JULY/AUGUST 2021 Issue

Five Factors Influencing Market Dynamics

A dozen companies participated in our Altered States coverage, with execs taking time out of their busy days (“hectic” was often used to describe workday schedules) to respond to our questions. Here’s what they had to say about new ways of conducting business, while missing face-to-face experiences.

Past Magazine Features

Natural Wonders

Shoe brands are working wonders when it comes to sustainability by using natural and recyclable materials. We take a closer look at sustainability stories from brands such as Twisted X, Timberland, Vionic, Sanuk, Kodiak, Simple and more.

In Pursuit of Movement & The Way We Move Now

More than 1 million hula hoops sold last year and a new category of jump rope influencers took Instagram by storm. Walks around the neighborhood replaced crowded boutique fitness classes and bike racks were back ordered for six months.

Reality Check

In the early days of smart textiles the expectation was that by now we’d all be wearing connected garments as part of our lifestyle wardrobe. One could pick up the latest smart shirt at the local Walmart and it would be no big deal.

Ergonomically Speaking

We often think of ergonomics in terms of creating a more compatible computer keyboard or office chair so that these items fit the people who use them in the workplace. But these days ergonomics is being employed to advance development of active sportswear.

Walking the Talk

The topics of reuse, re-manufactured, repurposed, recycling, renewable and regenerative are dominating textile conversations in webinars and digital trade show presentations as the industry grapples with how to advance toward circularity.

Reshoring the Sewn Goods Industry

A Colorado internet business magazine recently featured an editorial about the need to bring American sewing jobs back, no matter how difficult the task. In response to the article, I emailed the editor, a friendly colleague, outlining my view from the trenches. Here’s what I wrote...

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.

Joachim Kath Takes the Helm at Schoeller Textil AG

In a shift in leadership, Joachim Kath takes over as Schoeller Textil CEO. Following a 10-year career at the Swiss-based, global textile specialist, CEO Siegfried Winkelbeiner is retiring and Kath will take the helm, having worked closely with Winkelbeiner as COO at Schoeller since February 2020.

Cordura Collab in FR Development

Cordura, in collaboration with FR specialist Daletec, has launched Extreme X fabric, which features inherent flame protection with excellent comfort and long-lasting performance.

HDry North America Launches Bio-Based Laminate Membrane

The debut of HDry ‘b5’ bio-based membrane represents another step forward in sustainable footwear development. Announced by Altexa sri and GHS Holdings, the new eco-friendly waterproof/ breathable laminate offers the opportunity to reduce dependence from fossil fuels on...

Norda Launches Running Shoe with bio-based Dyneema fiber

“When we set out to create the norda 001, our mission was to design an ultra-strong and durable high performance trail running shoe, and do it as sustainably as possible,” state Willamina and Nick Martire, co-founders of the Canadian footwear brand norda.

ISKO Closes the Loop on Denim

The denim world continues to transform how jeans are made, and re-made, in an effort to create a circular economy for clothing, from fiber to finished goods and around again.

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