“Every industry is facing unprecedented challenges this year and the apparel industry is no exception,” said Julien Born - President, Apparel, The LYCRA Company. “We have been pleased to see that, despite market uncertainties, there is still a strong appetite for innovation as brands look to keep an edge and offer better value to consumers. Innovation has always been in The LYCRA Company’s DNA, which we believe is key to address the increasing demands for functional and sustainable apparels globally.”
“Asia is set to be the key driver for The LYCRA Company’s global growth,” said Steve Stewart, Apparel Vice President, Asia, The LYCRA Company. “As such, we will continue our innovation journey by launching new technologies, such as the ones we are showcasing at Intertextile. Only by working closely with our partners and customers can we empower our customers to gain a winning edge and fully capture the opportunities offered by a new global economy.”
A New Innovation Frontier
LYCRA® Anti-Slip fiber is an exceptional denim seam slippage solution for applications in single core spandex fabrics that require durable stretch and good recovery power. Designed to help prevent seam slippage and improve garment quality and yield, this patent pending fiber helps maintain garment appearance wash after wash and wear after wear. It is a versatile fiber that makes possible for a multitude of fabric developments and constructions, including open structures and use of polyester/viscose blends, and cotton blends achieving a soft touch and authentic appearance.
By using LYCRA® Anti-Slip fiber in the core of LYCRA® dualFX® technology yarn, the anti-slippage performance will be further enhanced. It is based on several patented technologies from The LYCRA Company related to both dual core and bi-component yarns. By combining LYCRA® Anti-Slip fiber and LYCRA® T400® fiber together in one fabric, the key benefit is the high stretch of LYCRA® fiber with exceptional slippage solution plus the excellent recovery power of LYCRA® T400® fiber. This means that consumers can have super stretch jeans that last longer and keep its fit and shape. Consumers will look good all day, every day.
The Power of The Science of Fit™
LYCRA® FitSense™ technology is a patented, water-based dispersion that features the same molecules as LYCRA® fiber, but in liquid form. This revolutionary innovation is screen printed onto fabric containing LYCRA® fiber to provide lightweight, targeted support across a range of garment types. This solution also helps streamline garment manufacturing through the potential elimination of double-layers and extra seams and offers unlimited design possibilities for brands and retailers.
LYCRA® MyFit™ fiber is a patent-pending, fiber technology engineered with a polymer designed to deliver improved comfort and fit. The result is greater shape tolerance and a customized fit experience for a differing range of body shapes. Ultimately, it gives brands and retailers the potential to higher customer satisfaction, minimize returns, reduce SKUs and costs by undercutting patterns.
LYCRA® FitSense™ technology and LYCRA® MyFit™ fiber have been well received by both international and domestic brands since their launch to the market. The two innovations now find wide applications in various apparel categories from underwear and activewear to seamless garments as well as swimwear.
Anti-odor fiber for 24/7 Freshness
COOLMAX® freshFX® technology actively suppresses the growth of bacteria which are the root cause of body odor and related smells and therefore is perfectly adapted for applications such as sportswear and underwear to offer freshness. The active ingredient in COOLMAX® freshFX® qualifying fibers is a durable, non-migratory silver-based antimicrobial additive. The active ingredient is spun directly into the yarn, rather than being topically applied, and an inorganic cage matrix protects it. Therefore, it can be expected to remain effective for the life of the garment even after repeated laundering.
The Legwear Stars
LYCRA® FUSION™ technology helps make hosiery resistant to runs, which can improve the wear life of the garment. LYCRA® SOFT COMFORT technology imparts a soft and comfortable stretch to sock tops and knee-high tops. The technology is based on soft-stretch LYCRA® fibers that combine high elongation with low hysteresis. This makes garments easy to don but with a firm and secure fit.
Moving Ahead with Eco-innovation Technology
As part of its long-term commitment to sustainability and with a focus on the company's Planet Agenda platform, The LYCRA Company and Far Eastern Fibertech Company (FEFC) are collaborating to bring new recycled options to the market. FEFC is offering pre-consumer recycled nylon 6,6 under The LYCRA Company’s SUPPLEX® EcoMade and TACTEL® EcoMade brands. Fabrics with SUPPLEX® EcoMade fiber combine cottony soft aesthetics with the durability of nylon, while those with TACTEL® EcoMade fiber are smooth, breathable and lightweight. Both of these nylon options are composed of more than 90% pre-consumer recycled materials and can be combined with LYCRA® EcoMade fiber to create sustainable fabrics with recycled content and excellent performance. All three EcoMade fibers are GRS certified.
“The beginning of 2020 may have taken us by surprise, yet I am excited to see the speedy recovery across Asia-Pacific, particularly in China,” said Jack Yang - R&D Director, The LYCRA Company. “Technology and innovation are now the oxygen of every business. With our legacy and profound understanding of the apparel and textile industry, we are excited to work with our partners in China to bring more consumer-centric innovation to the world.”
To bring to life The LYCRA Company’s newest innovations at Intertextile, the technologies will be introduced via multimedia channels such as LED videos and augmented reality technology. Sample fabrics and garments experience will be available at the booth for further engagement. There is also a bottle calculator for visitors to understand how many plastic bottles are being put into use again in a garment by providing fabric weight and EcoMade fiber content. To learn more about the latest developments of The LYCRA Company, visit Intertextile booth H4.1-E56.
In addition to the physical booth, The LYCRA Company also offers a virtual tour and daily highlights on connect.lycra.com/intertextile2020. Check out the site to learn more about our technologies and to hear our customers’ stories.
For show information, visit Intertextile.com.
LYCRA® FitSense™, LYCRA® MyFit™, LYCRA® dualFX® and COOLMAX® freshFX® are all trademarks of The LYCRA Company.