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In this section you will find a comprehensive range of articles from WSA magazine, dating back as far as 2000. To obtain the articles online in PDF format, you must first set up an account. Articles cover innovation at different levels in the performance textiles value chain, including developments with polymers, fibres, yarns, fabrics, finishes and final products from the apparel, footwear and equipment ranges of sports and outdoor brands around the world.



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Choob, Mwezi and Poka start a new life
When Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world, in 1580, he described the Cape as “a most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth” — now a South African company based in the Cape is upcycling sails to ensure it stays the fairest.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2019
DWRs at a tipping point
The elimination of PFC-based DWRs is proving to be a long, step-by-step, fabric-by-fabric process. While the initial 2020 deadline set by some brands is being pushed back to 2023, this leaves extra time for R&D programmes that may yet yield new solutions.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2019
Clarity in Katowice
Sustainability: Climate Change - Textile value chain players have signed a new United Nations charter on climate action and have said they will work together to meet its demanding targets.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2019
Breakthrough shoe
Rise to the Challenge: Reebok and DuPont Tate & Lyle Following a pledge in 2017, sports brand Reebok has now launched its first shoes made, mostly, from “things that grow”. The footwear has cotton uppers and soles made from materials derived from corn, developed by DuPont Tate & Lyle. This choice of material has helped give the shoe its name.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2018
Footwear in the time of trade tensions
The writing was on the wall when the US president said at the start of 2018 that his country’s era of “economic surrender” was over. He said he wanted the US’s trade relationship with China to be “fair and reciprocal” and that he would use “strong enforcement” of trade rules to achieve that. What followed has been a year of tit-for-tat tariff escalation, which worried almost every industry involved in global trade, including leather and footwear.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2018
Chance of a lifetime for natural fibres
Sustainability: Natural fibres With public awareness increasing of the problem of pollution from synthetic microfibres, there may never be a better opportunity for wool, cotton, linen and other natural fibres to win the hearts of a new generation of consumers.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Rethinking business as usual
Innovation in technology and work processes is disrupting the traditional sequence of events that bring a product from idea to market. The need to reduce lead times is driving a trend that is also opening the way to new business models.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Against the flow
As the pressure mounts to reduce the clothing industry’s impact on the environment, solutions, new and not-so new, are emerging to turn the tide on the wasteful use of water. Many stages of fibre and textile manufacturing, dyeing and finishing require large quantities of the natural resource.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Too late for small measures
GAME CHANGERS: RENEE HENZE. The global marketing director for DuPont Biomaterials, Renee Henze, believes delivering lower-impact products on a much larger scale is one of the keys in making the clothing supply chain more sustainable. She insists that making a small number of products for a handful of wealthy consumers is not even moving the needle.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2018
Carbon questions
In the forest of eco-labels, it can be difficult to see the trees. This is why authoritative studies and globally accepted metrics are needed to enable the textile and apparel industry to have a clearer picture of its environmental impact. Carbon footprint data is one of the more accessible and easy-tounderstand sustainability gauges.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2018
Plastic is getting off lightly
SUSTAINABILITY: THE FUTURE OF PLASTIC. Plastic has provided society with many benefits. However, articles and images about plastic waste polluting the oceans of the world as well as beaches are turning some consumers against using the material. Politicians are calling for action, yet nevertheless there is still support for the plastics industry and producers can be thankful things are not as bad as they might be.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2018
Recycled down, as good as new
With many brands introducing recycled down in their autumn-winter 2018-19 collections, demand for the material is up, as is the price of virgin down. Some see this shift to regenerated down as opportunistic, while others believe it helps reduce textile waste and is a rare example of upcycling a post-consumer item into a highly coveted product.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2018
A drop in the ocean
As garbage increasingly chokes the world’s waterways and oceans, the need to take action becomes ever-more pressing. To address the issue, brands and materials suppliers are finding, and engaging consumers in, innovative recycling solutions.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2018
Loose ends
As more clothes are produced, more waste, or deadstock, is generated. Estimated to be up to 25% of supplies, this excess stock is attracting new attention and is increasingly seen as a reservoir of resources.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2018
Sustainability gets top billing at Titas 2017
Eco-friendly manufacturing techniques, fabrics and fibres derived from natural sources and a new project to recycle full garments: Titas 2017 provided plenty of examples of the Taiwanese textile industry’s commitment to sustainability.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2018
An answer to the problems of DWR
The textile industry has been called the second-largest polluter on the planet — a distinction that includes contaminating huge volumes of water every year. Martin Flora and his team of industry veterans are on a mission to change that.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2018
A new state of repair
Zipper after zipper, tear after tear, the repair movement is gaining momentum as dedicated workshops spring up and brands begin to address the issue by inspiring consumers to keep their products longer, or put them back on the market.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2017
The bigger picture
Finch Designs recently became the first China-based company to receive the Project Just ‘Seal of Approval’ for its commitment to sustainability and transparency. All its swimwear is made using Repreve recycled fibres from Unifi.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2017
Pulse Report indicates industry’s ‘poor health’
The Global Fashion Agenda says the industry must change its thinking for the sake of the planet – and to make an extra €80bn annually by 2030.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2017
Labour costs, quite rightly
An aspect of sustainability that consumers appear increasingly to care about concerns the working conditions and the fair treatment of the people who make the clothes they buy. Buyers want reassurance that brands are playing fair by the people who work for their suppliers.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2017
PFCs: a debate still soaked in controversy
Five years after an environmental campaign focused on the problem of polyfluorinated chemicals in durable water repellency solutions for outdoor garments, the industry’s search for viable, high-performance alternatives is far from over.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2017
Food waste and fashion
The agrifood and agri-processing sectors produce an abundance of waste material and fibrous residues that are being used as a new source of raw materials for fibres, plastics and chemicals.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2017
Plenty more fish?
Adidas, Reebok and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation are among those looking to replace fossil-based materials in an attempt to stem the flow of plastic waste.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2017
Closing the polyester loop
Research into the recycling of plastic PET bottles into virgin-grade polyester for textile end-uses continues. The new chemical and biotech techniques in development claim to be more flexible and cost-competitive than mechanical processes.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2017
Fair-trade first for Páramo
Sustainability: Páramo; The World Fair Trade Organization has confirmed Páramo as the first outdoor brand to be able to offer garments with guaranteed fair-trade status. The UK-based brand has now begun to tell the story behind its newly won status: its partnership with a special finished garment manufacturer in Colombia.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2017
Sustainability: Made In Green
Transparency, the next big trend: Certification body Oeko-Tex has been encouraging use of its Made in Green label on clothing as a means of giving smartphone-wielding consumers almost instant access to detailed information, not just about the product and the brand that is selling it, but about that brand’s suppliers, too, with particular emphasis on their treatment of people and of the environment. Swiss clothing brand Calida is one of the first to embrace the idea.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
Cellulose regenerated
An upswing in demand has cellulosic fibre producers increasing production capacities while a handful of enterprising start-ups is slowly making progress in recycling fabric waste into lyocell-type fibres.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
Game Changers: Joseph Gerber
A true inventor: In an unusual column for this series, we speak to David Gerber about his father, Joseph Gerber, the founder of Connecticut based software and automation solutions provider Gerber Technology
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
The elephant in the room
Sustainability: The Renewal Workshop - Waste is one of the biggest challenges currently faced by the apparel industry. In a new crowd-funded initiative, The Renewal Workshop is partnering with brands to tackle the issue one garment at a time.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2016
Made to last
Game Changers: Cindy Mcnaull - The global brand and marketing director of Cordura, whose ‘durability-plus’ fabrics are in demand among outdoor apparel and backpack companies and, increasingly, also among workwear, denim and footwear brands, says making sure products will last a long time is an important way of making the outdoor industry more sustainable.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2016
Crowd-backed textile innovation
Information technologies have changed many aspects of everyday life and business, all the way down to the relatively niche market of functional fabrics and clothing. Internet wizardry is opening the field to new players and speeding up the rate at which new products come to market.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2016
Sustainability: ZDHC
ZDHC opens up: In spite of doubts about the possibility of making manufacturing restricted substance lists (MRSLs) work in such an extended and globalised supply chain as textiles and apparel, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation believes a global standard, one that all companies can comply with as they attempt to lower the environmental and social impact of clothes production, remains a realistic objective.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2016
Game Changers: Professor Gail Whiteman
Meeting of minds: In this new section of the magazine, we hold a series of detailed conversations with industry figures who are involved first hand in technical innovation, new design ideas, environmental projects and other initiatives that are certain to make an impact on the wider outdoor and sports sectors. The series continues here with a conversation with Professor Gail Whiteman, who took up a new position last year as the head of Lancaster University’s Pentland Centre for research into the sustainability challenges faced by businesses today.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2016
Fast fashion will lose in a circular world
There are exceptions, but most factories around the world are still, in the opinion of Professor Steve Evans, director of research in industrial sustainability at Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, “enormously wasteful”. At the same time, he says consumers buying clothes they neither need nor really want are part of a “fast fashion system”. All of this is unsustainable, he argues
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2016
A lighter footprint
“Mastering the art of sustainable innovation” was the key theme of international textile machinery show Itma, a call that was well heeded by the companies exhibiting waterless, paperless or stitchless solutions in Milan last November.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2016
Rise To The Challenge: Yulex / Patagonia
Patagonia waves goodbye to neoprene: After years of looking for alternatives, the brand has declared a ‘world first’, with all suits from autumn 2016 neoprene-free.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2016
Sustainability: Restricted Substances
Green chemistry blues: The founder of Swiss certification group certification group Bluesign, Peter Waeber, has said that, although everyone in the textile and apparel industry would like to have greener chemistry, no one wants to pay for it. Improvements in the way companies across the supply chain manage restricted substances are no solution to this fundamental problem, he fears.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2016
Sustainability: Cambodia
Raw reactions to a different world: An award-winning Norwegian TV programme featuring three youthful fashion enthusiasts tells the story of the living and working conditions of garment workers in Cambodia in a harder-hitting way than a thousand news bulletins and a container-load of statistics could ever manage.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2015
Rise To The Challenge: Speedo and Aquafil
In at the deep end: Speedo USA has become the first brand to use a technique developed by two universities and pioneered by Aquafil that can recycle swimwear scraps into usable fabric.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2015
Brand Profile: Haglöfs
Haglöfs extends sustainability aims: The Swedish outdoor brand has set its sustainability bar high so there can be no accusations of greenwashing, and has introduced a set of criteria for footwear to carry its Take Care label.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2015
Sustainability: Adidas/Aquafil
Adidas joins fight to clean up the oceans: The German sportswear brand has set an ambitious target for recycled polyester.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2015
Sustainability: Corbion Purac
Corbion to become a PLA player: Dutch biosciences group Corbion Purac has said it wants to “forward-integrate” its position in the bioplastics value chain. It will build on its position as a producer of lactide and start to produce polylactic acid (PLA) too.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2015
Sustainability: Co2nexus & Patagonia
When the water runs out: A Denver-based textile technology company has received a big boost to its idea of using liquid carbon dioxide as a solvent for cleaning, disinfecting and coating fabrics and textiles by signing up Patagonia as a supporter and as a user.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2015
Swiss firms brace for impact
The Swiss National Bank’s unpegging of the franc against the euro shocked the markets and made its exports substantially more expensive. How will this affect the outdoor sector?
