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Supply Chain Is Today’s Hot Button Issue

Navigating sourcing disruptions is a daunting task that has become even more stressful in 2022 with ongoing lockdowns in China, war in Ukraine and rampant price increases.

ISPO Textrends Awards Street Sports Fall/Winter 23/24

Over the last three years, the Street Sports category at ISPO Textrends has soared. Textile mills are increasingly aware of the importance of this sector, where key trends of performance, functionality, and sustainability are embraced without...

Cordura x Sapphire Capsule Collection Debuts at ORSM

Cordura’s NYCO fabric is the cornerstone of this new Sapphire Capsule Collection that will preview at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market upcoming in June.

TMC Develops Durable Performance RePurposed Wool

New Zealand-based TMC Ltd., has introduced Herculan, a patented technology developed by making ground-up modifications to TMC’s proprietary Nuyarn spinning machines, enabling the equipment to accommodate strong wool...

Eco Performance Shines at Functional Fabric Fair

The Functional Fabric Fair Spring edition made its debut in Portland, OR earlier this month with solid attendance, an upbeat vibe and industry focus on the journey to carbon neutrality. The two day, in-person event, powered by Performance Days, showcased 296 fabrics in its Forum area along with...

Struktur Returns & Re-Unites the Creative Community

“The future is not only bright, it is techno-colored,” stated Nadine Johnson, whose pitch-perfect presentation on the metaverse kicked off Struktur, a conference for creatives, making a welcome return earlier this month after a few years hiatus.

Material Exchange Raises Funds to Lead Sustainable Material Sourcing

Stockholm-based Material Exchange, a B2B digital material sourcing marketplace for the apparel and footwear industry, has achieved its next round of Series A investment, closing in on €25 million (approximately $27M U.S).

Responsible Packaging Moves Forward as an Industry Standard

Anyone visiting a ski shop during the Fall season has witnessed piles of product packaging leftover from recently unwrapped inventory. “It’s like a powder day of plastic,” commented Peter Arlein, founder/CEO of the Colorado-based firm mountainFLOW eco-wax.

An All-Encompassing Sustainability Event

Two of the hottest topics in textiles were center stage last week when experts from industry and academia gathered to discuss circularity and alternative fibers during an event hosted by The Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University (NCSU).

The State of Retail and the Consumer in 2022

Retail sales were up 14 percent in 2021, the highest retail growth in 20 years, but a variety of factors give shape to a very different landscape for the year ahead. Sales are expected to move forward at a sustainable rate in 2022 but at a slower pace than the past year...

Standard Fiber Launches Carbon Offset Initiative

Building upon the company’s sustainable platform to help reduce environmental impact, Standard Fiber, a global supplier to the home textile market, is investing in carbon offsets for all cargo containers of textiles it exports from Asia to customers in the U.S. and...

Unifi Forecasts $1.1B in Revenue in Fiscal 2025

Earlier this month Unifi’s leadership team shared that fiscal 2022 revenues are expected to surpass $800 million, and the company has set a goal of achieving $1.1 billion or more of revenues in fiscal 2025.

LYCRA’s Dual Comfort Tech Targets “New Utility” Trend

The LYCRA Company’s latest development provides functional performance benefits with sustainable features for ready-to-wear and wovens. Called LYCRA Dual Comfort, the technology combines comfortable stretch and cooling properties with long-lasting shape retention.

NILIT Accelerates Sustainable Innovation with New Leadership

Nilit has announced organizational changes that reinforce the company’s commitment to sustainability. Sagee Aran will lead product development and commercialization initiatives and Michelle Lea has joined the company to direct worldwide marketing programs.

3M Thinsulate Xerogel Insulation Wins ISPO Award

3M’s Thinsulate Xerogel Insulation has won an ISPO Textrends 2023/24 Top Ten Award that recognizes the latest textile-based innovations for sports and outdoor apparel. An international jury of textile and sporting experts assessed a wide range of new textile-based products before...

Industry Updates - February 2022

Spinnova and adidas Unveil First Commercial Product: The Terrex HS1 hoodie makes its debut as the first adidas product made with sustainable Spinnova fibers marking the first time Spinnova sustainable material is available globally for consumers.

Cordura Debuts Recycled Nylon 6,6 at Outdoor Retailer

Cordura’s new re/cor RN66, launching at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Denver this week, is “durable, responsible and innovated to last,” according to the company, which highlights the quantifiable benefits of its recycled nylon 6,6 product, versus virgin nylon 6,6.

New Iteration of Polartec Power Air Showcase at Winter OR

Polartec’s unique I-Beam knit construction levels up the supplier's anti-shedding Power Air technology by achieving the best warmth-to-weight ratio in this product series.

Halley Stevensons Develops Plant-Based Wax Cotton Finish

Taking a modern, eco-aware approach to innovation, Halley Stevensons has introduced a plant-based wax, the first such development in wax finishes. Called EverWax Olive, the sustainably-conscious product is a gentle, protective blend of plant based waxes and...

Oeko-Tex Announces New Tools, Substance Updates

In addition to an annual round of updates to test criteria, limit values and requirements, along with tips on navigation and understanding new substances, the Oeko-Tex Association has made its Impact Calculator tool available for STeP customers...

