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Innovative Fabric Developments for a New Outdoor Consumer by Kathlyn Swantko

Navis Stenter

"Driven by the 80 million Millennial consumers, along with the younger Gen-Z generation, born in the mid-90s and expected to reach 84.7 million by 2020, today's primary shopper groups have a See now—wear now buying attitude. They prefer to purchase clothing that no one else is wearing," states Matt Powell, VP/ senior industry analyst for the NPD Group. Since uniqueness is very important to Millennials and Gen-Zers, the larger brands find themselves conceding some of their dominance to smaller businesses with creative designers who have the ability to quickly capture new trends.

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