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2015
Pay on the production line
Varying audit standards and codes of conduct can lead to confusion at factory level, according to umbrella groups, who say collating best practice will lead to harmonisation across the industry.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2015
Sustainability: Harris Tweed
Island storytellers attract global audience: In terms of performance textiles, Harris Tweed would seem not to rank very highly, although longlasting and traditionally fashionable, and early attempts to scale Mount Everest certainly proved that wool has a place in helping to survive inclement situations. Its continuing story illustrates an example of sustainability and why authenticity is becoming increasingly important.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2014
Taiwan’s bright sparks offer more inspiration
Four-denier jackets, new coffee-based fabrics, flashing coats, thermochange textiles and glowin- the-dark: the 18th Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (Titas) cemented its standing as the home of innovative offerings.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2014
New shades of green in biosynthetics
Step by step, major fibre producers, including Invista and Toray, are investing in new technologies that trade petroleum for renewable resources in the production of synthetic yarns. This signals a possible shift from niche to mainstream for bio-based materials.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2014
Closed-loop clothing recycling: a many-faceted challenge
While most of the Western world’s unwanted garments are passed on or sold in emerging countries, new solutions are furthering the quest to upcycle those that cannot be reworn.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2014
Sustainability: Canopy
Seeing the forest behind the “tree” fibres : The rise in demand for wood pulp-based fibres is putting pressure on forests around the world and is being brought to the attention of fashion and sportswear brands by Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit organisation aiming to protect the world’s forests.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2014
Sustainability: Forest to fashion
New additions to the lyocell family: Growing demand for cellulose-based fibres along with the evolution of the paper industry are attracting investment and research into new processes and raw materials for lyocell, a fibre many believe has some of the best eco-credentials.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2014
Waterless in the works
The development of waterless processes and water-saving measures in textile dyeing and finishing could help save a precious natural resource and reduce one of the world’s most visible sources of water pollution.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2014
Rise to the Challenge: Puma and Saitex
Double benefit for Re-Cut project: Puma and Saitex are helping children close to their Vietnamese bases by donating all profits from recycled-denim footwear collection Re-Cut to the Be Tho Orphanage in Bien Hoa.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2014
Back to Nature
Population growth plus increasing pressure on raw materials and resources will inevitably alter how we manufacture clothes. Companies investing in the bio sector are hoping to spur the supply chain into re-evaluating the raw materials of the future.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2014
Sustainability: Chemical Companies
Finding the right formula: With tightening legislation and increasing consumer demands, what can chemical companies do to relieve some of the burden on the textile industry?
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2014
Footwear technology: PU Soling
Where is PU as a soling material?: Polyurethane has now been available as a soling material for over 40 years having first been introduced in the early 1970s. This was in fact a decade when three important new soling materials first appeared on the market; polyurethane (PU), thermoplastic rubber (TPR) and thermoplastic rubber (TPU). So how have these performed over the intervening years? Which are the winners, which the losers and why?
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2014
New trade policies: how will they affect our industry?
A number of major agreements, including the Transpacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, could dramatically alter how textiles, apparel and footwear are traded and sourced around the globe.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2014
Sustainability: Healthy seas initiative
Nylon from the oceans: Fibre producer Aquafil has teamed up with the European Centre for Nature Conservation and sock manufacturer Star Sock on a mission to rid the seas of ecosystem-destroying ’ghost’ fishing nets and recycle them into high-quality finished products.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2013
Rise to the challenge: Patagonia and Yulex
On the crest of a wave: Patagonia has teamed up with Yulex to produce the first wetsuit made from guayule, which they say is a green alternative to neoprene – and they hope other brands will follow suit.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2013
REACh at the midway mark
Widely considered the most ambitious chemicals regulation programme, REACh is on a mission to eliminate all substances deemed harmful to humans and the environment. May 2013 was one of the stage steps set for registration; the last major date is scheduled for 2018.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2013
Traceability, from animal to apparel
Improving traceability and transparency within the supply chain is deemed by many to be not only necessary but also inevitable. For some highly popular natural materials, such as down and wool, the trail leads back to the farm and touches on animal welfare, ushering in a new series of challenges for the textile and sports industry.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2013
Sustainability: Cotton
Cottoning on: The non-GMO cotton initiatives aim to develop a closer connection between consumers, clothes and the people behind the production, but spreading the word remains a struggle, while competition from GM seed manufacturers – and each other – adds to the complexity.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2013
Sustainability: Roadmap to zero discharge
Change of direction for chemical-free wastewater project: A supply chain free from harmful chemicals by 2020 is the ambitious target set by signatories to the Roadmap to Zero Discharge, but the brands know they will need more support if the scheme is to have a substantial and lasting effect.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2013
Rise to the Challenge: Abacus Sportswear
New stretch measurement for fabric: Swedish golfwear Abacus Sportswear felt there was something missing from the technical tests to which it was able to subject its clothing. So it worked with the independent Textil & Läderlaboratoriet testing facility in Stockholm to come up with a new one.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2013
Smart textiles pick up pace
As bio-monitoring and fitness tracking devices become a part of everyday sports equipment, wearables seem poised to become a mainstream market. For e-textile and electronic component manufacturers, this signals the need to scale up production to address a market estimated to reach $6 billion by 2016.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2013
Brand Profile: Deckers
Hope for other brands as Deckers aims to outgrow sheepskin boots: There’s more to Deckers Outdoor Corporation than UGG: six other outdoor, sport and lifestyle brands are giving the group grounds for optimism for growth in 2013.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2013
Lifestyle layer can be new outdoor apparel category
A new and distinct clothing category could boost revenues for outdoor brands and retailers.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2013
Colombia: open for business
With the ink barely dry on a trade agreement with the US and with a similar deal with the EU about to come into force, the South American country is readying itself for a rapid increase in trade – and it sees sportswear as a sector that will drive its growth.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2013
Sustainability: Oeko-Tex
Oeko-Tex to replace Standard 1000 with new certification system: The formal introduction of a new audit and certification programme called Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) will take place in Hong Kong at the end of March 2013. Oeko-Tex believes introducing an independent, transparent, global programme will help manufacturing companies in all parts of the textile supply chain become more sustainable and better at what they do.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2013
Build inner strength with the talent of tomorrow
Yogawear company Lululemon lives and breathes by its core values, and by nurturing graduates and emerging designers it hopes to gain a fresh perspective on the world.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2013
Outdoor brands respond to PFC criticism
An article in WSA November-December 2012 showed that textile manufacturers and their chemical suppliers have been working hard to find alternatives to C8 technology for making outdoor clothing and footwear water- and oil-repellent. These developments appear to have arrived too late to satisfy campaign group Greenpeace, which turned its attention to the subject at the end of last year and called for a ban on all polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in outdoor garments. Outdoor brands have now given their response.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2013
Innovation rules at TITAS show
High-paced innovation in both performance features and environmental issues is how Taiwan’s textile industry strives to stay ahead of the competition.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2013
Sustainability: Toray
Fibre manufacturer has garments in mind: Innovating its fibre offering by using renewable raw materials is just the first step in Toray’s strategy. It wants its new ideas to come to market as part of a “complete concept”, involving finished garments that partners have made using its innovations. The latest examples, outdoor jackets that combine fabric made from sustainable fibres and sustainable down from Toray, will be on show at ISPO 2013 in Munich.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2013
Rise to the challenge: Proviron and Reverdia
Partners promise “genuine green product”: A project to use renewable resources to develop a building block for polymers, resins and many other products is making strong progress.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2012
Perplexed by Puma
Our previous coverage of statements on sustainability from one of the world’s more prominent athletic footwear and apparel brands, Puma, makes it imperative for us to bring this update on analysis the brand has carried out on the environmental impact of its shoes.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2012
Sustainability: Adidas’s better place
Upping the Games: Adidas used its sponsorship of the London 2012 not just for commercial purposes, but also to maximise sustainability and promote its sustainable product platform, Better Place.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2012
New generation natural fibres
New developments in bamboo, flax and hemp fibres are being presented as ecological alternatives to traditional cotton.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2012
Sustainability: Sourcing
Puma puts pressure on raw materials suppliers: Recent comments from Puma’s executive chairman make it clear that demands from the sports brand for improvements in environmental performance from its suppliers of leather, natural rubber and cotton are intensifying.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2012
New yields in castor oil polyamides
Castor oil has long been a non-food-crop source of biopolymers for fibres and plastics, specifically Arkema’s Rilsan (PA 11) and Pebax. The options are now expanding as Toray and Radici are both working on polyamide 6-10, partially derived from castor oil, introducing a new eco-material that sports brands tend to eye favourably, and making progress in the textile industry’s often proclaimed intentions of ‘greening’ its processes.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2012
Sustainability: Recycling
Proof that the story is more than a yarn: Recycling fibres and fabric is far from a new idea, but current times and the global economic situation are combining to spark new initiatives and give extra impetus to existing ones.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2012
Sustainability: Qmilch
Casein makes a comeback: A German start-up is working on a new version of casein, a fibre derived from milk protein, introducing a new production method that, it claims, avoids some of the fibre’s traditional draw backs.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2012
A road map going somewhere
There are many companies that have developed their own road map programmes to remove toxic chemicals from being used by their suppliers and/or in their production processes. At the same time, they do not have the luxury of being able to snipe from the sidelines, free from their responsibilities to their employees and the wellbeing of the communities within which they operate.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2012
Sustainability: Puma
Cradle-to-cradle: Throughout 2012, WSA will have a sustainability feature in every issue. In this first article, we consider how Puma is working towards creating fully compostable or recyclable products, in an attempt to address the sustainability issue head-on.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2012
Predictions for 2012 and beyond
An experienced commentator on the performance textiles sector and applications in sports and outdoor apparel has spoken about a series of issues that he believes will prove important for companies in the industry in the year ahead.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2011
Ask the expert: Performance & comfort
Comfort zone: Performance apparel manufacturers and brands know that consumers are likely to come back for more if their clothes offer comfort as well as functionality, but how best to engineer comfort in is an ongoing discussion.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2011
Shame is the name of the Greenpeace game
Greenpeace has no problem with extrapolation to drive its Dirty Laundry detox agenda.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2011
Move away from PFOA continues
A new PFOA-free (perfluorooctanoic acid) water-repellency product from Nano-Tex is attracting the attention of outdoor clothing brands. The first garments using the new technology will reach the market in spring 2012.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2011
Brand profile: Jojo Maman Bébé
The babywear brand that kept mum: We are used to accusations that clothing brands have exaggerated the impact of their environmental strategies; exaggeration is part of the phenomenon known as ‘greenwashing’. There is no term for companies keeping successful green practices a secret, which is exactly what babywear and maternity-wear brand JoJo Maman Bébé has done, until now.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2011
Should food come first?
