When Fashion Meets Tech: How One Company Is Transforming Our Closet(Innovation Hub)


Inside Ministry of Supply’s storefront location on Boston’s Newbury Street. (Innovation Hub photo/ Elizabeth Ross)

Right now, there’s a wearable device for pretty much everything. Fitbits track your footsteps. Virtual reality headsets can transport you anywhere in the world. There’s even jewelry that lets others know when you’re in danger. But there isn’t much tech in the things we’re already wearing: clothes. The Innovation Hub visit the Ministry of Supply, a company that’s trying to mix high-tech and apparel, and talk with the company’s founders, Gihan Amarasiriwardena and Aman Advani.

Three Takeaways:

  • Ministry of Supply started with a bunch of little hacks. Clothing hacks, that is. Growing up, Amarasiriwardena used to run space blankets through his parents’ paper shredder to make sleeping bags. Advani would take the soles out of dry fit running socks and merge them with dress socks. Now, they specialize in creating performance dress apparel.

  • A big step in the Ministry of Supply’s journey was adopting a phase change material, which was developed by NASA. The material absorbs astronauts’ heat and releases it back to them when they are colder. Ministry of Supply has incorporated NASA’s idea into its clothing.

  • As Advani points out, clothing hasn’t changed much since your grandparents’ youth. He says that aside from new designs and patterns, much has remained constant over the last several decades.

To listen to Innovation Hub’s interview with the Ministry of Supply co-founders at the link here.

About Innovation Hub:

Innovation Hub explores new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation, and more with today’s most creative thinkers – from author to researchers to business leaders. Under the direction of host and executive editor Kara Miller, Innovation Hub has expanded its reach since its inception in 2011, now reaching over 100 radio stations across the country.

Every few months, the Innovation Hub team collaborates with the Museum of Science to create Wicked Smart, a rotating exhibit showcasing innovators in the Greater Boston area. The Museum of Science puts together the exhibit and Innovation Hub interviews the creators to learn the backstory behind their work. The current Wicked Smart exhibit showcases some of the Ministry of Supply’s products.

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