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.

Past Magazine Features

Trend Tracking In House

Using trend forecasting firms is nothing new for apparel and footwear companies. But often before those thought-provoking presentation decks are prepared, fabric and technology suppliers/marketers already know what’s next.

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.

More Doing, Less Talking

The June Outdoor by ISPO show was the first summer show from ISPO post-lockdown and the atmosphere was charged, as much welcomed human-to-human (H2H) communication and collaboration under the blue skies of Munich, generated a feel-good buzz.

Commercialize, Capture & Transform

The concentration of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere has risen some 47 percent since the beginning of the industrial age, and 11 percent over the past 20 years alone, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Covid Baby Chronicles

Every business has a pandemic story to tell. Most of the time these tales from the trenches have a similar narrative; execs describe well-established routines that pivoted to new ways to run the company.

Digitizing Human Perception

Our senses are closely intertwined with textiles. Color, sound, touch, feel, and in some cases, smell, are all part of the judgments we make about fabrics. It is ingrained in us, from home quilter to big time production manager, to see and touch the fabrics we buy.

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...

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.

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.

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