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Textile Insight is focused on textile and footwear design, innovation and its exciting product applications. Edited for apparel and footwear manufacturers, as well as retailers focused on the design and development of their private label collections.

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Trendsetters 2014. An insider’s view of the design process: Who are the innovators and what inspires their ideas.

Technology: We look at the latest in intelligent/interactive fabrics.
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Sustainability. The textile community
is focused on achieving transparency from fiber to finished product.
Compliance and new chemistry is
helping to attain that lofty goal.

Technology: The wool category evolves with new
wool blends that elevate collections with enhanced functionality and versatility for year-round applications.
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Modern Outdoor Moves to
Urban Technical.

More than just a maturing industry, outdoor is experiencing change on many levels.
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Big Ideas. Taking tech to the next
level with investment in R&D.

Women's Specific: New tech in trends.
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Outlook 2014. We outline big picture themes of Globalization, Compliance,
Lifestyle Tech and Internet along with smaller, yet directional themes.

Made In America: Today's domestic mills are changing their image and making a name for their companies
by launching their own branded product lines.
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Winter Weather Report 2014.
The influence of weather on textile
and footwear development and
product design.

Tech: Consumer safety demands and
advancing tech drive development of
reflectivity options in apparel and footwear.

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Trendsetters 2013. A look at the individuals and brands influencing
the direction of the industry.

Strategies: How the FTC's proposed wool
product labeling update impacts brands
and consumers
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Targeting Sustainability:
From mid-scale domestic companies
to emerging Asian brands, as well as industry powerhouses here and
abroad, textile businessess are addressing sustainability in new
and more diverse ways.

Technology: Technology has returned to the spotlight
in the world of athletic footwear as cushioning,
comfort and visible tech are back in vogue.
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Cool Tech: Innovations in
cooling materials

Footwear: Big strides are being made in material
innovation, with energy return technology, super-
absorbent polymers and responsive cushioning.
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Industry Outlook – A round-up of fast facts, stats and studies on everything from anitmicrobials to zipper tech

Tech: Advances in color-changing processes capture
the imagination of product developers and consumers.
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A variety of points of view are emerging to describe performance in today’s marketplace. We reach out to brands, designers, forecasters and marketers
to help solve this performance puzzle.

In The Studio: Individuality is a strong theme for the
season ahead. We profile activewear designers who developed Fall 13 garments that express this new
outdoor free-spirit.

 

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These days shoes are setting the
pace for exciting development in
the outdoor market and the textile community keeps pace with new footwear portfolios and material innovations.

Technology: The latest performance pieces and
lifestyle layers are changing the way we keep
warm and dry.

 

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In our inaugural survey of industry
talent, Textile Insight profiles key designers, developers and material gurus influencing product form
and function.

Made in the USA: A report on how our domestic
industryis preparing for the projected military
budget cuts.

 

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Every executive agrees: The future of textiles depends on making every drop
of water count. Here we spotlight a
range of solutions from radical reduction processes to incremental changes being considered all along the supply chain.

Strategies: Healthy sales gains in several active
categories have retailers zeroing in on what’s working
with women these days with reports on Lululemon,
Athleta and Lucy.

 

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The new look of Studio E reflects
the industry trend toward a more sophisticated approach to sustainability. Each of the six companies profiled here has a unique sustainability story, yet
all share the goal of providing environmentally responsible textiles
that are good for profits and the planet.

 

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A Performance Evolution:
Conversations with some of the
pioneers and innovators who have played a role in fabric revolution of the last 30 years give way to reminiscing
about the early days and where the industry goes from here.

Footwear material trends: a special section on the latest developments in footwear materials and design.

 

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The performance wear category has evolved into an increasingly crowded and confusing industry, leaving us to ask, "What is the role of ingredient
textile brands today?

Carolina Green: Sustainability has taken foot in North Carolina and eco-efforts are helping reinvigorate this
textile region.

 

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What's driving tech today is functionality and ecology. Here we focus on new way textile science is creating products with tough-guy properties, and developing manufacturing methods that are gentle on the environment.

American Made: "Insourcing" is catching on as the latest buzzword in supply chain conversations.

 

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25 Textile Executives speak out about current industry conditions and what
they see as challenges in the year ahead

In The Studio: 2012 looks to be the year when
menswear gets top billing

 

   
 
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