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Cotton Incorporated Intros Go-To Digital Tool

At a time when companies, independent designers, industry organizations, emerging professionals and textile services are looking to transition to a new virtual reality, Cotton Incorporated’s state-of-the-art online resource Cottonworks covers all the bases.

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Noble Biomaterials Adds New Markets, New CMO

If not now, when? That is the question of the day regarding antimicrobial solutions. Noble Biomaterials has answered that call to action by seizing several opportunities to showcase its stable of antimicrobial and conductive products, as concerns over safety and cleanliness have escalated...

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Akcel Partners Create Modern Sales Approach

In response to the rapidly changing marketplace, a trio of industry experts have joined forces to launch Akcel Partners, a new style consulting firm tailored to fit today’s business needs that goes beyond traditional selling.

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Moncler Goes Super-Tech for Fall/Winter ’20

New looks from Moncler elevate both form and function with garments that merge performance skiwear with space suit aesthetics to feature Dyneema composite fabric in styles that work on and off the slopes. The new partnership between Moncler and DSM, a global science-based company and...

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In My View: Why Sizing & Sustainability Go Hand in Hand

What does proper bra fit have to do with preserving the planet? Actually, more than one would think. Because, in today’s COVID marketplace, with surging e-commerce sales and spiraling return rates, that little bralette, the one purchased in a few swift clicks online then sent back for being...

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Patagonia x Supertex Make a Case for Fair Trade

October is designated National Fair Trade month and Patagonia’s partnership with its Colombian factory Supertex serves as a prime example of how investing in Fair Trade offers a wide range of social and eco benefits.Supertex makes Patagonia fleeces and Capilene baselayer products.

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Leather Industry Calls for Higg Score Suspension

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) released an updated version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) in August which leading leather organizations believe treats leather unfairly, stating that “inappropriate methodologies” and “out-of-date, unrepresentative, inaccurate and...

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Supplier Update: Launches, Collabs & Eco Efforts

Taiwanese fiber/textile manufacturer Nan Ya Plastics has launched a new brand called SAYA based on R&D focused on new sources for recycled fibers and defined by strong, more consistent recycled fibers with functional attributes targeting the performance marketplace.

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In My View: Most Sustainable, Really?

They say “three’s the charm,” but in the newsroom “three’s the trend.” At least that’s what I was taught from a top editor in my early days of reporting and a rule of thumb that continues to hold true. So when I heard Annie Agle of Cotopaxi describe a recent collection done in...

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Trade Shows Evolve & Change as Covid Concerns Continue

The days of having an event calendar filled with dates scheduled one or even two years in advance are long gone, as show organizers continue to find their footing in this time of change and Covid concern. The latest updates reveal new and different show formats, along with...

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PrimaLoft and Shanghai Challenge Textile Enter Global Partnership

To more effectively deliver fabric innovations, PrimaLoft has formed an alliance with Shanghai Challenge Textile Co., to exclusively produce PrimaLoft Performance Fabrics. This partnership will utilize the strengths of each company’s market position to best serve PrimaLoft customers.

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Unifi Publishes Fiscal 2020 Sustainability Report

Unifi has just released its inaugural Sustainability report, a comprehensive account of the company’s environmentally responsible journey over the years with the introduction of the Repreve platform in in 2007 and this year’s milestone of 20 billion plastic bottles recycled.

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The Woolmark Company Debuts Digital Education Platform

With people now more reliant on digital content and interaction, and interested in learning about sustainability in materials and products, The Woolmark Company has introduced a new resource well suited to the times. The Woolmark Learning Centre is an open-access learning platform established for...

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Supima Design Competition Announces Winner

Earlier this month Supima presented the 13th annual Supima Design Competition, held for the first time in a digital format and broadcast on Instagram Live. The collective runway show featured women’s evening wear that was made exclusively with donated Supima cotton fabrics and designed by...

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Textile Firms Rate Outdoor Retailer Online Experience

Keeping with the trend of trade shows evolving from trans-actual, order-writing affairs to networking gatherings, so it goes with today’s virtual shows as textile execs we spoke to highlighted “connectivity” as a top takeaway of Outdoor Retailer Online.

