Open Style Lab at MIT Acquires Tukatech Systems

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MIT is home for Open Style Lab, where they are making style accessible to people of all abilities. Now with the partnership with Tukatech, they are lauching their first retail product, the Rayn Jacket.

TUKATECH Partners with Open Style Lab & MIT

TUKATECH Partners with Open Style Lab & MIT

We are very grateful for [Tukatech's] contribution and partnership, which facilitated our ability to create an innovative clothing solution...," remarked Alice Tin, Co-Founder & Director, Open Style Lab.

Open Style Lab, sponsored by MIT, acquires TUKAcad by Tukatech for their pattern making needs. Open Style Lab is an organization helping to make style accessible to people of all abilities. They bring design, engineering and rehabilitation medicine students, and clients with disabilities together to explore a diverse array of clothing challenges and fabricate solutions for them.

“Tukatech is proud to be a part of Open Style Lab in their noble initiative. TUKAcad enables them to improve their product development, allowing them to quickly create beautiful and functional clothing, ultimately helping more people,” said Ram Sareen, CEO, Tukatech.

With TUKAcad, the Open Style Lab team developed Rayn Jacket which will be available for purchase in April. “Tukatech has enabled us to continue developing an idea that originated from our inaugural educational program in June 2014 - a rain jacket for anyone who will be sitting outside, including wheelchair users, sports spectators and bikers. We are very grateful for their contribution and partnership, which facilitated our ability to create an innovative clothing solution that will make the vast apparel landscape a bit more inclusive and beautiful," remarked Alice Tin, Co-Founder & Director, Open Style Lab.

Learn more about the Rayn Jacket from Open Style Lab:

“We are proud to announce our first retail product: Rayn Jacket, an ergonomic, waterproof jacket that is inspired by wheelchair users, and designed for people of all abilities. Everyone from wheelchair users, cyclists, sports spectators, commuters and campers can now sit in the rain comfortably - no umbrella, no poncho, no extra material, but complete coverage.

Open Style Lab is collaborating with Betabrand, an online clothing community based in San Francisco, to offer Rayn Jacket to the public.

We're excited to share that Rayn Jacket, which is currently featured on Betabrand's crowdsourcing design platform, Think Tank, passed the initial voting stage in 48 hours!! It's going to be a real thing! A huge thank you to everyone who voted and made this happen."

"What's next?
1) You can still vote, or encourage friends + family to support Rayn/Open Style Lab!! Everyone who votes gets a shot at earning a 30% discount when Rayn goes on sale in April. Follow this link.
2) Give feedback on how Rayn Jacket could be improved. We love hearing from you!
3) Look out for our crowdfunding phase in April, when you could get your very own Rayn Jacket!!!”

Open Style Lab is housed in the International Design Center at MIT, where they will be holding their flagship educational program this summer. Additional information on their program can be found on their website at http://www.openstylelab.com.

About: TUKATECH, ranked # 1 by the APPAREL SCORECARD globally since 2007, provides affordable fashion design and apparel product development solutions to the apparel and sewn goods industry, offering a total solution for guaranteed results: consulting, engineering, implementation, and unlimited training. TUKATECH is the first CAD-CAM company to bring digital pattern making to leading apparel manufacturing countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and many others. TUKATECH is the first CAD Company to eliminate the use of Digitizers, and reduce or eliminate Grading and Marker making by automating the process. TUKATECH is the first and leading company in the world to offer apparel product development outsourcing (APDO) as a service to the industry in 2001 through TUKAweb.

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