Sustainability 4.0 Takes Shape at Performance Days

“Not quite as expected but successful,” is an apt description from show organizers regarding the recent Performance Days fair. Last minute pandemic-related concerns regarding in-person attendance at the Munich event required the PD team to turn on a dime and be digital only for the December edition.

From Fashion to Football, Eco-Friendly Fabrics are On Trend

Unifi and Sorona may target different audiences, but both firms are finding success optimizing sustainable solutions, whether that is on fashion’s red carpet or the green turf of the football field.

Company News: Eco Updates from Cordura, Primaloft & Gildan

CORDURA is offering a new, cutting-edge GRS certified 100 percent recycled nylon 6,6 fabric with the launch of re-core, the company’s advanced sustainability platform built on a mission to “expect more, waste less.”

On the Path to Circularity, Smartwool Launches “Pet” Project

Smartwool’s new recycling campaign turns used socks into sustainable dog beds. The program kicked off earlier this month in celebration of National Sock Day with the launch of the Second Cut K9 Camp Cushion, a dog bed made from recycled sock shreddings to help reduce...

The Scene: We Gather Together 2021-Style

Right out of the gate the prevailing attitude in Portland was let’s get down to business. Booths were busy as attendees and exhibitors alike made the most of being in-person under one roof for two days to see and touch the latest fabrications previewing at the Functional Fabric Fair 2021...

The Buzz: Market Drivers, Product Highlights, Trade Shows

Hands down, sustainability was the central issue of last week’s Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, OR. From the Focus Topic: The Sustainable Future of Nylon, to the buzz about bio-based and plant-based performance, to circular design, to the impact of climate change on...

The Trends: Closing the Loop with Responsible Performance

The Performance Forum is considered a must-see at Functional Fabric Fair for finding inspiration from the latest and greatest materials. Made up of 293 fabrics and 30 accessories – hand selected from a surge of product entries – and organized by category...

PrimaLoft Targets Consumers in “Seek the Unseen” Ad

PrimaLoft’s first consumer-orientated brand campaign, “Seek the Unseen,” debuted last week and focuses on the unexpected, emotional moments of everyday life that often go unnoticed. “While we may be hidden from sight, we have a direct effect on the consumer experience,” explains Mike Joyce...

Noble Biomaterials Finds Head Space in Bike, Snow

Responding to consumer demands for cleaner, longer lasting antimicrobial technology, Noble Biomaterials offers a suite of treatments within its Ionic+ collection. The company reports that its newly branded antimicrobial is experiencing rapid growth within the helmet space garnering support from...

ISKO Innovates Wellness Product for Apparel

Global denim ingredient brand ISKO will introduce ISKO RHEACT, a patented, cutting-edge garment manufacturing solution designed for wellness benefits through the application of woven compression. The different patented fabric options ensure that it will appeal to a wide audience.

Dimension-Polyant Achieves Sustainability Goals

Leading sailcloth manufacturer and developer of X-Pac performance pack fabrics, Dimension Polyant, has unveiled a new cradle-to-gate cleenTEC seal and prioritized a sustainability program around climate-neutrality, sustainably sourced materials, longevity of product and recycling methods for...

A Quick Spin Around the Marketplace

Microban International has named Michael Ruby president of the corporation and Graham Harvey as senior director of business development for the global built-in business. The team also welcomes Bart Kennedy as the new senior director of business development leading the global textiles team.

ISPO Textrends Showcases Best Products Spring/Summer ‘23

Post pandemic awareness of the importance and benefit of sport and outdoor activities for physical and mental wellbeing is being embraced by consumers. The outcome for the sports and outdoors industry is positive, with growth expected as consumers pursue a more active lifestyle.

Footwear Suppliers Achieve a Lighter Eco Footprint

Momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb environmental impacts is gaining traction as shoe brands re-evaluate processes and materials and pick up the pace to reach corporate sustainability goals.

Pertex Introduces Pertex Shield Revolve

Pertex has introduced a more sustainable and technical waterproof/breathable material called Pertex Shield Revolve. The fabrics are mono-material laminates where each layer of the fabric is made from a single polymer, in this case, 100 percent recycled polyester.

How Thrift Evolved to Responsible Retail

In case you hadn’t noticed, the resale market is surging. According to reports, second-hand retail is the fastest growing segment of the fashion industry. Everyone is getting onboard: The recent Madewell x ThredUp partnership is a perfect example of next-gen second-hand selling with...

Eco Emerges at Techtextil North America Trade Show

How to foster a cleaner, greener future for the industry was a hot topic at Techtextil North America 2021 last week at the Raleigh Convention Center where panel discussions during symposiums and conversations in the exhibitor aisles left little doubt that sustainability is defining the way forward.

Digital Innovations Advance Successfully, and Slowly

We’ve been hearing about digitalization for years, and while COVID did kickstart a slew of new adoptions, full acceptance of digital models throughout the textile industry has yet to materialize.

The Show Itself: Positive & Productive

After 18 months of life being anything but business as usual, attendees at Techtextil NA in Raleigh last week expressed being happy to be back on the trade show circuit, reconnecting with industry friends and making new business contacts.

A Road Warrior Reports on his OR Experience

I traveled to Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Show not really sure what to expect. When I got there, it was quite an eye-opener. The entire show was held on the upper level. Even that hall was not filled.