Happy Friday!! Hello, how are you? Can you believe the weekend has snuck up on us again? The closer Fall seems to get, the faster Summer is slipping through my fingers. I still have a few things on my summer to-do list! What things are you hoping to get down before this warm weather is gone? I love when the leaves begin to change color here in Michigan, but I’m definitely not wishing my days away that are spent by enjoying time out on the Great Lakes!
Last week we held a giveaway for our 5000th fan! Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy your free copy of the Apparel Line Startup System! For those of you who were interested, I hope you picked up your copy of the system. This is because sadly, you will have to wait until 2017 for the next release. Thank you again for the continuous support and here at Technical Textile Solutions, we love you for standing by us!
Friday Favorites! Week Ending 8/5
Promises: HERMES OR CHANEL BAG WITHIN 72 HOURS
Many people dream to carry a designer bag. Hermes and Chanel handbags are two companies in particular that pride themselves on luxury and quality. Their handbags are always in high demand and you can always be sure your expectations will be met when buying a bag with the high price tag. The only problem is that the demand is high, that sometimes it is hard for consumers to find the bag of their dreams.
Due to the popularity of these bags, the resale market has become huge. Especially, because the quality of the fabric and production is so high, and even when they are used they stay in pristine condition. A company has jumped on this opportunity of resale and they claim they can find any Hermes or Chanel bag (pre-owned, that is), no matter how rare, within 72 hours. Yes, for those of you who dream of owning these bags, this is for you.
The company is a luxury consignment website that is called, Baghunter. They recently launched a new system that is apart of this new business idea, Bag Concierge. In this section of the site, a consumer can look up any Hermes or Chanel bag by choosing what size, color, material, and style. Once they choose the bag that they want, the company will locate the exact bag the consumer wants within those 72 hours.
“Our network of trusted resellers has grown extensively and to the point that we are confident of finding any handbag regardless of rarity, exclusivity, or supposed unavailability,” said Baghunter CEO Evelyn Fox in a statement. “The idea for a Bag Concierge service grew from the number of requests we received from clients seeking specific bags that weren’t listed on our website.”
Cotton Inc. Bonds With Nanotex on Dry Inside Technology
Cotton Inc. has collaborated with Nanotex on the Dry Inside Technology with cotton clothing. This is something that I love to hear about because typically I exercise somewhere between 4-6 times a week. There’s nothing better than a good cotton shirt. They are so comfortable, but I just hate that I sweat right through them. This new breakthrough in apparel technology might chance that for me!
“The patented Nanotex Dry Inside technology enables effective moisture transfer away from the skin, eliminating dampness and chafing in 100 percent cotton apparel while maintaining the additional comfort aspects of garments made from the natural fiber.”
This idea makes it so that cotton can compete with the activewear market that is currently on the rise, and doesn’t look like it is going to stop anytime soon. The synthetic fiber material that is featured in most activewear clothing is doing really well right now, and finally, it might possibly have a competitor.
“Extensive testing of the technology at Cotton Inc.’s laboratories in Cary, N.C. showed that Nanotex Dry Inside outperformed 100 percent polyester and untreated cotton in one-way moisture transport and cling.” Personally, I never thought that would be possible with how cotton holds moisture.”
So, how exactly does this new cotton technology work? It;’s actually not as crazy as it might seem. The article describes it as, “Nanotex Dry Inside is a technical print on the reverse side of the fabric that encourages the movement of moisture to the outside of the fabric through hydrophilic channels. Once moved from the inside to the outside, the moisture spreads and evaporates more readily, leaving the wearer dry and comfortable without clogging the fabric weave or compromising the look, feel or breathability of the fabric.” So basically they print a pattern on the fabric that moves the moisture to the outside of the fabric. It’s like traffic lanes for the sweat to move away from the body.
Cotton may have lost some talk within the last year due to the activewear market booming. But, I definitely believe that it may start to see a change, especially with this new innovation.
Why Fashion’s ‘Pink Tax’ Means Women Pay More
Ladies, have you ever wondered, “why in the world are clothes so expensive?” Or maybe you have seen something you liked, while shopping for your husband, fiance, brother, whoever and realized that you could buy the same thing, in the “Women’s” section, but for A LOT more money? If you have, obviously you’re not alone. It’s no secret that women’s clothes are traditionally more expensive than men’s. BUT WHY?! In this article from Business of Fashion, they give us the whole story behind these similar garments and the “Pink Tax” that comes with them.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s pretty simple. The “Pink Tax” is just a way to say that one women’s item costs more than a similar item in the men’s department. “Of the brands surveyed by BoF, Saint Laurent has the most price differentials between similar men’s and women’s styles — eight in all. These include a striped sweater priced at $950 for men and $1,190 for women and a black short-sleeved silk t-shirt costing $490 for men and $590 for women. (In both cases, the men’s and women’s versions have the same design, color and materials composition.)”
But these differences in prices don’t only appear in high-end clothing brands. You can also find this “Pink-Tax” in your local drug store. Razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap… just to point out a few; you name it, you can find it. “A study released in December by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs compared the male and female versions of nearly 800 products on sale in the city — including jeans, shampoo and children’s toys — and found that, on average, the female items cost 7 percent more. On average, women paid 8 percent more than men for similar items of clothing.”
Okay, so if you really think about it there is no logical reason for a pink razor to cost more than a blue one. However, for clothing, what could make the price so dramatically different? Is there a reasonable explanation for this? Possibly, fabric amount, time spent working on a piece, or the attention to detail in a product… But HUNDREDS different? No! Probably not.
Then the article goes on and points out three main reasons for the dramatic range in prices: Materials and workmanship, Customer demand, and Gender based-tariffs.
What do you think? Is this reasonable? Check out their article to read the full explanation, but to me, the difference in price is too dramatic to explain.
3D Printing In Italy
Italy is known as a country full of art, exploration, and wine. Now, is it getting a new identity added to the list! It is also getting to become known as a country full of innovation thanks to the rise of the market of 3D printing. Italy has always been known for hand made manufacturing pieces. Whether it has to do with sports, or fine furniture the company was looked at as a place you could find some wonderful craftsmen. But recently with the economic downturn, unfortunately, some companies have fallen due to the hard times. People are looking for cheaper items because the flow of money is currently slow. So what does Italy have to do to help its economy?
Recently some of Italy’s well-known designers and craftsmen became innovators. Ignazio Pomini, the president a 27-year-old maker of automotive prototypes located in Trento, decided that they needed to “ use the same technology, the same skills, the same space, the existing investments, but for a new business.” He teamed up with Selvaggia Armani. Who is an artist and designer. They both decided to start working on a series of lamps designed by Armani and manufactured to order on Pomini’s 3D printers.
“Techniques such as the 3D printing used by Pomini and Armani have helped turn northeastern Italy into an unlikely hothouse of innovation. Last year growth in the region was positive for the first time since 2007, at 0.5 percent. Exports rose by 3.5 percent in 2014 and are expected to keep climbing. In the province of Trento, for instance, the public and private sectors together invest some 2 percent of gross domestic product in research and development. At the Centro Moda Canossa — a trade school in Trento for children age 14 to 18 specializing in fashion design and tailoring—the faculty recently added a class in which students incorporate 3D printing, laser cutting, and microcontroller chips into their designs. “You can’t offer a job from the past. Nobody will come,” says Michele Bommassar, 36, the school’s vice director. “You have to offer the jobs of the future.” “
It is exciting to see things that seem so futuristic become a reality. Sure, some things are better done hand made but to turn an economic downturn into a positive experience is something remarkable.