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Beyond the Bale : June 2019
For the first time, leading knit innovator BYBORRE has introduced Merino wool into its textile family to add a new weight and look to its garments, thanks to a collaboration with The Woolmark Company. Established in 2010, BYBORRE is a well-known Amsterdam-based textile innovation studio working on the frontiers of knit development, designing and engineering multi-layered fabrics. BYBORRE’s studio houses a knitting and innovation lab, a fully outfitted atelier, a team of specialists and experts, a Byborre archive, and endless amounts of pioneering fabrics. Designing from the yarn up allows BYBORRE to develop innovative knits, both within their own collections and for leading brands. Past collaborating partners have included leading brands such as adidas, Nike, The North Face, Rapha and GORE-TEX. Most recently, BYBORRE has also been working with The Woolmark Company – and, for the first time, BYBORRE has developed luxurious Merino wool variations of all of their signature fabrics, using wool’s inherent properties to further push functionality. BYBORRE’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, titled The Layered EditionTM, developed in partnership with The Woolmark Company, was showcased to retailers at a special event during Paris Fashion Week in January. For the collection, three unique knitted fabrics were developed with Merino wool yarns from Chinese company Xinao. Placement of the BYBORRE fabrics on particular parts of a garment have been deliberately used for a desired functionality. For example, heavier fabrics like the 3DTM have been used to provide warmth, whereas lighter weight fabrics like the 8-BitTM are used in areas that require a higher range of motion or which are warmer. The result is that BYBORRE has brought together several different fabrics in a single garment. As part of The Layered EditionTM collection, certain key garments have been even more experimental, using GORE-TEX INFINIUMTM product technology with Merino wool to add different functionality. “Who would have thought that The Woolmark Company would be coming together with GORE-TEX and BYBORRE? Two completely different areas of textiles and I think that's what's particularly exciting working with complementary and competitive industries,” said The Woolmark Company’s European Product Marketing Manager, Rebecca Kelley. The Woolmark Company is continuing its relationship with BYBORRE to push the boundaries of wool innovation and increase the adoption of novel Australian wool products by manufacturers, retailers and ultimately consumers. MORE INFORMATION The collection will be available in selected stores and online on byborre.com Pieces from BYBORRE’s latest collection that demonstrate how several different Merino wool multi-layer fabrics have been used in a single garment. PHOTOS: Team Peter Stigter (on-body looks) and Bram Spaan (fabric shots). PUSHING THE LIMITS OF KNIT INNOVATION 22 OFF FARM