stretch denim

INVISTA, owners of the LYCRA® brand, and Garmon S.p.A., the premiere denim finishing house, debuted a collection of knit denim concept garments at the Kingpins Show in Amsterdam on April 13 and 14. The collection integrates fabrics made with INVISTA’s LYCRA® HYBRID technology together with Garmon’s latest finishing techniques, including chemical formulations assessed using GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals.

Introduced at the last Kingpins Show in October, LYCRA® HYBRID technology enables mills to create denim fabrics that combine the comfort and flexibility of a knit with the authentic aesthetics and performance typically found in woven denim. Through its collaboration with Garmon S.p.A. INVISTA aims to show the variety of aesthetic possibilities that can be achieved with knit denim fabrics using LYCRA® HYBRID technology.

Jean Hegedus, Global Segment Director for Denim at INVISTA says, “We are very excited to demonstrate the finishing options available with LYCRA® HYBRID technology. Knit denim, while growing, is still at the early stages of development, and it’s important to understand best practices for wet and dry processing. Given Garmon’s unique chemical processes and Italian inspired design, we felt they would be the perfect company to help us with this initiative.”

Developed by the NGO Clean Production Action, GreenScreen®allows companies to transparently assess, compare and communicate information on chemical toxicity. By employing this process, Garmon was able to select chemical finishes with relatively low environmental impacts. For example, in lieu of using potassium permanganate, Garmon selected Avol Oxy White and the latest enzymatic solutions to maximize Eco efficiency.