Performance Days Fabric Innovations: AW 19/20

BDA London visited Performance Days Munich and here are our Top Takeaways on Innovation from our trip! Technical fabric has come a long way over the past few years with the trend of athleisure and activewear contributing to this.

We headed over to Performance Days in Munich to have a look at what innovations we can expect to see for AW19/20.

Paperweight GridsAn incredibly important category, these lightweight wovens are an engineering marvel. Although they weigh as little as 26gms they remain robust and high-performing, offering protection from wind and rain while remaining breathable. The handle is paper-like, yet the fabrics remain low noise. In surface, techy grids and micro rip-stops come to the fore as well as more micro-grids.

PointelleHigh-performing base layers pointelles are the building blocks of any active collection. This season sees these fabrics working harder than ever, with additional properties of odour management, UV protection and cooling yarns becoming standard alongside the established thermoregulation, high-stretch, quick drying and low abrasion qualities. Blending is key to this elevated performance, with premium merino and wools as well as eco-friendly Tencel and Kopak included.

Tech checksIn the shirts category, fabrics are defined by use of natural fibres and hidden performance. With a casual look and soft handle, the deceptively high-performing and elastic fabrics are designed for biking, hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities. Natural fibres are important and include organic cotton, Kapok, Tencel and coffee carbon. Promoting a ‘good body micro-climate’, these natural blends deliver additional odour management, thermoregulation and UV protection.

 

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