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   July 22, 2017  Facebook Twitter
APPAREL TRENDS 2017: Athleisure Flexible, Wearable & Environmentally Focused at ORWM'17 by Kathlyn Swantko

AvalancheJacketFlexibility and wear-ability were strong apparel trends evident at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017. Millennial thinking is clearly at the heart of this athleisure focus, as manufacturers continue to look to engage this generation, and entice them with apparel that suits their all-encompassing, transitional fashion and lifestyle needs.

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APPAREL ARTICLES Innovation at ORSMTRENDS Miss ORWM? Or maybe need a second look at the great innovations from the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market held January 10-12 in Salt Lake City? Review the best. Read More.
vestAPPAREL Sportswear Brands by Women Form a League of Their Own. A number of entrepreneurial women are addressing a lack of diversity in sportswear for women with brands focused on everything from sizing to social causes, these women are in it to win it. Read More.
WhatsnextAPPAREL Purdue researcher wants to use body heat to charge your wearables. Thermoelectric semiconductor strings woven into fabric or other surfaces that generate heat and convert that energy into electrical power. Read More.
New Innovations at TechTextil trade show, Frankfurt, Germany A number of these innovations were showcased, reflecting the growing interest in multifunctional, e-textile and environmentally friendly solutions. Read more…

There’s Now an Alternative to Wearing Shoes — Feet Stickers The flexible material easily adheres to the soles of the feet and feature anti-slip pods for enhanced safety and comfort. Read more…

‘Dirt to Shirt’ movement hopes to regrow local textile industry Cotton farmers in North Carolina are teaming up with local textile mills to produce garments that are truly homegrown. Now around a dozen companies are selling clothing that can be traced back to local cotton fields. Read more…

Shoes With Algae-Based Foams Are Coming Soon British brand Vivobarefoot is partnering with Bloom, an American performance-driven materials manufacturer that uses algae biomass to create eco-friendly foams used in footwear. Read more…

Orange is new black for sustainable fashion Orange Fiber, a start-up company in Sicily, creates a sustainable textile from the reuse of citrus waste that would otherwise pollute the environment. Ee are seeing a growing trend of large companies partnering with social ventures to increase the impact of their CSR. Read more…

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