Don’t just take my word for it

October 24, 2022  |  My Take

I have an old half-zip turtleneck. I like the fit, the cut and the feel of it – even after 10 years. Yes, it’s a high-quality brand. I keep it because it’s my go-to shirt for outdoor chores at the lake. Bits of imbedded pine sap and random dirt stains are evidence of its years of experience, b…
I could say I told you so

September 12, 2022  |  My Take

I may not live to see this happen—or to see it happen to the extent I anticipate—but I fully expect smart textiles to eventually be a meaningful part of every market in the functional fabrics industry. The transition is underway. One indicator is a name change for this online magazine and the or…
“Acid, microbes, saltwater, perspiration, alkali, abrasion, stretch, torsion, flex endurance and washability”

August 22, 2022  |  My Take

Before automobiles, there was no reason to put up a stop sign on a country gravel road. Before there were enough children to fill a one-room school, there was no need for compulsory education. With no food processing and packaging industry, nobody needed a label to identify a sack of potatoes.
Running out of definitions

July 25, 2022  |  My Take

Little by little we, as an industry, have expanded our view of what is a textile. Actually, many of the materials that are part of the stories we’ve run on the Advanced Textiles Source site are not “textiles” at all. Or fabric. They may not be called vinyls or even film. They are something e…
You call that a textile?

June 9, 2022  |  My Take

It took me a while to embrace the larger industrial textiles world and get comfortable understanding them – all of them – as “textiles” (or “fabrics,” but that discussion will be for another time). What we may call traditional markets, such as awnings and canopies, tents and architectura…
Nothing ventured, nothing gained

May 9, 2022  |  My Take

I don’t consider myself risk averse, generally, but I don’t have a burning desire to jump out of an airplane, either. I have, however, written a genre-blended book that is difficult to classify. A publisher is going to have to know how to pitch it to book sellers, who must know where to shelve i…
Getting to know you and what you do

April 11, 2022  |  My Take

The first Smart Fabrics Summit was co-sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and held in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. It brought together participants that typically do not talk to each other. That’s not because they don’t like each other; it was simply because they do different things and d…
What? No polyester pants suit?

March 14, 2022  |  My Take

There are those of us for whom “polyester pants suit” conjures up images of the “leisure suit,” designed to offer men (and the women, at the time, who did the laundry) a practical alternative to The Suit. These suits refused to wrinkle, wore like iron and gave the wearer a casual air, withou…