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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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...

Outdoor Retailer Bounces Back

Outdoor Retailer, which many in the industry considered languishing, surprisingly bounced back during its last performance in Denver. The aisles were full of an upbeat younger crowd wearing tee shirts with canvas shorts and tapered pants.

PrimaLoft will have a New Owner in July

Compass Diversified Holdings has agreed to acquire PrimaLoft from Victor Capital Partners for an estimated $530 million. PrimaLoft joins a handful of other outdoor companies in Compass Diversified’s portfolio, including BOA Technology and the hunting brand Velocity Outdoor.

HeiQ x Patagonia Launch Mint-Based Odor Control Tech

Advancing their companies’ long-standing research collaboration, HeiQ and Patagonia are bringing to market a jointly-developed odor control textile technology. The product, HeiQ Fresh MNT, features odor control based on essential mint oil derived from a renewable and sustainable source.

RadiciGroup Highlights Innovative Solutions at Techtextil

RadiciGroup is in Frankfurt, Germany this week displaying its latest range of products at Techtexil 2022 that includes biosource and recycled lines as well as nonwovens and a new line of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Supply Chain Is Today’s Hot Button Issue

Navigating sourcing disruptions is a daunting task that has become even more stressful in 2022 with ongoing lockdowns in China, war in Ukraine and rampant price increases.

ISPO Textrends Awards Street Sports Fall/Winter 23/24

Over the last three years, the Street Sports category at ISPO Textrends has soared. Textile mills are increasingly aware of the importance of this sector, where key trends of performance, functionality, and sustainability are embraced without...

Cordura x Sapphire Capsule Collection Debuts at ORSM

Cordura’s NYCO fabric is the cornerstone of this new Sapphire Capsule Collection that will preview at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market upcoming in June.

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.

Read More

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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Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

PrimaLoft will have a New Owner in July

Compass Diversified Holdings has agreed to acquire PrimaLoft from Victor Capital Partners for an estimated $530 million. PrimaLoft joins a handful of other outdoor companies in Compass Diversified’s portfolio, including BOA Technology and the hunting brand Velocity Outdoor.

HeiQ x Patagonia Launch Mint-Based Odor Control Tech

Advancing their companies’ long-standing research collaboration, HeiQ and Patagonia are bringing to market a jointly-developed odor control textile technology. The product, HeiQ Fresh MNT, features odor control based on essential mint oil derived from a renewable and sustainable source.

RadiciGroup Highlights Innovative Solutions at Techtextil

RadiciGroup is in Frankfurt, Germany this week displaying its latest range of products at Techtexil 2022 that includes biosource and recycled lines as well as nonwovens and a new line of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Supply Chain Is Today’s Hot Button Issue

Navigating sourcing disruptions is a daunting task that has become even more stressful in 2022 with ongoing lockdowns in China, war in Ukraine and rampant price increases.

ISPO Textrends Awards Street Sports Fall/Winter 23/24

Over the last three years, the Street Sports category at ISPO Textrends has soared. Textile mills are increasingly aware of the importance of this sector, where key trends of performance, functionality, and sustainability are embraced without...

Cordura x Sapphire Capsule Collection Debuts at ORSM

Cordura’s NYCO fabric is the cornerstone of this new Sapphire Capsule Collection that will preview at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market upcoming in June.

TMC Develops Durable Performance RePurposed Wool

New Zealand-based TMC Ltd., has introduced Herculan, a patented technology developed by making ground-up modifications to TMC’s proprietary Nuyarn spinning machines, enabling the equipment to accommodate strong wool...

Eco Performance Shines at Functional Fabric Fair

The Functional Fabric Fair Spring edition made its debut in Portland, OR earlier this month with solid attendance, an upbeat vibe and industry focus on the journey to carbon neutrality. The two day, in-person event, powered by Performance Days, showcased 296 fabrics in its Forum area along with...

Struktur Returns & Re-Unites the Creative Community

“The future is not only bright, it is techno-colored,” stated Nadine Johnson, whose pitch-perfect presentation on the metaverse kicked off Struktur, a conference for creatives, making a welcome return earlier this month after a few years hiatus.

Material Exchange Raises Funds to Lead Sustainable Material Sourcing

Stockholm-based Material Exchange, a B2B digital material sourcing marketplace for the apparel and footwear industry, has achieved its next round of Series A investment, closing in on €25 million (approximately $27M U.S).

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.

Read More

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...

Read More

Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

ISPO Textrends Awards Street Sports Fall/Winter 23/24

Over the last three years, the Street Sports category at ISPO Textrends has soared. Textile mills are increasingly aware of the importance of this sector, where key trends of performance, functionality, and sustainability are embraced without...

Read More

Cordura x Sapphire Capsule Collection Debuts at ORSM

Cordura’s NYCO fabric is the cornerstone of this new Sapphire Capsule Collection that will preview at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market upcoming in June.

