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Outerwear faces the challenge of climate change

Faced with downward pressure on demand from unseasonably warm weather, the outdoor industry is broadening its appeal to work across multiple...

New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear

New eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that not only offer more sustainable choices for sportswear and outdoor apparel, but in many case...

Debra Cobb | 9 Aug 2013

"Something new, something brilliant," is the tagline for Komafram, a sustainable line of base layer apparel launched at last week's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show by Daniel Feuerstein, son of Malden Mills former owner Aaron Feuerstein.

just-style.com | 5 Jul 2007

The market for moisture management fabrics is set to grow as apparel manufacturers shift their attention to the high-performance end of the sector and consumers place increasing importance on the performance of garments, according to a new report.

just-style.com | 16 Apr 2007

Technical textiles for the apparel industry, ranging from stain resistant clothing for catering staff to all-in-one suits for nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, looks set to be a fruitful area of growth over the next half-decade. Joe Ayling takes a look at a new report on the sector.

just-style.com | 3 Feb 2006

Winter sports are back in style. The recent ISPO sports trade fair was buzzing with new ideas and designs, including technical innovations and a fresh new look at fashion. Penny Leese reports from Munich.

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Joe Ayling | 29 May 2008

Rock climbing-inspired apparel and footwear brand Patagonia has pioneered the use of organic cotton and recycled polyester in its outdoor clothing and posted sales of US$330m last year. Joe Ayling interviews the company's UK sales and marketing manager, Jonathan Petty, to find out to what peaks an already ambitious sustainable business model can climb to next.

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Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

US performance fabric maker Polartec has developed what it says is its first cooling platform, a permanent mechanical wicking fabric designed for athletes performing in warmer climates.

Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 2015

Performance fabric maker Polartec is to close down its Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile mill and relocate to plants in New Hampshire and Tennessee due to what it says are capacity and marketing pressures and customer needs. 

Michelle Russell | 14 Jul 2014

Italian fabric manufacturer Pontetorto and Christian Weichert International Textile Agencies have denied claims they have had a patent infringement case filed against them by US performance fabric maker Polartec.

Leonie Barrie | 3 Oct 2013

Performance fabric maker Polartec has launched a new synthetic insulation technology that can be used to create what it describes as the "first-ever breathable 'puffy' garments."

Katie Smith | 4 Jul 2013

Performance fabrics manufacturer Polartec has appointed Doug Kelliher as vice president of product management.

Katie Smith | 2 May 2013

Oregon-based sportswear giant Nike has promoted Michael Spillane to the position of vice president and general manager of Greater China.

Katie Smith | 1 Nov 2012

Performance fabric maker Polartec has appointed former Timberland president Gary Smith as chief executive officer and Joe Robinson as chief financial officer.

Leonie Barrie | 21 Sep 2012

Polartec partner brand Norrøna has launched its first sports garment made exclusively from returned and recycled bottles.

Petah Marian | 17 Jul 2012

Polartec president Andrew Vecchione has announced plans to step down on the appointment of a successor.

Leonie Barrie | 29 Jul 2011

Unifi Inc is taking its Repreve recycling scheme to another level by teaming up with fabric firm Polartec to turn polyester cut-waste back into its yarns.

just-style.com | 14 Jan 2010

Performance fabrics maker Polartec LLC is to use recycled yarns from Unifi Inc as part of plans to shift much more production to recycled content by 2011.

just-style.com | 12 Oct 2009

Sportswear giant Nike Inc has named company executive Michael Spillane as the new CEO of its Converse unit, replacing Jack Boys who is retiring at the end of the year.

just-style.com | 29 Sep 2009

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Outdoor Industry Association(OIA) in the US have agreed to work together to co-ordinate their sustainability projects.

just-style.com | 18 Sep 2009

Work is underway to set up what is thought to be the first industry-wide ‘End of Life’ solution to limit the environmental impact of products designed and produced by fashion and footwear firms.

just-style.com | 18 Jun 2009

Textile and clothing recycling is set to grow following recent EU legislation which nominated textiles as a “priority waste stream” because the recycling of textiles is deemed to bring with it significant environmental and economic benefit.

just-style.com | 14 May 2007

Performance fabric maker Polartec LLC, which bought textile manufacturer Malden Mills Industries Inc in March, has promoted chief operating officer Andrew Vecchione to president.

just-style.com | 15 Mar 2007

The assets of fabric maker Malden Mills Industries Inc have finally been sold to Polartec LLC, the name of the new privately held company under which the business will now operate.

just-style.com | 12 Mar 2007

Textile maker Malden Mills Industries Inc has filed court papers seeking to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to a Chapter 7 proceeding.

just-style.com | 28 Feb 2007

Textile maker Malden Mills is to be sold to Philadelphia-based private-equity firm Chrysalis Capital Partners for $44m.

just-style.com | 8 Feb 2007

Five executives from textile maker Malden Mills have voluntarily withdrawn a plan that would have given bonuses of at least US$1m when the bankrupt firm goes up for sale later this month, according to local press.

just-style.com | 30 Jan 2007

Outdoor gear and apparel maker Patagonia said it is the first global company to recycle competitors’ garments with its expanded Common Threads Recycling Program.

just-style.com | 22 Jan 2007

Philadelphia-based Chrysalis Capital Partners is set to enter the bidding for textile maker Malden Mills Industries, according to local reports.

just-style.com | 11 Jan 2007

Textile maker Malden Mills has filed for bankruptcy for a third time and said it is to sell to turnaround specialist Gordon Brothers Group.

Company research

Product Developments and Innovations in Textiles and Apparel - September 2015

Product Developments and Innovations in Textiles and Apparel

This report analyses some of the latest developments and innovations in the global textile and apparel industry, including:...

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Stretch Fibres and Fabrics: Reaching New Levels of Comfort - 2015

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Stretch fibres and fabrics offer several performance benefits compared with their stretchless counterparts....

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Snow Sports Apparel: Balancing Comfort, Protection and Style

Snow Sports Apparel: Balancing Comfort, Protection and Style

Snow sports apparel is critical to ensuring that the wearer remains warm and dry in the cold and wet conditions often encountered on mountainous terrain....

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