Hosiery & Socks
Australian Wool Innovation, the marketing organisation behind Australia’s wool growers, reports that for the first time in two decades Russian textiles interests have travelled directly to the country to source what is arguably the finest wool in the world. The return of Russian interests is thought to be significant given the large potential the former Russian states have for processing and consuming the natural fibre.
Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has attended a high-level lunch organised by Walpole, the British Luxury association, where the action plan for implementation of the European strategy for fashion and high-end industries by 2020 was discussed.
The plan was presented by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani at the event, attended by key stakeholders and sectors of the fashion and high-end industries.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association will be adding a new legwear committee to its organization this month to help fill the void created by the dissolution of The Hosiery Association at after 100 plus years of operation.
Invista, a leading producer of fibres and polymers, has released its Legwear Innovation Fashion Directions collection for 2014-2015, inspired from the likes of Michael Kors, Versace, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Donna Karan. The company is providing legwear brands with fibres and technologies.
Innovations such as Lycra Fusion fibre, Lycra 3D hosiery, Lycra Beauty hosiery, Lycra Energy socks, Lycra Soft Comfort fibre, and Lycra SPORT socks, are all perfect for the 2014-2015 collections, Invista legwear experts believe. Claire O’Neill, Invista’s Marketing Account Manager commented: “… we are constantly researching fashion trends around the globe and how these will impact future legwear design.”
“I’m very proud of our seven key trends for 2014-2015. These accessible styles will be just as popular on the high street as they will be on the catwalk, and the presence of Lycra fibre means the fit will last, and the wearer will be as comfortable as she is stylish.”
This year's meeting of the OEKO-TEX General Managers took place in Lucerne, at the heart of Europe and Switzerland on 14 and 15 November to mark the establishment of the OEKO-TEX Secretariat 20 years ago this year in Switzerland. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has worked towards the effective exclusion of harmful substances from products at all processing levels of the textiles sector since 1992.
The winter session of Interfilière Paris, the leading trade fair for intimates and beachwear fabrics, will take place from 25-27 January in Paris, Porte de Versailles, exploring the dominating trends for Spring-Summer 2015.
Designed as a creative showcase for tomorrow’s trends, the show will bring together the entire intimates and beachwear industry in the same pavilion. A unique concept, the event is offering the sector’s professionals excellence in fabrics, the most sought-after accessories, know-how and inspiration.
The Hosiery Association, a North American trade organisation which has represented the socks and hosiery industry for over 100 years has voted to dissolve at the end of this year.
This week it was revealed in the national press that a UK company is in talks with Victoria’s Secret about 3D printing 10 million pairs of knickers a year for the US headquartered lingerie giant.
According to the global business information company Textiles Intelligence, cellulosic fibre production is set to continue growing rapidly in the coming years. Faced with soaring raw cotton prices in 2011, many textile and apparel producers switched to man-made fibres or started to use a greater proportion of man-made fibres in blends. In its recently published latest edition of Textile Outlook International, the company reports:
Italian sock knitting machine producer Busi Giovanni has announced that it has established a marketing and commercial partnership with Filmar a leading Italian cotton yarn spinner based in the Brescia area of Lombardy near to Busi’s own manufacturing facility.