Read More

TMC Develops Durable Performance RePurposed Wool

New Zealand-based TMC Ltd., has introduced Herculan, a patented technology developed by making ground-up modifications to TMC’s proprietary Nuyarn spinning machines, enabling the equipment to accommodate strong wool...

Read More

Eco Performance Shines at Functional Fabric Fair

The Functional Fabric Fair Spring edition made its debut in Portland, OR earlier this month with solid attendance, an upbeat vibe and industry focus on the journey to carbon neutrality. The two day, in-person event, powered by Performance Days, showcased 296 fabrics in its Forum area along with...

Read More

Struktur Returns & Re-Unites the Creative Community

“The future is not only bright, it is techno-colored,” stated Nadine Johnson, whose pitch-perfect presentation on the metaverse kicked off Struktur, a conference for creatives, making a welcome return earlier this month after a few years hiatus.

Read More

Material Exchange Raises Funds to Lead Sustainable Material Sourcing

Stockholm-based Material Exchange, a B2B digital material sourcing marketplace for the apparel and footwear industry, has achieved its next round of Series A investment, closing in on €25 million (approximately $27M U.S).

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Responsible Packaging Moves Forward as an Industry Standard

Anyone visiting a ski shop during the Fall season has witnessed piles of product packaging leftover from recently unwrapped inventory. “It’s like a powder day of plastic,” commented Peter Arlein, founder/CEO of the Colorado-based firm mountainFLOW eco-wax.

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An All-Encompassing Sustainability Event

Two of the hottest topics in textiles were center stage last week when experts from industry and academia gathered to discuss circularity and alternative fibers during an event hosted by The Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University (NCSU).

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FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX

With the second quarter closing next week, ominous signs remain for the U.S. economy in this persistent pandemic environment as the number of active U.S. cases rose for a 10th straight day on June 22 to 1.26 million and 23 states reported increases in the number of cases. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the U.S. economy will generate $8 trillion less in economic activity over the next decade than it predicted months ago. And a report in The Atlantic suggests four factors — a great business die-off, the household fiscal cliff, state and local budget shortfalls and the persistent pandemic crisis — put the U.S. risk for a depression. Amid this backdrop, the Dow generated nearly 59 percent of its weekly 261.80-point gain for the week on the period’s final day, June 22. The action helped the Dow post a 1.02 percent increase for the period, about even with the Segment’s 1.06 percent increase as 12 stocks rose and eight declined. Aside from Mizuno, which benefited from currency effects, Nike and Deckers were the period’s biggest gainers. The Swoosh received four stock price target hikes from investment banks ahead of its scheduled fourth-quarter earnings report on June 25. Meanwhile, Nike and Puma are merging running technology and style into styles for the golf course, including The Cat’s RS-G and The Swoosh’s Air Max 270. Shoe Carnival reported that its 389 re-opened U.S. and Puerto Rico stores experienced a 28.1 percent rise in second quarter comparable store sales through  June 22, with brick-and-mortar up 4.0 percent and e-commerce gaining nearly 470 percent year-over-year. Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank has sold his Washington, D.C. mansion for $17.3 million after a reported two years on the market at a 41 percent discount from his 2018 asking price of $29.5 million. — Bob McGee 
The Footwear Insight Index tracks 20 of the most important publicly traded companies that have a substantial footwear business (6 retailers, 14 brands).
Index base of 100 is key to the closing prices of 12/29/17

INDEX: 123

1.06%

Weekly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

0.35%

$11.38 • $11.34

Boot Barn
BOOT

1.09%

$22.84 • $22.59

Crocs
CROX

2.46%

$31.71 • $32.49

Designer Brands
DBI

4.49%

$7.13 • $6.81

Genesco
GCO

6.41%

$22.51 • $20.73

Mizuno
8022.T

14.12%

$18.41 • $21.01

Puma
PMMAF

1.65%

$72.90 • $74.10

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

0.26%

$27.02 • $27.09

Steve Madden
SHOO

0.13%

$23.30 • $23.33

VF Corp.
VFC

0.82%

$63.12 • $62.60

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

Adidas
addyy

0.72%

$132.53 • $133.49

Caleres
CAL

5.71%

$8.58 • $8.09

Deckers
DECK

3.71%

$193.55 • $200.73

Foot Locker
FL

0.99%

$29.23 • $29.52

GEOX
GEO.MI

4.49%

$0.89 • $0.85

Nike
NKE

1.72%

$97.83 • $99.51

Rocky Brands
RCKY

2.74%

$20.78 • $20.21

Skechers
SKX

5.66%

$33.20 • $31.32

Under Armour
UAA

3.55%

$9.86 • $9.51

Wolverine
WWW

0.26%

$23.08 • $23.14

TOTAL
Week over week

1.06%

$849.49 • $858.46