Material Stories Spring Fair 2021

Each season, the material is one if not the most important factor in apparel design. Therefore, designers, product- and material managers find in this section the stories and inspiration to create apparel collections. Simply click on the photo to request a sample or to contact the supplier. Please note, you need to be logged in to see the details of the materials!

Technical Innovations

Technical Innovations*

In the last two years, fabric manufacturers in the textile industry have stepped up their efforts to develop sustainable technical innovations, creating fantastic materials in the process.

Whether it concerns biodegradable or anti-microfiber midlayer, mechanical anti mosquito high-density knit, fabrics from old car tires, zonal body mapping warp-knit, new performing membranes, bio-based Dyneema® and Polypropylene ripstop that resist moisture from inside out.

These new developments deserve your attention, because even if sometimes only in small steps, they support you as a brand to build your products more sustainably and with more innovation. They also allow you to tell great stories to the end consumer.

Be inspired…

Cooling Fabrics

Cooling Fabrics*

Cool is the absence of energy. The human body generates heat and is constantly trying to regulate the core temperature in the range between 36.5–37.5°C which corresponds 97,7- 99,5° Fahrenheit. When more heat is generated, e.g. from sports activity, the body reacts by producing sweat to regulate temperature and to cool down.

How Does Cooling Work? Evaporative cooling is the most effective method to draw heat from the body. To conduct away body heat, i.e., to effect the cooling process, perspiration should evaporate directly on the skin surface. The extent to which clothing is able to help the wearer stay cool and prevent overheating is the subject of physiological testing at renowned institutes like Hohenstein and Empa as well as by service providers like Inside Climate.

The following keywords are relevant when considering the various cooling technologies:

Metabolic cold (cooling from sweating and evaporation)/ Conduction/ Convection/ Evaporation/ Vaporization/ Radiation.

Only fabrics that have been properly engineered can help support the body‘s own cooling mechanism.

The exhibitors of the Performance Forum provided some outstanding performance materials with different cooling technologies.

For more detailed information download the webinar pdf.

Watersports

Watersports*

Water sports have allowed us to feel a great sense of freedom in the last year.

The classic sports such as sailing, windsurfing, surfing or kiteboarding, as well as kayaking or canoeing have reached a new peak popularity.

The winner in the industry has been stand-up paddling. There's nothing quite like skimming across the water on a stand-up paddleboard. New is the giant SUP. Here you stand with several at once on a large board.

The latest established sports such as foiling or hydrofoil sailing, swimrun with its origins in trailrunning, aqua yoga, or with more speed flyboarding, hovercraft and tubing allow us even more variety on the water.

What properties do fabrics need to be processed into water sportswear? The most important is probably sun protection with UV 50+, followed by saltwater resistance and natural anti-odor.

Concerning design and development it is considering the multifunctionality of the clothing for today’s consumers,

In this material story we show some sustainable items for lycras, windbreakers, boardshorts and waterproof jackets from the Performance Forum.

Be inspired by the latest innovative developments from the exhibitors:

Climbing - Bouldering

Climbing - Bouldering*

FREEDOM ON THE MOUNTAIN - FUN IN THE CLIMBING/ BOULDERING HALL

Climbing and bouldering have established themselves as recreational sports suitable for the masses.

The USA plays a leading role in this sport. The number of people who participate in sport climbing, which includes indoor and outdoor climbing, accounts 1.6 percent of the American population, according to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, a non-profit organization. That's about 5 million people based on a U.S. population of about 314 million.

According to the German Alpine Association, there are around 500,000 sport climbers and boulderers in Germany, with a continuing upward trend.

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on our everyday lives. After being subjected to major lockdowns, many climbing and bouldering halls have reopened in the meantime, with the inclusion of safety rules.

However, a clear strategy of the brands that serve this market with their products is the focus on the use of sustainable materials and ecological and sustainable production.

Some of the performance requirements are 4-way stretch, with properties that are highly elastic, abrasion resistant, thermal regulating, anti-odor, highly breathable and lightweight.

Be inspired by the newest developments of the PERFORMANCE FORUM:

Natural Fibers & Blends For The Active Apparel Market

*Natural Fibers & Blends For The Active Apparel Market

Many innovative fabric mills are now into natural fibers and blends development concerning their textiles.

Light and comfortable, easy to wear and care, catering for a new demand for ease and comfort, all developed in the modern context of eco-design.

