july/August 2022 Issue

How Casual Became Functional & Functional Became Casual

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.

Read the Functional Fabric Fair Special Edition

Past Magazine Features

Collaboration for Active Living

Streetwear has been gaining ground in recent years by offering looks that represent the best of both worlds: high-level performance with signature designer creativity. French luxury brand Louis Vuitton ignited this new wave of collective collaboration of streetwear in 2017...

All Hail Hemp

Key takeaways from a recent symposium reveal progress being made on the hemp front, as well as problems that need to be addressed.

Eco Elevated

Technology that brings sustainability to the table with ambitious innovation and appealing aesthetics is the order of the day when it comes to satisfying the desires and demands of the performance textiles marketplace currently.

Incubator Innovators

If you have an innovative product idea, now is the time to take advantage of industry opportunities. Cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Brooklyn and Austin all have fashion incubators.

The Big Picture.

Sustainability and supply chain issues are defining how the textile business advances. We take a deep dive into the industry’s outlook on these two hot topics.

Where’s the PPE?

Writer Debra Cobb investigates the lessons learned about U.S. production two years after the Covid outbreak and wonders, “Where’s the PPE?”

Message Received

The dialog around performance is changing. Lines of communication are blurring, visual is the new verbal and digital is today’s universal language. While many factors are contributing to this shift in how we talk about functional textiles, what remains steady is our desire for, and...

Magazine Archives

Designed to serve members of the performance textile industry throughout the entire supply chain.

With an eye on innovation, and focus on active apparel and footwear, our skilled editorial team provides corporate executives, material developers and designers information and expert commentary needed to succeed in today’s competitive textile business.

In Every Issue: In The Market, Eco-Update, Made In America, Technology, Footwear, In the Studio, Supply Chain, Trendsetters, Strategies, Education, Out of Context.

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...

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