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

Materials Story

Recap Digital Fair Week Summer 2023

Welcome to the first Material Story of the new PERFORMANCE FORUM showing summer 2023 within the framework of THE PERFORMANCE DAYS LOOP in cooperation with Functional Fabric Fair. Under the title Still Physical - Your success story of 2020 it was a truly successful Digital Fair Week this May 2021.

The digital sourcing platform will be open all year-round and with this material story, we would like to highlight the most successful fabrics during Digital Fair week.

The FOCUS TOPIC category was of high interest to attendees on the platform. Besides the two outstanding award fabrics you can be inspired by high density woven water-repellent organic cotton, softshell with 3D Jacquard warp-knit, recycled brrrº baselayer knit, 100% biodegradable twill with Abacá, coarse woven fabric from old stock materials, re-dyed printed knit, single jersey with "Young Skin" treatment, high density woven biodegradable polyester, single jersey with SeaCellTM as well as a 100% landfill harmless organic cotton, hemp, linen blend.

The Performance Award was given to Trenchant Textiles SlickrB fabric - an ultralight fabric concept where the membrane is on the outside. This Polypropylene fabric can help brands close the loop and achieve circularity by providing a PFC free solution for durable and technical outdoor garments.

The Eco Performance Award was handed over to the Midlayer Fleece 2174R by Utenos Trikotazas. Hemp is known for natural antibacterial and UV protection and has the most exclusive eco properties. In combination with an organic cotton (GOTS) and TENCELTM this fabric ensures perfect thermal regulation. A fully biodegradable choice.

What makes all these fabrics so special? Our exhibitors have spared no effort in developing innovative fabrics that help brands incorporate sustainable approaches, up to circularity, into their forward-thinking collections reflecting the new consumer demands. As always, most samples have a free downloadable 3D file.

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PERFORMANCE AWARD - 3D FABRIC

Trenchant Textiles

SLICKRB (100%PP MEMB./100% PA BACK)

3Layer Lightweight

88% Polyamide, 22% Polypropylene

36   g/m²

Ultralight fabric, with the membrane on the outside. 18 micron thick Intrepid PP membrane is PFC-free, solvent-free, and air permeable. SlickerB leverages the natural hydrophobicity of PP to achieve durable water repellency with C0 DWR.

Woven Fabrics, Printable,

Waterproof & Breathable, Windproof, Fluorocarbon-Free Repellent

ECO PERFORMANCE AWARD - 3D FABRIC

Utenos trikotazas AB

2174R

Midlayer Fleece, brushed backside

11% Hemp, 63% organic Cotton, 26% TENCELTM

310 g/m²

Hemp has natural antibacterial and UV protection. In combination with an organic cotton (GOTS) and TENCELTM this fabric ensures perfect thermal regulation

Fibers – Yarns – Insulation,

Fleece, Knit Fabrics, Quick Dry,

Thermo-Regulation

3D FABRIC

Stotz & Co AG

VENTILE DRY 110 ORG

Highdensity Woven

100% organic Cotton

110                m2

Natural fibres fit into the sports context perfectly. Densely woven construction makes the fabric is windproof and offers good breathability. It can also withstand a rain shower because it is equipped with a PFC-free DWR.

Woven Fabrics, Downproof,

UV Cut 50+, Waterproof & Breathable,

Windproof, Biodegradable

Fluorocarbon-Free Repellent

Trans-Textil GmbH

E21510010

Softshell with 3D Jacquard Warp-Knit

13% Elastane/Spandex, 27% Polyamide, 7% Polyurethane, 53% Polyester recycl.

260                g/m2

Body mapping possibilities allow reducing seams in manufacturing – 4-way strech/ highly elastic - abrasion resistant 3D zones and highly breathable areas through selective open structures.

Fleece, Knit Fabrics, High Abrasion

Stretch, Waterproof & Breathable

Windproof, Fluorocarbon-Free Repellent

Recycled

3D FABRIC

Taiwan Axroma Technical Textile CO., LTD.

OUTDOOR TECH ZERO WASTE

Coarse woven fabric

100% Polypropylene

380 g/m2

100% transform old stock materials and meticulously twist for robust hand and sight. Mono component, Olefin, longevity colorfastness beyond your experience.

Woven Fabrics, Anti-Odor,

Quick Dry, Safety, Health & Durability,

UV Cut 50+, Mono Component,

Recycled

3D FABRIC

SHEICO Group

HAKKA TIE DYE ( ZAL )

Printed Knit

10% Elastane/Spandex, 90% Polyester recycl.

194 g/m2

"Hakka Blue" In the early era of Asia, the frugal Hakka people would dye their clothes blue with plants. Even if the color fades, clothes can be re-dyed again.

Knit Fabrics, Stretch,

Bluesign, Recycled

3D FABRIC

Carvema Textil lda (Bloomati)

J.001.0011

Single Jersey

100% organic Cotton

137g

"Young Skin" treatment, which ensures in the meshes the ability to defend our skin against environmental aggressions. It moisturizes and improves blood circulation due to the Aloe Vera component.

Finishes – Treatments,

 Knit Fabric

3D FABRIC

Jiangsu Sunfeng Special Material Technology Ltd.

SUNFENG990TM BIODEGRADABLE FABRIC

Highdensity Woven Fabric

100% Polyester

78 g/m²

990TM contains organic additives integrated into polyester filaments to enhance the biodegradability. Lab test under ASTM D5511, 990TM polyester biodegradability is 40 times quicker than common polyester decomposition.

Woven Fabrics, Stretch,

Waterproof & Breathable, Biodegradable,

Fluorocarbon-Free Repellent

3D FABRIC

brrrº

K0034-1R

Baselayer Knit

9% Elastane/Spandex, 50% Polyamide, 41% Polyamide recycl.

126 g/m²

Recycled brrrº Nylon All brrrº yarns and fabrics have Triple Chill Effect. This technology includes our natural cooling minerals, active wicking, and rapid drying to keep you cool and comfortable.

Knit Fabrics, Cooling,
Printable, Quick Dry, Stretch,

Thermo-Regulation, Recycled

3D FABRIC

Shinkong Textile Co., Ltd

CX-P0011-1

Twill

50% Cotton, 24% TENCELTM, 26% Abacell®

120                g/m²

100% biodegradable Twill, made from plant-based Abacell®(Abacá) fiber traditionally used for paper making in Japan. Kind-to-skin benefits as antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and odor-resistant qualities.

Woven Fabrics, Anti-Odor,

Quick Dry, Biodegradable 

3D FABRIC

Utenos trikotazas AB

16429REN

Single Jersey Baselayer

76% organic Cotton, 5% Polyurethane, 19% SeaCellTM

160 g/m²

SeaCellTM the fiber is produced exclusively from sustainable raw materials – wood and seaweed – using methods that save both energy and resources.

Knit Fabrics, Quick Dry,

Stretch

3D FABRIC

Omniteksas

ART. 3343 ENZ

Baselayer Knit

20% Hemp, 49% Linen, 3% organic Cotton, 28% Long staple cotton

195 g/m²

Unique composition of long staple cotton, organic cotton, hemp and linen ensures absolute natural material that does not damage landfills after being disposed.

Knit Fabrics, Thermo-Regulation,

Biodegradable

Sneak Preview Performance Forum Within the PERFORMANCE DAYS Loop

Join Alexa as she shares a sneak peek of her personal favorite, PERFORMANCE FORUM submissions. Get an exclusive first look at the jury's selections of the most innovative fabric and accessories development highlights for Summer 2023. 

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.