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Toray & UNIQLO announce the joint development for Clothing Made from Recycled Down and Fabric Made with Polyester Fibres from Recycled Plastic Bottles
September 16, 2019, London, U.K. - On the occasion of the LifeWear Day consumer exhibition taking place this year in London, Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO and Toray Industries today announce the joint development of down clothing employing reclaimed down and DRY-EX apparel incorporating fabric from polyester fibres made with recycled PET bottles. This new initiative, part of a longstanding strategic partnership between the two companies, will contribute to sustainability by giving consumers access to merchandise that optimises the use of valuable resources. Commenting on today’s announcement, Tadashi Yanai, UNIQLO Founder and Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing, said, “UNIQLO is committed to improving the sustainability of society. To this end, we will soon begin our new initiative with Toray that promotes the use of recycled materials. Through such an important partnership, we can continue to offer high-performance, high-quality, and sustainable clothing to all customers around the world.” Akihiro Nikkaku, President of Toray Industries, Inc., said, “At Toray we challenge ourselves to find solutions to global social issues with our belief that “materials can change our lives”. By promoting businesses that contribute to sustainability together with our strategic partner UNIQLO, we aim to create new value and realise a prosperous society through LifeWear.” New items made from recycled down UNIQLO stores will collect used Ultra Light Down items from customers. A new Toray-developed system will extract material from Ultra Light Down pieces, to be cleansed for use in new down merchandise. Collections* will start later in September this year initially only in Japan, and some down products from the 2020 Fall/Winter season will employ this recycled material. Conventionally, the stuffing in duvets and other objects incorporating down is manually removed. Such processes are arduous with Ultra Light Down items because of their thin shells and complex construction. By developing special extraction machinery, Toray has fully automated cutting, stirring and separating, and recovery, for 50-fold the process capacity of manual processes, thus greatly alleviating workloads. New DRY-EX pieces incorporating polyester from recycled PET bottles DRY-EX is a revolutionary material that quickly wicks away sweat and moisture. From 2020 Spring/Summer UNIQLO will begin to introduce DRY-EX items of clothing that incorporate high-value-added polyester fibres derived from reclaimed PET bottles. This is a milestone because, while fibres made from reclaimed plastic bottles have been commercially available for some time, it has been hard to produce fibres featuring special cross-sections and fine fibres, owing to contaminants in PET bottles. Another challenge to address has been that plastic bottles yellow as they age. Toray’s contaminant filtering technology overcomes these issues, making it possible to manufacture fibres whose features are commensurate with those of fibres from plastic made directly from petrochemical feedstock, including those with special cross-sections. Another advance is Toray’s Recycling Identification System, which enhances reliability by ensuring that fibres derived from plastic bottles are traceable. UNIQLO and Toray will keep leveraging their strengths to foster sustainable social progress.
Hansae Co., Ltd Finished Overseas Training Program for Best Employees
On June 3, Hansae Co., Ltd has successfully completed the New York Overseas Training Program. The New York Overseas Training Program was held from May 26 to June 1, a total of 6 nights and 7 days, with 27 participants. Hansae has been selecting the best employees every year and supporting overseas training program in New York in order to inspire employees' will to work and strengthen their global capabilities. Employees participated in this program had time to investigate local markets by visiting not only the company's New York Design Center but also buyers' brand stores, luxury fashion brands, SPA brands, and large markets, and to analyze fashion trends. Ik-Hwan Kim, CEO of Hansae Co., Ltd, said, "Hansae is very supportive at improving the quality of life of the employees and at the development of individuals. Through this training, I hope that it was time for employees to strengthen their global capabilities and learn various experiences and know-how." Hansae Co., Ltd has 5 subsidiaries in Vietnam and about 20,000 employees. In addition, it operates 18 corporations and 5 overseas offices in 8 countries including Myanmar, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, and the United States. The company supports various welfare programs and training programs such as Vietnam training program for new employees, New York training program for best employees, foreign language education support, workplace nursery, electronic library, etc.
