Fabric Fair Portland to display past, present, future
The 2019 Functional Fabric Fair Portland, powered by Performance Days, will have special segments for textile innovations of the past, present and future. The fair, to be held during October 22-23, will also have the Performance Forum which will showcase some 300 innovative fabrics and accessories for the latest performance apparel, and an Archive Exhibit.
The Archive Exhibit will display iconic performance apparel garments that made an influential impact over the past century.
The Performance Forum and Archive Exhibit will be located in an exhibit hall where more than 130 hand-selected textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers will present functional fabrics, branded technologies, treatments, laminates, paddings, finishes, and accessories. Currently, more than 1,200 top designers and influential product, purchasing and material managers for outdoor, sportswear, workwear, sportive fashion and athleisure apparel companies are registered to attend the fair.
"We are excited to pay homage to the history of performance apparel, while shining a bright spotlight on the innovative performance fabrics that will shape the future of the industry," said Steve McCullough of Reed Exhibitions. "The Show Floor of Functional Fabric Fair Portland powered by Performance Days offers a wealth of interactive opportunities - from vendor exhibits to educational programming and curated displays to networking events. We look forward to a productive, engaging and enjoyable two days to meet face-to-face with the leaders who drive our industry forward."
The Performance Forum in Portland will introduce the latest textile and accessory innovations and trends kicking-off winter 2021/22 with an update to spring-summer 2021. Three-hundred fabrics in eleven categories, as selected by an independent jury of industry experts, will be presented on six backlit presentation walls. Each fabric will have performance codes to simplify the sourcing process by desired applications of the fabric.
Performance Forum fabric categories include Next to Skin/Baselayer, Midlayer, Softshell, Waterproof/Breathable 2.5 and 3 Layer, Waterproof/Breathable 2 Layer, High Density/Lightweight, Active Style, Pants/Woven and Knit, Shirts/Woven and Knit, Accessories/Trims, and Insulation/Inlays.
The fair's Archive Exhibit, produced in partnership with Concept III, will present a highly curated selection of iconic pieces, spanning nearly a century, and the story behind each one. Each garment is distinguished by its innovation in performance apparel ingenuity for that era. The fair's printed guide will feature a dedicated section describing each piece and its historical significance for the era.
Iconic garments that made an influential impact in the performance apparel industry featured in the Archive Exhibit of Functional Fabric Fair Portland powered by Performance Days include Filson Men's Mackinaw Cruiser Jacket (1922), Woolrich Men's '503' Hunting Coat and Pants The Pennsylvania Tuxedo (1930), Eddie Bauer Skyliner Jacket (1940), Sierra Designs 60/40 Mountain Parka (1968), Banana Equipment Parka with Gore-Tex Fabric (1977), Marmot Men's Golden Mantle Jacket (1978), Carhartt Brown Duck Arctic Coat (1980s), CB Sports Ski Jacket (1980s), Columbia Bugaboo Parka (1988), LL Bean Mount Everest Peace Climb Jacket and Pant (1990), LL Bean 'Mountain Light' Jacket (1990), Rab Glacier Jacket (1991), Patagonia Patagonia Synchilla Fleece Jacket (1993) , Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket (1998), and Isis (Juno) Women's Valkyrie Ski Jacket and Pants (1999).
Functional Fabric Fair Portland powered by Performance Days also includes an Expert Talks series of complimentary educational programming featuring industry officials from the Hohenstein Institute and faculty presenters from Utah State University, Portland Fashion Institute and University of Oregon.
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