The gala dinner and awards event, which celebrates corporate image through clothing, was held on 12th of March at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel in London. The evening was hosted by British celebrity, Myleene Klass, and leading designer, Alex van Baalen.
“It is exhilarating to witness the evolution of a fabric from initial concept to award-winning recognition,” said Susannah Rayfield, EMEA CORDURA® brand manager. “This venture brought together two great players in the textile industry to provide a truly innovative solution for workwear garment producers.”
Two years in the making, Klopman International and INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand business unveiled Klopman Vantage Fabric at Expoprotection in November 2008. The two companies worked together to develop an innovative fabric, offering the workwear market the optimum combination of durability and comfort. The resulting winning fabric is a twill construction, based on a 50/50 intimate blend of combed cotton and INVISTA T420™ nylon 6,6 fibre, combined with the dyeing and finishing expertise of Klopman International to ensure the fabric performs to the highest industry standards.
“We chose to recognize Klopman Vantage Fabric featuring CORDURA® brand technology because the performance of the fabric represents a step-change in terms of durability and abrasion resistance without compromising on comfort or aesthetic appeal. These factors heavily influence the success of workwear garments,” said Jose Sanchez de Muniain, Chairman of the judging panel, former editor of Company Clothing and current editor of Fire & Rescue magazine and Industrial Fire Journal. “The fabric offers something new to the industry – and that is what we look for in a winning fabric.”
Klopman Vantage Fabric featuring CORDURA® brand technology is ideal for trousers, coveralls and jackets and is available in a range of five colors. With work already underway at Klopman to add additional fabric weaves to the Vantage range, the appeal of Klopman Vantage fabric featuring CORDURA® brand technology will continue to grow.
About CORDURA® brand
The CORDURA® brand (cordura.com) is the registered trademark of INVISTA for durable fabrics. Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is used in a wide range of products, including luggage, backpacks, boots, military and industrial workwear, and performance apparel.
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX™, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA®, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®.
About Klopman International
Europe’s leading manufacturer of polyester/cotton and cotton fabrics for the image workwear, protectivewear and casual apparel markets, Klopman International offers an extensive choice of high performance fabrics with a choice of over 130 fabrics and a palette of more than 120 colors. Routinely specified by leading garment manufacturers, industrial laundries and many of the world’s most well-known and highly-regarded organizations and brands, Klopman fabrics are specifically designed for use in the most demanding working environments and maintain a high quality appearance even after repeated high temperature industrial laundering.