Natural materials boast positive performance effects such as good moisture management, thermoregulation, odor-control and antimicrobial properties. To achieve such functional properties in synthetic fibers, chemical or natural agents have to be embedded or additional fabric treatment is required.

Welcome these new performance natural materials. It is the simplest way to care about our environment.

Garments made of natural fibers are predominantly biodegradable, while the brushed inside of a wool-, hemp- or TENCEL™ sweater refrains from releasing hazardous micro-plastic into the sea.

In this material story we talk about fibers and blends of hemp, TENCEL™, organic cotton, Bamboo, paper yarn from Abacell and merino wool.


Marco's Favorites of Summer 2023

JURY FAVORITES OF SUMMER 2023

In this Material Story, we highlight the personal favorite selection of Marco Weichert, founder of PERFORMANCE DAYS. The third-generation owner of the Munich based textile agency Weichert Agencies, has textile expertise in his DNA, such as the construction, composition, lamination, etc. of functional fabrics.

Marco’s choices are new mainly natural performance blends, for example TENCEL™ with Kapok, Doubleweave with TENCEL™ inside, Cotton with Pineapple leaf, recycled Polyester with ECOVERO™, drirelease® with Naia, Cotton with Hemp from wastage yarn, Merino with Eco Viscose as well as the new Sensil® Biocare Nylon 40% biodegrading in marine water after 300 days. Two other developments can be pointed out: Softshell with a breathable PU coating outside and DWR free and a Pant fabric with recycled Nylon from old car tires.

One of his favorite choices was also the PERFORMANCE AWARD, the Waterproof Trenchant Textiles SlickrB fabric- an ultralight fabric concept where the membrane is on the outside. This Polypropylene fabric can help brands close the loop and achieve circularity by providing a PFC free solution for durable and technical outdoor garments.

Be inspired by these new innovative fabric developments spanning all categories:

Recap Digital Fair Week

RECAP DIGITAL FAIR WEEK*

Welcome to the first Material Story of the new PERFORMANCE FORUM showing summer 2023 within the framework of THE PERFORMANCE DAYS LOOP in cooperation with Functional Fabric Fair. Under the title Still Physical - Your success story of 2020 it was a truly successful Digital Fair Week this May 2021.

The digital sourcing platform will be open all year-round and with this material story, we would like to highlight the most successful fabrics during the fair week.

The FOCUS TOPIC category was of most interest to the attendees on the platform. Besides the two outstanding award fabrics you can be inspired by highdensity woven water-repellent organic cotton, softshell with 3D Jacquard warp-knit, recycled brrrº baselayer knit, 100% biodegradable twill with Abacá, coarse woven fabric from old stock materials, re-dyed printed knit, single jersey with "Young Skin" treatment, highdensity woven biodegradable polyester, single jersey with SeaCell™ as well as a 100% landfill harmless organic cotton, hemp, linen blend.

The Performance Award was given to Trenchant Textiles SlickrB fabric - an ultralight fabric concept where the membrane is on the outside. This Polypropylene fabric can help brands close the loop and achieve circularity by providing a PFC free solution for durable and technical outdoor garments.

The Eco Performance Award was handed over to the Midlayer Fleece 2174R by Utenos Trikotazas: Hemp is known for natural antibacterial and UV protection and has the most exclusive eco properties. In combination with an organic cotton (GOTS) and TENCEL™ this fabric ensures perfect thermal regulation. A fully biodegradable choice.

What makes all these fabrics so special? Our exhibitors have spared no effort in developing innovative fabrics that help brands incorporate sustainable approaches, up to circularity, into their forward-thinking collections reflecting the new consumer demands. Most of them are with free downloadable 3D file:


Video Material Story - Ocean Friendly & Natural Fibers

Ocean Friendly & Natural Fibers

Fibres, fabrics, and garments lose micro-particles during wearing and washing. Often those end up in the oceans and damage the environment. In this Video Material Story the exhibitors are showing their ocean-friendly solutions: learn about the innovations by Seaqual Initiative, Zeynar, Lenzing and Pontetorto. Watch the full story now!

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Circular Textile Solutions

Circular Textile Solutions

The idea behind circularity it is to have a closed loop system for textiles and bring used materials back into the cycle, so no resource goes to waste. In line with this topic, Imbotex introduces a beautiful upcycled silk insulation, giving silk scraps a new life. ACG Accent is now offering an innovative care label system which makes it easy for you to create care labels, so you can use your resources more efficiently. In this story, also Trenchant Textiles, Bloomati and Evertex show their circular - and very functional - solutions. Watch the full story now!

