The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:13 AM EST

The fashion industry is organized around mass production—but not Unspun, which has spent the past four years figuring out how to make garments on demand, reducing overproduction and leaving no unused scraps of fabric. In November, it unveiled the result: a machine that 3-D-weaves yarn into a one-of-a-kind pair of jeans ($200–$215) tailored to fit individual buyers. Each made-to-order pair starts with a body scan (which can be done on an iPhone) capturing 30,000 data points to create a design in the fabric and style the customer chooses. Unspun then uses its topographical weaving machine to produce the jeans in just 10 minutes. Now, the company is partnering with other labels (including the H&M Group and Pangaia) to bring its technology to wider use under co-branded operations, and has plans to add other items as well. —Julia Zorthian

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