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Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, July 2016

Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, July 2016

This report analyses some of the latest developments and innovations in the global apparel industry, including: denim collections; dyes; environmentally sustainable denim; environmentally sustainable processes; new finishes; performance fabrics; product traceability; sports apparel; three-dimensional (3D) printed garments and footwear; wearable technology; and yarns made from recycled materials. The report includes news from the following innovative companies, other organisations, brands and individuals: Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS), Aquafil, Australian, Chronicled, DyStar, Esmetex, Evrnu, Fujitsu Frontech North America, Garmon Chemicals, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division, HeiQ, Huntsman Textile Effects, Invista, Jeanologia, Lenzing, Levi Strauss & Co, Loughborough University, Marchi & Fildi, Origin, TexTrace, and Tonello.


SUMMARY
DENIM COLLECTIONS
Invista and Garmon Chemicals: concept garments made from knitted denim fabric
Lenzing and Jeanologia: Denim Garment Capsule Collection
DYES
Huntsman Textile Effects: neon dyes for polyamide fabrics
ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DENIM
Levi Strauss & Co and Aquafil: jeans which incorporate polyamide derived from recycled
materials
Levi Strauss & Co and Evrnu: prototype jeans made from recycled materials
Tonello: denim garment collection called Safe Collection
ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PROCESSES
DyStar: Cadira Polyester programme
NEW FINISHES
HeiQ: HeiQ Real Silk fabric finish
PERFORMANCE FABRICS
Esmetex: dress shirt fabrics which facilitate moisture wicking
PRODUCT TRACEABILITY
Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS): SigNature T anti-counterfeiting technology for
incorporation into synthetic fibres
Chronicled and Origin: 3D printed authenticity tag
TexTrace: woven radio frequency identification (RFID) brand label for Vivienne Westwood
Fujitsu Frontech North America: transparent radio frequency identification (RFID) tag
SPORTS APPAREL
Australian: tennis apparel collection made from merino wool
YARNS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS
Marchi & Fildi has developed yarns which incorporate recycled pre-consumer waste
THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) PRINTED GARMENTS AND FOOTWEAR
Loughborough University and Yeh Group: three-dimensional (3D) printed garments and
footwear
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
Google ATAP and Levi Strauss & Co: jacket which can control a wearer’s smartphone
List of figures
Figure 1: Concept garments incorporating Lycra Hybrid fabric technology
Figure 2: Deconstructing Denim pencil skirt and jacket in Lenzing Modal
Figure 3: Garments from the Safe Collection
Figure 4: Shirts made from Esmetex cotton/Repreve fabrics
Figure 5: Fujitsu WT-A522L Fashion Tag
Figure 6: Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket and cuff detail

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