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Sustainable Nylons

Sustainable Nylons

Nylon - or Polyamide - is essential for performance fabrics! So this story is focused on sustainable options. Luckily our PERFORMANCE DAYS LOOP have great solutions ranging from base- to 3layers. BenQ offers a 3layer fabric made from 67% bio-based nylon, Silkytex by Korea Silkroad presents two lightweight and downproof fabrics with recycled Polyamide and A Plus Chan Chia shows us a recycled mono-component Nylon baselayer which can be recycled again and flow back into the loop. Watch the full story now!

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Material Stories Winter Fair 2021


Our Success Story of 2020

OUR SUCCESS STORY OF 2020*

2020 was a year like no other, like we never expected it to be. Each of us certainly has our own unique story to tell. Last year presented us with new challenges, and unexpected successes have resulted from them. In this material story, we would like to present the digitalized fabrics with the most clicks, i.e. the most successful materials in 2020 from the PERFORMANCE FORUM.

Without this type of digital communication, we would not have been able to present the fantastic range of sustainable new developments from our exhibitors to you. Digitization has been a major theme of the past year. It has enabled us to stay in touch and move forward, and undoubtedly provided many useful tools. Though, we have also seen that - especially under the constraints of the pandemic - our desire for physical experiences is growing.

Taking care of our bodies, protecting our health, or keeping fit by venturing outside and actively exercising, as well as doing workouts at home, has taken on a new meaning - after all, 2020 highlights the physicality of human life, which cannot be replaced digitally. Our clothing reflects this desire. We wish to wear clothes that are functional and connect with our physicality.

In this story, you find natural fibres as Cotton, Hemp and Merino Wool. Recylced Oyster ShellTM and SeaWoll® as well as ECONYL®, recycled Polyester and recycled Coolmax® Polyester.

Review our best choices!

Supplier's Choices

SUPPLIER'S CHOICES*

Are you already familiar with the PERFORMANCE DAYS Loop and its Marketplace?

Did you know when you are logged in you have the access to not only the “curated” PERFORMANCE FORUM with more than 2,500 products but also the “supplier’s choice” uploaded collections?

Log in, select „suppliers choice“ in the search options and have access to currently 5,500+ latest extra products which is updated on a daily basis.

Further, you can select the “3D ready” fabrics or the “Jury Likes” which were highlighted from the PERFORMANCE Jury for the unique quality of a fabric or accessory.

We curated nine of unique materials in this material story to highlight this incredible extra opportunity of the Marketplace to find the right product and order swatches in these digital times.

Enjoy exploring for your collections…

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Casual Performance

CASUAL PERFORMANCE*

Now in 2021, trends for 2022 lines in clothing collections see the boundaries between outdoor, home and workwear becoming more and more blurred. Comfort, wellbeing and function will be in higher demand for our hybrid lives.

Adapt performance styles to work for the casual everyday. Enhance and emphazise your collection with the latest sustainable material developments.

Our exhibitors provided some outstanding performance blends for the PERFORMANCE FORUM such as wellbeing soft jersey with Naia Cellulosic yarn, anti-bacterial baselayer with organic cotton and REFIBRA™, natural sweater with organic cotton and hemp, 4-way stretch scuba fabric with Nilit® heat yarn, natural performance knit with TENCEL™or casual jacket fabric with recycled polyamide/organic cotton blend and pants fabric with eco-rayon. You may as well go with light ripstop fabric from SEAQUAL™ or heavy cosy merino knit:

Winter Mountain Activities

WINTER MOUNTAIN ACTIVITIES*

Even at the beginning of this year closed ski resorts could not keep winter outdoor enthusiasts from having fun in the mountains.

Whether ski touring, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or simply strapping spikes under hiking boots, all possibilities were exploited on the weekends. Snow kiting, skijöhring, airboarding and the classic sledding also offer variety.

For the next winter seasons to come, functional clothing will focus on the following principles: Sustainability, Functionality and Style respecting the layering system.

In this material story we have selected some outstanding materials from the December Forum for you respecting all layers. Whether recycled nylon 6, bio-nylon, recycled polyester, biodegradable polyester or finest merino corduroy, enjoy some impulses for your next collections.

