Invista claims the fabrics offer greater stretch and flexibility

Invista claims the fabrics offer greater stretch and flexibility

A "transformative" patent-pending technology for knit denim fabrics that combine the comfort and flexibility of a knit with the authentic aesthetics and performance of a woven is being revealed this week by Invista, owner of the Lycra brand.

Fabrics using the new Lycra Hybrid technology are being showcased at the Kingpins Denim show in New York, which started yesterday (3 November).

“What distinguishes this technology from existing knit denim is that the Lycra Hybrid fabrics integrate a true denim look and feel with low growth, low shrinkage and multi-directional stretch,” says Jean Hegedus, Invista's global director for denim. “Additionally, the fabrics can be engineered for use in a range of different garment types, each serving different consumer needs.” 

The Lycra Hybrid fabrics have been segmented into three different categories with various performance levels. Level 1 offers everyday denim fabrics that meet Invista’s standards and can carry the Lycra brand; Level 2 are fabrics that meet Invista’s shaping technology standards and qualify for the Lycra Beauty brand; and Level 3 are fabrics that meet Invista’s athleisure standards and qualify for Lycra Sport branding. 

Introduced in woven denim last year, Lycra Beauty jeans help shape and sculpt a women’s body comfortably, while the Lycra Sport brand was previously used in activewear. Both are now being extended to knit denim and denim for use in athleisure apparel respectively. 

According to Invista, the fabrics employ a specific patent-pending construction to achieve the look and feel of traditional denim, but with greater stretch and flexibility. The company worked with several mills, including Advance Denim of China, Knitdigo of Taiwan, Santanderina of Spain, and Willy Hermann of Austria. 

“We have been able to achieve fabrics with over 100% stretch in one direction and more than 50% in the other, with less than 5% growth,” said Tianyi Liao, research fellow at Invista and inventor of the technology.