Volatile food prices and increasing numbers of hungry people mean there will be pressure in the years ahead to prioritise using agricultural land to grow food rather than crops for biofuels. As the debate continues, the textile industry may also face questions over its use of valuable land and resources.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2011
Eco-friendly designs? Priceless
by Shari Shallard.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2011
Rise to the Challenge: Tanatex And Tosi
New bleaching process is greener: A new, simpler process, developed by chemical firm Tanatex and one of its customers, offers hope of an easier, more environmentally friendly and more economical way of bleaching yarn without compromising on whiteness.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2011
The price is far from right
We live in interesting times. Record high prices for key raw materials are already making a big impact on the sports and outdoor supply chain but are giving some companies extra confidence in their quest to stand out from the crowd.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2011
Options outside China
With the economy in some Chinese regions in danger of overheating, labour costs and other expenses going up and worker availability decreasing, companies in the sports and outdoor apparel and footwear sector are keener than ever before to find outsource manufacturing partners in alternative locations.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
SeaCell sees popularity grow - Part One
Smartfiber’s SeaCell product, Lyocell with health-giving seaweed woven into the fibre, has been around for some years, but its popularity is growing and a number of new ideas and applications have come to light.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2010
Seacell sees popularity grow - Part Two
Smartfiber’s SeaCell product, Lyocell with health-giving seaweed woven into the fibre, has been around for some years, but its popularity is growing and a number of new ideas and applications have come to light.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2010
Made in Indonesia
Rarely can you enter a shoe shop these days without finding a pair of shoes with a ‘Made in China’ label, particularly if it is athletic footwear you are looking for. However, it seems we are likely to see a shift in the coming months, with more pairs of shoes set to bear the‘Made in Indonesia’ mark.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2010
Acquisition trail
Demand for new technology and access to new markets has sparked a number of acquisitions in recent weeks.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2010
Home-grown players in the ascendancy
While western sportswear brands can now be found in every first and second tier city in China, it seems the country’s own sporting goods firms are starting to claw back market share. The China Sporting Goods Federation claims the Chinese sporting goods market is worth $6 billion and is expected to grow by 14% each year.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2010
Swimsuit research
The global head of research and development at swimwear brand Speedo talks about recent and future developments.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2010
Spain puts sports industry on a new platform
The Spanish government is backing an ambitious plan to promote innovation in the sports industry, hoping above all to encourage small- and medium-sized manufacturers to enter or stay in the market.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2010
Nowhere to hide
Bluesign technologies has opened the criteria of the standard it awards companies who run a safe and environmentally efficient production process. It is a private standard, so bluesign technologies has never been obliged to make the details known, especially as the private nature of what it was looking for and the information it used to assess companies had done nothing to stop top outdoor brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, REI, Mountain Equipment Coop, Haglöfs, Vaude and Helly Hansen from giving it their backing.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2010
Off-road rules
Faced with the beauty of isolated mountain and forest tracks, some outdoors enthusiasts have always felt the strong desire to run for all their worth. In the 1990s, this phenomenon developed into the discipline we now call trail running, the popularity of which, among enthusiasts and brands supplying footwear, apparel and equipment, has continued to grow.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2010
A clothing (and cycling) champion
Three-time US national mountain bike champion Marla Streb is now the general manager of the Luna Chix, a California-based professional women’s mountain bike team, having retired from competition herself in 2009. As well as coaching her colleagues, she is devoting time to a new clothing range, launched in April 2010 under the name Luna Sports. Like the team, it’s for women only.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2010
Prato produces zero-impact textiles
Recycling is a subject on everyone’s lips. Recycled yarns and garments at the end of their lifespan are in big demand. Italian city Prato, in Tuscany, is producing clothing under a label that guarantees clothes are carbon neutral and observers believe the idea could become a model for the rest of Italy and beyond.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2010
Café culture
Last year, Taiwan-based fabric manufacturer Singtex launched a new product derived from recycled coffee grounds. The new fabric, S.Café, which offers a series of performance qualities— including fast drying, UV protection and odour and moisture management—quickly caught the imagination of apparel designers like Noemi Ivanova who also like S.Café’s green cachet.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2010
Puma and adidas leave bad feelings on the bench
German sportswear firms adidas and Puma have put behind them a feud that has lasted more than 60 years to take part in the Peace One Day programme.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2009
Making products last longer
Sustainability has been a buzzword in the sport and outdoor industry for many years now. Companies are continually looking for new ways to reduce the impact they have on the environment and thinking up ways to “outgreen” each other. This covers a whole range of practices, such as changing the materials they use in their collections, and reducing energy and water consumption.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
Global sourcing and the need for a clear view of the world
Sports clothing brands have, for many years, sourced components and finished products from the four corners of the world. Twenty-first century technology is making the process of managing a global sourcing operation easier than ever.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2009
Food for thought
Fibre and fabric manufacturers, under pressure like every industry to rely less on petrochemicals, are becoming more and more creative in sourcing new raw materials. In the course of 2009, there has been a series of announcements highlighting new textile materials derived from different kinds of food.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2009
Implications of CPSIA on our industry
Despite being anticipated by many with the same fear surrounding Y2K, the transition from 1999 to 2000, 10 February 2009 came and went without the entire American small business market suddenly imploding. That was the day Phase I of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) came into effect amid a chaotic chorus of defiance from some, endorsement from others and confusion from many.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2009
The colour circle
An element of mystery always surrounds trend forecasts, but in this article we examine the process in a little more detail.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2009
Growth opportunities
This time last year, the sports industry was spouting numbers to be excited about. Data analysts NPD had collated 2007 figures and found that worldwide sales of sports equipment, apparel and footwear had increased a healthy 4% to $278.4 billion (€185.6 billion)—despite early signs of a slowing economy. It hasn’t taken long, however, for the optimism of 2007 to feel like a quaint relic of another era. Early reports on 2008 figures reflect a trend expected to continue well through 2009: sales of sporting goods in traditionally key markets such as the United States and Europe are stagnating. Fortunately for the industry, more unassuming markets throughout the globe are starting to radiate possibility.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2009
Riding the waves
Surfing enthusiast Gordon Merchant and his partner Rena established board shorts company Billabong back in 1973. The company’s start was a humble one; the two-strong team would make the shorts on their kitchen table and then sell them to the local surf shop on Australia's Gold Coast. Because he was a surfer himself, Mr Merchant understood the importance of providing durability and functionality in the shorts he made. One of the ways he did this was to introduce a triple-stitching technique that he had come up with himself.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2009
Ethical sourcing
Another labour management scandal in the clothes retail industry forces new questions about ‘fast fashion’ and apparel.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2009
Linen back in the line-up
As the popularity of sustainable apparel increases—especially in the outdoor sector—demand for high-quality, locally sourced linen fabrics, spun from locally grown flax is on the increase in Europe. Recent technical developments to enhance linen’s natural appeal may help it make even more of an impression on the textile market in the near future.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009
Life at the high end
From the time you picked up this magazine to the time you happened upon this article, odds are that the stock market stumbled by a percentage point or two, and several currencies juggled their relative value multiple times. Such is the state of the global economy at the moment: erratic, worrying, and tight. People are tearing up their credit cards and counting their pennies (and yen and rubles). As a result, budget retailers and purveyors of necessities are ushering in new crowds, while the once elite are feeling suddenly quite lonely.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009
Lead market initiative
The European Commission has launched a special project called the Lead Market Initiative to encourage innovation in the 27 member states of the European Union. The Commission chose six specific industry markets in which to try the idea out, listing Personal and Protective Equipment as one of them, which could be good news for companies throughout the textile supply chain.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009
Sourcing strategies change as the world becomes a tougher place
Most economic predictions for 2009 are bleak, which means companies selling sports and outdoor clothing, footwear and other equipment are being very careful about what they put on the shelf. Suppliers in all parts of the supply chain are preparing to modify their sourcing strategies accordingly.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009
A better way of winning
Government ministers and environmental pressure groups are becoming worried that the developed world’s new-found passion for sustainability may be waning in the face of financial pressures and an economic downturn. In other words, concern for the planet and the pressure we put on it was fine while profit levels were high. A few tricky quarters later, and some commentators fear that this stuff may, once again, become just for idealistic tree-huggers.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2008
Optimists only
ake is a cartoon with a conscience, and the company he represents aims never to lose sight of that. “Here are our core values,” says Jim Laughlin, director of communications for Life is good, “We strive to have a positive impact on human culture; we promote optimism as a powerful, contagious force for positive change; and we recognise simplicity, humility, and a sense of humour as the central ingredients to our success.”
