As Li Edelkoort (2015) asserts we can change the mechanism of the fashion system by bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders to create a collaborative framework, which supports both individual and collective innovation.
Thus ensued a period from 2012-2014 of formalisation and negotiation through a tandem process involving design thinking and the development of legal frameworks in order to find the appropriate solution for all parties. The result was the formation of Space Between, as a strategic enterprise/research innovation situated both physically and virtually at the College of Creative Arts.
The procurement of the Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Innovation Fund- Entrepreneurial Partnership Platform from Massey University in 2014 was key to the development of the physical and online infrastructure, in addition to overheads, and external costs whilst also being supplemented by in-kind support in the form of the post-consumer uniform from NZ Post.
The impetus to work in this capacity was reinforced by the strategic cross sector partnership with New Zealand Post Group; a state-owned enterprise which operates as a commercial entity which consists of a range of businesses providing communication and business solutions; and their corporate manufacturer Booker Spalding.