Since the dawn of mankind, human beings have survived on natural textiles to make it through another year, some of which pre-date documented history. From animal pelts as protection from the elements, fisherman staying warm in tightly knit wool, to the American labor force breaking in 100% cotton denim these clothes were truly the fabric of our lives.
In 2016, however, the market is drastically different than what we could hunt, shave, or pick. With the impact of technology and a more watchful eye on cruelty and practices of yesteryear the bar, thankfully, has been set much higher by the most trusted and innovative brands in the space. Here is a list of 5 brands superior man made textiles to look out for.
Known for its expertise in GORE-TEX products, nanamica partners with the most forward moving and top thinking Japanese factories. In addition to their own line, nanamica designer Eiichiro Homma also designs for The North Face Purple Label, one of their flagship offerings.
With a unique perspective, and access to advanced products and fabrics, nanamica effortlessly puts out updated classics every season.
Arc’teryx’s technical lineup can be seen as a parallel to Columbia or The North Face. The brand’s Veilance division, however, is where the true innovation is found. Throughout each piece of apparel, the highest level of engineering will set these pieces apart. Impervious lamination, water sealed zips, and seamless manufacturing put this brand a cut above.
Much like their counterparts on this list, Arc’teryx work directly with GORE-TEX and other modern fabric experts to create a truly innovative solutions while staying fashion forward.
The England stalwart has caught recent headlines in the world of hip-hop, but the cult favorite has been covering dapper fashion heads for decades. Don’t let their residency (established in 1982) deceive you, they are as innovative as any company in the space when it comes to next-level textiles.
Stone Island’s infamously rare cloth is derived from their philosophy of continued investigation into fabrics and outside the box production techniques. The Stone Island index includes nylon monofilament to reflect water droplets, color changing thermo-sensing fabrics that change with the temperature, even tapping the aviation space for stainless steel film on their jackets.
Acronym may only ring a bell form their collaboration with Nike, but they have been pushing boundaries on the apparel side for years.
Partnering with Swiss fabric manufacturer Schoeller, the design and functionality of Acronym products are revolutionary. These patented textile technologies allow you to adapt to any weather condition. From self cleaning designs, to pour like features that open and close based on temperature, there is no need to brush your shoulders off…the garment does it for you.
Leave it Japan to push the modern levels of innovation with a classic connection to one of the biggest brands in the world. If you love the 3 stripes, surely you have seen the genre bending footwear of Yohji Yamamoto. Not to be outdone, the apparel side of the brand has a cult following with their use of unique fabrics like neoprene and synthetics. With a stronghold in the urbanwear market, the brand will continue to put out classics in technical outerwear.