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Functional Fabric Fair Fosters a Green Future

Typically the first question asked at a trade show is, “What’s new?” So, it was surprising that at the recent Functional Fabric Fair NY, where plenty of new and exciting textiles were on display, curiosity around PFAS, and impending government legislation was top of mind.

New and Notable Partnerships at Kingpins

Kingpins NYC was abuzz with breaking news that Messe Frankfurt was buying a stake in the denim trade fair. The alliance looks to extend Kingpins’ global reach, providing additional resources to grow the denim community presence.

PREFACE Prioritizes Responsible Material Choices

PREFACE may be small in size but makes a big statement on the importance of small batch, locally manufactured, responsibly-sourced and sustainably-driven textile development.

Woolmark Announces Performance Challenge Winners

The Woolmark Company and Salomon recently named prize winners in the Woolmark Performance Challenge 2022, an innovation and ideas incubation program for the sports and performance market. More than 191 universities from 25 countries participated in this year’s program.

Polartec Names 2022 Apex Award Winners

Twelve standout products were recently proclaimed winners in Polartec’s 2022 Apex Awards, an annual design event that celebrates the brands and designers pushing the boundaries to turn Polartec fabric technologies into inspiring products across sport, lifestyle, and performance categories.

Cotton Incorporated Highlights 3D Collection

What would it take to reduce plastic waste and replace it with natural materials that have a better sustainability profile? According to a post from the company, that’s one of the questions researchers at Cotton Incorporated asked themselves before delving into a multi-year project...

Season’s Greeting from Textile Insight

The textile community delivered exciting developments throughout 2022, greeting the season in good spirits. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy holiday and New Year!

Unitex Pioneers Cleaner, Greener Textile Manufacturing

Across the textile industry there is a shift towards more sustainable developments, from water-saving processes to recycled and bio-based ingredients, to new-naturals, and next-generation bestsellers.

Hyosung Presents FW 23/24 Textile Trends at ISPO

Hyosung’s Fashion Design Center’s textile mega-trend for FW 23/24 is called Interconnected Future. Divided into four sub-trends and subsequent themes, the Fashion Design Center (FDC) team recommends a number of Hyosung’s multi-functional and sustainable yarns and apparel applications...

Gore-Tex Laminates with Recycled Bionic Textile Debut

In an ongoing journey to sustainability, the consumer business of Gore’s Fabric Division brings to market 2-layer Gore-Tex laminates with Bionic textile made from plastic waste collected from coastal environments.

Gore ePE Membrane Features for A/W ‘22

Gore’s new expanded Polyethylene (ePE) membrane, suitable for various consumer product uses, comes to market this season. The innovative Gore-Tex membrane combines durable performance with eco attributes.

With PrimaLoft Support, Biodegradability Lab Opens

A recently-opened $1.2M Biodegradability Lab at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was created through a unique private-public partnership, including a $739,936 Massachusetts Technology Collaborative grant and a $450,000 investment from PrimaLoft.

Devan Extends Bio-Based Product Offering

Devan Chemicals, part of the Pulcra Group, a specialist in next generation well-being technology that enables manufacturers to boost textiles with a selection of microencapsulated active ingredients is extending its R-Vital product range.

STA Event Features Industry Strengths & Sustainability

A dynamic agenda and record-breaking attendance made for a lively Summer Marketing Forum hosted by the Southern Textile Association last week during which presenters outlined market trends and offered ways companies can keep pace with a rapidly changing textile landscape.

Archroma to Acquire Huntsman Textile Effects Business

Since its formation in 2013, through a series of mergers and acquisitions, as well as internal investments in R&D, manufacturing and service capabilities, Archroma has been building a comprehensive portfolio of solutions...

LYCRA Company Teams with Browzwear to Advance 3D 

In an effort to accelerate the digital transformation of its product portfolio, The Lycra Company is teaming with software specialist Browzwear, thus giving designers using 3D fashion design platforms...

Houdini Teams with Industry Suppliers on New Naturals Line

Houdini’s latest collection, called The New Naturals, represents a contemporary collaborative approach to responsible product development.

Sustainable Solutions Stand Out at Functional Fabric Fair NY

One thousand days and several hundreds of sample swatches later, the Functional Fabric Fair, powered by Performance Days, returned to New York last week, ushering in next level, planet-positive fabric collections for active/athletic lifestyle.

Key Talking Points Voiced at Functional Fabric Fair NY

The Focus Topic of the Functional Fabric Fair NY show, “The Journey to Carbon Neutrality,” originated earlier this Spring at the Portland, OR event, and has set the stage for industry conversation in 2022.

Texworld NYC Updates Look, Categories & Trends

Texworld’s Summer 2022 Edition sported a refresh. Now the exhibit hall is brighter, more open and easier to maneuver than in the past with Textile Talks happening live on the Show floor rather than closed off in seminar rooms and a colorful and captivating Trend Showcase...

Outdoor Retailer Bounces Back

Outdoor Retailer, which many in the industry considered languishing, surprisingly bounced back during its last performance in Denver. The aisles were full of an upbeat younger crowd wearing tee shirts with canvas shorts and tapered pants.

PrimaLoft will have a New Owner in July

Compass Diversified Holdings has agreed to acquire PrimaLoft from Victor Capital Partners for an estimated $530 million. PrimaLoft joins a handful of other outdoor companies in Compass Diversified’s portfolio, including BOA Technology and the hunting brand Velocity Outdoor.

HeiQ x Patagonia Launch Mint-Based Odor Control Tech

Advancing their companies’ long-standing research collaboration, HeiQ and Patagonia are bringing to market a jointly-developed odor control textile technology. The product, HeiQ Fresh MNT, features odor control based on essential mint oil derived from a renewable and sustainable source.

RadiciGroup Highlights Innovative Solutions at Techtextil

RadiciGroup is in Frankfurt, Germany this week displaying its latest range of products at Techtexil 2022 that includes biosource and recycled lines as well as nonwovens and a new line of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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...

Erem Steps Up Sustainability and Staffing

Sustainable footwear brand Erem has announced four new hires to keep pace with rapid growth. Launched last November, Erem’s eco vision is seen in all aspects of the company’s ethos, from development to end-of-life solutions.

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...