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How Some French Apparel Brands Are Bringing Sustainability to Gallic Style

The French fashion industry is taking a more sustainable approach to apparel with the assistance of Sympatex Technologies.

The functional materials company is working with several French apparel brands to make their merchandise more environmentally-friendly. With its special laminates, Sympatex is able to create functional, fashionable and sustainable clothing for France’s diverse consumers. As the French fashion industry works to reduce its carbon footprint, Sympatex provides solutions that protect nature and satisfy shoppers.

“It has become crystal clear that more and more fashion customers ask for functional and also ecologically fabricated products,” said Hervé Clerbout, Sympatex Technologies France SAS managing director. “Our new fashion articles offer a very high performance level, because Sympatex features optimum breathability, among other things.”

Sympatex’s solutions are also certified by many sustainable textile production systems. More than 75 percent of Sympatex’s laminates used for clothing are Bluesign approved. Additionally, all apparel products may opt for a water-repellent, fluorocarbon-free Bionic Finish Eco material and odor-repellent technology Polygiene.

To create more sustainable apparel, Sympatex established new partnerships with many French clothing brands, including menswear labels Bleu de Paname and Bonne Gueule, for which the company developed environmentally-friendly outerwear, including alpine jackets, long coats and softshell parkas. Children’s retailer Jacadi also collaborated with Sympatex on new sustainable apparel. Both companies established a warm down jacket for kids that features Sympatex’s laminates. Motorcycle apparel brand Furygan and Sympatex also co-developed a new sustainable collection for the upcoming bike season.

“The French market is visionary. France has always been an important trailblazer, especially regarding the material mix of fashion & function. The growing demand for sustainable materials is the next logical step and inevitable, particularly for the clothing industry – where France also plays a leading role,” Sympatex CEO Dr. Rüdiger Fox said. “I can still see a great growth potential for Sympatex there.”