Industry innovators develop performance shapewear and power lace fabrics

INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA brand, and Penn Textile Solutions, a German textile mill specialising in warp and weft knits, have teamed up to develop a new line of high-performance fabrics for the lingerie and athleisure markets.

The new collection, to be presented at Interfilière Paris from July 8-10, includes a series of shapewear fabrics and a new generation of ‘powerlace’.

Dreamshape, made with Lycra Beauty fibre, features a leaf design and a tummy flattening ‘power zone’ for targeting shaping.

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INVISTA said the fabric offers the option for open-cut seams without bonding or lining and a free and easy cut without laddering.

The Powerlace series was made using Lycra Beauty and micro modal cotton following a consumer demand for natural comfort.

Penn Textile Solutions has also created a ‘gripper series’ comprised of anti-slip components on the back side of the fabric.

The brand said that in comparison to a common silicon gripper, this fabric, made with Lycra fibre, is durable thanks to the gripper element being integrated into the knitting construction, preventing irritation.

Commenting on the new range of fabrics, Penn Textile Solutions CEO Thomas Siemensmeyer said: “Now more than ever, consumers are demanding comfortable, easy care apparel with real performance benefits. We believe offering these benefits, and harnessing the power of Lycra brand equity through co-branding are an important way to differentiate your products and drive sales.”

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