Hiking

DURABLE & RESPONSIBLE: HIKING FABRICS 2022

The Covid 19 pandemic has triggered a new outdoor boom. A particularly positive development is expected in the product groups that belong to the most important segment in the outdoor sector: hiking.

Never before have the hiking trails been so busy as in summer/autumn 2020. The desire to spend a lot of time outdoors will certainly continue. This makes it all the more important to develop products responsibly. The qualities of the fabrics in the PERFORMANCE FORUM are characterised by almost exclusively recycled fibers, such as nylons and sometimes even wool, coolmax or elastan. In the natural range you will find mainly Tencel®, wool but also bio-based polyamides. 3D construction in baselayer knits allow airflow and great thermal regulation. Midlayer and outer layer offer best function, style and durability for long life products:

Running
Mono-Component Nylon For Circular Options

ESSENTIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE RUNNING APPAREL*

While having to practise social distancing, the desire to remain fit and healthy, especially running has been ignited across all consumer levels. The easy accessibility and health benefits have drawn new devotees during the pandemic through all ages.

In addition to the trend to tailor designs and developments from advanced elite more to running beginners, i.e. cuts to inspire confidence and provide comfort, there is also the claim to incorporate zoned compression in baselayers to aid blood flow, postural alignment and joint support.

It is fantastic to see that innovative material development nowadays is using recycled polyamide and polyester as much as possible as well as developing fabrics with plant-based nylon. Be inspired by choice of the Forum selection of PERFORMANCE DAYS exhibitors:

Bike
Mono-Component Nylon For Circular Options

„CLOSING THE LOOP“ – CIRCULAR TREND IN BIKE MATERIALS*

The pandemic is changing cycling.

Riding a bike as a balance to sitting in the home office or simply using the time during the lockdown to do something for your own health: Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring, there have been a number of reasons for respondents to get on a bike. On average, about 40 percent of those surveyed said that they would now cycle more.

This trend towards more cycling will certainly continue in the coming years and with it the need for innovative and conscious clothing. In the December Forum with the latest developments for Winter 22/23, there are some outstanding polyester concepts that we would like to present to you:

Video Material Story - 2.5 & 3-Layers of the Season

2.5 & 3-Layers of the Season

The membrane is glued to the outer material and inner lining to form a single unit. This creates the ultimate durable solution, lighter than 2-layer jackets and more robust than their 2.5-layer counterparts. 3-layer jackets are especially recommended when travelling often with a heavy backpack, in rocky terrain and when exposed frequently to adverse weather conditions. The functional 3-layer fabrics can no longer refrain from the use of natural fibres and recycled variants. The natural fibres convince overall with great values, especially in terms of breathability and waterproofness, providing 100 per cent recycled cotton with a PFC-free water-repellent coating, along with a 40 per cent linen, organic cotton blend. In the area of special membranes, XPore is often used, as is the bio-based membrane Dupont Susterra, biodegradable polyamide or recycled polyester with graphite membrane. The group of lightweights made of recycled nylon, and partly of recycled road waste, are wafer-thin yet robust. Ripstop, lightweight 60-gram mini-ripstop, ultra technical Drytex, ultra lightweight hard shells, recycled polyamide and polyester lightweights complete this category. Among the mono components, a multi-coloured jacquard and two Oxford structures in polyester and Nylon are a pleasant surprise. Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - 2-Layers of the Season

2-Layers of the Season

In 2-layer constructions, the membrane is glued to the upper material and a loosely attached lining is applied on the inside for protective purposes. 2-layer jackets are usually somewhat heavier and not quite as robust.

Here you can find once again wonderful new structures, from classic extremely durable variants to new 3D structures that enable exciting design formats. The fabrics guarantee high breathability and water column, are light and impress with great stretch properties. Nylons are meanwhile available in numerous variants, mostly recycled, with some of the yarn derived from old fishing nets. BASF presents an organic variant that replaces harmful chemicals with vegetable oil from certified, environmentally friendly sources. Econyl is another option: Instead of using crude oil as in conventional nylon production, Econyl production uses waste materials such as production waste from the nylon manufacturing process, fabric remnants and carpets and fishing nets from the oceans. Cotton is blended with polyester or with Eco Rayon. Polyester fibres come with a recycled PET membrane, with stretch or innovative technologies such as special polymerisation spinning technologies. Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Focus Topic: Circular Trends

Focus Topic: Circular Trends

A cradle to cradle textile that is recycled, consists of 100 per cent ecologically pure materials and substances that can be re-used. Its recyclability, alongside fashionable or functional aspects, is fully taken into account during the development process. More and more manufacturers are turning to the use of recycled fibres in the development of fabrics, which can be reprocessed into recycled fibres. In this category, bio-based and non-bio-based mono-component fabrics (no fibre blends) – which are mostly recycled – as well as natural fibres have been selected. It also entails the ECO PERFORMANCE AWARD by Optimer (a sister brand of drirelease), with a natural phase change material based on renewable ressources.

