Photo Courtesy of Fits.meLuxury men?s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna recently upgraded its online store by adding the Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room. The bio-robotic virtual fitting room enables a customer to view how the clothes would fit their body by seeing the garment on a robotic mannequin that mimics body shape.
Park & Bond, an online retailer of men?s luxury clothes, which is owned by the Gilt Groupe, was the first U.S.-based company to use the Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room last August. "We are thrilled to have Zegna join as one of Fits.me?s retailers," says Heikki Haldre, CEO and co-founder of Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room. "People shopping the luxury brand will now experience the ultimate luxury ? finding the perfect fit."
The company also reported that several prominent retailers, in Britain and Germany, have reported an increase in sales and reductions in returns since adding the shape-shifting mannequins to their websites.
"FitBot mannequins achieve a close to perfect fit, solving the single biggest problem for online fashion retail ? the lack of a fitting room," said Haldre, in an interview with Internet Retailer. "Retailers already utilizing Fits.me technology have noticed an increase in sales and a drop in return rates."
With my curiosity piqued, I wanted to see how the volumetric "shape-shifter" would size me up. I tried it out on three separate websites, including Fits.me. Each time I entered my body measurements, I received a popup message that informed me that my measurements were "out of range" and to "please check my measurements." On that same message, it also indicated that more body variations would be available soon. It worked perfectly when I fibbed and added several inches to my waist. While the revolution remains a work in progress, it would appear that the summit is attainable. Visit Fits.me to learn more about how the technology works.†