Dr. Martens 2018 SS Collection Showcase
On January 4th, Dr. Martens presented ‘2018 SS Collection’ at Surf’s up in Sinsa-dong, Seoul, Korea. Dr. Martens, established in England in the 1960s, is a brand that symbolizes the culture of British young people, and it introduced the world's first air cushion walker. It is a global brand with many enthusiasts from all over the world with its sophisticated technology, solidity, and trendy design. Dr. Martens has unveiled a number of new products that add uniqueness to their DNA through 2018 SS Collection; 'Ice Metallic Collection' with a cool metal feeling, 'Black and White Collection' inspired by 80's new wave style with a card game motif, and 'Wide Heart Collection' with leopard heart detail points. In particular, this season's new sandal ‘ZEBRULUS’ features a zigzag-shaped rugged flooring pattern and EVA material for a lightweight, comfortable wearing feeling and added to the unique sensibility of Dr. Martens with yellow stitch. ‘JMW Turner Collection’ with Joseph Mallord William Turner, a world-famous romantic landscape painter, and ‘Flight Accessory Collection’, including backpacks and messenger bags that emphasize military feeling to the air force jacket material, were also newly presented and attracted attention. ▲ The original lineup has also been updated with materials and finishes. ▲ Aiming for spring and summer seasons, a large number of sandal line-ups have been released to satisfy both men and women. ▲ 'Made in England' concept, which is emphasized every time in terms of brand identity, also appeared this year. ▲ In addition to shoes, casual products and bags were also released and attracted attention.
Cone Denim Launches Future BLACK+ Denim featuring Lenzing Modal and REPREVE
Cone Denim, Lenzing and Unifi are excited to collaborate on the launch of Future BLACK+ denim featuring Lenzing Modal® branded fibers and REPREVE® Black recycled fibers. Future BLACK+, the industry's first certified fade-resistant black denim, will join Cone Denim's family of TruTone™ fabrics. Jeans made from Future BLACK+ denim contain as many as 17 recycled plastic bottles and feature superior softness, color retention and stretch, while minimizing the impact on the environment. Future BLACK+ denim achieves its durable color by utilizing dope dyeing, an energy-saving and environmentally friendly dyeing technique that introduces the pigment during the production process. Adding the colorant during manufacturing allows the entire body of the fiber to be colored instead of only the surface and eliminates the need for a dye bath later in the process. Wash tests have shown that denim made from Future BLACK+ showed no sign of color loss even after more than 20 washes, producing a denim that's built to last. REPREVE is a leading brand of fibers made from recycled plastic bottles by Unifi, Inc.. Lenzing Modal® BLACK has around 50 to 60 percent lower environmental impact than conventional dyed fabric. The Lenzing manufacturing process requires less chemical and energy inputs during manufacturing, and uses 64 percent less water during the dye process. Together, these earth-friendly fibers create a high performing, highly sustainable denim.
H&M Kicks Off Climate Week In New York
On Monday September 18th, Daniel Kulle, President of H&M North America rang the bell at NASDAQ in New York City to officially kick off Climate Week. Climate change and global warming is a serious issue for the planet and for all of us living on it. It's a key challenge to all industries, including fashion, which is why H&M has decided to address this challenge with a ground-breaking commitment; to become climate positive by 2040. H&M will create a climate positive value chain by reducing the energy need across operations and ensuring that the energy comes from renewable and sustainable sources. The group will also support actions helping the planet to resist and recover from climate change as well as innovations making it possible to absorb greenhouse gases. H&M's goal is not only to reduce the negative climate impact their business has, but to create a positive one. This means they will reduce more greenhouse gases than their value chain emits. "We want to use our size and scale to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while making our company even more fair and equal. This is why we have developed a new strategy aiming to take our sustainability work to the next level," says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at the H&M group. "We want to lead by example, pave the way and try new things –when it comes to both the environmental and social side – to ultimately make fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable. Our climate positive strategy is one way of doing this," she adds. H&M is determined to show that climate positive fashion is possible. Climate positive by 2040 throughout the H&M group's entire value chain. The H&M group commits to a climate neutral supply chain for tier 1–2 by 2030. The H&M group has a commitment to use 100% renewable energy in its own operations; the share increased to 96% in 2016 from 78% in 2015. In 2016, the H&M group reduced its CO2 emissions by 47% compared to 2015. The H&M group is a proud member of the WWF Climate Savers program.