In order to check the recyclability of a fabric or the DIN standards (DIN EN ISO 14021), the PERFORMANCE DAYS Jury advises to clarify these specific points directly with the suppliers. Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Safety & Durability Trends of the Season

Safety & Durability Trends of the Season

Durability, abrasion protection, tear resistance, elasticity, breathability, wearing comfort – workwear materials need to perform high technical values. In addition, the appropriate colour management is of particular importance for the workwear sector – bright, dazzling, neon signal tones dominate. Many fibres are also recycled in the workwear sector, or are of natural origin. In general, cotton fibres that are available in recycled or organic variants are gaining in importance. Newcomers in this segment are 100 per cent recycled Cordura and recycled biodegradable PET. The selected highlights include the PERFORMANCE AWARD winner by Merryson: the company has developed an innovative, placed jacquard with integrated 3D boxes. The completely new 3D weaving technology is innovative, trend-setting and, due to the robust, resistant properties of the weaving technique, ideally suited for the workwear sector.  Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Lightweight, Downproof & Insulation Trends of the Season

Lightweight, Downproof & Insulation Trends of the Season

The selected insulations are all produced ecologically responsibly, at the same time they are lightweight, breathable and insulate well. The lightweight and downproof fabrics of winter 22/23 are ultra-light, breathable and heat-insulating. It is astonishing that lightweights can now be processed from Econyl and other recycled fibres without losing any of their lightness. Almost all fibres – from nylon, Econyl, polyamide to polyester – are over 90 per cent recycled, and often dyed with vegetable variants or dyed in a dope dyed process. Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Midlayers of the Season

Midlayers of the Season

Midlayers are primarily intended to provide warmth when layering garments. The focus is on newer constructions to generate heat, yet at the same time, manufacturers are attempting to reduce or completely avoid the use of micro-plastics in the development process. Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Video Material Story - Softshells & Outer Midlayers of the Season

Softshells & Outer Midlayers of the Season

Warming, windproof and water-repellent jackets worn outdoors as an outer layer during sports or leisure activities typify the Softshell/Outer Midlayer category. Polyamide and polyester fibres remain dominant in winter 22/23. But anyone on the lookout for natural fibres will find various blends of organic cotton, Tencel or wool. Watch the full story now:

Presented by the PERFORMANCE DAYS Exhibitors

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Material Stories Spring Fair 2020


Mono-Component Nylon for Circular Options
Mono-Component Nylon For Circular Options

Mono-Component Nylon for Circular Options*

Fashion has long struggled with excess inventory, and Covid-19 has only exacerbated this challenge. Less than 1% of the material used to produce our clothing is recycled into new clothes. The technology to recycle textiles is still developing. Part of the challenge is that most clothing contains a blend of materials, such as cotton and nylon and polyester, which are difficult to separate. To 'close the loop,' clothing needs to be designed in such a way that makes them easier to be recovered and recycled. (https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-sustainable-fashion-forum/)

The circular economy works best with mono-component materials per one garment (100% made from one material), which can be recycled completely. Products that are not compostable need to return their raw materials. How does it work? The consumer wears the clothes and give them back when outworn. Now they are dismantled or shredded to be returned to the 100% raw material extraction. In this choice you will find from 1Layer via 2Layer to 3Layer fabrics that are engineered entirely out of Nylon or recycled Nylon. The first ingredient to create a mono-component garment.

