Latest Issue - OCTOBER 19, 2020

Patagonia x Supertex Make a Case for Fair Trade

October is designated National Fair Trade month and Patagonia’s partnership with its Colombian factory Supertex serves as a prime example of how investing in Fair Trade offers a wide range of social and eco benefits. (Read More)

Leather Industry Calls for Higg Score Suspension

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) released an updated version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) in August which leading leather organizations believe treats leather unfairly, stating... (Read More)

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Discerning consumers have come to expect at least some percentage of recycled content in the apparel or gear they purchase, and they readily show their support of their favorite sustainable brands with their wallets. Designers have upped their standards as well, wanting recycled content to include performance enhancements including antimicrobial treatments, stretch and more vibrant color. As a result, manufacturers are finding recycled PET has become a commodity. (Read More)

Supplier Update: Launches, Collabs & Eco Efforts

Taiwanese fiber/textile manufacturer Nan Ya Plastics has launched a new brand called SAYA based on R&D focused on new sources for recycled fibers and defined by strong, more consistent recycled fibers with functional attributes targeting the performance marketplace. (Read More)

In My View: Most Sustainable, Really?

They say “three’s the charm,” but in the newsroom “three’s the trend.” At least that’s what I was taught from a top editor in my early days of reporting and a rule of thumb that continues to hold true. So when I heard Annie Agle of Cotopaxi describe a recent collection done in partnership with... (Read More)

Archives - SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Trade Shows Evolve & Change as Covid Concerns Continue

The days of having an event calendar filled with dates scheduled one or even two years in advance are long gone, as show organizers continue to find their footing in this time of change and Covid concern. (Read More)

PrimaLoft and Shanghai Challenge Textile Enter Global Partnership

To more effectively deliver fabric innovations, PrimaLoft has formed an alliance with Shanghai Challenge Textile Co., to exclusively produce PrimaLoft Performance Fabrics. This partnership will utilize... (Read More)

Unifi Publishes Fiscal 2020 Sustainability Report

Unifi has just released its inaugural Sustainability report, a comprehensive account of the company’s environmentally responsible journey over the years with the introduction of the Repreve platform in in 2007 and this year’s milestone of... (Read More)

The Woolmark Company Debuts Digital Education Platform

With people now more reliant on digital content and interaction, and interested in learning about sustainability in materials and products, The Woolmark Company has introduced a new resource well suited to the times. (Read More)

Supima Design Competition Announces Winner

Earlier this month Supima presented the 13th annual Supima Design Competition, held for the first time in a digital format and broadcast on Instagram Live. The collective runway show featured women’s evening wear that was made exclusively with... (Read More)

Archives - August 24, 2020

Textile Firms Rate Outdoor Retailer Online Experience

Keeping with the trend of trade shows evolving from trans-actual, order-writing affairs to networking gatherings, so it goes with today’s virtual shows as textile execs we spoke to highlighted “connectivity”as a top takeaway of Outdoor Retailer Online (Read More)

Chargeurs Taps Raedeke for CMO Post

In support of Chargeurs’ global growth strategy, Christy Raedeke has been appointed the company’s first chief marketing officer. The position includes a focus on growing the company’s new U.S.-based Lainiere Health & Wellness division. Raedeke, who brings expertise in advancing apparel technologies to market, will report directly to Angela Chan, global president of Chargeurs PCC Fashion Technologies.  (Read More)

An Economic Outlook for 2020 & Beyond

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University, addressed the Southern Textile Association’s Summer Marketing Forum with a presentation that balanced good news with caveats, resulting in an outlook that portrayed progress being made on the economic front mixed with a dose of reality due to Covid crisis ramifications.  (Read More)

Coats Adapts HeiQ Viroblock for New Product Range

U.K.-based Coats, a leading industrial thread company, is partnering with HeiQ to incorporate HeiQ Viroblock technology into its engineered yarns. The agreement also gives Coats exclusive global access to the technology for use in sewing threads. (Read More)

Sustainability Stands Out in Spring ’21 Collections

Patagonia’s Spring ’21 product assortment includes an extension of the brand’s Regenerative Organic Cotton pilot line. Patagonia has long endorsed use of organic cotton, dating back almost 25 years to its first line of organic cotton t-shirts, yet less than one percent of cotton is grown organically, according to the California firm.  (Read More)

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