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   February 19, 2018  Facebook Twitter
APPAREL TRENDS 2017-ORSM'17: Versatile Performance Fabrics for Upscale Sportswear by Kathlyn Swantko


The sportswear market is poised for an upscale makeover, as new fiber, fabric, and yarn developments make inroads into the performance fabric market. These high-end innovative technologies have the potential to take traditional performance sportswear to new levels. Lifestyle changes are driving these upscale changes. Consumers want apparel that can easily work with them, going from a professional environment into sports activities and vice versa.

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APPAREL ARTICLES Innovation at ORSSTRENDS Visiting ORSS? Or maybe need a second look at the great innovations from the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show January 25-28 in Denver? Checkout the best in Innovation watch. Read More.

Textile Exchange - Launches new micro site ( to demystify biosynthetics. In the future our clothes could be made from sugars, biomass and plant oils.

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WhatsnextAPPAREL Purdue researcher wants to use body heat to charge your wearables. Thermoelectric semiconductor strings woven into fabric or other surfaces that generate heat and convert that energy into electrical power. Read More.
Smart materials to shape fashion wear US-based Fashion Technology Labs is fabricating textiles with integrated circuits. The focus is not on consumer products in wearables, but on smart textiles for the fashion industry. Read more…

White Launches Direct-to-Consumer Streetwear Market, Among Other New Initiatives For the first time, trade show organisers are welcoming consumers to the event by launching White Street Market, a space for emerging and established streetwear and sportswear labels. Read more…

Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide & The Swatch Book Each of the fiber type sections start with a history of the fiber, how it’s processed, and the general characteristics of that fiber before talking about the specific fabrics made from each fiber. Read more…

The Store Of The Future There is a vibrant future for local retail that accounts for changing consumer habits that favor convenience, experience and personalization. Such a store will feature three characteristics. Read more…

One garbage truck of textiles wasted every second: report creates vision for change The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report "A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future in London," created by the Circular Fibres Initiative, calls for the fashion industry to adopt this new vision and create cross industry collaborations to achieve it. Read more…

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