ISPO Textrends 2021: Key Drivers for Season Ahead

The new ISPO Textrends digital Trendbook brings traditional textile tactility to customers’ screens with high-def photos, and direct connection with mills for samples. Clockwise from upper left: Accelerated Eco by Sendy; Accessory Trim by Huatang; Membrane/Coating by BenQ Materials; and Performance Finishes by JRC Reflex.
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Despite all the adversity of the past year, the textile industry has come forth with a full scope of eco advances for Fall/Winter 22/23. These developments, showcased by ISPO Textrends 2021, present six key drivers defining what’s new and what’s next.

  1. Sustainability without neglecting performance: The roadmap is clear, high-functionality is now fused with an eco-first mindset to create cleaner products for people and the planet. This is found across the board, from recycled yarns, fabrics and trims to water and energy reduction processes.
  2. Dyeing & Finishing: A huge push to advance dyeing and finishing, most notably with dope dye and eco- friendly chemicals, is giving way to a new growth sector — Performance Finish.
  3. Creativity challenges trying times: Creativity wasn’t assigned to the back burner in 2020, rather innovation is shining through in the latest collections, evidenced in chaotic and calm surfaces that contrast and collide in rhythmic energy.
  4. Biodegradable and compostable ingredients on the rise: Bio-synthetic, biodegradable and compostable fabrics and trims are emerging as serious contenders for performance. Higher functionality is being achieved with new, and conventional bio blends that are no longer confined to textiles and insulation but now include trims and accessories, too.
  5. Full Circle: A circular economy is viewed as the saving grace of the industry with a waste-free future the desired result. There is an increase in monofilament fabrics to make end of life disposal easier and brands are re-evaluating sourcing choices to promote better recycling systems.
  6. Naturals go it alone: Once the blending partner of synthetics, classic natural fibers — cashmere, merino wool and cotton — are now presented in pure compositions, or natural blends, with added functionality through finishes. Man-made cellulosic developments are surging, proving a place in the sport and outdoor market. Paper, abaca, algae and cork are just a few of the new natural ingredients making a mark.
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