Banana Republic Forms First-Ever Men's Style Council
Banana Republic is proud to partner with pro football quarterback and 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan, pro baseball shortstop Didi Gregorius and pro basketball guard and 2015-16 NBA Most Improved Player C.J. McCollum. Ryan, Gregorius and McCollum join pro basketball power forward and Banana Republic brand ambassador, Kevin Love, to form the first-ever Banana Republic Men's Style Council – a specially-selected group of male athletes who will showcase the brand's versatile, quality and performance-driven menswear collections through a series of campaigns and engaging programs, including personal appearances. For the first Men's Style Council campaign, Love, Ryan, Gregorius, and McCollum will launch Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chino – the newest innovation in men's pants, engineered with proprietary performance technology. The Rapid Movement Chino collection will be available in Banana Republic stores globally and online in late July 2017. Designed for continuous all-day comfort, Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos are crafted with a specialized dual-FX fiber that is carefully engineered to resist stretch. The dynamic fabric offers unprecedented movement and recovery for optimal comfort and fit retention during wear. Each pair is crafted from soft cotton fabrics and fortified with a special stain- and water-repelling finish, bringing together a strong combination of tailoring + performance, fit and polish. Rapid Movement Chino will be available in trusted Aiden, Emerson and Fulton fits, and a new Tapered fit for $98.00.
Dr. Martens 2017 SS Press Day
British fashion brand Dr. Martens held 'Dr. Martens 2017 SS Press Day' on January 24. The event presented major product lines to be showcased during the spring and summer of 2017, attracting industry and media stakeholders. This event, held at 'Shinsajang' in Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, was characterized by the spread of 'DM's Lite' series products that were first introduced at '2016 AW Collection' held on July 28 last year. The main feature of new 2017 spring/summer season products is to spread the lightening, a strength of 'DM's Lite' which has been supplied to the market since last September, as well as updating the product line with its original characteristics. Meanwhile, all the products that Dr. Martens presented at 2017 SS Press Day will be on sale through Dr. Martens stores and online, and details can be found on the official homepage, Facebook and Instagram. ▲ On the second floor of 'Shinsajang' building, we were able to meet a lot of updated new products. ▲ Industry and media officials visited in the afternoon to look at new products from Dr. Martens. ▲ Apart from shoes, which are Dr. Martens representative products, bags and related accessories attracted attention. As 2017 spring/summer new products, three kinds of coloring such as 'PAINT SPLATTER', 'BANDANA PRINT', and 'GEORGE & THE DRAGON' led as representatives. Moreover, 'TIE DYE PRINT' was introduced as a new product that adds lightness. These products emphasize colorful colors and vividness through collaborations with designers. On top of that, 'VALENTINES' was exhibited as a special product for spring season. Following 'Cartoon Network' last year, 'BEAVIS&BUTTHEAD' edition was presented for collaboration with MTV this year. The new 'MADE IN ENGLAND' series, which will be exhibited at all events, include TUSCON LEATHER, BORO FABRIC, STINGRAY LEATHER, etc. Meanwhile, as products of 'DM's LITE' series, the products with the concept of 'THE NEXT REVOLUTION' are newly appeared and attracted attention. They are featured by a combination of mesh and sneakers style to 'DM'S LITE,' the lightest shoes of Dr. Martens. If you are looking for a walking style of stylish urban type, check it out. ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - PAINT SPLATTER ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - BANDANA PRINT ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - GEORGE & THE DRAGON ▲ DM'S LITE - THE NEXT REVOLUTION ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - VALENTINES ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - TIE DYE PRINT ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - MADE IN ENGLAND 'TUSCON LEATHER & BORO FABRIC' ▲ DR.MARTENS SS17 - MADE IN ENGLAND 'STINGRAY LEATHER'