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Best Product, Top 10 and Selected Feature in Seven Sectors

The Awarded Spring/Summer 2021 Textiles and Trims by ISPO Textrends

The latest textiles and trims selected by the international jury will be showcased at OutDoor by ISPO and ISPO Shanghai for the Spring/Summer 2021 season. Ranging from base layers to outer, membrane and coatings through to trims and accessories, this season’s awarded products feature efficient and transparency through the entire textile chain, with creativity given top marks too.

ISPO Textrends at ISPO Munich 2019
The ISPO Textrends forum exhibits the latest textile developments as well as proposing new interpretations of classics.

ISPO Textrends continues to grow for the Spring/Summer 2021 season, confirming its position as the No.1 platform inspiring designers and brand developers alike, proving to be the starting point for sourcing performance ingredients for the sports and outdoors sectors. The ISPO Textrends forum at both of the shows exhibits the latest textile developments as well as proposing new interpretations of classics.

A Cleaner and More Efficient Future

The latest textile and trim developments prove that the textile industry is united in moving forward towards a cleaner and more efficient future, without neglecting the essential performance factor that sports and outdoors collections require.  

With each product selected by the unique jury of international textile experts, this season’s jury meeting proved to be a harmonious one. Jury members used their individual knowledge and skills combined with group discussions to come to unanimous verdicts for each of the sectors featured.

Thinking Smart

Sustainability should no longer be regarded as a special aspect in developments, instead it is becoming the norm, whether it is from the recycled ingredients through to water and energy saving processes and renewed efficiency on a production level. This is really clear to see in the composition details of the selected materials featured in the ISPO Textrends TrendBook, accompanied by high resolution photos and macro images of each product, that give a clear indication of the products available.

While sustainability is the buzz word, we must not lose sight of the high level of performance, anti-odor and the multi functionality required for the season. A shift toward moisture management, cool touch, FIR wellbeing yarns and finishes through to UV protection, just to name a few features, in both synthetic and natural offerings.

Lighter weight materials also feature, in all aspects from fictional trims to micro light rip stops for apparel or soft equipment. Protection retains its position as the membrane and coating sector delivering DWR, comes through in a new and illuminated direction. But overall, the touch of fabrics continues to improve, as a sensual and softer haptic feature in both knits and wovens.

Sourcing Starts for Spring/Summer 21 Starts with ISPO Textrends

The ISPO Textrends forum can be found at Outdoor by ISPO and ISPO Shanghai, as well as having access to all the products 365 days a year with the seasonal TrendBook. Containing high resolution and full product details and contact details of all the products awarded by the jury, the illustrated mega trends, textile trends and color palettes included in the TrendBook outline the mood of the season. In addition, a preview for Fall/Winter 21/22 ISPO Textrends information is also included.

So, let’s start the journey for the Spring/Summer 2021 season, starting here, with the Best Products for each sector. Happy sourcing!

The Super Filament Polyester by Gamateks Tekstil features performance and comfort. 
The Super Filament Polyester by Gamateks Tekstil features performance and comfort. 

Best in Base Layers - Gamateks Tekstil

Sensational touch is a major trend for the base layer market, with Gamateks delivering a microfine polyester/spandex jersey. This fabric is made from 576 filaments using special spinning nozzles spun into a single yarn, taking the experience of second skin to a new level. Performance isn’t neglected, with breathability, quick dry and bi stretch functionality combined with the additional aspect of selecting additional performance finishes.

Gamateks also won Best Product for Second Layer.
Gamateks also won Best Product for Second Layer.

Best in Second Layers - Gamateks Tekstil

Gamateks not only took BEST PRODUCT for Base Later but also for Second Layer with this innovative embossed print polyester/spandex single jersey.  Breathable and quick dry, the fabric is produced using creative and innovative 3D printing technology. The unique for structure of the fabric ensured this product was awarded the top position in the Second Layer sector.

Erictex Fashion took Best Outerlayer with their lightweight, breathable and water repellant fabric.
Erictex Fashion took Best Outer Layer with their lightweight, breathable and water repellant fabric.

Best in Outer Layers - Erictex Fashion

Colors are key for the season with Erictex Fashion elevating brilliant tones with this super lightweight weave in recycled polyester. Sustainable and sensational to touch, a special bonding technique enables the integration of double layers with a special down-proof construction, made from an ecologically recycled polyester yarn using a PFC-free process. The result, a lightweight, breathable and water repellant fabric, lightweight and high tenacity product for the spring season.

The TiEF CHAMELEON intelligent light-changing sunscreen fabric achieved Best Product.
The TiEF CHAMELEON intelligent light-changing sunscreen fabric achieved Best Product.

Best in Membranes and Coatings - Toread

Creativity and disruptive surfaces feature in the trends for the season, with the TiEF CHAMELEON intelligent light-changing sunscreen fabric achieving Best Product. The nylon plain weave base fabric has a bionic CHAMELEON system that changes color depending on the intensity of the UV light. The higher the UV intensity, the brighter the fabric color.

This can also indicate to the wearer that sun protection should be applied, yet the fabric itself has a UV protective function to prevent sunburn. Ideal for outdoor clothing that is as functional as it is elegant. Multifunctionality and creativity combined with safety results in this lightweight UV protection, waterproof and reflectivity.

NATIVA GRS from Imbotex the new insulation solution made from recycled yarn wastes.
NATIVA GRS from Imbotex the new insulation solution made from recycled yarn wastes.

Best in Insulation - NATIVA from Imbotex GRS

Insulation continues as a key ingredient for Spring/Summer 2021 for light jackets, footwear and sleeping bags, with sustainable solutions being key. Nativa GRS is the new "active warmth insulation” - breathable, comfortable and recycled. The silk consists of pre-consumer yarn wastes - these come from the end of the cones disposed of in the production of fine, pure silk fabrics. The polyester comes from recycled plastic bottles, and the binding fiber used to blend the silk and polyester is also recycled making the final product 100% recycled and GRS-certified.

The Chameleon Protector from UAB Laurema is protective and 3D reflective.
The Chameleon Protector from UAB Laurema is protective and 3D reflective.

Best in Trims - UAB Laurema

Reflectivity and bi-stretch combine in a super soft hand with this 3D reflective chameleon heat transfer is a decorative element that can be used to protect shoulders/elbows/knees and, at the same time, make you visible at night. The trim sector is a growth market, enabling brands to customize collections in creating unique garment detail.

TRU® Zip is the first waterproof, dustproof, silent, sliding, toothless zipper assembly
TRU® Zip won Best Accessories with its waterproof, dustproof, silent, sliding, toothless zipper.

Best in Accessories - TRU® Zip

TRU® Zip is the first waterproof, dustproof, silent, sliding, toothless zipper assembly, marking the first major evolution for the zipper since its initial creation in 1893. It unlocks the potential for integration across bags and travel gear, outerwear, and apparel. Tested to IP67, it is certified waterproof if submerged under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Available in 4mm and 6mm rail width, it's the first of its kind capable of being radiofrequency welded in small and large designs.

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