Stripes go graphic and modern with designs ranging from fine-line patterns that mimic the look of architectural drawings to an abstract take on bold regatta stripes.
Camouflage patterns are a perennial favorite for textile designers. New variations include adding a touch of shine, taking inspiration from the traditional color palette or rendering the camo pattern in piles of sequins.
Textile designers are tapping into the moody side of green using shades of dark teal, wintergreen and sage for prints, lace, tweeds and novelty fabrics.
Rich shades of burgundy lend a regal air to everything from traditional florals to abstract lace to printed velvets and fabrics with a metallic sheen.
Bright shades of pink, green, purple and orange are given an added visual pop when paired with black for bold stripes, oversized florals and abstract patterns.
Yummy shades of melon, papaya and persimmon add a sweet twist to stripes, graphic patterns and solids.
The discussion of technology and textiles tends to focus on new fiber developments or automation within a fabric mill. Los Angeles–based printer and full-package production house C-Print has introduced FabFad, a new way to bring tech into the textile-buying process.
A trade war over Europe limiting U.S. beef imports led the Obama administration last year to propose a set of retaliatory tariffs on mostly food-related goods coming from Europe.
There are five reasons for a textile mill to invest in new technology, according to Amit Bracha, president and chief operating officer with the Long Beach, Calif.–based vertical textile mill Texollini.
South Korea–based Hyosung, maker of Creora spandex, has partnered with knit mill Best Pacific Textiles to create a series of smart fabrics.
Vietnam is the next stop for Repreve, according to Greensboro, N.C.–based Unifi Inc., which produces the fiber made from recycled materials including plastic bottles.
Lenzing is expanding its U.S. operations for production of Tencel fibers in Mobile, Ala. The new facility will have a capacity of 90,000 tons of fiber and represents an investment of nearly $300 million.
The Ralph Lauren Corp. has a new sustainable sourcing policy for its use of wood-based fabrics such as viscose and rayon.
In December, PVH Corp. and its Tommy Hilfiger brand signed on to the UN Global Compact, a massive initiative aimed at harnessing business’s role in global sustainability.
The impact of deforestation might initially seem like a minor concern to apparel and textile businesses, but a recent report finds a link between revenue and deforestation for nearly 200 companies, including several high-profile companies in apparel, retail and textiles.
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Levi’s and Target are among the early adopters of Evrnu regenerated cotton fiber, which uses 95 percent less water than virgin cotton.