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Freshtex: Planet Future

Photo: Freshtex

“Planet Future” is the appropriate name for the new product family of the German textile service provider with global operations – and MUNICHFABRICSTART marks the launch of its green initiative.

Here the corporate guidelines on the firm’s ecological, social and ethical missions and visions will be presented for the first time under the heading “Freshtex Sustainability Guaranteed”. In eight steps successful implementation of sustainability for upstream textile supplies is documented; a case in point being the “Planet Future” line of products with their resource-saving and socially compatible manufacturing methods, GOTS-certified fabrics, organic cottons or the new ozone collection “Aquatree”. The centrepieces of the “Aquatree” line are “3-litre pants” requiring as little as three litres of water for their finishing. Furthermore water- and chemical-saving ozone and laser technologies replace the sand blasting that Freshtex bad banned from its production halls years ago. Now further investment earmarked for ozone bleaching at the production sites is underway. So far ozone bleaching has been used in Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Schoeller Textil: One of a Kind

Photo: Schoeller Textil

The Swiss creative think tank for functional fabrics is now already showcasing initial developments for Summer 2013.

The new dyeing process “One of a Kind” based on a random principle puts a new slant on familiar textures and colours and also provides a new take on camouflage. Natural tones make every fabric (even such highly abrasion-resistance outdoor fabrics as Schoeller dynamic) and thereby every garment unique.

By contrast, lightweight soft shells such as the Schoeller WB-400 with an embossed look in yellow-orange and blue are reinterpreted with reduced weight and brightness while discreet two-tones in rich coral or radiant marine colours in are ideal for light, two-way stretch Schoeller WB-formula fabrics. Climate membranes like c_change also provide extra weather protection here.

“Cord is Hip”


The specialists at Velcorex ought to know as pile fabrics are the traditional speciality of this French firm. Full order books until the end of the year plus cord and velvet-focused fashion trends fuel their optimism.

Now that velvet has stabilised at a high level designers are at present showing interest in ribbed looks again, say the company. At the forefront here are more finely ribbed fabrics although the XXL version is also meeting with interest. Alongside this are exciting innovations like lasered patterns, stone-washed finishes and sandblasting. Overdyed yarns and pigment-dyed blends – like cotton/viscose – give sportswear a good hand STEILVORLAGE here while pigment coatings should not be forgotten. And as if all this was not enough, the French have announced a renewed belief in prints.