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.
After the great response to its first denim collection for Spring/Summer 2014 leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll took up the challenge of creating a collection of wintery denim knits for Autumn/Winter 2014/15 and the result is the inspiring Stoll Winter Denim Trend Collection 14/15, which the company has just launched.
“The novelty of the current collection is based on extraordinary pattern techniques but also the combination of seasonal mixed materials, merino wool connects in this context with indigo-dyed cotton,” says Jörg Hartmann, Head of Fashion & Technology at Stoll.
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.”
Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com.
When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufacturers from around the world who can offer a range of textiles in every conceivable quality for the most diverse of fields of application. By using the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide, interested companies can access this international company network, which is in the form of an interactive database with different search filters.
Around 10,000 companies from over 90 countries and at all levels of the value-creation chain currently participate in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product certification.
Nottingham Trent University fashion design student Mel Uskuri, 21, from Cannock, Staffordshire, has a won a £3,000 industry prize as part of the first-ever fashion scholarship awarded by Derbyshire fashion house and knitwear manufacturer David Nieper.
According to David Nieper, with the UK fashion industry facing a shortage of design for manufacturing skills, it is working with Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design to up-skill the next generation of designers, pattern-cutters and dressmakers with the knowledge and industry experience employers look for.
With Christmas and New Year parties approaching, Invista, a leading integrated producer of polymers and fibres, believes that women up and down the country will want to look their best for the festive season.
A survey in support of Lycra Beauty Brand shapewear, conducted by the company, has revealed how unconfident UK women are with their appearance and figure.
Research shows that they spend nearly a third of a year not feeling comfortable with how they look, with more than half spending up to 90 minutes a day fretting, and 5% are spending more than four hours a day worrying about their appearance.
V-ZUG AG from Zug, Switzerland, that develops and produces high quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry room, was awarded the quality label of the Hohenstein Institute for their product Refresh Butler.
The device is said to refresh textiles without washing while the new technology also actively reduces microorganisms.
The Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology’ documents that a product has been extensively and independently tested with regard to both functionality and innovation potential.
North America’s largest apparel fabrics show Texworld USA presents its complimentary three-day seminar programme, presented by Lenzing Innovation, which will offer presentations ranging from sourcing, trends to sustainability and fibres.
The event will be taking place at the Javits Center, in New York, from 21-23 January 2014. Tricia Carey, USA Merchandising Manager, Lenzing Fibers, commented: “Lenzing organises the Texworld USA seminar series based on the latest industry topics within trends, sourcing, fabric innovations, sustainability and small business development.”