Design has always been central to UPW company’s ethos: our dedicated team of international designers operating from China, Hong Kong and Europe research extensively new trends and developments every season to keep our collection relevant to today’s ever-changing market. We have extensive experience in design, sustainable practices, newfibre developments and the global fashion market overall, so we felt our customers could benefit greatly from this extra service. U-LAB was born from this genuine desire to share our knowledge and skills with our clients, offering free,tailored made design and trend forecasting solutions. Our semi-vertical model also allows us to fully develop these ideas withour clients from the sourcing of the fibre, which we carefully control and monitor, right to the end product.
U-LAB has further enhanced this service by digitalizing our range of luxury yarns across 3000 colours, backed by our Genuine Stock Support® inventory. Resulting in a highly efficient & streamlined supply chain in garment development, reducing the time needed for real knitting and yarn sourcing.
U-LAB service can also offer a range of services to our customers, from virtual lab dips, where colour swatches can be requested for any particular yarn in real time, to colour twists: simply pick two yarns from our collection and we’ll give you a quick virtual simulation in basic jersey or repeated cable.
We now have highly publicized scholarship scheme currently in place at CSM, RCA, NTU, PolyU, Parsons. We sponsor two students at each Uni both yarn and cash prize, we are then able to follow and mentor the students throughout their final year. UPW offers an all important mentorship program as well as media exposure that helps to prepare students for their big launch to the industry. In August 2019, we had also for the first time have a design internship 6 weeks program with two PolyU students.