Sewing industry shape-shifting

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Feature

In January 2020, Archana Sharma, CEO of AKAS Tex LLC, a Bensalem, Pa., textile manufacturer/creator and designer of high-performance fabrics, says her company began receiving emails from Singapore, Australia, Japan and other eastern hemisphere countries inquiring about face masks and antimicrobial f…
What’s driving transportation textile trends?

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Feature

The transportation industry is undergoing massive disruption, driven primarily by the climate change imperative: electric and hybrid automobiles; e-vans to deliver our online purchases; mandates for fuel economy, emissions and noise reduction; material sustainability; and pandemic-related concerns w…
Learning to adapt

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Editorial

When the Minnesota State Fair was forced to cancel last summer, food vendors set up trucks all over the Twin Cities to make up for lost income, which my kids quickly took note of. Much begging ensued, and eventually I capitulated to bringing home a deep-fried feast.
2021 Specialty Fabrics Showcase, Part 1

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Feature, Specialty Fabrics Showcase

Awnings, tents, shade sails, marine upholstery, protective gear, furniture: regardless of the end product, the fabric needs to perform in harsh conditions while looking good, keeping the planet green and fitting into a client’s budget. For our two-part annual showcase, we asked contributors to sen…
U.S. Embassy in London honored for efficient design

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a leading international organization in the field of tall buildings and urban sustainability, honored the new U.S. Embassy in London as a 2020 Award of Excellence Winner in the Best Tall Building Under 100 Meters category.
Buying and selling in a world with less face time

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Business, Sales

COVID vaccine options are improving prospects for the economic climate in 2021; however, 2020 had a lasting impact on business practices in the specialty fabrics industry and beyond—particularly in buying and selling—prompting many companies to rethink processes.
SourceAmerica and NIB deliver U.S. Army’s new dress uniforms

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The U.S. Army is getting a new uniform, and it’s being manufactured by people employed through the AbilityOne Program, one of the nation’s largest sources of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities.
Keeping up the shade market momentum

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Awnings & Canopies, Markets

Shade is on everyone’s mind, according to Margueritte Ramos, owner and sales manager of ShadeFLA. The Miami, Fla.-based company designs and installs shade products ranging from awnings and canopies to retractable roofs and tension sails. Lately, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
Airbag pants aim to make motorcycle riding safer

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

French startup CX Air Dynamics completed a successful crowdfunding campaign in early 2021 to help launch its airbag pants designed for motorcyclists and scooterists.
Lenzing’s Indigo Color technology is making denim ‘greener’

Apr. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Demand for eco-responsible alternatives in the denim industry is growing, as brands and supply chain partners seek greater sustainability. The Lenzing Group has responded by introducing TENCEL™ with Indigo Color technology.