As a consultant who spent most of his time on the road, Aman Advani wondered why clothes for work hadn’t evolved as clothes for working out had. If fabric and designs could be engineered to be better for athletes, why couldn’t they be redesigned to perform better for professionals who need to start their day at 6 a.m. and still look crisp for a 4 p.m. client meeting? Fellow MIT student Gihan Amarasiriwardena was having the same experience, and the two teamed up to found Ministry of Supply. The company re-engineers business apparel, using high-tech performance materials to develop a new category of clothing called “performance professional.”
Advani met up with the Retail Gets Real podcast team in Boston to talk about what happens when engineering meets fashion and what the future of retail looks like.