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ByBorre introduces engineered knits for outdoors

Dutch innovator launches Edition9, developed as team was adjusting to new normal of working from home.

4th October 2021

Knitting Industry
 |  Amsterdam

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

Dutch textile innovation company ByBorre has launched its latest collection of advanced knitted textiles and signature silhouettes in its Edition9. The collection, developed as the team was settling into the new normal of working-from-home, is rooted in a strong urge to spend their free time outdoors, exploring the parks and forests around their hometown Amsterdam.

This reappreciation of the outdoors and its liberating qualities translated into the challenge to explore how the ByBorre performance knits could be applied to a more outdoor environment and how to adjust existing styles and create new ones that speak the language of outdoor garments, and which hold their own performance wise.

Exploring the world beyond their homes, ByBorre engineered a new range of textiles and products, this time specifically rendered for a life set in natural surroundings, including its returning Gore-Tex instalment and the introduction of an all-new program with none other than Parley for the Oceans.

© Tomek Dersu Aaron | ByBorre

Recognizable ByBorre styles such as its Weightmap Sweater, the Over Shirt and the Tapered Cropped Pants have been overhauled and executed in a wide range of protective knits specifically engineered to challenge colder outdoor conditions whilst offering the comfort of knitted textile.

Existing and new knit types such as a new iteration of an Ottoman structure coined OTM.  and a heavier rendition of its signature AO2 fabric, were developed specifically to stand the test of the elements, resulting in a range of heavy, tight knitted textiles and garments providing both rugged protection and wearer comfort.

The team worked together with tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher, using ByBorre’s Create tool to develop a textile based on Schiffmacher his distinct art style. Making up the protective knits are bold lines and graphic structures depicting rocks, leaves and organic shapes tapping into the worlds of natural life and outdoor scenery, aptly fitting a collection made for a life of adventure.

© Tomek Dersu Aaron | ByBorre

On a material level, this Edition furthers ByBorre’s strive to conscious textile production and use, by announcing the introduction of an all-new ingredient partnership with Parley for the Oceans - a global collaboration network and environmental organisation known for its strategy to end marine plastic pollution: Parley AIR — Avoid, Intercept, Redesign.

The two organisations join forces to create textiles using Parley’s innovative Ocean Plastic yarns made from up-cycled marine debris and ByBorre’s bespoke textile production, in an effort to inspire fellow designers and manufacturers to challenge the status quo, question materials and methods, and help drive a material revolution by transforming products into symbols of change.

Keeping with tradition, Edition9 also features the continuation of the research-based partnership with Gore-Tex, further exploring the possibilities and comfort brought by marrying jersey knitted fabrics with protective woven membranes.

© Tomek Dersu Aaron | ByBorre

The first items of the collection have been launched on, and are set to release with global ByBorre retailers in the coming weeks. Also head over to the ByBorre website to learn more about the company’s latest textile innovations and developments, and to start developing your own textiles using their Create tool.

Key innovations for Edition9

ByBorre’s Editions serve as the perfect playground to both experiment and refine material innovations and showcase them to the world. With each new Edition, the ByBorre label highlights the genuine usability and creative potential of ByBorre’s textiles for all creators who have a need to work with its knitted textiles. The Editions introduce and commemorate the biggest ideas coming out of the studio.


As a latest addition to the ByBorre textile building blocks, this variation of the signature 3D knit technique has a characteristic, alternating ribbed or corded structure. Additionally, colours on the front and back of the fabric fully blend creating a strikingly bold look.

© Tomek Dersu Aaron | ByBorre

AO2 Heavy Weight

Premiering the heavyweight sibling to the AO2 (Attachment Only 2 layer) textile. Whilst constructed using the same technique, this rendition utilizes more yarns to create a denser, more rugged knit. Intended for outerwear and pants, this fabric has an unexpected structure to it reminiscent of denim or heavy duck cloth.

Editorial by sabukaru

No matter how alluring the busy crossings and neon-cast streets of downtown Tokyo may seem, one of the most beautiful yet oftentimes overlooked parts of Japan is its wide-open nature. Just a stone’s throw or one hour train ride away from the bustling capital, a completely different landscape unfolds for those who take the trip; one that swaps forests for skyscrapers and rivers for railroads.

© Tomek Dersu Aaron | ByBorre

While the sabukaru team enjoys the convenience and perks of Tokyo city life, the appreciation for a getaway to the great outdoors has never been higher. “Building upon said fascination, we took to the Japanese countryside to represent the best of both worlds while putting the latest Edition9 to the test,” the team says.

“Inspired by ByBorre's signature knit technology, we chose to photograph the indoor portion of the editorial in a traditional tatami room. Paying special attention to the patterns that adorn the edges of each tatami mat, we aimed to highlight the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into each stitch - of the tatami and the garments alike. To contrast the cosiness and warmth of the indoors, we showcased the more rugged and technologically adept items in the lush Japanese nature. Taking the ByBorre knit from an old tatami room to the outdoors while showcasing it in very contemporary styling, we assembled a team of sabukaru favourites to make it happen.”

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