Apparel brands sign “We Are Still In”

July 3rd, 2017

In support of the Paris Agreement on climate, some apparel brands, including Under Armour, Timberland, Nike, Levi’s, Gap and Adidas, have signed the “We Are Still In” pledge. The apparel companies are joined by about 1,400 businesses and investors, nine states, 275 colleges and universities, and 178 cities and counties. Fashionating World reports that Nike […]

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Vibrating yoga pants lend a guiding hand

February 18th, 2016

For struggling yogis who can’t always make it to the gym, Wearable Experiments offers vibrating pants to correct errant form. Created by Billie Whitehouse, CEO of the Sydney, Australia-based developer of technical apparel, and co-founder Ben Moir, Nadi smart leggings feature tiny electronics woven into the nylon fabric positioned on the wearer’s hips, knees and […]

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Report: Wearable technology show high market appeal

December 31st, 2015

“Early adopters” and fitness enthusiasts are fueling continued growth in the wearable technology market, according to a report from Dallas-based market researchers at Troubadour Research and Consulting. The report, “Profile of the Next Wave of Wearable Tech Shoppers,” finds 24 percent of consumers surveyed indicated they intend to buy a wearable device in the next […]

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Better ballistics, Part I

December 4th, 2015

Protective materials for military and law enforcement have improved—and so has the market for them. Technology, like in many other industries, has dramatically redefined the advanced textile industry. The creation of advanced materials has transformed traditional fabric, chemical and metal production and continues to push the boundaries. Advanced textiles, a subset of advanced materials, include […]

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Advanced Textiles Conference addresses textile industry’s future

October 9th, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 events opened October 6 in Anaheim, Calif., with the Advanced Textiles Conference, offering a full slate of presentations, organized in three tracks, covering a range of topics including testing, business and market issues, “super fabrics,” wearables, stretchable electronics, 3D printing, antibacterials and antivirals and more. Steve Jesseph, CEO, ICG Group, delivered the […]

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DRIFIRE partners with Australian FR provider

September 29th, 2015

Chicago-based high-performance, flame-resistant (FR) apparel developer DRIFIRE® has partnered with Australian Defence Apparel PTY Ltd. (ADA) of Coberg, Victoria, in providing state-of-the art protective FR clothing solutions to Ergon Energy and the rest of the Australian electrical-services market. DRIFIRE’s 4.4™ fabric and garments feature lightweight, inherent, arc and flash-fire protection. The company provides high-performance flame-resistant […]

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Dickies & Milliken launch enhanced work shirt

September 3rd, 2015

Performance workwear maker Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. and custom-textile developer Milliken & Co. have produced a new performance work shirt to be offered under the Dickies brand. The new shirt employs Milliken & Company’s textile technology to deliver lightweight, moisture-wicking and soil-release properties, in addition to stretch. The fabric also delivers an 80 percent increase in […]

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New chef jacket repels liquids and stains

June 19th, 2015

Australian startup Fabricor has created a hydrophobic chef jacket and apron, based on its patented nanotechnology. Chef Adrian Li, cofounder of the company, says he was frustrated with trying to stay clean at work. "As a chef I find it really difficult to keep my chef jacket white, and we like our jackets white for […]

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Sympatex joins sustainable apparel coalition

May 15th, 2015

German functional-fabric maker Sympatex Technologies has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool—the Higg Index—to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain. The SAC hosts more than 150 global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, nonprofit environmental organizations and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to […]

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Australian startup creates a 100 percent cotton hydrophobic T-Shirts

February 20th, 2015

Threadsmiths, an Australian clothing technology company that develops nanotechnology integrated apparel, has created a 100 percent cotton hydrophobic t-shirt. Dubbed "The Cavalier,” it incorporates a lotus leaf-inspired nanotechnology that completely repels dirt and liquids, leaving the surface of the fabric dry and without stains. Lewis Pitchford of Threadsmiths, the business behind the shirt, says the […]

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