FutureFinders spots key emerging trends and the products on Global Sources that drive these trends.
The first FutureFinders episode focused on the latest developments in the ever-evolving world of fashion.
Over the past several weeks, we have taken a closer look at the hottest fashion trends and how these are interpreted in key product groups:
- Functionality in sling bags and sneakers
- Sustainability in garments and bags
- Infusion of tech in garments and accessories
The infusion of tech in the industry is not limited to finished pieces. Performance technologies, have found their way into fabrics, driven by the rise in popularity of activewear and athleisure.
Foremost among these technologies are antimicrobial additives such as silver nanoparticles that kill bacteria or inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi.
Deodorizing capability is, quite understandably, very popular in active apparel. Cottonworks referenced Cotton Inc.’s 2016 activewear study that showed two-thirds of consumers likely to search for odor resistance when buying activewear.
Taiwan Textile Federation S.M.S.-Think Taiwan For Textiles, meanwhile, offers this melange pique fabric made of a blend of polyester and rich polyester. Designed for sportswear, the product provides a cool feel and protection against UV rays.
Changshu U-Sun International Trade Co. Ltd uses a 52:48 bamboo carbon fiber-polyester blend in model FC111-1, which is suitable for a range of apparel, including sportswear, and caps. It has a mesh construction and color fastness grade of 3 or 4.
Moisture wicking is another result of performance tech. In fact, it’s pretty much a given that outdoor clothing is made of wicking fabrics, which draw away moisture from the body.
Made of 88:12 nylon-spandex, the JFNW342-1 model from Fujian Jingfeng Textile Industrial & Trading Co. Ltd can be used to make leggings. Fabric weight is 200gsm but this can be adjusted.
Over the past several years, performance tech has expanded to include water repellence, self-cleaning and odor reduction.
A search for “water repellent fabric” on GlobalSources.com delivers hundreds of products, including this zebra-print woven fabric from BSP (Taiwan) Co. Ltd. It is made of 100 percent recycled polyester with a cire finish.
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