Functional Fabric Fair USA - OCT 22-23, 2019 -  OREGON CONVENTION CENTER | PORTLAND OR, USA
OCT. 27-28

Materials Story

Circular Nylon Monocomponent

Aligned with this season’s Focus Topic: Nothing to Waste - Closing the Loop

Safety & Durability

The fiber that is mainly used safety and durability is Nylon e.g. Polyamide. Nylon fiber is a polymer, which means that it is composed of a long chain of carbon-based molecules called monomers. This type of fabric is commonly used in tough sportswear and safety gear, because of its elasticity, lightness, durability and strength.

Nylon is not available in all of the parts that are needed for a functional monocomponent style, therefore it is the most difficult fiber to integrate in the circular “Closed Loop” process. Let’s take a look at the jacket for instance.

Building a Jacket out of Nylon

Section Viability
Shellfabric
Possible
Membrane
Possible
Backing or Lining
Possible
Insulation
Best is option biodegradable
Trims
Possible
Zips
Not possible yet
DWR
C0 or biobased
Packaging
Best is option is biodegradable or watersoluble

A closed loop system is one in which products are designed, manufactured, used and handled so as to circulate within society for as long as possible, with maximum usability, minimum adverse environmental impacts, minimum waste generation, and with the most efficient use of water, energy, and other resources throughout their lifecycles.

It makes the most sense with nylon clothing to consider design aspects from the beginning and develop long life products that are reusable, for rent or repairable.

Certain brands are already doing this including: Patagonia, The North Face & Columbia

When thinking about a closed loop system remember: Reuse, resale&revalue, lease or repair, rethreads, worn wear

The following Functional Fabric Fair exhibitors offer hot items to engineer some fantastic durable functional garments. 

CONCEPT III TEXTILES
DT-2255

3Layer lightweight RipStop (10k/10k),
Face:100% Nylon 6.6, Back:100% Polyamide, 97g

US1589AA

Woven Nylon6.6 with excellent performance.

Safety & Durability, Waterproof & Breathable,
Windproof, Bluesign

 

37.5 / COCONA LABS
XN17003 (Raco)

Outer Layer Oxford, 64% 37.5® Nylon,
36% Nylon 6.6, 217g

D216532A (New Wide)

37.5 technology acts like a thermostat by removing moisture when you’re hot and retaining warmth when you’re cold.

Odor Management, Quick Dry,
Safety & Durability, Thermoregulation

IBQ FABRICS
COLARI

Outer Layer Oxford, 100% recycle. Polyamide Cordura®, 190g

Very durable, recycled Cordura®. Interesting innovation with great handfeel.

High Abrasion, Safety & Durability,
Bluesign, Flurocarbon Free Repellant,
Recycled, Mono Component



 

ASAHI KASEI ADVANCE CORPORATION
ESD0297S1

Lightweight Ripstop, 100% Polyamide
32g

Very innovative 12d ripstop composed o 60d nylon. This can bring super light weight and toughness for not only tear strentgh but also abrasion.Backside coated by acrylic resin, downproof with PFC-free DWR.

Downproof, High Abrasion,
Safety & Durability, Windproof,
Flurocarbon Free Repellant, Recycled

IBQ FABRICS
SNOW

Ripstop, 100% Polyamide High Tenacity
125g

Fluo orange ripstop made entirely of high tenacity polyamide. Accessories and garments can benefit from these properties.

High Abrasion, Safety & Durability, Bluesign,
Flurocarbon Free Repellant,
Mono Component

 

37.5 / COCONA LABS
XPBT001 (Raco)

Outer layer soft woven with light crinkle optique
54% 37.5® Nylon, 46% Polyamide
105g

Fluo pink soft woven with light crinkle optique.

37.5 technology acts like a thermostat by removing moisture when you’re hot and retaining warmth when you’re cold.

Odor Management, Quick Dry,
Safety & Durability, Thermoregulation

Stream Closing the Loop - The exciting challenge to develop circular winter apparel

Join Alexa Dehmel, Design Expert and Principal, Active Sports Design, virtually, for an inspirational presentation on using Biodegradable materials, Circular Polyester and Circular Nylon in the design of more circular winter apparel.

A Special thank you to Alexa Dehmel, Material Stories Curator, for providing the stories, imagery and incredible insight into our industry.

Alexa Dehmel
Active Sports Design & Consulting


Alexa Dehmel has over 30 years of broad and deep expertise in the fashion industry and a high level of professional competence. She maintains an extensive network of leading experts as well as personal connections to relevant cooperation partners and supporters, which she contributes profitably to her customers and the industry. Her work in various roles in the fashion, textile and sportswear industry with a focus on design and collection development, in teaching, as an independent entrepreneur and as a recognized contributor to the industry, makes her a valued contact. After her visionary start-up project, BARTENSTEIN Academy had to close due to the 2020 situation, she is now offering her market experience and service for new projects via her agency again.