Emily Walzer


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Directional Developments

The upcoming Fall/Winter 2024/25 season is packed with possibilities. Innovation is rampant in today’s textile offerings achieving new levels of eco-performance as suppliers continue to create trendsetting solutions that feature functionality and maximum sustainability.

Cultivating Fresh Ideas

These days the making of the modern ingredient brand involves everything from partnering with regenerative farm programs, staffing creative directors, taking a hybrid digital/physical approach to branding and, most importantly, listening to the voice of the consumer.

Call to Action

Recent virtual presentations by the Transformers Foundation brought together representatives of the denim supply chain along with industry experts to share ideas, experiences and possible solutions to reform and rebuild chemical management systems.

A Step Change

Footwear brands are on the move this season leveling up product with the latest material developments. There are two main drivers influencing the direction forward in the footwear market.

Circularity Rolls

There is progress on the circularity front these days, as suppliers prioritize actions to advance textile-to-textile recycling, establish comprehensive cross-sector collaboration and bring to market materials developed for circularity.

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.

Schoeller Partners with Nativa Ethically-Produced Wool

Schoeller looks to produce high-quality fabrics made with sustainable, fully-traceable wool from Nativa that comes from certified farms and provides complete transparency over the supply chain and product transformation.

Fall/Winter ‘24 Hits the Mark at Functional Fabric Fair

With high levels of innovation, quality and sustainability, material offerings for the upcoming winter season garnered positive reviews at last week’s Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, OR. The two-day event, powered by Performance Days, provided the industry crowd with plenty of...

Execs See Future in Functional Fabric Fair Portland

Bigger in size and broader in scope, the recent Functional Fabric Fair, held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on October 26-27, gained ground with textile execs evaluating trade show calendars for 2023 and beyond.

Better Fabrics Better for the Planet Define Season Ahead

To get a quick grasp of the important fabric trends for the winter season 2024/25 attendees at the Portland Functional Fabric Fair needed only to take a look at the winners for the Performance and Eco Performance awards highlighted in the Performance Forum.

Lifestyle 2.0

The phrase “Wardrobe Casualization” is having a moment, yet when you scratch the surface even just a tiny bit it becomes clear that today’s hottest cultural trend has actually been taking shape for decades.

Circularity Rolls

There is progress on the circularity front these days, as suppliers prioritize actions to advance textile-to-textile recycling, establish comprehensive cross-sector collaboration and bring to market materials developed for circularity.

Making an Impact

Remember when an image of a green leaf on a product told the story of sustainability? Or the mention of bluesign certification defined a brand’s eco cred?

A Movement Afoot

Shoes are a relatively new category to feature in the Performance Forum, a prime section of the Functional Fabric Fair, where the latest, must-see fabrications are displayed. But based on attendee interest and textile innovation during the New York City trade event this summer...

Snapshots of Sustainability on Display

Consumers would more likely buy sustainable goods if stores promoted eco-friendly items more aggressively, according to recent market research. Recently I spent time scouting retailers to see how consumer shopping sentiment stacked up with the current eco-merchandising scene at...

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.

The Big Picture

The textile community in 2022 is working smarter. Businesses are advancing new ways to reduce carbon emissions while optimizing manufacturing efficiency, creating materials from biobased sources to accelerate circularity and reevaluating partnerships to enhance sourcing strategies...

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.