Breathable coatings onto indigo denims allow us to wear our jeanswear pieces in all climates. We love our jeans, we want to wear them in all conditions. They can be lightweight, water repellant, breathable, comfort stretch. Not just for jean but for jackets and outdoor styles.
Denim and jeans can now be warm and insulating rather than the previously chilly cottons. Thermalite from Invista helps us create warmer denims. Brushed backside denim fabrics allow the simple cotton jean to become a winter cotton item. Quilted constructions trap air between the double layers. "Knit" like denim constructions can easily replace as well as replicate the classic fleece hoody and sweat pants in beautiful indigo denim with flexibility and comfort.
Face brushing can be better done in garment form to achieve a warm appearance as well as an insulating fabric. In face brushing the garment the indigo surface level can be controlled to become like moleskin or velour.
Double layering in the garment as well as quilting in the fabric enables us to use thermal fillings inside and water repellant coatings on the outside yet it is still a denim jacket!
Natural plus synthetic fibre blend innovations have achieved the strongest fibre - Dyneema. Cotton + Dyneema blends are used for high performance jeanswear where high rub and tear strength is required - motorbiking; street cycling; boarding; blading; mountaineering to name but a few extreme activities where performance denims are an advantage. Cordura from Invista and Nylon 66 are also super strong fibres which when blended with cotton create synthetic strength with natural fibre softness.
Shine and performance can be achieved with fibre rather than coated finish namely, hi shine nylons, tencel and trilobal polyesters. Whilst denims are traditionally made with cotton warps we can now make a denim which is totally synthetic yet retaining ability to dye indigo - namely, Tencel or Modal ( Lenzing) cellulosic warps with other synthetic fibre blends in the weft.
We have mentioned temperature controlling fibres in the form of thermalite from Invista. Invista also help us create cooling denims with moisture management with their Coolmax for summer denims and Coolmax all season being a blend of thermalite and coolmax for all year round comfort denims.
Nilit also offers Breeze which is a cool fibre; Heat which is a thermal fibre; Aquarius which is a breathable moisture management fibre.
Brushing; Quilting; Coating; Padding are all achievable in the classic character and shade of indigo denim. We now need never to be without our denims whatever the weather.