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Volcom Water Aware denim cuts water use by up to 40%

12 August 2019 | Beth Wright

The latest jeans collection from US skate, swim and snowboarding brand Volcom uses reformulated water-saving techniques in the finishing processes to save an average of 13 litres of water per pair.... read more

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

Volcom launches Farm To Yarn organic cotton range

22 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US skate, swim, and snowboarding lifestyle brand Volcom has partnered with social enterprise CottonConnect on an initiative that allows it to trace certified organic cotton back to farms in India.... 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A number of US outdoor brands including Polartec and Patagonia have withdrawn from this year's Outdoor Retailer show in Utah in protest over the state government’s public land policy, which they say doesn't support conservation and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

Kering's Volcom uses sustainable fibre for swim line

2 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

Kering-owned luxury sports and lifestyle fashion brand Volcom has partnered with Italian yarn maker Aquafil to launch a women's swimwear collection made using a fibre derived from 100% regenerated nylon waste materials.... 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: Volcom chooses compliance software solution

29 April 2014 | Richard Woodard

Lifestyle brand Volcom has chosen to implement the Texbase software solution to fulfill its supply chain, materials and product quality and compliance management requirements.... 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: Volcom hires Meehan as North America president

5 November 2013 | Katie Smith

Kering-owned skatewear brand Volcom has appointed Kevin Meehan to the newly-created role of president of North America.... 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

FRANCE: PPR completes name change to Kering

19 June 2013 | Petah Marian

French luxury group PPR has officially changed its name to Kering, after its AGM yesterday (18 June). ... read more

US: Surfwear maker Volcom adds to women's team

23 May 2013 | Katie Smith

Kering-owned skatewear brand Volcom has appointed former Billabong executive Mandy Fry to the newly-created position as vice president of its women's division.... read more