Technical fabrics for the sport and outdoor universes take a precise, mathematical approach, aiming for the right weights, compositions, technical properties, and visual effects.
Products show restraint, tailoring performance to specific uses. For high-altitude activities in summer, multi-layers are lighter, and surfaces have a minimalist simplicity for maximal properties. Both UV-resistant and water-repellent, windproof yet breathable, these multi-performance synthetics combine buoyancy and stretch, with versatile options for both pants and jackets.
For chicly elegant swimwear, bi-stretch knits provide body- shaping sheathing. Perfectly neat horizontal ribbing and compact interlocks can withstand UV rays and chlorine, and are quick-dry to boot. The understated look is offset by vivid colors – a call to experiment with highly graphic pieces in contrasting hues in the garment-manufacturing stage.
In protective knit outerwear for running or jogging, plains feature impeccably geometric structures reflecting their innate technical qualities. Squared-off piqués are worked in relief for visibly breathable, quick-drying knits. Reinforced gridded designs, more clearly readable than ripstops, for 3-layer waterproofs that are visibly robust.
Alternative and increasingly sophisticated synthetics are emerging in the sports sector, with knits, wovens and membranes made from renewable resources, in both polyamide and polyurethane versions. Explore these new developments in the Sourcing Solution Forum in Hall 6, Paris Nord Villepinte, from 6 to 8 February.