There are only 80 3-D knitwear engineers in the US. Veronika Harbick and Michael Carlson are two of them.
Harbick and Carlson founded Thursday Finest, a vertically-integrated knitwear company that creates completely custom designs for men and women. Customers can mix and match more than 30 different colors to design a scarf or a tie to be made out of merino wool, silk, cotton or cashmere. Harbick and Carlson import the fibers from Tollegno, a sustainable woolen mill in Italy that also supplies to J. Crew, Armani, and Brooks Brothers.
They then engineer the programs and patterns and their solar-powered machine creates the product. They feel that their company is distinguished by the fact their knitwear goes beyond the traditional customized products like monogrammed polo shirts and quilted bags.
According to Harbick, “What we’re actually doing is creating something much more meaningful and deeper.”