & Design, Ga.
  • T
    • The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, Ill.
    • The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, Ill.
    • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • U
    • University of Delaware, Del.
    • University of Minnesota, Minn.
    • Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
    • Universitatea Technica Gh. Asachi Iasi, Romania
    • University College Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
    • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
  • X
    • Xian Polytechnic University, Xian, China
  • Z
    • Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, China