The BF+DA p.LAB is closing its doors but services are still available for the following:

The p.LAB offers access to high-tech, digital fabrication services from sample development to small-run apparel production to body scanning to 3D printing. Our facility is equipped with the latest technology for industrial production methods. We specialize in small-scale quantities with no minimum requirements for services that include cut-and-sewknit, technical embroidery, digitized pattern cutting, body scanning, 3D printing and laser cutting. We provide designers and creative technologists with high-quality traditional production as well as access to cutting edge, digital services for soft systems that are changing the industry.

Created for new designers and established brands, our one-stop, full-package product development and production services include cut & sew, knits and wovens, fully fashioned and whole garment knitting as well as digitally-printed textiles and embroidered embellishments.

The p.LAB also supports the development of smart garments and wearables developed on industrial machines that allow for design for manufacturing solutions that scale.

P.Lab Crew

Kelly Puertas

From spinning my own yarn to seeing the final product on the runway, I have a deep love and appreciation for the entire life cycle of a knitted garment. I hope to share my passion and knowledge with others to help them transform their designs from sketch to finished product.

With over ten years experience in the fashion industry, I have worn many hats as a manager of sampling and production, senior knitwear tech designer and experienced knitwear designer for men, women and children’s apparel. These experiences helped me achieve complete fluency in sweater construction, yarn composition and stitch structure. At the BF+DA, I analyze and implement design solutions while overseeing the knitwear product development from concept to production. My goal is to educate our designers on cost effective knitting techniques and finishes while maintaining zero waste manufacturing.

  • Knitwear Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
  • Knitwear Sample and Production Manager, Stoll FTNY
  • Senior Knitwear Tech Designer, Stoll FTNY
  • Knitwear Designer/Director for RTW, Contemporary, Better and Mass Market
  • Creator, “Foundation of Shaped Knitwear”
  • Mentor, Start-up designers

Tara St James

I believe that sustainability, transparency, collaboration and disruptive innovation are the keys to growth. This conviction has compelled me to share the knowledge I’ve amassed over the years with the next generation.

My belief that the hands that manipulate the materials we use are just as important as the quality and sustainability of those materials is a driving force in my business and personal life. As a fashion designer with over 15 years experience producing both domestically and overseas, I have developed a vast understanding of a variety of production systems and manufacturing techniques. My role as production coordinator and research fellow is to facilitate designers’ experience through sampling and production.

  • Production Coordinator & Research Fellow | Zero Waste Manufacturing, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
  • Founder & Creative Director, Study NY
  • Educator in Sustainable Design Certificate, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Head of Sample Room & New Development, Brooklyn Denim Company
  • Co-Founder & Creative Director, Covet

Maya Blevins

I find myself equally driven by my desire to help designers as I am by a necessity to learn from their processes and practices.

Balance is often something that is lost at the hands of fast fashion. In consideration of the high demands for such an accelerated market, I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity with BF+DA to assist in creating balance in both garment and consumption. My ultimate hope, is that taking the time to work in this way will help re-establish a union between the aesthetic image and creative vision. A union that would enforce the importance of values and move us further towards a sustainable future built on the grounds of transparent community.

  • CADET USA, Patternmaker, Assistant Designer
  • Knickerbocker MFG, Patternmaker, Production Manager

Learn more about our production services here.

Roberto Silva

I am constantly inspired by the shape, structure, and function of different pieces of clothing as much as visual art, architecture, music, and film. I believe all the elements involved in the construction of a garment should be functional and contribute to its aesthetic.

Formally trained as a Fashion Designer, I started my career with a small label named AYOR (1994-2000), which evolved from a “casual, club scene, and pop art inspired” to a “minimalist, classically tailored shapes” brand with attention to functional details. I have collaborated in other areas of creativity, such as set design and set dressing for commercials, visual merchandising for fashion brands, and theatrical costume design and alteration.

At the BF+DA, I work as a sample sewer, occasional cutter, and most recently on small runs of garment production. I love sewing and being part of the creative process as the person who is going to help translate a designer’s vision into clothing. The everyday work has inspired me to go back to fashion with a small collection of one of a kind garments that speak of my fashion inspirations and approach to design.

  • Visual Merchandising and In-store Design for different Fashion Brands
  • 5TH FLOOR STUDIOS/ NEW YORK. Alteration Specialist and Costume Design Assistant.
  • BROOKLYN DENIM COMPANY. Alteration Specialist/ Tailor.

Zoe Hochman

Production Sewer

Logan Blagg

Production Sewer

Kristen Faber

Junior Knitwear Programmer

Samanta Cortes

Understanding the process of manufacturing is what separates a designer from an artist.

Of the 25 years I have spent in the fashion industry, 20 years has been spent in the embroidery world taking machines to the extreme. My deepest passion has been stabilizing and growing manufacturing in the U.S. by educating my community and understanding the manufacturing equipment that will impact our future generations.

Karyn Lao

Knitwear Apprentice