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Chargeurs Taps Raedeke for CMO Post

In support of Chargeurs’ global growth strategy, Christy Raedeke has been appointed the company’s first chief marketing officer. The position includes a focus on growing the company’s new U.S.-based Lainiere Health & Wellness division.

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An Economic Outlook for 2020 & Beyond

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University, addressed the Southern Textile Association’s Summer Marketing Forum with a presentation that balanced good news with caveats, resulting in an outlook that portrayed progress being made on the economic front mixed with...

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Coats Adapts HeiQ Viroblock for New Product Range

U.K.-based Coats, a leading industrial thread company, is partnering with HeiQ to incorporate HeiQ Viroblock technology into its engineered yarns. The agreement also gives Coats exclusive global access to the technology for use in sewing threads.

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Sustainability Stands Out in Spring ’21 Collections

Patagonia’s Spring ’21 product assortment includes an extension of the brand’s Regenerative Organic Cotton pilot line. Patagonia has long endorsed use of organic cotton, dating back almost 25 years to its first line of organic cotton t-shirts, yet less than one percent of...

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Bringing Climate Positive Products to Scale

In the sustainability business it’s not a lack of smart ideas or innovative product that stalls promising start-ups from achieving next level success. Rather, the problem is a matter of volume. Jane Palmer, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” for 20 years, has faced this problem head on.

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Polartec Collabs Raise the Bar on Performance & Comfort

Polartec is all about partnerships this season. Two recent collaborations – with apparel brand Myles, and HOKA One One footwear — result in new shirt developments that feature Polartec fabric technology.

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Trade Show Environment Remains Virtual

Mid-July is typically a busy time for textile trade fairs, and such is the case next week, with three summer shows overlapping July 20 – 23rd. However, this time around all events will take place virtually. And that looks to be the norm for...

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Making Masks to Fill Multiple Needs

Mercado Global typically designs for Levi Strauss, Stitch Fix, Free People, and other big name fashion brands, but during this moment in time, the non-profit social enterprise has pivoted to making masks – with an important twist.

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Anti-Viral Textile Tech Developments Spread Globally

Innovation in anti-viral textiles in response to the COVID-19 crisis is taking off with ingredient suppliers around the world contributing new treatments to help protect from coronavirus. Swiss textile company HeiQ has been leading the charge and recently announced a new partnership with...

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ISKO Unveils Impact Sustainability Report

Following in the footsteps of the company’s Responsible Innovation platform, ISKO has issued its first Impact Sustainability Report. The document provides an overview of the denim brand’s commitment to the planet and its people, and confirms ISKO’s holistic vision.

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New Formats, Dates for Industry Trade Shows

From July 21-23, 2020, the outdoor community will gather online in an interactive environment. The Outdoor Retailer Online platform is designed to replicate the Summer Market experience with exhibiting brands showcasing product lines for F/W ‘20 and S/S ’21, along with...

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Trend Watch: Textile Simulation Technology

If ever there’s a time for digitalization of textiles it’s now. COVID-19 related travel restrictions, cancelled and/or postponed industry events and the rise in virtual meetings has heightened the need for new and improved ways to present textiles online.

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How the Past Informs Mask Development Today

“The principles used in modern technology today in regard to safety and mitigating safety started a long time ago,” explained Dr. Bryan Ormond, assistant professor Textile Protection & Comfort Center at the Wilson School at College of Textiles, North Carolina State University (NCSU).

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PPE: A Primer on N95

With everyone and their mother making masks these days, questions abound regarding degree of protection and performance quality of materials and design. A recent panel discussion with NC State Wilson of College of Textiles staff offered a helpful primer on PPE that provides...

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Textile Solutions to Help Flatten the Curve

When you change direction in sailing you tack or jibe. Dimension-Polyant (DP), a leading technical sailcloth producer, in addition to providing performance fabrics for outdoor gear including backpacks, duffle bags, tents, and other advanced laminate fabrics, has recently “tacked” to meet...

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