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2008
Points for ‘sustainable’ designers to bear in mind
Across the world, the debate about climate change probably reached a peak in the early part of 2007 before the ‘Sub Prime’ scandal and ensuing credit crunch turned attentions back to money. This is certainly the view of the managing director of the German Design Council (whose aim is to help companies and their design partners communicate effectively), Andrej Kupetz. But he, for one, would like to recapture some of the idealism that was circulating in the design community during the debate and the commitment to sustainability that grew out of it.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2008
Battle of the big brands in Beijing
The fast-approaching Beijing Olympics (August 8–24) have been surrounded by controversy in recent months, but athletes continue to train for the biggest sporting event in the world, and sportswear giants continue to produce innovative products to boost these athletes' performance.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2008
China’s big moment
Enthusiasm for the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer has spread way beyond the capital city, as the reception that the Olympic torch relay has enjoyed the length and breadth of the country has shown. China was already sports mad, but the Olympics is turning the country’s passion into a frenzy, and the big brands in the international market are keen to fan the flames.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2008
Glow-in-the-dark fabric takes its sporting chance
It’s all the rage to use fluorescent fabric to add a splash of class to sports clothing, as the big brands have begun to do. In the case of adidas, it even used the technology to enhance the appeal of referees’ shirts at the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany, with its Mercury tops showing strips of fabric in “sunshine yellow” at the collar, on the sides and, naturally, on the adidas logo on the right-hand breast pocket.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
Sustainability challenge: big brands respond
In the most recent round of reporting results, apparel brands all over the world have pushed their green credentials as much as, and in some cases more than, their financial performance.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
Image and beauty the big pluses at ispo Winter 2008
The merging together of sport and lifestyle continues. This is one of the main conclusions the organisers of ispo Winter 2008 have drawn from this most recent edition of the outdoor and sports apparel and equipment exhibition.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
Open book on closures
Garment construction seems to offer an ever-growing range of possibilities for innovation with no stitch or squarecentimetre exempt from the expert eyes of textile engineers who want to add functionality and—increasingly—of designers who want to add style anywhere they can.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
Uncommon sense
California-based outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has extended its environmental credibility further by introducing a new programme called Common Threads. Through this initiative, it hopes to bring to market an entire range of recycled clothing by autumn 2010.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
Cotton: going for green, pushing performance
At one time it was enough for the cotton industry to claim that its yarn was the best and the biggest natural fibre in the world and the preferred fabric for just about everything and anything. For some years now that has not been enough. In the world of sport and leisure, consumers demand extra performance properties. Cotton reckons it is measuring up to the demands.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
A sustainable future for textiles
Now that we are into the twenty-first century it is clear that we have designed ourselves into great environmental and social difficulty. We have drawn our own blueprint for the destruction of ecosystems and misuse of resources. Be it leadership in commerce or chemistry, the inability to design outside of a linear ‘beginning and end’ framework has led us to social and environmental instability. A knew language of change must be spoken which moves us forward using the principles of natural systems which are adaptive and self-organising.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2008
Why global sourcing will survive ‘homecoming’ reaction
Global sourcing—the practice of looking worldwide for raw materials suppliers and outsource manufacturing partners—has made clothing and footwear more affordable for all. In the last WSA of 2007, the president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Kevin Burke, said global sourcing had put this industry at the forefront of globalisation. Now, some important brands have begun to think about turning their backs on this trend.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
Sustainability: Marks & Spencer sticks to Plan A
With sustainability featuring so prominently on the list of consumer concerns, retailers have had to move quickly to provide not just reassurance, but also proof, that they are taking the issue seriously. Among apparel retailers, Marks & Spencer has won worldwide plaudits for its approach, Plan A.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
Tizip or not Tizip: that is the question
For most people, zips are simply for holding clothes or other materials together and are rarely spared a second thought. However, for many others, the use of a zip will represent the difference between dry and wet; comfortable and clammy; protected and damaged, and perhaps even between life and death.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
Organic cotton: “a revolution waiting to happen”
Several times last year industry figures, in conversation with this magazine, put forward the idea that organic cotton harms the environment more than conventional cotton, because of the amount of water required to produce the crop. This article presents an alternative view.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
The right sportswear for the most special event
Every year new research reveals the myriad ways in which exercise throughout pregnancy benefits both mother and baby. As the importance of prenatal exercise has found a foothold in medical and popular thinking, however, the accompanying market niche of prenatal exercise apparel has struggled to keep pace —until now. As we near the end of maternity apparel’s most explosive decade of growth, it seems the maternity specialists—not the global names in athletic wear—have taken ownership of this complex market.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
ON TRACK: BACK TRACK
WSA’s publishing cycle and limitations on space make it impossible for us to run more than a carefully selected sample of news from across the industry. However, we publish hundreds more stories on sportstextiles.com. The site is updated every day with news from every continent and every part of the industry, making sportstextiles.com one of the most comprehensive archives of news anywhere on the web for textiles, apparel, footwear and equipment for the sports and outdoor sectors.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
Wool ticks all the boxes
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the country’s Merino wool industry, spent 2007 celebrating. Last year marked the two-hundredth anniversary of the first shipment of wool from Australia to Europe. The first bale for sale arrived in London in 1807 and, over the intervening two centuries, Merino wool from Australia has become the most soughtafter in the world.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2008
Clever ideas beyond cotton
With many observers predicting constraints in the supply of cotton next year, we ask a group of prominent yarn producers for their reaction.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Will the fashion fixation force the sport out of sportswear?
The gradual shift towards ‘sports chic’ is worrying some people in the sportswear sector who fear that modern sporting goods are becoming more like fashion accessories than functional apparatus for serious athletes.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Globalisation is good news
This article is a version of a speech that the president and chief executive of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Kevin Burke, gave recently in Taipei. In it, he argues that there is still not enough understanding of the relationship between international trade and consumer value in terms of product choice and price.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Cotton could become a prickly issue
The US is still the world's biggest producer of cotton, even though most of the mills that weave the yarn are now in Asia. With demand for cotton growing worldwide, this article shows that a recent decision among US farmers to sow less cotton — in favour of wheat, corn and soybeans — could have important consequences for the sports apparel industry.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Hard task master
The list of forbidden substances that suppliers to the sports and outdoor market have to negotiate grows ever longer. But one company that positively welcomes each new restriction is reflective technology provider JRC Reflex.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Comfort: food for thought
Fabric and fibre manufacturers are making increasingly strong connections between elasticity and comfort. Some, however, have discovered more benefits than they first imagined.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Performance meets ready-to-wear
The world of ready-to-wear has never been more enthusiastic than it is now about performance textiles. This article presents the views of a number of influential fabric and fibre manufacturers in the performance space who remain firmly committed to the sports and outdoor market, but who are finding new avenues open to them thanks to interest in their products from major brands and retailers.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Micro encapsulation: it makes scents
Micro capsule manufacturer Celessence International – a subsidiary of New York-based International Flavours and Fragrances – has been working in partnership with man-made fibres, resins and intermediates manufacturer Invista, among other companies, to produce garments with odour-combating qualities using natural ingredients. Whether technology is incorporated in fresh smelling socks, relaxing yoga wear or energising sports apparel, aroma-producing textiles are becoming a real hit with active customers.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2007
Lightweight, sporty and accessible
There were plenty of new products to see this time at the European OutDoor event in Friedichshafen as well as lots of thought and innovation.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2007
Green textiles in demand
A commitment to sustainability is a must-have for companies in the 21st century. Those who get it right can achieve serious improvements in their business and in the eyes of the consumer.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Saints alive - we can all walk in Tiger's footsteps
Professor Michael Braungart has been working for 20 years to encourage companies to combine 'good' science, concern for the environment and ethics in producing the goods they sell. This has led to a set of principles grouped under the title 'Cradle to Cradle'.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Weighing up heavy metal standards
As evermore stringent regulations relating to the protection of the environment and consumers have been implemented, manufacturers and research centres have worked together t put relevant test methods and standards in place.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
How green is becoming the new black in the textile chain
An increasing number of consumers are embracing a more socially conscious outlook, with textiles and apparel at the cutting edge of the organic lifestyle.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
When black becomes cool fashion
textile engineering has taken a new turn. Innovators are paying more attention to the invisible, and some visible, parts of the spectrum to generate some surprising results.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Fighting back against nature - polyester does its bit for the planet
Although new 'natural' fabrics and apparel appear to be the 'in' thing with companies and consumers at present, polyester is fighting its corner and is even transforming itself into a sustainable product.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Brands ignore special qualities of stretch garments
Size matters and big brands in the sports and activewear sector need to take the matter of stretch more seriously. Dr Penelope Watkins explains why.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2007
Making a big splash
To the ininitiated water exercise may mean nothing more than bouncing around to pop music in a swimming pool. What they may not realise is that the sport has developed into a scientifically-proven activity that is now just as popular with elite athletes as it is with peole looking to lose a few kilos.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
An exercise in (UV) protection
The first glimpse of the sun has us taking to the outdoors in droves but, whilst we may look after our hearts, too few of us take the necessary precautions to protect our largest organ... the skin. This situation will not improve until UV labelling in garments becomes mandatory.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
Trading policy - the case for the defence
The fast-moving textile and apparel industry ought to be proud of its position on the "front line of globalisation", according to Peter Gabbe, chairman of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
"If he hits a home-run I'll eat my hat!"
