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Clothing

Socrates socks employ Kevlar-carbon matrix material and are designed to never get a hole, ...

For many, socks and jocks are the go-to gifts for dads for Christmas and birthdays. While not the most imaginative gift, most men can generally use a steady resupply of both thanks to the inevitable holes that appear in such garments coupled with an apparent reluctance to spend money on underwear. Well, gift givers may need to put in a bit more thought if dad invests in a couple of pairs of Socrates socks. Made from Kevlar-carbon matrix material, they’re designed never to get a hole, droop, or wear out.  Read More

The Provision jacket combines weather protection and survival gear

Most winter jackets attempt to keep you alive by locking in your body heat and shedding moisture during cold, snowy weather. The Rocky S2V Provision takes winter protection to the next level. The jacket features an integrated survival kit designed to keep you prepared for much more than just the weather.  Read More

'Real' leather, like that pictured above, could soon face competition from a lab-grown sub...

According to many people, meat and leather are an ethical and environmental nightmare, causing misery to billions of animals and wreaking havoc on the planet’s ecosystems. While mankind may not turn entirely vegan in the next generation, a more humane and cleaner type of leather could become available in the near future (and meat a few years later) thanks to the development of an in-vitro version of the material being developed by Modern Meadow.  Read More

The Freefold commuter travel system is said to maintain the shape of a business suit jacke...

If you're the kind of businessman who travels cheek to cheek with commuters on the metro or subway – or who cycles to work – then you'll know that by the time you change into your once-pristine suit at the office, it can look more like a "before" image from a steam iron commercial than something fit to impress the boss. Tony Higson's crusade against creases started with Suit Commute, and is now about to enter the next phase with Freefold.  Read More

Clothing treated with the CatClo laundry additive can remove nitrogen oxides from the air

A laundry additive created by researchers from the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion turns clothing into a photocatalytic material that can help remove nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the air. One of the most prominent air pollutants, nitrogen oxides are emitted from the exhausts of ICE-powered vehicles and aggravate asthma and other respiratory diseases. The researchers claim one person getting around town in clothing treated with the additive for a day would be able to remove roughly the same amount of nitrogen oxides produced by the average family car each day.  Read More

BLACKSOCKS founder Samy Liechti, extolling the virtues of Smarter Socks

If you’re someone who can afford really fancy socks, then it’s entirely possible that you might not want to “lower” yourself to the act of going into a store to buy them. That’s why Switzerland’s BLACKSOCKS started its Sockscription system, in which users regularly receive premium new Italian socks by mail. It doesn’t stop there, however. The company is now offering Smarter Socks, which communicate with the user’s iPhone to deliver the, um ... ultimate sock-sorting experience.  Read More

The Verisize app is designed to determine what size of clothing a person takes, without re...

Buying clothes online is always a bit of a crapshoot. You might know that a Large shirt from one designer fits you, but that doesn’t mean that a Large from another designer will also. That’s why a group of PhD students from Spain’s Universitat Autònoma de Bacelona (UAB) created the Verisize app – it’s intended to lessen buyers’ chances of ending up with clothes that don’t fit.  Read More

Advantac showed its latest ModMission designs at the Outdoor Retailer show in August

Imagine having the storage of a fishing vest that you can customize for all types of activities - hunting, hiking, photography, motorcycling, etc. Advantac is about to bring that type of vest over to the consumer market. The ModMission vest uses integrated mounts and customizable storage modules to give you just the right carry capacity.  Read More

X-Bionic Mountaineering Pants include many integrated thermal management features

When you're trekking, roping, scrambling and climbing up the world's tallest mountains, you can't be worrying about your clothing failing. X-Bionic Mountaineering Pants are designed to work in mountain environments and include key features that keep you lithe and comfortable for the trip ahead ... but such technologically advanced trousers don't come cheap.  Read More

adidas produced 50,000 t-shirts using the resourse-saving DryDye process in Q2 2012

Textiles are a resource-heavy business. In an effort to reduce water consumption, energy use and a need for chemicals, adidas created the DryDye technology, which uses pressurized CO2 in place of water to dye t-shirts and other garments.  Read More

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