As we move forward and regain our liberty, the legacy that Covid has fueled is emerging in an increased demand for sport and outdoor activities for Spring/Summer 2023. This isn’t just the return of regular sport and outdoor activities, but also a new pool of cross-generation consumers that are ready to pursue a healthier and balanced lifestyle. The importance and benefit of working out, from exploring the outdoors or pounding the streets, the improved physical health and mental wellbeing triggered by movement and open environments are being embraced by consumers. The international textile jury of ISPO Textrends was unanimous in the results of the applications for Spring/Summer 2023, as functionality, performance and a higher level of creativity emerged, delivered in a new level of lightweight qualities.
The jury also noted that sustainability has reached a pinnacle of being an exclusive characteristic within a product, but now must take an inclusive role, becoming the norm, within the textile chain. Functionality and performance are key, but so is a new level of lightweight products, creativity, ingredients, and innovative use of fibres and finishes.
A multitude of ingredients and processes, from water and energy saving, reduced waste, reduced home laundering, biodegradable and circular, recycled protective coatings to longer-lasting products and tackling microfiber pollution. The list is endless and continues to spread in blanket formation. All applications pertained to some form of sustainability.
Bio-synthetics created a stir, as commercial offerings continue to increase, while natural fabrics with performance were a feature throughout, with cotton, linen, silk, and wool favoured fibres. Virgin and recycled synthetics delivered a high-level per- formance with an enhanced touch. Performance finishes and engineered fabric construction complemented the new generation of authentic structures in micro-light finishes.
ISPO Textrends has maintained over the past seasons that sustainability is not a trend, it is a fundamental and multi-dimensional part of the textile chain’s DNA, and the industry has taken this message on board.
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