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APPAREL TRENDS 2018: What's New in Comfort Activewear? A Lot! by Kathlyn Swantko

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Comfort remains one of the most important qualities for today's consumers. Feeling comfortable can also make the wearer feel more confident and lead to better performance. For apparel design, one primary objective is the selection of functional fabrics that provide the best possible comfort level. The FabricLink Network reviews several new textile developments presented at the Outdoor Retailer+Snow Show 2018, that offer ideal solutions for wearable comfort in apparel, no matter what the weather condition.

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APPARE ARTICLE 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.
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Textile Exchange - Launches new micro site (aboutbiosynthetics.org) 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.

APPAREL NEWS & VIEWS
Smart and comfortable new textiles for high-tech clothing Researchers have developed new nonwoven materials that are electrically conductive as well as flexible and breathable. This paves the way for comfortable high-tech clothes which, for example, convert sunlight to warmth, or supply wearable electronic devices with electricity. Read more…

Muskin “leather” is grown from fungus spores Muskin is made from fungus spores grown into a predetermined shape and size, which eliminates waste. The biodegradable material is processed similarly to leather, but without toxic chemicals. Read more…

Squid skin could be the solution to camouflage material Researchers made spools of fibers from the squids' pigment particles. The fibers are so visually interesting that it's not difficult to imagine weaving them into fabric for clothing, art forms, and flexible screens. Read more…

Shoe is made with yarn derived from castor oil The yarn is reported as suitable for all textile applications, particularly sportswear. The yarn is light, very stretchy, breathable, quick drying, and offers natural thermal and bacteriostatic properties. Read more…

Smart fabrics: getting smarter on April 24, 2018 The 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Read more…

In 30 Years, This Is How Basketball Sneaker Design Will Literally Change the Game Basketball sneakers have gotten stale, but designer Brett Golliff has a vision for how they can evolve. Here are exclusive sketches of what a basketball sneaker that changes as the game goes on could look like in the year 2048. Read more…

Focus: Rinsing is Key to Removing Stains Rinsing soapy, stained cotton with fresh water works far better than rinsing with detergent-filled water. Read more…

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