IT'S ALL ABOUT FUNCTIONAL FABRICS AND SUSTAINABILITY
By Camille Block
Long ago in the Intimates and Swim industries we talked about fabrics being functional but nobody spoke about sustainability. And there was no mention of the word “athleisure” as we know it today. Mostly we talked about activewear garments. Times have changed.
A few months ago I was fortunate to select fabrics and prototypes for the Interfilière New York show that allowed me a first-hand look at what’s new and different for the upcoming year and beyond. The key word these days is “sustainable” and I certainly found many examples. Besides sustainability, the essentials we are concerned with today are qualities such as “quick drying”, “compression”, “anti UV”, “chlorine resistant” and “isothermal”. Some of the companies that support these functionalities span the globe. Resources from the U.S. – Darlington, Brazil – Rosset Cia Lda., China- Guangdong Billion Union Textile Co., Willy Hermann from Austria and Chanty Lace from Germany are just some of the many companies out there supporting designers with new ideas and functionalities.
Designers and merchandisers can find innovative spacer from Billion Union Textile Co. that is recycled and double printed. Then I happened upon a really cool “waistband elastic” from Hang Sang Trading Company. It is a chlorine resistant jacquard with a “wave” motif. Additionally, there is a fantastic fabric from Nextil Group. They have fabric that is printed and made with a polyester fiber made completely from plastic waste recovered from the ocean. Designers should also check out Chanty Lace for beautiful sustainable laces. The fiber content can be recycled nylon, spandex or polyester to make it sustainable.
Chanty Lace for beautiful sustainable laces. The fiber content can be recycled nylon, spandex or polyester to make it sustainable.