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Why Lycra bets on “New Utility”
The Lycra Company has just launched its new Lycra Dual Comfort technology for ready-to-wear and woven fabrics. As the new achievement uses the new Lycra T400 A EcoMade fiber, it combines comfortable stretch and cooling comfort properties with long-lasting shape retention. The new fiber delivers the texture and appearance of a spun yarn, while it offers low-impact, comfortable and versatile garments with thermal comfort.
By wearing apparel pieces that incorporate this new development, consumers can benefit from all-day comfort as garments move with the wearer and hold their shape throughout the day, cooling comfort as this technology helps keep the wearer cool and dry, and sustainability as Lycra T400 A EcoMade fiber contains both recycled and renewable content.
How Thermolite loves nature
The Lycra Company has also launched the Thermolite EcoMade fiber made from 100% textile waste. The new fiber is available in two versions of insulation— thin-loft and mid-loft battings. Each of them is made with more or at least 85% of recycled fibers, including more or at least 50% Thermolite fiber made from recycled PET bottles and more or at least 35% made from new textile waste product. Both batting offerings deliver durability and high levels of performance, combined with significant sustainability credentials for the outdoor industry.
Discover Tonello’s new entry
Tonello, an Italian specialized denim technology manufacturer, has just hired a long-time insider of the denim industry, Franky Vangaever. The textile, apparel and denim technical expert has spent 33-year at Levi Strauss & Co. where he leads collaboration projects with industry experts and scientists, chemical, raw material, machinery suppliers, companies, organizations and foundations. For the first 15 years he worked on product development and research and for the following 18 years he focused on research, innovation and sustainability.
Handpicked’s one denim per day
The Italian jeans brand Handpicked has launched Moser Project, a new capsule collection created together with Ignazio Moser, former cyclist, influencer and son of the cycling champion Francesco Moser. The new collaboration “Moser Project” offers seven 5-pocket jeans. The collection was created for denim lovers, who love to wear a different jean each day of the week. The capsule is characterized by evident customized treatments and effects, is produced according to its owner Giada’s sustainable production criteria and using denim made with organic cotton.
How Merino gets on piste and off
For f/w 2021, luxury performance skiwear brand Perfect Moment has joined forces with The Woolmark Company and released a range of sustainable pieces that can be worn both on-piste and off, as they offer breathability and superior warmth benefits and allow each piece to be made with longevity and natural performance in mind.
Perfect Moment also offers knitwear - including jumpers, jumpsuits, leggings and base-layers - that deliver high high-performance next-to-skin softness as made with fine technical yarns from Woolmark licensee Sudwolle.
When wool becomes 3D
For s/s 2023, Biella wool fabric manufacturer Tessuti Tollegno 1900 has launched 3D Wool, a new fabric that mixes wool with Tencel lyocell, the cellulosic ecofriendly fiber that is produced with low water consumption. The result of this collaboration are fabrics that can be worn by both men and women and perfectly adapt to contemporary apparel that cares for aspects like quality, traceability, care for designs and colors.
This family of fabrics offers breathable, crease-resistant and water washable fabrics, including variants of different weight, lightweight poplins, mouliné fabrics, compact Casimir, mono and bi-stretch fabrics in extra-fine and ultra-fine wool.
Jet Set’s natural evolution
For f/w 2023 Jet Set men’s collection places great value on sustainability and ethics by focusing on a series of new responsible choices.
The brand has implemented the use of recycled materials such as recycled nylon and eliminated all furs and down. As an alternative to down, it uses a technical filling made with 100%-recycled PET bottles.
How ecofriendliness meets durability
Invista’s Cordura brand has announced the debut of Cordura Re/cor RN66, a new recycled nylon 6,6 collection currently available in 36 colors for fall/winter 2023. The new fiber’s production decreases greenhouse gas emissions by 83%, consumes 82% less energy, and uses 57% less water than virgin nylon 6,6 and is made from 100% pre-consumer fiber material that is 100% GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified.
New bags for a new life
Cellulove is the new sustainable project recently launched by the +Three°°° bag brand. This new collection offers no-season bags in Bro-Tex cellulose derived from industrial waste materials. The line offers seven models, with a hot-printed logo on the front, processed with the same procedures used to tan leather, with an eco-friendly Biogreen finishing.
Mango is running fast
The Spanish fast fashion brand Mango has taken a series of initiatives aimed to reach specific responsible goals. In 2021, garments with sustainable features part of the Mango Committed collection, accounted for 80% of the total offer of the brand.
Part of the Committed line are all the pieces that include at least 30% of more sustainable fibers like, for instance, organic and recycled cotton, BCI, recycled polyester, recycled wool and Tencel. By end 2022 Mango aims to produce Mango Committed pieces only.