The Future of Manufacturing: Maker’s Row

Maker’s Row is a new online directory assisting emerging and established designers in sourcing appropriate manufacturers in America.

Currently based in the U.S., the website was founded by former Marc Jacobs designer Matthew Burnett, friend and former Google employee Tanya Menendez and web designer Scott Weiner. The trio saw the need for a resource that could bridge the, often overwhelming, gap between design and production, and have initially started-out in the fashion and accessory sectors.

As well as helping designers to connect with American manufacturers, the site provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand breakdown of the production process itself. A search filter at the top of the page is broken down into “product type”, “material” and “location” filters, enabling users to source manufacturers relevant to their specific requirements. The design of the site is simple, clear and easy to navigate. Users can also engage with manufacturers on a more personal level through brand profile videos and exclusive factory tours.

The economic downturn has severely impacted manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe in recent years, however “foreign labor prices alone have multiplied exponentially since the advent of outsourcing,” explained Menendez to Wired recently.

“Our primary mission is to bring outsourced manufacturing back home, and to plant the seeds of the next generation of businesses that will be able to easily find American manufacturing partners.”

You can find out more information on makersrow.com. – Samantha Fox

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