Sport and technology lock arms to surf a growing trend for materials imbued with smart protective qualities, grouped under the “A matter of protection” banner. Advanced functionalities are discreetly concealed at the core of fibres or within the products to give creative space to fantasy or elegance. As eco-responsible products become the new standard, this pioneering new sector is exploring new avenues.
This season, matt synthetics and cottony looks and handles offer technological advantages echoing man-made naturals. Reflecting the ethics shared by outdoor sports enthusiasts, controlling environmental impact is a must.
Non-standard ripstops: Playing with maxi or mini proportions, eco-design, precious shine and thermochromatic effects. Always hyper technical, never banal.
Cosy spirit: fully breathable and waterproof corduroys and velvets for outerwear. Chic and adventurous, technical, waterproof synthetic suedes.
Ultra-matt: multilayered matt synthetics, subtly irregular, almost cottony, polyamide yarns, crunchy and dry solidity, high-resistance with a casual allure, faded aspects.
Eco-PA: recycled polyamide fibres are musts for all outdoor products. Well-meaning production.Combining high performance and cosy comfort, multilayers integrate multi-functionalities to achieve all-in-one propositions. Magical, luminous hi-tech materials channel the athletic vibe.
eco-PA: recycled polyamide fibres are musts for all outdoor products. Well-meaning production.Combining high performance and cosy comfort, multilayers integrate multi-functionalities to achieve all-in-one propositions. Magical, luminous hi-tech materials channel the athletic vibe.
virtuoso knits: hyperactive outerwear knits, highly supple, full of fineness, with their 2.5 or 3 layers. All-round resistance – to wind, rain, snow and, at the very minimum, breathable, waterproof and windproof.
bold shine: light-catching, shifting gleam, lustrous/satiny reflections, either lower-key or extravagant reflectives, dazzling, futuristic butterfly wings, hypnotic petrol gleams.
stretch and softshell: a multilayered and multiperformance stretchy roundness for ski and extreme weather conditions, warm and cosy fabric backs, double-faces with polar backs.
blown up: immaterial downproof textiles, fanciful tubular weaves to fill in, plump knits, fun, hairy, polar fleeces, 3D fantasy.
URBAN & LIFESTYLE
The technical garment adopts the codes of elegance for more versatility and functional comfort in day-to-day life.
Tech nobility: Enhanced wools, fine assemblies, authentic wool blends with enhanced membranes and performance, refined chinés and flannels, classic and chic weaves, elegant twills.
Fancy yarn-dyeds: quintessentially masculine yarn-dyeds, punchy, oversized checks, dynamic graphics.
RUNNING & ATHLEISURE
Controlling temperature and muscle recovery: two highly accomplishable missions catering to increasingly cutting-edge sports practices.
3D rhythm: fine, very covering knits, ultra-sheathing stretch with raised, sculptural surfaces, pre-cut body-mapping.
Eco-performant fineness: Recycled and/or recyclable synthetics, PFC-free finishings, feather-light weights for facing the elements with serenity.
Integrated technology: Fine bondings and enhanced firmness, warming options with enhanced thermal fibres, ultra-fine or thickened double-face Merino wools.
SMART CREATION SPOTLIGHT
Recycled fibres increase their market penetration across the sport & tech product categories. The recycled offer is everywhere in polyamides, well established in polyester, is progressing in elastane, and coming along well in membranes.
The traceability of products is simplifying due to the increase in certified fibres and technology as well as improved transparency across the supply chain.
Biopolymers are now proposed for knits and wovens and have identical properties and qualities as oil-based synthetics.
Products’ end-of-life now includes both improvements in biodegradability and the use of recyclable elements and fibres.