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Nike, Target, Polartec lead uptake of recycled performance fibres

31 January 2019 | Beth Wright

US sportswear giant Nike, department store retailer Target, and fabric maker Polartec are among brand, retailer and textile companies that have used the equivalent of more than one billion plastic bottles each through their uptake of recycled fibres.... read more


Polartec portfolio goes biodegradable

30 January 2019 | Beth Wright

US fabric maker Polartec has committed to using 100% recycled and biodegradable materials across its entire product line.... read more


New Polartec fabric technology reduces fibre shedding

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Fleece maker Polartec has developed what it claims is the first fabric technology engineered to reduce fibre shedding.... read more


Polartec Power Fill insulation gets sustainable upgrade

14 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Polartec says its Power Fill insulation has received a sustainable upgrade and is now made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.... read more


Polartec launches 'Power Fill' insulation

19 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

US fabric maker Polartec has launched what it claims is a "best-in-class fill insulation" for outdoor clothing, adding to its stable of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.... read more


Polartec launches sustainable fill insulation

31 May 2017 | Beth Wright

Fabric maker Polartec has unveiled what is claims is a "best-in-class" fill insulation, made with 80% post-consumer recycled content, rounding out its range of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.... read more


Patagonia and Polartec boycott US outdoor show

13 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

A number of US outdoor brands including Polartec and Patagonia have withdrawn from this year's Outdoor Retailer show in Utah in protest over the state government’s public land policy, which they say doesn't support conservation and ignores the industry's contribution to the economy.... read more


Polartec reveals revamped NeoShell waterproof fabric

25 October 2016 | Beth Wright

US performance fabric maker Polartec has unveiled a new version of its NeoShell waterproof fabric, specifically designed for Japanese apparel brand Teton Bros.... read more


Polartec and Open Style Lab team up on inclusive fashion

3 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

US performance fabric maker Polartec has once again joined forces with MIT's Open Style Lab on a research programme to create functional and stylish clothing for people with disabilities.... read more


A resilient outdoor industry seeks to broaden its base

15 August 2016 | Debra Cobb

With 29,000 visitors and 1626 exhibitors, this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which took place earlier this month in Salt Lake City, had its usual upbeat vibe. But there were signs that the outdoor industry is feeling the effects of 2016's "winter of our discontent," along with several retail bankruptcies, stock market disruptions in China, and the Brexit uncertainty in Europe.... read more


Giorgio Armani commits to fur-free fashion

23 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has become the latest brand to commit to going 100% fur-free across all of its labels. ... read more


Outerwear faces up to the challenge of climate change

18 January 2016 | Debra Cobb

Faced with downward pressure on demand from unseasonably warm weather, the outdoor industry is broadening its appeal to work across multiple end-uses. New product introductions at the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show included innovations in outerwear, performance denim, and wool. ... read more


Polartec develops cooling performance fabric

8 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Polartec to re-locate Massachusetts textile mill

18 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more


Fibres and fabrics: Innovations in sports textiles

7 October 2015 | Kitty So

Sportswear innovators are focusing on growing demand for environmentally-friendly fibres and fabrics and lightweight materials that can keep sport consumers comfortable while optimising performance.... read more


Fibres and fabrics: Multi-functional wool for outdoor wear

7 October 2015 | Kitty So

Apparel and textile companies worldwide are increasingly demanding lightweight wool for outdoor wear that can perform a variety of functions.... read more


New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear

20 February 2015 | Leonie Barrie

New eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that not only offer more sustainable choices for sportswear and outdoor apparel, but in many cases give improved functionality too, were on show at this month’s ISPO Münich trade fair. The natural performance of wool, plant-based laminates, ultra lightweight insulation and advanced temperature regulation were among the highlights.... read more


Escada hires McMahon to take helm

15 December 2014 | Katie Smith

German fashion brand Escada has appointed Glenn McMahon as its new chief executive officer.... read more


LVMH taps Brown as Donna Karan International CEO

3 October 2014 | Katie Smith

French luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has tapped former Giorgio Armani executive Caroline Brown as CEO of Donna Karan International.... read more


SPAIN: Fashion brands defend stance on fur farms

18 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

Following the launch of an online campaign aimed at raising awareness of animal cruelty in Spain's fur industry, a number of fashion brands have moved to defend their position.... read more


UK: Creative director Sykes exits Nicole Farhi

23 July 2014 | Katie Smith

Nicole Farhi's creative director, Joanna Sykes, is leaving the upmarket fashion brand after less than two years in the role.... read more


ITALY: Pontetorto denies Polartec patent infringement lawsuit

14 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


US: Iconix Brand Group shuffles management team

19 March 2014 | Katie Smith

Iconix Brand Group has unveiled a series of changes to its management team, including the appointment of Jeff Lupinacci as its new CFO, replacing Warren Clamen.... read more


US: Polartec claims "first" breathable insulation technology

3 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

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."... read more


Komafram apparel brand taps made-in-America trend

9 August 2013 | Debra Cobb

"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.... read more


US: Polartec hires VP of product management

4 July 2013 | Katie Smith

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


TURKEY: Calik Denim launches "super-stretch" line

2 July 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Turkish denim specialist Calik Denim has unveiled its new "super-stretch" fabric line at a launch event attended by executives from Bershka, Mavi, Lee Cooper, Diesel, Giorgio Armani and Zara.... read more


NEW ZEALAND: Icebreaker hires first global vice president of retail

25 June 2013 | Katie Smith

New Zealand-based outdoor apparel company Icebreaker has appointed Cathy Quain as its first global vice president of retail.... read more


US: Nike promotes Spillane to head China operations

2 May 2013 | Katie Smith

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


US: Coach adds two executives to creative team

27 February 2013 | Katie Smith

Upscale footwear, handbags and accessories retailer Coach Inc has added two executives to its creative team to help it develop into a global lifestyle brand.... read more


US: Jones Group adds Stafiniak to Nine West

5 February 2013 | Katie Smith

US apparel and footwear business The Jones Group has appointed former Coach executive Joseph Stafiniak to the newly-created position of senior vice president of merchandising for its Nine West brand.... read more


US: Polartec appoints new CEO and CFO

1 November 2012 | Katie Smith

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


Global news roundup

27 September 2012 | Katie Smith

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.... read more


US: Polartec partner creates first 100% recycled garment

21 September 2012 | Leonie Barrie

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


UK: Nicole Farhi names Sykes creative director

20 July 2012 | Katie Smith

British fashion and lifestyle brand Nicole Farhi has named former Aquascutum design director Joanna Sykes as its creative director.... read more


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