The importance of size and fit

October 23rd, 2017

Garment makers are using new technologies to optimize comfort. With the growth of the wearable technology market, innovations in high-tech protective garments and a push by the U.S. military for more comfortable uniforms and gear, the issue of size and fit has also grown in importance. This is not a fashion or aesthetic choice, exclusively; […]

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Companies pledge increased rPET use

October 20th, 2017

Textile Exchange announced that more than 45 textile, apparel and retail companies have signed a pledge to increase their use of recycled polyester (rPET) by at least 25 percent by 2020. The pledge has been adopted by major brands such as adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, MetaWear, Target and Timberland. A […]

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Wi-Care innovation: my-DBuddy dementia jacket

October 19th, 2017

Can you design a jacket for people with dementia?” That question from Helga Rohra, a renowned activist promoting a better life for people living with dementia, inspired an innovation by Wilma Verhoeks, owner of Wi-Care, a Dutch company specializing in fashion for people with special needs. Verhoeks designed “my-DBuddy,” a jacket that addresses multiple needs […]

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Teijin Aramid Introduces flame-resistant Teijinconex

October 18th, 2017

Teijin Aramid has introduced a new flame-resistant fabric for workwear. According to the company, Teijinconex® single-layer fabric combines personal protection with performance sports textiles. The fabric is reported to quickly absorb perspiration without losing its flame resistance. Designed for comfort and breathability, the fabric feels like cotton and allows sweat to move from the body to […]

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Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17th, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this […]

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Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard now available

October 17th, 2017

The Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google is now available. The jacket has been designed with urban cyclists in mind. Jacquard Threads woven into the sleeve create an interactive surface that responds to the wearer’s gestures. When paired with a smart phone, a brush or tap on the sleeve can let users interact […]

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Directa Plus signs deal with workwear manufacturer

October 16th, 2017

Directa Plus, producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in textiles and other applications,has signed a contract to supply high-performance technical textiles enhanced with its Graphene Plus (G+) technology to Alfredo Grassi, a manufacturer of customized protective clothing, workwear and uniforms for private and public organizations. The contract follows Alfredo Grassi’s successful tender with […]

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Vestagen acquires new financing for research, expansion

October 13th, 2017

Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc., developer of the VESTEX Active Barrier fabric line, announces that it has secured $9.5 million in financing. Existing investors Advent Life Sciences and HealthQuest Capital and new investors Greenline Ventures, Northwell Ventures and Mercy Health of Cincinnati, participated in the funding round. The capital will be used primarily to generate additional clinical […]

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Microban has new U.K. partner, new look

October 12th, 2017

Microban announces that it has appointed textile chemical manufacturer Texchem as a United Kingdom distributor. Texchem will distribute Microban’s entire range of odor control and antimicrobial solutions to apparel, furnishings, home textile, technical textile and health care manufacturers, retailers and brands in the U.K. The appointment of Texchem is the latest step in Microban’s efforts […]

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Smart and getting smarter

October 9th, 2017

This year’s IFAI Expo had to have been the largest ever Advanced Textiles Conference and show floor in terms of participants. That’s just my own anecdotal evidence, at this point, but I’ve been to the AT events every year, and I’m betting that Expo statistics will back me up. There was special emphasis this year […]

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