Brand Partnerships

Next-gen materials will only become mainstream with the support and adoption of global brands. MII’s Brand Partnerships team serves as the leading resource for global brands to obtain crucial information about emerging and existing next-gen material technologies. We provide our expertise to brands on partnering with, sourcing from, and investing in next-gen materials companies. We also share industry and technology overviews, offer positioning advice and marketing support, and make introductions to next-gen materials companies.

Developing Research and Insights

MII’s Brand Partnerships department serves as the leading resource for global brands to gain insights into current and expected trends and technologies in the materials industry. We publish annual brand partnerships reports, exclusive consumer research studies, and innovator analyses.

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Credit – Luca Distefano Photographer x Orange Fiber

Authoring Next-Gen Materials Brand Partnerships Reports

MII’s reports fill critical knowledge gaps and create more transparency across the next-gen materials ecosystem, providing a strong foundation for the industry to grow. Our monthly lookbooks document forward-thinking brands that are adopting next-gen materials to meet consumer demand for increased sustainability and animal-free products.

Explore our monthly lookbooks.

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Credit – OceanSafe

Conducting Consumer Research

MII partners with North Mountain Consulting Group (NMCG), a consumer research firm, to conduct original research on consumer perceptions of next-gen materials technologies. Our recent research reveals that consumers in the United States and China are overwhelmingly interested in next-gen materials. Our research also demonstrates that creating, producing, and selling next-gen materials represents an enormous opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, brands, engineers, and scientists.

Explore our reports on consumer research.

Providing in-depth advice

The next-gen materials industry is rapidly expanding and evolving. We are constantly tracking the entire ecosystem including investor activity, innovators/new start-ups, new science and technology, consumer research, brand collaborations, and future trends. Many brands don’t have the resources in house to stay on top of it all. And that’s where we come in! Our Brand Partnership team offers brands access to our expertise, and provide analyses of next-gen materials market. 

We also equip brands with an in-depth understanding of these next-gen material technologies, industry and technology overviews, and strategic and sourcing advice. 

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Fostering Collaboration Between Brands and Next-Gen Materials Companies

Our Brand Partnerships team introduces brands to next-gen materials companies for partnership, sourcing, and investment opportunities. Brand collaborations with next-gen materials companies can take multiple forms: brands and next-gen materials companies can co-brand, establish exclusive access partnerships, or create capsule collections; brands can invest in promising material innovation companies; brands can help next-gen materials companies improve their products by offering advice on swatches and performance metrics; and, material companies may, in turn, give brands first access to their material when it comes to market.

MII’s Brand engagement report features over 300 partnerships that inspire brands to work with next-gen materials and bring exciting new products to market.

Stay current on advancements in next-gen materials science and technology by staying up to date with our monthly lookbooks and subscribing to our newsletter.

Leading Brand Partnerships Through Events

Our Brand Partnerships team participates in events that provide brands with the information they need to explore next-gen materials.

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Work With Our Brand PartnershipS Team

If you are a brand interested in exploring the next-gen materials space, MII’s Brand Partnerships team wants to hear from you! Our team is here to help you understand and navigate the emerging next-gen materials industry.

Please write to us and note your interest in the services of the Brand Partnerships team.

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Meet MII’s Brand Partnerships Team

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Thomasine Dolan, Director of Materials & Design Innovation

Thomasine Dolan Dow is a Fashion Design Specialist at MII.

As a member of MII’s Brand Partnerships team, Thomasine conducts aesthetic and performance analyses of next-gen materials and assists brands in integrating them into their supply chains.

Thomasine has been in the fashion industry for 25 years. In addition to founding her own line, she worked for Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Armani Exchange, and others, where she held directorial and VP roles. She has consulted for both small and large brands and has a broad understanding of the process and the market. ​

Thomasine studied Fashion and Sustainability at the London College of Fashion. She also studied ‘Sustainability and the SDGs’ at the University of Michigan.

Brand Partnerships Advisory Council

MII’s Advisory Councils include a variety of experts from around the world who advise and assist MII’s board and staff.

Our Brand Advisory Council includes directors from major global companies, founders and leaders of start-ups, consultants, academics, and experts in sustainability to public relations.

Interested in joining our Brand Partnerships team or advisory council? Check out our job openings or reach out for more information.

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