Associate Roles

The TCBL Ecosystem is made up of four types of figures who actively contribute to progress being made towards the project's goals. Combinations of these members work together to create projects, which have in the past received support from partners. The TCBL Foundation is currently working towards agreements with sponsors to continue being able to provide financial and advisory support to interesting projects.


We've divided Labs into three main types based on the direction of their activities: Design, Make, and Place Labs:

  • Design Labs explore tools and methods for designing textiles and clothes, working with professionals, fashion students, or anyone, even working from home.
  • Make Labs experiment with production methods and machinery old and new, from re-discovering traditional tailoring to 3D printing and laser cutting.
  • Place Labs investigate the local and social dimensions of making, with new modes of organisation of work such as on-demand or home DIY production, community lab spaces, and networks of artisan shops.


Associates are any company, association, start-up or individual working in the textile and clothing industry and subscribing to the TCBL Values. See a list of associates in the TCBL Directory.


This includes consultants, associations, agencies, etc. providing technical support to value chain formation.

Service Providers

Additional providers of services can enhance the TCBL service platforms and Knowledge Spaces.