Anti-Viral Materials
Anti-Viral Materials

Anti-Viral Materials

The challenges of a virus were never as present as in the year 2020 when Covid-19 became a global pandemic. Keeping social distance is now a daily routine in almost every country. Masks are the new "must-haves" and gloves represent a fashionable accessory to protect one-self against the invisible danger. Anti-microbe and anti-viral treatments applied to textiles are a further way of taking hygienic precaution not only in the health sector, but especially in daily life. Therefore the following technologies are presented now:
From Ocean Waste To Textiles
Ocean Waste To Textiles

FROM OCEAN WASTE TO TEXTILES*

Three-quarters of the waste in the sea consists of plastic. In concrete terms, 4.8-12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the sea every year. Today, hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic waste float in every square kilometer of the oceans. The garbage in our oceans consists of plastic bags, PET bottles, lighters, cigarette butts, disposable razors and the like. Seabirds die painfully from cell phone parts in their stomachs, turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and fish confuse tiny plastic particles with plankton. Masterless fishing nets, so-called ghost nets, can fish endlessly. (www.wwf.de)

Many fabric suppliers are working on solutions how to process ocean waste in textiles. In this story, some beautiful fabrics from the PERFORMANCE FORUM are presented that integrate ocean waste in the materials.

The New Shirt
Avoiding Microplastic in Midlayer Fabrics

The New Shirt*

The new generation of outdoor shirts is faced with responsible design and embedded sustainability through: Reducing, reusing, recycling, use of plant-based or food waste materials.

We strive for comfort, natural protection from UV-rays and insects, as well as anti-odor and wicking properties. You will find high gauge knits, as well as woven checks in a variety of sizes with colors ranging from sun yellow to naturals with red, blue or green shades.

Tell your shirt story using the latest fabric developments from the PERFORMANCE FORUM choice, among them recycled Polyester, Seawool®, Abaca, Woodpulp, Refibra™ or recycled Elastane. All fabrics are bluesign® certified.

 

AVOIDING MICROPLASTLICS IN MIDLAYER FABRICS
Avoiding Microplastic in Midlayer Fabrics

AVOIDING MICROPLASTLICS IN MIDLAYER FABRICS*

Slowly but surely, we all realize that when washing our garments, especially polyester or nylon midlayer fleeces with brushed backings, we contribute to a strongly underestimated issue: Microplastics.

„Every time you wash clothes, you are releasing microplastics into the sea, but we know little about the amount and distribution of such material from different types of textile. Globally, microplastics from laundry represent one of the largest primary sources of pollution, together with particles from car tires.“ (phys.org/ news online 01/2020)

„A new study finds that the amount of plastic pollution in our seas is likely to have been severely undercounted. The true number may be higher than the amount of zooplankton, which underpins our marine ecosystem and helps to regulate the climate. Using nets with a fine mesh size to filter microplastics, the researchers estimate that the total global surface microplastics stands at around 12 to 125 trillion particles. The particles predominantly came from fibres from textiles such as ropes, nets and clothing.“ (green queen online 06/2020)

In this selection you find midlayer fabrics that use natural fibers or 3D-constructions on the backside to replace microplastics-emitting brushed polyester backing. This way, microplastics in the ocean can be avoided easily.


KEY ITEM: WINDBREAKER
Windbreaker

KEY ITEM: WINDBREAKER*

Light windbreakers will be key components for outdoor activities in many of next years’ collections. Sheer and lightweight sustainable high-density fabrics boast new levels of tensile strength and airy volumes.

The focus lies on recycled performance polyesters and nylons, with water-repellent or waterproof qualities combined with breathability and tear-resistance. Such fabrics become actively resilient and protective when deployed as an outer layer for diverse active purposes such as cycling, running, hiking, and more.

For this story, we selected some outstanding items from exhibitor’s submissions for the PERFORMANCE FORUM:

SUSTAINABLE DYEING TECHNOLOGIES
Sustainable Dyeing Technologies

SUSTAINABLE DYEING TECHNOLOGIES*

When it comes to dyeing technologies, the world appreciates that more and more sustainable solutions are being developed while considering the impact on the planet, especially in reducing waste, abstaining from the use of chemicals and conserving water.

Natural dyes, for example dyestuff from food-waste, tea, plants, flowers, herbs and spices are starting to scale up, along with waterless synthetic dyeing processes, even evident in fluorescent colors. There is a move away from bleaching, allowing for the presence of optical whites.

The popularity of natural dyes and undyed fabrics are bringing about new key color palettes with beautiful neutral shades.

The PERFORMANCE DAYS exhibitors offer us a great selection, from which we would like to present some carefully chosen items. Sustainable dyeing technologies will certainly play a significant role in future responsible product strategies.

