Category: Insights

Fleece’s Future

Fleece’s Future

January 23, 2017 | By

Fleece fabric’s history is firmly rooted in North America, with Massachusetts based Malden Mills producing the first version in 1982 and Patagonia becoming an early adopter. David Parkes, who, before moving on to found textile resource and garment production specialist Concept III, was involved in those early developments, has described fleece as the catalyst that […]

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WSA Magazine: Building Bridges

WSA Magazine: Building Bridges

March 30, 2015 | By

Innovators: David Parkes David Parkes says he came into the textile industry by chance in the 1960’s, but he took the opportunity to build up skills in sales, product development and marketing and brought them to the emerging outdoor industry at just the right time, providing a bridge between textile developers and finished product brands, […]

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Porelle: WPB that really breathes

Porelle: WPB that really breathes

March 4, 2015 | By

A Waterproof/Breathable That Really Breathes Our US and European office in the U.K. have partnered with U.K.-based PIL Membranes, Ltd. to bring new Porelle Air Sport air permeable waterproof membrane to outdoor and active apparel brands in the U.S. and Europe. Really breathes “in the past, the breathable part of WPB’s were far outshined by […]

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Polygiene’s Momentum

Polygiene’s Momentum

August 23, 2014 | By

“Since we introduced it in the U.S., Polygiene’s ‘Stay Fresh’ silver salt-based odor control technology continues to gain more and more momentum in the outdoor and active apparel markets,” says Chris Parkes. “Most of the leading, technical brands have or are adopting it throughout their lines. Now the smaller brands are also adding it. Polygiene […]

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30 Years of Market Insight

30 Years of Market Insight

August 14, 2014 | By

A Passion for Product [Textile Insight July/August 2014] “We are currently working on the next generation of product and the re-emergence of surface finished textiles. I also believe Merino is here to stay; not only in clothing, but transitioning to categories such as underwear, too.  We also see growth in really lightweight performance laminates.  The […]

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New! Dry-Tex® Featherweight Laminates

New! Dry-Tex® Featherweight Laminates

September 4, 2013 | By

With the next generation of soft shells in mind, we have joined forces with the Dry-Tex company from Mainland China. A specialist in ultra lightweight laminations, together we are presenting the market a nearly endless array of creative two-and three-layer performance textile “packages”.   Besides their technical virtues, the key to these new collaborations is their […]

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More New Advanced Merino Blends at Merino State

More New Advanced Merino Blends at Merino State

November 26, 2012 | By

We joined forces with Australian Merino resource, Merino State in the US over a year ago to introduce their fine micron premium textile collection in the U.S. and Canada. As of July 2012, the company will now also work with Euro customers to develop Merino State performance Merinos and Merino blends out of their North […]

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30% More Merino in Market for 2014

30% More Merino in Market for 2014

October 18, 2012 | By

Looking ahead to performance fabric trends for 2014, we are forecasting a hefty 30% increase in the use of Merinos and Merino blend fibers. 
“We are seeing a tremendous interest in fine-micron Merino wool particularly in golf, hunting and outdoor,” says national sales manager, Chris Parkes. While golf, hunting and outdoor embrace Merino for its […]

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Looking Ahead to Spring 2014

Looking Ahead to Spring 2014

October 13, 2012 | By

Concept III is dedicated to presenting you with the very best, most innovative and creative new textiles. We also understand that you can never have enough design inspiration to help you develop new product lines. Here are two Concept III “Concept Boards” for Spring 2014 that we hope will help. Kingwhale Kingwhale’s top quality featherweight […]

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