Latest Issue - July 26, 2019

Trend Watch: Spring/Summer 2021  

The Trend Forum, a neutral platform showcasing the latest, most inspired, and directional fabrications for the season ahead, greets attendees at the Functional Fabric Fair NY. (Read More)

Perspectives on Performance

Industry collaboration, clarity around sustainability and advancing a leadership position in the development of eco performance technologies were topics front and center during a panel discussion on Day One of the Functional Fabric Fair NY Show.(Read More)

The Show Itself

This was the second go’round for the Functional Fabric Fair NY and the event has established its presence in a New York minute. According to show organizers Reed Exhibitions, the number of exhibitors doubled from last year, and over 1000 attendees came through the door — just on Day One of the Show — surpassing last year’s two day total. (Read More)

Archives - JuNE 27, 2019

A Climate Call to Arms

“We are in a climate crisis, and ‘crisis’ is the language we should be using,” stated Jenn Swain, global senior sustainability manager at Burton, during a panel discussion hosted by Patagonia during last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver. (Read More)

A Natural Revival

Cultural trends like wellness festivals, mindful-fitness programs and doctor prescribed “outdoor therapy” (seriously) are reflected in the Industry’s back to nature outlook. (Read More)

Niche & New Tech

The latest tech offerings on display at Outdoor Retailer hit a wide range of performance targets ranging from next-to-skin to outerwear. Robust textiles that feature longevity are key for the season ahead. (Read More)

The Show Itself: Highly Questionable

Outdoor Retailer, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, has morphed over the years to become a congenial community gathering. Business is still getting done at OR, it’s just not about writing orders. (Read More)

Out of Context

The Outdoor Retailer Show had a busy and happy vibe. No longer a transactional event, the community seems content with OR being more marketing and media focused, i.e. a party. Think fewer catalogs and more cameras. (Read More)

Archives - May 23, 2019

Performance Days Top 5 Talking Points

The focus topic of the recent Performance Days trade fair was “The Beauty of Function,” capturing the emerging trend of fabrications going above and beyond performance in new forms. (Read More)

Women’s Workwear that Gets the Job Done

Workwear has been a category to watch in recent seasons, with eyes on Dovetail Workwear, a young, Portland, Oregon-based firm specializing in women’s-specific product. (Read More)

New Labs Highlight Materials Innovation

Investment in textile science brings to life new R&D facilities from leaders in the performance arena: Toray’s Technorama Weather Simulation Chamber, and the... (Read More)

Archroma Launches Water-Based Textile Coating Binder

Following the development of EarthColors, a range of dyes synthesized from materials such as almond husks or saw palmetto leaves, Archroma's latest development is also based on natural ingredients. (Read More)

Archives - April 25, 2019

Tencel Initiative Highlights Lenzing’s SDGs

Firms are now using Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for the new business models founded on planet positive platforms. Lenzing serves as a prime example of this industry...
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Substance Meets Style at Fashion Sustainability Conference

How designers, manufacturers, and retailers can reduce their eco-impact while growing their business was the theme of a recent Fashion & Sustainability Summit held in New York City. (Read More)

Pratt Institute Shutters Innovative Eco Enterprise

After five years of experimentation and leadership in sustainable fashion practices, research, and entrepreneurship, the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) will shut its doors on June 30th. (Read More)

A&E Eyes the Future in Annual Sustainability Report

American & Efird (A&E) continues to abide by its pledge to create a better world through responsible corporate actions, environmentally protective efforts, and numerous contributions to the communities in which it operates. (Read More)

Esmetex Launches Digital Platform for Fabrics

Esmetex a leader in producing and sourcing fabric, has introduced Frontier, an online platform designed to digitize the fabric supply chain from fabric development, to the inspection process, to 3D garment design with the goal of... (Read More)

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