Chiki Diki develops fashionable protective gear for fighting contagions

September 1, 2020

Antimicrobial protective clothing company Chiki Diki is promoting a new line of fashionable protective gear and accessories featuring clever designs and proprietary textile treatments that inhibit the growth of microorganisms. The company’s products include antimicrobial facial masks, safety necks with built-in masks, gloves and travel bags and attire. Susan Hooper and Lisa Coe, founders of …

Stryv Medical’s interns launch PPE line while learning about the textile industry

Stryv Medical and its young workforce have launched a new line of medical gowns and masks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded by St. John’s University professors King Mukherjee and Bob Gazich, Stryv Medical’s goal is to provide college students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn about business and the textile industry.   The …

Roland-Garros gets a retractable roof with Serge Ferrari fabric

Like virtually every other major sporting event, the French Open postponed its 2020 tournament, with play now tentatively set to begin in late September. And when the world’s greatest tennis players set foot on the world’s most famous red clay, they’ll play regardless of weather, under a new retractable roof featuring a translucent, waterproof composite …

Big Span Structures completes covered walkway for Jacksonville transit users

An eye-catching pedestrian bridge with a tensile membrane roof is keeping Jacksonville, Fla., transit users protected from the elements. Jacksonville Transit Authority’s vision of a regional multimodal hub is coming to a reality with the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). Located in the heart of the downtown LaVilla area, the JRTC will integrate key local, …

Rumpl celebrates Apollo 13 with NASA collection

Rumpl, a maker of technical blankets, has launched an exclusive capsule collection of NASA products. The limited-edition line of insulated blankets and ponchos celebrates the 50th anniversary of the safe landing of the Apollo 13 lunar module.  The collectible NASA designs are available in three different products: the NanoLoft® blanket, original puffy blanket and the …

An architecturally significant performance hall gets a new canopy

August 1, 2020

When Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida in 2017, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla., was one of many buildings damaged. In particular, the fabric of the hall’s front canopy needed to be replaced.  The new canopy needed to protect visitors from inclement weather and complement the roof of the main building, which …

Roland-printed vehicle wrap takes to the speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick drove the No. 8 car with a full Roland DG wrap in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in June.   Originally scheduled for March, the race was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and run without spectators.  The wrap, designed and …

Innovating products for a COVID-19 marketplace

The word pivot will go down as an industry buzzword for 2020, but in sailing, the equivalent term is tack or jibe. Dimension-Polyant (DP), a leader in the production of technical sailcloth, has “tacked” to meet the urgent demands of the PPE market, with a number of manufacturers tapping the company to provide films and …

Balanced fabric collection for inspired interiors

July 1, 2020

In Sweden, there is a concept known as “lagom.” It’s a way of living life in balance—not too much or too little—a stress-reducing happy medium for daily life. Lagom is the inspiration for the 2020 collection by German textile company nya nordiska. It includes five exclusive fabric innovations using wool, linen and cotton that strike …

Redesigned tent for COVID-19

While numerous end-product manufacturers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by fabricating products that they have never made before, others looked to past products and designs to apply to today’s challenges.     Rainier Industries’ commercial tent division brought back a tent design that was historically used in agricultural applications. With a few minor tweaks …