The annual guide, published by UK-based Underlines Magazine, includes a robust feature on LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber technology. The story explores why fabric mills, manufacturers and designers rely on this breakthrough technology – which lasts up to 10 times longer than unprotected swim fabrics – to provide comfort, fit and protection from chlorine, heat and sunscreen.
The 2021 Swimwear Yearbook also includes an interview with Melissa Stewart, Director of Innovation Strategy at The LYCRA Company and Global Technology Lead for LYCRA® FitSense™ technology. Stewart discusses the science behind the targeted compression technology, which launched for swimwear in late-2019.
LYCRA® FitSense™ technology is a water-based, solvent-free LYCRA® polymer dispersion technology that brings lightweight, highly targeted compression, support and lift to garments where needed, eliminating the need for bulky, sewn-in or laminated panels. Applied to fabrics and garments via screen-printing processes using standard equipment, LYCRA® FitSense™ technology also offers the same chlorine resistance as LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber.
“LYCRA® FitSense™ technology was initially developed for and applied to activewear to offer the hard-to-achieve combination of tailored performance with outstanding comfort, and to intimate apparel to address the consumer's desire for shape and support without having to sacrifice comfort and style,” Stewart explains. “Similarly, when it comes to swimwear, consumers are looking for balanced, comfortable and flattering swimwear without trade-offs. They want shape and lift, comfort and durability, as well as elegant, on-trend designs.”
To read the Swimwear Yearbook, click here.
LYCRA®, FitSense™ and XTRA LIFE™ are trademarks of The LYCRA Company.