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New year, new look for Specialty Fabrics Review

Editorial | January 1, 2021 | By:

Welcome to the refreshed Specialty Fabrics Review, your source for all the news, trends and technology of the industrial, specialty and advanced textiles industries. 

Review’s last major redesign happened in 2008, and what a redesign it was—new name, new cover design, new columns. This time around, the changes aren’t quite as extreme. So why did Review need a makeover at all? Like tented weddings and upholstered furniture, magazines are subject to design trends that affect choices such as color. But the seismic change between 2008 and today is how we consume media itself. In 2008, smart phones and social media were just beginning to infiltrate our lives. Today, these tools are nearly always at our fingertips, and they have fundamentally changed how we acquire and share information. 

In redesigning the magazine, we set out to create a revitalized reader experience within an easy-to-navigate structure. We surveyed industry leaders across markets, geographical locations and backgrounds to learn why they read Review, and what we could do differently to provide even more value to the publication’s readers and the entire industry. You’ll still see all the product news, industry trends, project case studies and innovations you’ve come to depend on. From fiber to finished product, you’ll find it in Specialty Fabrics Review

Briefs, the first section of the magazine, leads with “Swatches”—short stories about premier projects and product developments using specialty fabrics. We also highlight the latest innovations in advanced textiles in “Breakthroughs”—a feature we launched in mid-2020 because we couldn’t wait for the full redesign to start bringing you this news. Finally, you’ll find the month’s top news selected from the daily news briefs at

Feature articles will continue to lead—in most months—with a “Perspective” interview with an industry leader discussing managerial strategy and operational excellence. But, every now and then, we will tackle an industry-wide topic in a special package of feature articles.

Markets columns offer a focused look at issues in advanced textiles, market-specific trends, business management topics and new products. Finally, we’ll send you off with a brief case study highlighting a finished project that shows off the best the industry has to offer.  

More changes are on the way at and for Review’s e-newsletter. Stay tuned! 

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