Recent innovation in denim bridges the gap between tradition and technology.
Sophie   Bramel

Now more than ever, new developments in denims are the result of close collaborations between fiber producers, denim makers, nd brands. Be it to infuse novel properties to the storied fabric or to investigate sustainable solutions, the industry increasingly works hand in hand.Celebrating its 50th anniversary since its market launch as a high-resistance nylon in 1967, Cordura intends to make 2017 its landmark year with a nonstop string of new products and capsule collections.Originally developed by DuPont and now produced by Invista, the high-strength polyamide yarn has a long history of taking denims to the next level. The Wichita, KN-based company started the year-long festivities by upgrading its legacy T420 nylon 6,6 with the new patent-pending version (T420HT) that it claims is the highest tenacity nylon 6,6 staple fiber it has ever produced. Initially developed for the military, it is now coming to casual wear and will be featured in Dickies’ FW 17 workwear range.Following up on the new fiber technology, Invista’s first series of industry collabs is focusing on modernizing heritage denims. Wool-Dura, Woolrich’s classic wool/Cordura blend fabric long used in its hunting ranges is being revamped to cater to cross-functional urban uses. The branded nylon is now also making its way into authentic selvage denim made on fly shuttle looms that date back to the 1940s at Cone Denim’s historic White Oak mill. «Both the Cordura brand and Cone Denim have a rich history involving the textile production and denim fabrics, and combining our extensive experience to create the first-ever selvage denim incorporating Cordura is a great way to honor our mutual heritage and usher in new performance denims of the future,» says Cordura brand and marketing director Cindy McNaull.

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Stretch jeans are also being upgraded thanks to a collaboration between Prosperity Textile, based in Shaoguan, China, and Korean fiber producer Hyosung. The branded Creora elastane is the new ingredient in the Trans-Form family of 2 and 4-way stretch denim fabrics. Designed to offer “more sculpted and streamlined” fits, the terms used by Prosperity Textile creative director Bart van de Woestyne, the Creora Fit2 technology takes advantage of the fiber’s claimed setting performance,reduced shrinkage and high powered recovery.


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