Conserving the environment and 'going green' has become a fascination for the masses, from eating organic food through buying fair trade products to wearing eco-friendly apparel. This has 'naturally' had an impact on the textile industry as manufacturers strive to combine performance and the Earth's preservation.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
Only natural for cellulose and linen to score skin-friendly success
Fabric and finished garments that are kind to the wearer's skin are of growing importance in our health-conscious world, and the implications for sports and activewear are obvious.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
The flow of technology downstream
Speedo is acknowledged globally as one of the leading brands in performance swimwear and as a pioneer in cutting edge technology. But few will be aware of the part played by a company in Sri Lanka.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2007
Viewpoit: Anearly warning system for fractures
Dr ozan Akkus from Purdue University provides an insight into the development of an early warning system for stress fractures.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
How to catch the eye of Generation Y
Companies work hard to find new products that they hope will take the market by storm. But the market moves fast and keeping track of customers' needs is an important element of success. Anne Obarski explains why it's important to understand the demands of affluent young adults.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Golf's global trands on the upswing
With a focus on bringing international golf trends to the forefront of business planning, the recent PGA Merchandise show addressed the economic impact of global trends.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Power dressing women with feminine appeal
Performance brands are now dedicating an ever larger share of their ranges to women, but producing women-specific apparel is not as easy as some may believe, as the 'fairer sex' is most definitely a demanding customer to please.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Sports education of a different kind
India has a passion for sport so it's not surprising that the manufacturing of sporting
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Q-Angle - brought to market
Tha latest innovative entry into the footwear market caters strictly for women. Q-Angle is not an innovation in itself but a biomechanical correction for an exaggerated natural motion, but the benefits offered to women by the products designed to deal with this problem could well be far-reaching.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2007
Natural flair in fabric trends for spring/summer '08
The trend for leisure and sports aparel inspired by nature is set to continue for spring/summer 2008, covering the spectrum of different fabrics from linen for travel wear through intimate apparel to high performance active wear.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2007
Raising specifications
Gore-Tex may be a dominant brand but it still faces stiff competition. 2007 will see the company reposition its branding and technology and it is working with partners to ensure that the consumer understands its thinking.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2007
A firm focus on R&D
The ongoing transformation of the textile-apparel supply chain places a keen importance on technology, innovation and R&D. Here we take a look at Burlington Labs approach.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2007
The future seems Orwellian
The young of the Millenial generation are the 'most connected' generation in history. Reaching that target market is making experts rethink their strategies.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2007
Sports Textiles Business Week 26th February to 4th March 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 26th March, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 19th March to 26th March 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 19th March, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 26th March to 1st April 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 26th March,2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 2nd April to 8th April 2007
A compilation of news stories from the week commencing 2nd April, 2007.
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Sports Textiles Business Week 9th July to 15th July 2007
A compilation of news stories from week commencing 9th July, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 16th July to 22nd July 2007
A compilation of news stories from week commencing 16th July, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 23rd July to 29th July 2007
a compilation of news stories from week commencing 23rd July, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 29th Janurary to 4th February 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 29th January, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 5th February to 11th February 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 5th February, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 12th February to 18th February 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 12th February, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 5th March to 11th March 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 5th March, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 12th March to 18th March 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 12th March, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 19th February to 25th February 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 18th February, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 13 August to 17 August 2007
A round-up of the week's news, including details from Australia of new activewear tops for women with built-in ultraviolet protection, and a look that will still turn heads on the beach.
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Sports Textiles Business Week 30th April to 6th May 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 30th April, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 14th May to 20th May 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 14th May, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 21st May to 28th May 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 21st May, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 28th May to 3rd June 2007
A compilation of news stories from week commencing 28th May, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 11th June to 17th June 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 11th June, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 18th June to 24th June 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 18th June, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 9th April to 15th April 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 9th April, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 16th April to 22nd April 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 16th April, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 7th May to 13th May 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 7th May, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 25th June to 1st July 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 25th June, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 2nd July to 8th July 2007
A compilation of news stories from week commencing 2nd July, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 30th July to 3rd August 2007
Your round-up of the week's news, which includes results from Timberland, BASF and others, and details of the suspension of ispo Russia after the September show.
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Sports Textiles Business Week 6 August to 10 August 2007
A comprehensive summary of what's gone on this week in the world of textiles, apparel, footwear and equipment for the outdoor and active sectors, including Giorgio Armani's entry into the football market.
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Sports Textiles Business Week 4th June to 10th June 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 4th June, 2007
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Sports Textiles Business Week 20 August to 24 August 2007
A round-up of this week's news on sportstextiles.com, with Wilson's new 'green' initiative taking top billing.
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Sports Textiles Business Week 23rd April to 29th April 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 23rd April, 2007
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2007
Creating a coaching culture in business
Life Coaching is getting a mixed press lately, yet it is used a lot in top companies and organisations. It has had a longer recognition in the USA than in the rest of the world where a level of scepticism is still to be found. It has relevance to companies of any size, throughout the performance textile chain. Dr Des Rice, PhD, OBE, believes it is worth delving a little deeper.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2006
The sustainable year
ooking back on 2006, the Outdoor Industry may well view this year as its own ‘tipping point’ in terms of a major across the board move to bring all aspects of ‘sustainability’ to the fore of the Outdoor business proposition. The thing about 2006 is that it would appear that consumers, many major retailers and brands around the world have now accepted the seriousness of the issues involved and, despite government inertia, are demanding and expecting change.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2006
Polypropylene fabrics for sport
Earlier this year we looked at the renewed interest in activewear using polypropylene and its technology and properties. In this article we consider why polypropylene (polyolefin) fabrics might be chosen for sportswear garments and equipment in preference to other more traditional synthetic fibres such as polyamide and polyester.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2006
Viewpoint: “Art of the Science”
Joe Walkuski, who led textile R&D at Patagonia for 13 years, before becoming president of TEXbase, Inc., a provider of data management tools for textile professionals, offers his opinion on getting the balance right in textile manufacturing.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2006
Hyperhidrosis — the science of sweaty feet
Hyperhidrosis—the technical term for excessive foot perspiration—may not be a particularly pleasant subject, but is one that needs to be addressed… and has been, extensively. The old saying of ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’ could be aptly linked to the idea ‘where there’s sweat there’s innovation’ — and a profit to be turned. The problem of sweaty feet has provided the basis for a plethora of material developments in socks and footwear.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2006
On the near horizon
Three big trends came to the fore at the FabricLink textile outlook meeting at the recent Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in Salt Lake City. Sustainability has come back strongly (pulled by the consumer rather than pushed by well-intentioned brands as it was a decade ago); matched with this are multiple functions and benefits combined into one material, or even one yarn; and third, the increasing importance of the military driving product innovation.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2006
Kicking up a stink
Talk to any cyclist, runner, walker, climber, football player, or cross-country skier about the smell of his or her thermals and you will always hear the response, “It can be awful.” If you went into more detail, you’d most likely hear that some athletes consider certain brands to be ‘smellier’, while others seem to be more ‘socially acceptable’. In the last issue of WSA, we looked at different substances that are used to prevent, mask, or absorb unpleasant odours in performance fabrics. Yet where do these smells come from? How do we sense them? And how can they be measured?
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2006
A tool for strategic business decisions
It is hard to attend a board meeting, a symposium, or indeed any sort of business meeting without hearing the word ‘globalisation’. Yet many companies still try and develop their strategy in a very internal way and certainly without putting a major emphasis on what is going on outside.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2006
30 inches of fabric celebrates 60 years of coverage
It's the smallest of garments, but the bikini has had a gigantic impact on swimwear since its launch in 1946.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
Antibacterial compounds in clothing articles
Textile producers get the chemistry set out when creating clothing to deal with sweat and odour. This article looks at some of the options in current use and whether more should be done to keep retailers informed.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
How risky is your supply chain?
With earthquakes and tsunamis in mind, not to overlook wars and terrorism, it is vital to check your supply chain security.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
English tradition served American style
Designing fashionable uniforms for Wimbledon proves more complex than expected.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
Finding the sweetspot in German tennis
While sports such as soccer continue to grow in Europe, tennis is losing its appeal, especially in Germany. The 'sweetspot' initiative has been launched ton try to expand the sport again, but it still needs to engage the 15-25-year-olds.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2006
Is your boss addicted to hierarchy?
In the current management world, hierarchy is the only form of career structure available for most, but for today's young people this may not work.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2006
Protecting those armpits
Active people will no longer accept apparel that smells bad and the demand for clothing equipped with antibacterial effects continues to grow. Manufacturers have launched a fresh attack on the microbes that cause odour.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2006
A genuine problem with fakes
In the last two years the world of counterfeiting and intellectual property has changed drastically for the worse, which has raised new concerns for the industry.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2006
Chinese industry and trade shows move inland
A shortage of available labour and rising costs are driving China's industry towards the interior of the country. As a result Chengdu is now a fast growing city which has become famous for its footwear production. This was highlighted at the recent China International Sporting Goods show held in the city.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2006
Striking the right balance
The World Cup is a truly global affair and there is a huge multi-billion marketing opportunity for soccer brands. Because the market for replica kits is enormous, the big brands are gambling on backing the winning team, and this has led to some truly innovative products appearing on the market in the run up to the competition, no where less than in the lucrative field of soccer boots.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2006
If it doesn't make you faster, then don't use it!
Amateur triathlete and qualified coach with Ful-on Triathlon Club in London, UK, Lee Jackson gives his opinion on triathlon apparel available on the market.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2006
Who’s right in Europe’s footwear anti-dumping issue?
In November, the Footwear Association of Importers and Retailchains (FAIR), representing some 90 European footwear importers and retailers employing approximately 80,000 people and accounting for 40% of the EU’s shoe imports, pleaded its case by saying that well over 10,000 jobs would be at risk if the EU's anti-dumping measures against China and Vietnam were enacted. So, what is happening?
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2006
The bare bones of obesity
report released in California last April stated that in 2000 the cost of obesity born by Californian businesses was nearly $22 billion. There are two aspects to this. First we exercise less, and second our eating is not as healthy. WSA is not a food magazine, although diet is important to most of our readers, so the recipe for recovery closest to the hearts of readers is how to get more people exercising.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2006
The business of ethics
Ethical fashion sounds like an oxymoron, but in a global industry an alert designer knows that ethics are the ‘thing’. Ethics are in the vision statement, the mission statement, and the corporate responsibility statement. But what do they mean to the designer and product developer, what should they be considering?
