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Rethinking the Benefits of Manufacturing in the U.S.
In response to a host of economic, political, and other factors, fashion apparel and sewn products retailers, brand owners, manufacturers, and suppliers are re-awakening to and re-thinking the benefits of manufacturing in the U.S. and throughout the Americas. With all the "Made in America" publicity and activity that is being widely reported, the SPESA 2014 Executive Conference in Washington, DC is set to provide "Fresh Perspectives on the Sewn Products Industry" that will stimulate thought and conversation among speakers and attendees.
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ActiveSeam: A Better Stitch for Merino Wool Garments
The best stitch for activewear just got better. The market for merino wool garments is growing as consumers demand performance clothing that combines renewable material with technical performance.
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Texworld USA 17th Edition Celebrates Record Attendance
Triple show co-location and Trend Forum remains popular with attendees Texworld USA 17th edition celebrated its largest show attendance to date welcoming 5,895 verified attendees from 22 countries to the triple show co-located event. This year's attendance represents an 11% increase in comparison to the July 2013 show. The event featured 436 exhibitors from 17 countries including Colombia, China, Taiwan, Turkey and the United States.
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TUKA3D Virtual Prototyping Supports Voler's Made-In-America Produce-on-Demand Mission
When Voler, the custom-cycling-clothing company, hired Aaron Barker as its eCommerce director seven years ago, the then-21-year-old company was at a turning point. Known for its custom designs, often for teams or cycling groups, Voler increasingly was focusing on a broader semicustom retail market, providing all cyclists with the same superior cycling gear available in its full custom line.
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E-Textiles: Electronic Textiles 2014-2024
At least 70% of our time we are in contact with textiles and they are starting to become intelligent. This report is about the ultimate form of that - e-textiles based on inherently electronically or electrically-active woven e-fibers. These disruptive technologies will have an exponentially increasing market but with a slow start because they are so challenging. E-textiles vary from apparel to drapes, bandages and bed linen but most is in the laboratory not production. They will variously be able to sense, emit light, show changing images, heat, cool, change shape, compute and wirelessly communicate or harvest ambient energy to create electricity where needed, even diagnose and sometimes treat medical conditions.
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VF's new Vice President to lead Apparel and Footwear Innovation Centers
Dan Cherian has joined the VF Corporation as Vice President, Global Innovation, Performance Apparel and Footwear. In this newly created role, Cherian will oversee VF's Global Performance Apparel and Footwear Innovation Centers, where the company focuses on developing advancements in apparel, footwear and accessories for its 30-plus brands.
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