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The shape of safety

February 1, 2022  |  Features

Fit and function cannot be separated when it comes to protective clothing—and yet for years, anyone who didn’t possess a “typical” male body-type standard needed to make do if they wanted to work in fields that rely on wearing protective clothing. For the most part, women who wanted to work …
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Cutting through the fabric ceiling

February 1, 2022  |  Features

Faith Roberts, Ltm, MFC, IFM, owner of Ham Lake, Minn.-based Banner Canvas, can think of several examples of gender-based discrimination she’s encountered over her 40-year career.
Tell us your stories

February 1, 2022  |  Editorial

As we settle into the new year there are several things we wish we could have left behind but are already leaving their mark on 2022. The pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, of course, with new variants emerging almost as fast doctors can identify them.
Environmentally speaking

February 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

We are standing at an inflection point in world history. We can create an environment that raises the standard of living around the world,” President Joseph Biden said in his speech at COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. “This is a moral imperative, and it is also an econom…
Urban Factory

February 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Denim Forward, Inc. (DenimFWD) has opened what it calls the world’s first “Urban Factory,” bringing textile production back to the United States.
Women hold up half the sky

February 1, 2022  |  Business, Markets

A successful ingredient brand is only as good as the hard work and supportive foundation it is built on and continues to nurture. brrr˚ Inc. is one such ingredient brand, whose talented female founder has built a strong foundation of trust, perseverance and steady growth by surrounding herself wit…
Clothing made from human hair

February 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Industrious knitters have been spinning dog and cat hair into yarn for many years. But what about human hair? Amsterdam-based designer Zsofia Kollar had asked that same question before founding the Human Material Loop and making clothes out of human hair.
Optimizing awnings

February 1, 2022  |  Markets

Last November the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) introduced a web-based tool that calculates the energy savings for residential and commercial awning products.
Ralph Lauren will let customers dye their own clothing

February 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Ralph Lauren is bringing DIY to a new level by putting part of its production process in the hands of customers. The fashion company, known for its iconic polos, revealed its flagship stores will be equipped with new textile-coloring technology that could potentially let shoppers dye shirts in-store…
Easier bimini deployment hardware

February 1, 2022  |  Products

Accon Marine’s 415-TB Bimini Release hardware make biminis and sunshades easier to deploy and stow. Built from polished 316 stainless steel, the low-profile surface-mount base installs with two #10 screws; a cutout isn’t needed. Unlike some marine shade solutions that require screws, pins or sew…