From the wooden loom to computer integrated manufacturing, your group has evolved as a pioneer in Stretch Fabrics. What is your summation on current happenings in your sector of expertise?
As an established player in the industry of
stretch fabrics, it is our opinion that, till today, the lingerie sector is
undergoing some important changes. Generally speaking, from the year 2008 the
market consumption in lingerie dropped
significantly, also because the supply of materials, intended as fabrics and
accessories, by far exceeded the demand. The new situation partly created the
premises for defining today's lingerie fashion trends and product R&D
It is a fact that the greatest buzz for
lingerie fabrics in the last decade was mainly ‘handfeel’. Women increasingly discovered the pleasure to wear
soft, comfortable fabrics with a pleasing touch. As a result, handfeel is today
a necessary ingredient for any top selling lingerie fabric.
Another important factor that contributes to the
definition of lingerie stretch fabrics today is the success of shapewear, a trend that in many ways
redefined traditional corsetry. In fact, one of the crucial lingerie product
development guidelines today is to create fabrics having enhanced shaping and
control features with limited or non-constrictive side-effect.
In the case of shapewear, the primary objective
is to develop and propose fabrics that are fully responsive to the current general feminine desire of
shaping and “sculpting” the body, ultimately creating a sort of functional
textile coating that must remain comfortable and never too constrictive to
wear. Related to these expectations are clearly the fabric physicals, requiring
specific features like elongation values and a functional weight i.e. the
lighter the better. Fabric weight
is objectively a critical factor because women today definitely wish to look
more attractive yet feel uncompromisingly comfortable ( a trend that begins to
apply also for men's underwear), a fashion mood setting new performing
standards for lingerie fabrics.
It is true that the use of high gauge knitting machines
simplifies the response to the contemporary consumer requirements for lingerie
stretch fabrics but it is also true that these kind of fabrics can be quite
complex to industrialize.
Published on: 07/03/2012
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