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Moncler Pursues Performance-Enhancing Materials

Royal DSM, a global science-based company, announced that for the first time, its Dyneema Composite Fabrics are being used by luxury label Moncler in the Fall-Winter 2020 Grenoble collection that fuses form and function into high-performance skiwear.

Moncler Grenoble is born of a passion for research and implements cutting-edge technology to push the limits of its potential. The design team identified Dyneema as an innovative fabric it could use to maximize performance, incorporating the material into the new collection as a departure from the conventional use of cotton and polyester.

Sandro Mandrino, head of design for Moncler Grenoble, was the first designer at the luxury fashion brand to incorporate Dyneema into one of his creations through the Moncler Genius project. That project advocates radical co-creation, where multiple designers create their own signature collections in collaboration with the brand.

Using variations of the fabric in white and black allowed Mandrino to merge skiwear, space suits and technology all in one.

“Moncler Grenoble is first and foremost about performance,” said Mandrino, who integrated constructive solutions with fabric technology to develop a line that was meant to perform on and off the ski slopes. “Future collections will focus on expanding to new designs and fabric options in collaboration with DSM.”

Dyneema is considered the world’s strongest and lightest fiber–15 times stronger than steel yet light enough to float on water. In fabric form, Dyneema is available in composites, denim, knits, wovens and hybrids for composite reinforcements.

“We are very excited to be working with the Moncler team to launch a collection of wonderful garments that allow people to explore the outdoors more safely and for longer periods of time,” Marcio Manique, global business director for consumer and professional protection at DSM Protective Materials, said. “We look forward to further supporting Moncler as they develop innovative, high-tech garments that are also sustainably sourced through the introduction of bio-based Dyneema fabrics.”