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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Unitex Pioneers Cleaner, Greener Textile Manufacturing

Across the textile industry there is a shift towards more sustainable developments, from water-saving processes to recycled and bio-based ingredients, to new-naturals, and next-generation bestsellers.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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...

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...

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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.

Read More

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.

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Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

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.

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.

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

Unitex Pioneers Cleaner, Greener Textile Manufacturing

Across the textile industry there is a shift towards more sustainable developments, from water-saving processes to recycled and bio-based ingredients, to new-naturals, and next-generation bestsellers.

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

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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