Post-Corona Sustainable Outdoor Apparel
INNOVATIVE FOOD-WASTE MATERIALS
Innovative Food-Waste Materials

INNOVATIVE FOOD-WASTE MATERIALS*

We all try as best we can to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our planet as clean as possible for future generations. Most of us are not aware that „Climate experts have identified food waste as one of the top sustainability problems worldwide and the United Nations environment program has an ambitious goal of eliminating half of all food waste by 2030.“ (CNN online, March 18/2020)

Outstanding for the PERFORMANCE FORUM this season were submitted fabrics containing „Oyster Shell“. Oyster shell is sourced from the food industry, grounded into fine powder and mixed with recycled polyester or recycled nylon. These yarns often branded as SeaWool® provide thermal regulation, anti-static, anti odor, moisture management, natural handfeel and wrinkle-resistance properties.

In this selection you will find fabrics with Oyster Shell as well as fabrics with fibers from Castor Oil Plant, Coffee Shell and Pineapple Leaf:

Create the Perfect Leggings
Beauty

CREATE THE PERFECT LEGGINGS*

Yes, they are definitely back: “Leggings”. They appear in many active design capsules, as a core item and for many activities. They stand for diversity and inclusivity.

The varieties seem infinite: The “Performance Leggings”, the “Armour Leggings”, the “Flex Leggings”, the “Compression Knit Leggings”, the “Adjustable Leggings”, the “Pop-Seam Leggings”, the “Cut & Sew Leggings”, the “Crafted Leggings”, the “Seamless Leggings”, and so on…

It takes a couple of ingredients for a designer and developer to create the “Perfect Leggings”. One of them is the right sustainable fabric choice. Among the many exhibitor portfolios, we selected our favorite developments which could facilitate this process for you. Be inspired:

HEMP AND PAPER YARN
Beauty

HEMP AND PAPER YARN*

Hemp is claimed to be one of the strongest and oldest fibers in textiles. Due to its fantastic eco properties, such as requiring four times less water in the growing stage than cotton and returning up to 70% of the nutrients back to the soil, as well as being naturally antibacterial and UV cut it’s making a strong comeback.

Abacá, a species of banana plant native to the Philippines, is grown as a commercial crop in the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The plant, also known as Manila Hemp, has great economic importance, being harvested for its fiber. Paper yarn is strong, breathable, hypo-allergenic, hydrophobic and hydrophilic, quick dry and lightweight.

 

 

In this story, outstanding fibers are highlighted that will create new opportunities in innovative and sustainable collection creations:

BEAUTY AND WELLBEING WITHIN MATERIALS
Beauty

BEAUTY AND WELLBEING WITHIN MATERIALS*

In these times of new work-life balance, self-care as well as focus on physical and mental wellness, we welcome innovative approaches for sustainability and multiple purpose values in fabrics. The spotlight is on beauty, wellness, anti-aging, healing and restoring.

Brands will be able to satisfy their health and beauty conscious consumers by boosting benefits achieved by adding vitamins, minerals, amino acids, argan oil, aloe vera, collagen and more. That means that moisture management and thermoregulation will be allied by protection from radicals, cellulite reduction, particular next-to-skin softness or other intelligent properties.

The carefully chosen fabric selection from the PERFORMANCE DAYS exhibitors may contribute to creating forward-thinking collections reflecting the new consciousness.

Modern Nomads Stay @ Home - Comfortwear
Modern Nomads Stay @ Home Go Comfortwear

Modern Nomads Stay @ Home - Comfortwear*

The first of our stories leads on how covid-19 is acting as a catalyst for a seismic change in the textile industry. We will see comfort becoming a key differentiator for consumers. Our homes have become multipurpose spaces, such as office, school or activity centers. With the rise in working from home and telecommuting tools, above-the-keyboard dressing will become the norm.

We found beautiful “comfortwear” fabrics: A couple of woodfiber blends, but also recycled PA, PES or Elasthan, as well as biodegradable stories… an abundance of sustainable solutions. The colors come in neutral and commercial shades. All of them will dress your customers perfectly as well, when they decide to venture outside.


Subjects that are marked in this section with * are curated, written and illustrated with photos by Alexa Dehmel – active sports design & consulting
 
 

ALEXA DEHMEL, INNOVATIVE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING - CRAFT & 3D
...has over 30 years of broad and deep expertise in the fashion industry and a high level of professional competence. In 2005 she opened Active Sports Design & Consulting. Her work in various roles in the fashion, textile and sportswear industry with a focus on design and collection development, in teaching, as an independent entrepreneur and as a recognized contributor to the industry, makes her a valued contact.

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