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As a 14-year old Boy Scout, Gihan Amarasiriwardena sewed his first windproof jacket out of homemade performance materials. Having studied chemical engineering at MIT and at the Sports Technology Institute, he’s now the Co-founder & CEO of Ministry of Supply, a performance professional menswear brand born out of MIT. As an engineer diving into fashion, he believes something as essential as clothing is one of the most overlooked when it comes to invention and evolution. The challenge is that existing design processes for everyday clothing do not balance the emotional identity we attribute to apparel and its utilitarian purpose. In light of changing and more fluid lifestyles, the merger of fashion and technology can provide us clothing that acts as a tool to connect the parts or our day by integrating technology into the design and manufacturing processes as well as materials.

As an athlete and engineer turned fashion entrepreneur, Gihan Amarasiriwardena seeks to merge art and science through apparel design. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Ministry of Supply, a performance menswear brand born out of MIT.

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Gihan Amarasiriwardena

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Founded out of MIT, Ministry of Supply launched on Kickstarter in 2012 and has gone to have some of the most successful fashion campaigns in the platform’s history.The men’s fashion company has developed dress shirts that use NASA-developed technology to manage heat and moisture. Amarasiriwardena is CEO while fellow cofounder Advani serves as president.