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2006
BrandNew winter awards
As one of the judges on the panel of the BrandNew awards, WSA's editor Mike Redwood offers the insider's view on this year's competition and explains how the winners were chosen from the 171 entries.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2006
Big air-artists and city-acrobats
Snowboarders don't like to conform in terms of apparel and have developed a unique identity. However, in recent years the sport has become more mainstream and the apparel and equipment on offer has had to evolve to meet the demands of new age snowboarders whether on the mountain or in the city.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2006
Fashion meets function
While the industry continues to apply more functionality to s0ports and activewear, fashion has also become a vital factor in guaranteeing sales. In order to forecast the upcoming fashions certain companies now produce trend books. One such company is Nilit.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 22nd Janurary to 28th January 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 22nd January, 2007
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 20 March to 26 March 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing March 20, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 3rd July to 9th July 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 3rd July 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 13 February to 19 February 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 13 February 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 6th November - 12th November 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 6th November, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 27th February to 05 March 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 27 February 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 5th June to 11th June 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 5th June, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 24th July to 30th July 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 24th July 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 31st July to 6th August 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 31st July 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 7th August to 13th August 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 7th August 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 11th - 17th September 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 11th September, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 2nd October - 8th October 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 2nd October, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 16th October - 22nd October 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 16th October, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 13th November - 19th November 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 13th November, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 11th December - 17th December 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 11th December, 2007
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 06 to 12 March 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 06 March 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 20 to 26 February 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 20 February 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 27th November - 3rd December 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 27th November, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 18th - 24th September 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 18th September, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 23rd October - 29th October 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 23rd October, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 27th March to 2nd April 2006
A compilation of news stories from the week commencing March 27, 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 3rd April to 9th April 2006
A compilation of news stories from the week commencing 3rd April 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 24th April to 30th April 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 24th April 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 10th April to 16th April 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 10th April 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 15th May to 21st May 2006
A compilation of news stories from week commencing 15th May 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 22nd May to 28th May 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 22nd May 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 29th May to 4th June 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 29th May, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 12th June to 18th June 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 12 June, 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 19th June to 25th June 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 19th June, 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 26th June to 2nd July 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 26th June, 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 17th July to 23rd July 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 17th July 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 14th August to 20th August 2006
A compilation of News Stories for week commencing 14th August 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
SportsTextiles Business Week 13th March to 19 March 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing March 13, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 10th July to 16th July 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 10 July 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 21st August to 27th August 2006
A compilation of News Stories for week commencing 21st August 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 17th April to 23rd April 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 17th April 2006.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 1st May to 7th May 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 1 May 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 8th May to 14th May 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 8th May 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 9th October to 15th October 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 9th October, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 30th October - 5th November 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 30th October, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 28th August to 3rd September 2006
A compilation of News Stories for week commencing 28th August 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 4th December - 10th December 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 4th December, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 20th November - 26th November 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 20th November, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 25th December - 31st December 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 25th December, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 25th September - 1st October 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 25th September, 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 1st January to 7th January 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 1st January, 2007
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 8th January - 14th January 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 8th January, 2007
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Sports Textiles Business Week 15th Janurary to 21st January 2007
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 15th January, 2007
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2006
Changing the concept of changing clothes
Consumers' demands when it comes to apparel are changing. Rather than changing their outfits for different climates, they now expect the clothes themselves to alter in order to keep them comfortable and safe.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2005
'Tell them we're sold out'
Founded in 2003, Keen Footwear has seen spectacular growth thanks to an innovative product offering which has captured the imagination of a wide range of consumers. WSA looks at the story so far in an attempt to see why everyone is so keen on this new brand.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2005
Viewpoint: What happened to a walk in the woods?
As society evolves further and further towards a 'nanny state', it appears tha tpeople are now unable to spend time in the natural environment without supervision. Can the industry change the current mindset and tempt people into the outdoors away from the safe coccoon of their own four walls where the TV and computer rule?
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2005
Stretching the industry's imagination
Everyone is aware of the problems facing the textile industry in the new, global economy, but while many spend their time complaining, Invista has taken a different standpoint with its Lycra Challenge.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2005
The changing face of the business meeting
The needs of the traveller are not easily classified nowadays. Modern travellers now see business as part of a combined schedule with leisure and sport and therefore demand more performance from their more formal apparel as well as their activewear.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2005
Gianni Radici - a man who never forgot his roots
Gianni Radici, the founder of Italy's RadiciGroup, who died on October 5 at the age of 81, was renowned for both his business acumen and his huge commitment to the local community.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2005
Arc'Teryx - managing the potential for innovation
In times when product development often means meeting given proce points and introducing some new colours or product refinement, Arc'Teryx, probably best known for its back packs, has proved to be one of the major innovators in the outdoor industry
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2005
Sports shoes for summer 2006
Comfort, light weight and increasing breathability are the key words for technical sports shoes for summer 2006. Covering the latest technologies, this feature looks at what's on offer for all climates for the next summer season.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2005
Getting switched on to wearable electronics
There is a whole new generation of apparel and accessories appearing on the marketknown as wearable electronics. Developments are moving fast and a number of companies have succeeded in producing reliable merchandise merchandise to ulfil market demand.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2005
Adapting a product to fit the specific
News items don’t always provide a full picture: for instance, what was the thinking behind the Sensitive Wearing Concept or B3 SWC collection launched earlier this year, bringing Eurojersey and Lanificio Becagli together?
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2005
Feet, test and match
As the summer hastens in and thoughts focus on the European tennis circuit, the French international research and technology centre, CTC - Centre Technique Cuir Chaussure Maroquinerie, based in Lyon, outlines some of the requirements of tennis shoes, for the amateur as much as the professional.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2005
How realistic are temperature test standards?
At the 2003 Survival Conference, hosted by Leeds University in the UK, Dave Brook gave an enlightening talk on the mechanics of insulation evaluation in regard to sleeping bags, which was reported in World Sports Activewear. He was particularly concerned with the implications of the new EN13537 test standard proposed for 2005. This is now with us and at this year’s conference he returned to the subject.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2005
Getting the message across
Following the exhibition circuit can be an arduous way of life. But if you’re going to get your message across, it becomes a ‘must’. The fact that you’re away from your desk for extended periods may not impress everyone but at least the recent OR show in Salt Lake City gave WSA a chance to find out more about current footwear thoughts at adidas.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Reflecting on road runners and other nocturnal creatures
High visibility footwear has come a long way since fireflies were tied to a runner’s boots. Flashing lights have been relegated to fun footwear for kids but late night joggers still need to make sure that others are aware of their presence and shape.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Viewpoint - US manufacturers refocus on branding efforts
A new US survey of business leaders highlights falling optimism for its economy and highlights branding as being more important than ever.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Women's winters - warmer and more stylish
More women’s products were on show at ispo than ever before -including better fitting lasts, and boots that are warmer. The day before the fair started the Volvo design conference concentrated on women’s specific design as a growing part of the sports shoe and equipment market. Penny Leese reports.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Standards to reflect on...
Not only do standards of retro-reflectivity fall into several classifications (principally by end-use of the product and degree of safety required), standards around the world vary. And some products, while providing a degree of safety, do not meet any of the standards.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Trust in joint ventures?!
Joint ventures and partnership are all the rage. Both suffer from uncertainty of definition. Partnership is a word fraught with dangerous sub plots and, doubly so, when attached to an adjective such as true or real. As Carol O'Laughlin Alliance puts it, "A true partnership does not mean one partner writes the cheque, another opens doors and another does the work".
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Logistics - no longer just an upmarket term for a delivery business
Inventory management has become a big issue in the boardroom of companies all around the world and forms part of the argument about where things should be made and the type of service to be offered.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
Back-to-back - where fashion, leisure and sport meet
Backpacks are becoming more fashion conscious every season and this report provides pointers as to where these accessories are heading.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2005
It seemed like a good idea at the time
January 1 2005 has arrived but who would have thought that as 2004 closed it was China that would take steps to regulate its textile industry. Whilst the world industry had ten years to prepare for the removal of tariffs and quotas it seems many were not paying sufficient attention.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2005
Zipping along on the crest of a wave
Sailing has been frequently used as a test-bed for new technology and products. A relatively new entrant to the high performance world of international yachting is Swiss zipper manufacturer Riri, better known for fashion than producing zips to withstand and control moisture.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2005
A 100-year “overnight success” story in moisture management
An eccentric mountaineer theorised that cotton canvas canopy fabrics gained much of their water resistance by wicking moisture along the surface of the fibres. He was proved right and so a Lancashire cotton mill, which had developed weaving fabrics for dirigibles, set off into the world of performance fabrics.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2005
Flying high at ispo
The BrandNew Awards for this winter’s ispo threw up some highly original and innovative concepts. Mike Redwood, WSA deputy editor-in-chief was one of the judges and reviews the offering.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 21st March 2005 - 27th March 2005
A compilation of news stories for week commencing 21st March 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 28th March 2005 - 3rd April 2005
A compilation of News Stories form the week commencing 28th March 2005.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 2nd May - 8th May 2005
A compilation of News Stories from the week commencing 2nd May 2005.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 25th April - 1st May 2005
A compilation of News Stories form the week commencing 25th April 2005.
