The Lycra Company, a specialist in the development of fibers and fabrics for the textile and apparel sectors, will present at Kingpins Amsterdam the new Lycra Lasting Fit 2.0 technology, the Company's latest innovation for stretch denim.
This innovation was already presented at Kingpins New York last January. It is part of the Lycra Xtra Life brand fiber portfolio and is designed for stretch jeans to maintain always tight-fitting properties for long.
At Kingpins, the company will also present fabrics made with Lycra Adaptiv fiber to meet another important need for today's consumers: size inclusivity. This patent-pending polymer offers a customized fit experience, both at rest and in motion, and allows for the creation of jeans and denim fabrics with a wider window of fit that can adapt well to different body shapes.
Its stretch, softness, and comfort properties allow for wider size ranges and adapt to the functional needs of the wearer. This also reduces high return costs for brands and retailers.
Why did The Lycra Company launch the new Lycra Lasting Fit 2.0 technology?
Pandemic followed by cost of living has dramatically changed the consumer behavior and shopping habits.
They have become more selective and conscious about their apparel purchase. Shrinking budgets made them to consider the value of the apparel products and they want to invest more in timeless, versatile, and high-quality garments which have longer wear-life.
Circular economy approach has put a bold focus on responsible design. Brands and retailers now better understand designing clothes that last longer and are more durable as a key to reducing environmental impacts.
What are the main characteristics of Lycra Lasting Fit 2.0?
Lycra Xtra Life is our brand suite with diversified technologies which are offering solutions to different consumer pain points and needs.
The core of the technology is to use Lycra T400 Fiber with provide excellent long-lasting recovery due to self-crimping structure of the fiber. Referring to our mission “offering enhanced garment solutions for consumers”, our Lycra Lasting Fit we called version 2.0 helps create durable denim with long-lasting fit and comfort.
It offers flexibility of engineering fabrics that need stretch denim from comfort to power stretch.
It also has greater resistance to heavy chlorine bleach washes and therefore gives the maximum flexibility to garment wash designers. For these reasons, the technology makes it possible to produce a variety of distressed denim looks.
The use of recycled and renewable fibers with Lycra T400 Ecomade and Lycra Ecomade technologies might help for recycled cotton content to keep the good tenacity.
Does the new technology require any specific care instructions or precautions when it is used?
No, it doesn't.
Is it more expensive than similar products you offer?
Fiber technologies used in various fabric developments by denim mills are subject to change in costing, depends on the engineering of the fabric and composition as well as other raw ingredients like, for instance, dyeing and finishing.
No, not exactly, and for different reasons. First, the technology offers four different pathways in order to offer flexibility in processing, therefore we are honoring the diversity in design.
Second, Lycra Lasting Fit is a perfect solution for fabric compositions with Recycled Cotton content with Lycra T400 fibers.
Third Lycra T400 Ecomade is made with 68% renewable recycled content. Finally, Lycra Lasting Fit 2.0 can help to design lightweight, durable fabrics. Along with it, it is a patented technology of The Lycra Company.
You said that this fiber be produced according to sustainable criteria. What is it made of exactly? Does it hold any certification?
Lycra Lasting Fit Technology offers solutions for new apparel trends with recycled fibers and enhancement of durable properties. As a part of Lycra Xtra Life brand offering, it is the expansion of the Lycra T400 Fiber application by introducing co-insertion technology that can be used with Ecomade (Lycra Ecomade and or Lycra T400 Ecomade) product offerings.