WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--INVISTA, owners of the LYCRA® brand and portfolio of products, will launch its new patented LYCRA® FREEF!T® Technology in North America at the Kingpins NYC show on November 28-29. LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology provides denim and woven fabrics with soft, easy stretch and excellent recovery.
The LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology was born out of consumer research* which showed that while more than 65% of female respondents across five countries desire jeans that are easy to move in, only 25% of respondents indicated the last pair of jeans they purchased allowed them to move comfortably. Further, only 22% of respondents said the last pair they purchased held their shape, despite 56% of respondents wanting jeans that would do so.
According to Jean Hegedus, INVISTA’s Global Director for Denim and Wovens, the results represented a real consumer need gap which the INVISTA team believed LYCRA® technologies could address. “It’s a bit like trying to fool the laws of nature,” Hegedus said. “Typically, when you have soft, easy stretch, fabric recovery is compromised. What makes this technology so unique is that it combines two opposing concepts – soft stretch and excellent shape retention.”
LYCRA® FREEF!T® fabrics are made using INVISTA patented and patent pending technologies covering yarn, textile processing, and fabric structure. The fabrics use LYCRA® dualFX® yarns which are specially treated, and then woven in specific constructions to provide the soft stretch.
In addition to easy stretch, these fabrics also provide a wider fit window because they are less compressive than typical stretch fabrics. Visitors to the INVISTA stand are invited to see demonstrations of the LYCRA® FREEF!T® Technology, along with a preview of a new COOLMAX® offering – COOLMAX® Natural Touch™ Technology. This technology combines two unique types of COOLMAX® fiber with cotton and LYCRA® fiber for cool comfort with a soft, natural hand and authentic aesthetic.
The Kingpins NYC show will be held on November 28-29 at Pier 36/Basketball City. Invited guests may attend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the U.S., INVISTA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. For more information, visit INVISTA.com.
*INVISTA Denim Study by 2CV, 2016
LYCRA®, FREEF!T®, COOLMAX® and Natural Touch™ are trademarks of INVISTA.