XDD has developed a new denim fabric called 2nd Skin, which is manufactured to provide jeans wearers with a sustainable ultra-stretch feel with excellent recovery capabilities.
2nd Skin is XDD’s newest “One-Size Fit” collection that can fit a range of differently sized people, as the jeans may be snugger on larger frames and baggier on smaller bodies. The collection is part of the One-Size Fit “story” that the textiles manufacturer launched in April during the Kingpins Show in Amsterdam. Including One-Size Fit, XDD unveiled seven stories at the event, also debuting Vintage Friendly, Black Denim, Raw Denim, Neutrals, Mild Hand Feel and Ecology Denim.
Although it is difficult to make all product fit XDD’s “one-size” standard, this story aims to deliver on that standard by offering the ultra-stretch option. There are two material elements that characterize the 2nd Skin fabric and help cater to One-Size Fit, XDD says.
The first is a spandex fiber from LYCRA® ADAPTIV, which is a patent-pending, adaptive fabric that is designed to adjust to a wearer’s functional needs. This means that when the wearer is at rest, the polymer adapts its compressive holding force to deliver the right fit, shape and control. When the wearer is in motion, the polymer adapts its elasticity to deliver improved comfort in motion and a second-skin effect, allowing the garment to better stay in place on the body. Garments made with fabrics containing LYCRA® ADAPTIV fiber are durable and are also easier to put on and take off.
The second element will be adding EcoVeroTM, a fabric produced from specially processed wood pulp and often compared to silk and cotton. This viscose fiber is certified from Lenzing, providing an eco-softness on skin with 50 percent lower emissions and waste impact than generic viscose, which is also biodegradable and sustainable.
This fabric is suitable for a skinny/slim silhouette, while also being comfortable enough to be worn for an entire day.
To produce the 2nd Skin collection and deliver the One-Size Fit promise, XDD leveraged the Aerate-Max technique, which offers the denim both a natural look and feel, and includes additional details such as eco-friendly finishes like laser treatments.
The manufacturer’s data indicates that the fabric has a 5 percent increase in stretch and recovery capabilities when compared with DualFX technology. This is a new development for the “all day comfort” direction that the industry has taken toward jeans production.
XDD preps to launch new spinning mill in 2024
To maintain its status as a true vertical mill factory that strives to embed continuous improvement in the manufacturing process, XDD will launch its new spinning factory in 2024. The facility, based in Vietnam’s Quang Ngai province, will be located next to the denim mill.
The mill’s purpose is to spin different types of products, particularly TENCEL™ Lyocell™, EcoVeroTM and ModalTM, as well as TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™, but also with T400, Creora® and other cotton products.
In combining its commitment to sustainable fabrics with vintage inspiration, responsible manufacturing processes and waste reduction, XDD aims to further develop collections that can benefit both the consumer and the environment alike. As XDD increases its capacity, the firm aims to keep the quality stable and to maintain the vintage-friendly fabric’s strength.
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