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 4th April 2005 - 10th April 2005
A compilation of news stories from the week commencing 4th April 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 11th April - 17th April 2005
A compilation of news stories from the week commencing 11th April 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 18th April - 24th April 2005
A compilation of news stories from the week commencing 18th April 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 3st October to 6th November 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 31 October to 06 November 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 10th to 16th October 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 10th October 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 27th November to 2nd December 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 27th November 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 3rd to 9th December 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 3rd December 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 10th to 16th December 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 10th December 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 16th May - 22nd May 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 16th May 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 6th June - 12th June 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 6th June 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 13th June - 19th June 2005
A compilation of News Stories form the week commencing 13th June 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 27th June - 3rd July 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 27th June 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 20th June - 26th June 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 20th June 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 23rd May - 29th May 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 23rd May 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 30th May - 5th June 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 30th May 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 4th to 10th July 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 4th July 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 21st to 27th November 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 21st November 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 2nd to 8th January 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 2nd January 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 9th to 15th January 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 9th January 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 12th to 18th September 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 12th September 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 1st to 7th August 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 1st August 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 30th January to 5 February 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 30th January 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 18th - 24th July 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 18th July 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 25th - 31st July 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 25th July 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 9th May - 15th May 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 9th May 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 8th to 14th August 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 8th August 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 15th to 21st August 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 15th August 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 22nd to 28th August 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 22nd August 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 5th to 11th September 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 5th September 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 29th August to 4th September 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 29th August 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 19th to 25th September 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 19th September 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 3rd to 9th October 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 3rd October 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 26th September to the 2nd October 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 26th September 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 17th to 23rd October 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 17th September 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 24th to 30th October 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 24th October 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Sportstextiles Business Week - 11th - 17th July 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 11th July 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 07th to 11th November 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 07th November 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 12th to 18th November 2005
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 12th November 2005
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 16th to 22nd January 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 16th January 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 6 February to 12 February 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 6th February 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
SportsTextiles Business Week 23rd to 29th January 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 23rd January 2006
WSA - Sportstextiles Business Week Issues 2005
Back pack trends ‘05 – 06’
In a departure from the usual form of colour commentaries, we highlight the more visual aspects of product specific predictions. The contents include shape, colour and textile applications – and enough blue-sky thinking to justify a dreamer’s dream.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2004
Knitting, tennis and prestige
The annual Santoni fashion show at the company’s headquarters in Brescia serves to underline its commitment to developing circular knitting technology that is tailored to the specific requirements of its customers. Italy’s No.1 woman tennis star leant a hand this year and proved to be as much at home on the catwalk as on the court.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2004
Kit builder
An interview with the man who is responsible for the present and future provision of the British army’s personal combat equipment. We found an interesting comment on the branding of waterproof, breathable and windproof membranes – and several pointers to more comfortable nights in the field.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2004
Outdoor activities – a global Euro 95 million market
A brief indication of the claimed value of outdoor activities and their growing significance as part of the expanding recreational market. Based on recent research we identify the four segments that make up this growing outdoor market.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2004
Running ever faster
……to stay on the same spot. The production aspect of the global footwear industry is rapidly polarising in south-east Asia but most of the technical developments start in the West and are transmitted into production benefits. One new program moves from design to pre-production in just 24 hours.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2004
Colours’n’trends
A trichotomy on the colours that will influence the markets in winter 2005/2006. Understatement appears to be the name of the game.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
Market sensitivity
An international businessman with a mission is the subject of this interview. Once unjustly described as a “ruthless charmer”, he clarifies his family’s company’s view of a tough market sector and tells us what he’s doing about it.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
Showdown
Quite why the European exhibition business should be so volatile is something of a mystery. It wasn’t a bloodbath in Southern Germany this summer, but it might have been. Is next year going to provoke duel in the sun or will a common sense approach prevail fro across the Atlantic.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
Walking tall to the Apex
Public recognition in any facet of the apparel industry is relatively rare. So when one company establishes an annual overview of products made from its performance textile output – and the outcome is not a competition but an acknowledgement of the application of experience and skill – then perhaps it’s time to take notice.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
Views and points
Snapshots of a number of subjects that affect us all – to a greater or lesser degree. Some may – and should – be taken seriously; others not so.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2004
It’s all in the handling
It’s the most daunting part of international travel. It’s estimated that 20 million items go missing every year. We never take enough, but there’s always too much. A look at the softer touch to luggage specifications and an overview of modern security systems.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2004
Down is on the up
Claimed to be one of China’s largest garment manufacturers and the world’s largest producer of down filled clothing, this company has managed a series of year-on-year increases despite the problems caused by SARS and avian ‘flu. Forward plans include possible flotation and a serious expansion of brand coverage.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2004
Smaller than a bar code: yet much bigger
RFID technology is steadily growing in coverage and acceptance despite early opposition from civil liberties groups. But it can save the clothing industry – and many others – million of dollars in lowering inventory and tracking counterfeit product. Children’s toys, the children themselves, baggage tracking at airports and ticketing for sports events are all possible beneficiaries.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2004
Brenig – fitting the outdoors
A direct sales company marketing its own production; almost an anachronism in 2004! Yet this small unit has managed to secure a secure place in posterity by equipping Polar explorers and Round-the-World yachtsmen with clothing that was deemed too successful by one user.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2004
In a nano-cul-de-sac?
WSA has been banging the drum for the exciting possibilities in nanotechnology for quite a long time, but ‘where is it all leading?’Is this another dot.com or will the entrepreneurs get a real chance to leverage something useful?
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2004
Inky digitals
Inkjet printing for fabric samples or short run textiles is an opportunity to be exploited. The developments are coming thick and fast and bring closer the option of total personalisation being added to mass customisation.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2004
Applied Technology: The flying W
Carbon fibre, titanium, graphite and polymer-based adhesives subjected to the disciplines of Computer Aided Design at Wilson tennis racquets
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2004
Promostyl: emotions and eroticism nfluencing style
Trend gurus argue for a softer, more cerebreal approach to design and the deployment of textiles in the sports market.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2004
Sweet chariot
The effects of the rugby world cup 2003 were two-fold. A justifiable surge in national pride after an England victory and an international surge in the sales of replica shirts. But the question is , did the textile technology built into the shirts win the tournament?
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2004
Issues that needed an umbrella: enter the EOG
The rivalry between two European sports trade shows has left potential visitors with a feeling of dissatisfaction. Both are costly to attend, but can either one be ignored?
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2004
Global sourcing after 2005
The popular perception is of an economic threat to the textile industry from China. One European consultancy challenges the populist view.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2004
Not just the world’s factory
Economic fears about Chinese production power are currently prevalent in many parts of the Western hemisphere, but there’s an equal and opposite effect to be considered.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2004
Time for a rethink in the USA and EU
The CEO of Invista discusses better value for more money. What is it in the human psyche that can justify expansive consumer expenditure on training shoes, but only a minimal amount on swimwear? One thing is certain – it’s logical.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2004
Threat or opportunity
The EC Directive in Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control has reached out a tentacle and laid it on the textile sector ‘after extensive consultation with a wide range of companies’. While some may consider the intrusion unwarranted, other may appreciate the benefits of a cleaner environment and the cost savings that could be attributed to improvements in process.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2004
Taking on the giants
One Korean company is set on tackling the performance textile market on its own terms. With two complementary fabrics that are reported to be some of the most effective moisture control specifications available – it might just have a point.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Performance in indigo
From Gold Rush to High Street, the blue phenomenon marches forward. For safety reasons outdoor pundits emphasise that jeans should never be worn as activity clothing, but they might have to change the rule books in the very near future. Textile technology adds sport performance to basic canvas pants.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Making sense of dollars
As globalisation continues to affect an increasing part of daily life, it is hardly surprising that one currency should have such a controlling influence. It’s not necessarily for the general good, but the dollar leads where other currencies follow – for now!
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
One man’s Everest
Research and development usually has a set pattern in following the trend assessment – design challenge – fabric sourcing route. One English designer and brand owner doesn’t always stick to an accepted system. He finds inspiration in the long ago and far away; in the 1950s and Himalayas to be precise.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Crisis. What crisis?
A story of determination and clever marketing behind the headlines emanating from Lawrence, Massachusetts, as the world’s leading polyester fleece developer moves up a couple of gears in spite of the doom merchants.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
A funny thing happened on the way to opera
As you take a stroll through one of London’s best-known localities, it’s possible that you find yourself grabbing at an E5 hold before attending a performance from Verdi, as an international brand owner meets the retail element head-on.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Fair trade and the trade fair
It has been said that the organisers of the biannual Premiére Vision exhibition are obstructive in their approach to security and obsessive about creating an environment that would win approval from intelligence services around the world. The work of the trade fair’s Copyright Unit is an integral part of the process, but of immense benefit to the international textile industry.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Sport – between ‘harmony’ and ‘alternative’
Promostyl suggests that there will be twin – apparently opposing – social currents promoting efficiency and wellbeing on the one hand, extreme provocation on the other. The translation of these currents into colour and style for the Summer 2005 season leads into areas that some may find difficult.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2003
Tag it, label it and mark it with “T”
With sourcing routinely taking place many thousands of miles away from the marketing function, security in production, in transit and in stock is of paramount importance to modern brand owners. This special feature discusses some of the latest electronic techniques and the civil liberties implications in their use. We also consider the clever mix of a physical label system and internet technology.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2003
Eighteen months to concordat or meltdown
Eight years ago the newly fledged WTO heaved a collective sigh of relief at apparently heading off trade conflict – and bought itself a decade of relative calm. Unfortunately, ten years soon passes and, as the 2005 deadline rapidly draws nearer and quotas are eliminated, it looks as though now the collective emotion is near panic.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2003
Everest: The 50th Anniversary feature
From the long list of suppliers that contributed to Hilary and Tenzing’s success, how many are still out there? Not as many as might be supposed, although a few brand names continue with a 21st century spin.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2003
Protecting intellectual property in the United States
We missed Trent Baker’s seminar at the last Winter OR show in Salt Lake City so invited him to present it inside the covers of World Sports Activewear. The ramifications in IP protection in the USA are no greater nor more onerous than in the rest of the world.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2003
The impact of Euro
A leading international bank casts an eye over the euro economies 12 months after the launch of the (nearly) single European currency. The conclusions offer comfort and succour to both sides of the ‘in’ and ‘out’ divide and a surprisingly little comfort to the politicians.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2003
“…..been keeping my eye on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index”
Perhaps you thought that the Dow Jones was all about stocks and shares. In today’s world, however, you might have to rethink your perceptions, because the Dow Jones Sustainability Index could be having a serious effect on your investments or, for that matter, on how your customers view you and your company.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2003
Sole survivor: The Converse All Star
A phenomenon and icon of the 20th century ceased production a few years ago, the victim of an inability to apply new technology to an ageing image. One man was truly responsible for the conversion of a sneaker manufacturer into an industry-dominating force that drove basketball from Mid-West barns to international status. On the way the footwear concerned went to war (twice) and became the signature of the dropout era. Now two other men have accepted the challenge to bring those boots back into town – big time.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2003
G-force for 2004/2005
Colours and trends predicted with a two-year lead-time. The ‘G’ signifies gravity and generosity – a move away from anarchy and minimalism to a sense of order coupled with a freedom of spirit. The prediction is that the anarchic ski and board styles will give way to 50s/60s elegance styling.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2003
European designs law update
Just occasionally the bureaucrats get something right. Sean Cummings, a man of the law in every sense, advises readers of the latest moves in European legislation directed at protecting some of the most vital assets to any business – its intellectual property in the form of designs and styles. He discusses the differences between trademarks and registered designs, and highlights the benefits in knowing UCDs from RCDs.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2003
Huntin’, shootin’ and watchin’
The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has been conducted about every five years since 1955. It provides information on the number of participants in fishing, hunting, and wildlife involvement throughout the USA, and the amount of time and money spent on these activities. WSA reviews some of the highlights from the 2001 edition.
