Safe, sustainable anti-odor socks

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Microbes on the skin can break down acids in sweat, resulting in the distinctive stinky sock smell, and natural fibers commonly used in socks, such as cotton and wool, are an ideal breeding ground for microbes. Even polyester can provide an environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow. To combat th…
Choose your fruit, choose your shoes

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

French footwear startup MoEa has launched a sustainable, recyclable vegan sneaker made from fruits and plants. Each pair of sneakers is made from one fruit and plant; purchasers may choose among apple, pineapple, cactus, corn and grape, and pick from two color options per fruit and plant. To stabili…
Glenn Russell & Wayne Heflin: Strength in Simplicity

October 1, 2021  |  Feature, Perspective

In 1984, Wayne Heflin and Glenn Russell met in a hallway of a U.S. handbag manufacturer. A seasoned professional within the fashion industry, Russell was the company’s financial controller. Heflin, a Vietnam veteran who entered the leather goods and fashion arena after his service ended, had recen…
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In the market for new markets

October 1, 2021  |  Feature

The advantages of diversification are well-known. Serving multiple markets can help a business grow, and when one market experiences a downturn, other markets can help prop up a company. According to the 2021 State of the Industry report published by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFA…
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Ask the Expert: A Trusted Anchor

September 30, 2021  |  Ask the Expert

How the right protective coating can prevent pink stain damage on marine fabrics Pink stain is a common problem on marine fabrics such as seating cushions, upholstery, decking and other vinyl surfaces. Once the stain happens, it cannot be removed. However, there are ways to prevent pink stain in the…