Munich Fabric start happened in September and we are over a month delayed in bringing out a report on the same. However I believe that its always better to be late than never. Hope the readers will forgive the delay !
Here is a synopsis from the show.
- Green Casts
- Darker Indigos still strong
- Stretches getting more and more elastic and great focus on recoveries.
- Knit denims still strong. But maybe a couple of seasons down the line may slow down.
- Companies playing around with a mix of multiple fibers to get unique hand feels
- Double , triple indigo dyeings and coatings
We were able to cover a few companies and here are the details from them (in alphabetical order of company name)
Advance Denim – China
- Selvedge Denim
- Green Denims – organic cotton, recycled denim , recycled polyster etc.
- Functional denims – Theromolite, Coolmax, Tough Max and Cordura
- Power stretches : 50-80%
Calik – Turkey
- Super stretches for men – with authentic rigid weaves but stretchability going upto 80%
- Oxygene – quick wash eco friendly denims. Washing time goes down from 60 minutes to 15 minutes
- Futured –
- Wool denims
Candiani – Italy
- Athletic Denims with natural ring effect
- Stripey effects with yarn
- Old 501 salt and pepper effects with tencel
- Swenim : short for sweet denims for women with melange wefts and super soft feminine effects . Using fine count yarns.
- Selvedge denims with stretch
Diamond Denim – Pakistan
- Double counts in warp with supima cotton for that extra sheen
- Pseudo dobby weaves to give twill effects in warp
- Lyocell denim with ring spun polyester
ITV – Italy
- Emboss prints
- Super soft denims in 100% cotton with special spun yarns and finishing processes.
- Focus on heavier weights in 100% cotton
- Specially dyed fabrics which enables indigo removal without chemical . Paolo. This is to comply with European regulations for all laundries to stop using chlorine and permaganate by 2020
- Reverse prints
Kassim – Pakistan
- Lot of Jacquards – with indigo dyed warps and wefts
- Rope dyeing fine counts upto 60s for light weight shirtings
- Upto 90% stretch with less than 4% growth
- Bromo Indigo coated
- French Linen+Tencel +Indigo coatings
KG Denim – India
- Focusing on Satin Stretch
- Sulphur Greys
- Black turned greys
- Dual core fabric for men’s for softness and recovery
- Reverse printings
M & J – Bangladesh
- Focus on eco washes
- Jeans washed with 0.7 litres of water at room temperature and in 10 minutes.
- Almost zero chemicals used for much of their collection
- Ozone also used for only about 5 minutes in conjunction with new technology so that the look is authentic .
Naveena Denim – Pakistan
- Using softest fibers to the strongest fibers.
- Using heather yarn in the warp – helps in avoiding dyeing and enables warp any color of pantone . Part of their sustainable initiative.
- Miyabi fibers by Mitsubishi – acrylic based fiber – for the very soft hand feel.
- Performance fabrics with Coolmax, Thermolite, Toughmax etc.
- Toughest fiber used Dyneema – for the bikers in 14oz and other weights.
Raymond UCO – India
- Color denims with smaller quantities
- Neppy and hairy denims
- Natural indigo and hemp
- Jacquard weaves
Vicunha – Brazil
- Athletic denims using knit looks
- T400 dual fx
- Color play
W Denim – Turkey
- Sustainable fiber from corn
- Rayon knits
- Shape retention super stretches
- Elegance blue – pure blue indigos
And here are some more looks from the show.