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2002
Perfecting your international protection strategy
The growth of the European Union – and certainly the potential in further expansion – means that the eastern borders have become more permeable to an influx of counterfeit sports goods produced in the Far East. An in-depth strategy is proposed as an integral part of the operational plan, and caveats are explored in detail – including internal remedies for lax practice.
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2002
Greying nomads, balding baby boomers
Buying power where it belongs – with the post-50 generation. Manufacturers and leading retail chains have got the message. Disposable income (or spending the children’s inheritance), and the leisure time to enjoy it, has moved refuse-to-get-older consumers into positions of power. The booming travel market is just such a case in point; if you do the activity, you need the apparel and the equipment.
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2002
One year on
The world has changed since September 11 last year and yet it has not. The same ills still affect the world. If there has been a change, it is not the same vague theory.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
Reinventing the world
Michael Braugnart took the podium at The Summit 2002 and electrified his audience with a brilliant example of lateral thinking on the part of himself and his business partner Bill McDonough. Their MBDC design partnership covers solutions using eco-effectiveness as the driving force. The results are projects that protect the environment by using reusable materials as basis for further production when their first working life cycle is complete.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
Mass customisation
Gerber Technology has been at the forefront of CAD/CAM as applied to the consumer desire for that unique piece of clothing. For the manufacturer mass customisation offers the ability to produce unique product from the base specification, one that cannot be copied by the competition and one that enables him to charge a premium in offering a personal privilege to the customer.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
EUROShoE project
With a budget of some $17 million, EUROShoE is one of the largest projects ever undertaken in the footwear field to check the feasibility of producing affordable customised shoes for large consumer segments providing higher degrees of satisfaction for both consumer and supplier
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
To insulate or encapsulate? Is that the question?
Insulated footwear, using the latest in synthetic fibres, has a vital part to play in solving the problems inherent in low temperature operations. Phase change materials, such as Outlast and ComforTemp, offer another set of solutions. And there are always the extra possibilities in bringing the two technologies together. Hot foot from the test bed, we examine the options available to specialist footwear manufacturers. Did they suffer with cold feet in Elsinore?
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
Performance, creativity and marketing
A development programme for any fabric or suit will involve pool-side work in one country, fabric research in another and make-up in a third. We examine the Italian influence; the marketing opportunities; and the effect of Australian feet.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
Trends: the search for sensations
Just when we thought it was safe to venture out in this season’s designs, colours and attitudes, French consultancy Promostyl advises of next year’s possibilities and reviews the subjective trends and changes in lifestyle which will impact on the designs and fabrics for the sports activewear field in the coming seasons.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2002
The Quickwick papers
Moisture vapour Transmission (MVT) technology has come a long way since the Norwegian manufacturer Helly Hansen introduced its Lifa base layer ranges. Today, the sports activewear designer is faced with a bewildering array of MVT fabrics making the selection of the right fabric for the application more difficult than ever.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2002
In a changing world
When a market goes ‘stale’ and is headed for zero growth, there are three options open to any entrepreneurial organization. Cloverbrook limited has chosen a solution successfully used in another geographical market, adding an extra dimension, and successfully brings 80 years of experience to bear on the problem.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2002
Brand promotion out of a fallen market
Even with a successful product that has strong specifier recognition, building brand awareness with the buying public is never an easy task. After the recent crisis in the Asian economies the efforts being made by the Thai fabric and garment producer, Nan Yang Textile Group, are reviewed as it generates greater demand for its Dry-Tech moisture absorbent fabric by raising its profile with the consumer
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2002
The trends of late modernity
A thought-provoking essay in which Sebastien and Benjamin de Diesbach of Promostyl, based in Paris, give their perspective on the changes in society as they affect trends and technology in the sports industry.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2002
Reactive – or ahead of the game?
Despite the apparent similarity in their product offerings, the two main competitors in the breathable membranes have taken radically different paths in serving the needs of their customers in the sports market. Comparative time-liners raise questions of pro activity or the reverse and the entry of a new player suggests another strategy for consideration.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2002
…..like a phoenix rising from the ashes
When the UK foot and mouth disease crisis truck early last year, it prompted a whole range of responses from the UK outdoor sector. While some businesses simply hoped for the best, others were more aggressive in their response to the outbreak. An example of the latter was the tent and accessory manufacturer Terra Nova, whose strategy for survival involved a completely realigned product range and a keen focus on customer support. Combined with prudent financial management, the plan not only helped the company come through the crises intact, but also had unanticipated longer-term advantages.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2002
What goes around comes around
Though it might seem a contradiction in terms, the concept of Mass Customisation is nevertheless one of the technical textile sector’s most powerful megatrends. With roots in the pre-industrial age when customised garments were routinely produced for the better off, the subject undergoes an in-depth analysis, describing its history and highlighting the importance of information technology. The advantages of single piece production, the increasing significance of supply chain integration and the uneasy relationship between ‘size’ and ‘fit’ are all examined, as is the potential of point of sale systems as a tool for fine tuning product offerings. It is a megatrend that any business involved in the production and distribution of technical textiles ignores at its peril.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2002
Evian – more than just a watering hole
Details of The Summit 2002, the third international conference organised by the publishers of World Sports Activewear, Dupont ATS and Ispo. To be held this June in Evian, France, this year’s event will cover subjects as diverse as product reincarnation, bringing products to market, the changing face of technology and the future landscape of the sports industry.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2002
Skeleton, the ultimate bone shaker
Even on the risk-laden world of winter sports, the skeleton bobsled event is considered extreme. Based around a minimalist sled, no more than 20 cm off the ice, the event will make a welcome return to the 2002 Winter Olympics programme in Salt Lake City after a fifty year break. A look at the main aspects of this most esoteric of winter sports highlights the first foray by a major b rand into the market with its sport-specific shoe and racing suit.
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2001
Moving seams
Originally developed by the pantyhose industry, seamless technology is making inroads into sports textiles in the pursuit of comfort and speed. A look at the possibilities being opened up by seamless knitting machines indicates the advantages and limitations of the technology. Investigating the changing relationship between seamless production and traditional knitting techniques, the conclusion is that the two are complimentary.
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2001
The Asian Perspective
The Summit Conference paper explaining just what happened in Asia in the late 1990s and the methods being applied by Japanese retailers to combat the downturn, combined with thoughts for the future of the sports industry.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2001
The b-word in an obstacle-filled global shopping mall
The international power of branding……a power for good or is it getting mired in world politics?
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2001
Any image, any colour
Fresh CAD / CAM technology opens a whole new world of printing permanently on leather.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2001
The Summit – when politics, people and producers meet
A report on the summit conference 2001
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2001
Sport and sustainability
Those responsible for the production and marketing of sports activewear are increasingly having to take into account factors that only a few years ago would not have been at the top of an agenda. Performance factors will no longer be sufficient to ensure success. It is argued that the new megatrend, the key to success, will be sustainable development.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2001
If the shoe fits
A New Hampshire company practices practical testing and produces quantified data just like the laboratory.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2001
Conquering the mountain
A British QCA programme provides end-user reassurance even though it’s linked to global sourcing.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2001
Looking for winners #2
The colour palette for 2002/2003 signals a return to
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2001
Seven doctors in a state of Shock
New springs, 17 years in development and testing at Nike’s Sports Research Lab.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2001
Who guards the guardian?
In the original rush to contracted OEM some aspects of quality and international ethics were left behind. The ‘catching up’ process ha been successful but at what price in consumer confidence?
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2001
Accidental design
Planned development with a little bit of luck for good measure. Liwaco’s involvement by own brand marketing.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2001
Making the grade: the Internet’s impact on sporting goods customisation
A KSA study of the E-methods available to profitably maximize consumer choice
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2000
Project Swift
How Nike streamlined the Olympics
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2000
Clothes Horses?
Equine fashion brings high performance textiles to the Paddock.
WSA - Issue4 - Winter 2000
What is the consumer going to think?
The Tactel research programme aims to read the minds of sports activists.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2000
Performance and branding analysed at The Summit.
The report of the debut conference in Seefeld.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2000
Sitting in judgement
An ispo/DuPont intitiative to encourage newcomers to the active leisure market.
WSA - Issue3 - Autumn 2000
Sporting competition in the e-market place as a new retail structure emerges.
It’s the buzz activity that will change the way we think and work: e-tailing and the possibility of manufacturers moving in.
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2000
The stand-off cooling top.
High performance meets environmental sustainability – team based research at Nike to combat Olympic heat
WSA - Issue2 - Summer 2000
New guys on the block
Entrepreneurial endeavour rewarded at Ispo Winter 2000.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2000
Could a zip warrant a rethink
Problem components are causing a controversy – and a possible change to guaranteeing garments for function.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2000
Focus on Winter 2001
Snowsport, winter wear and safety trends from Munich.
WSA - Issue1 - Spring 2000
Sports Textiles Business Week 4th September - 10th September 2006
A compilation of News Stories from week commencing 4th September 2006
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