Occam's razor principle and purpose-driven innovations
A new fibre innovation is not enough as brands have to constantly keep the fibre relevant in the minds of the end-consumer. Fibre2Fashion asked few fibre brands how they are future-proofing their fibre discoveries.
Robert Jarausch: We are challenged with this question every day on how do you promote a fibre where, say, 90 per cent of the people in the world do not even know what a fibre is. So, we do it two ways. First, through targeted media, special media who are in textiles area as those people understand. And the other one is-what I explained earlier-to go to our end consumers and explain to them that the functions and the properties can also come from the fibre and explain them how this can intertwine with the properties they are looking for.
Marina Crnoja-Cosic: Our innovation concept aims to meet the yet unmet consumer needs-using foresight techniques (like trend monitoring) to know about future developments in our society plays an important role. Knowing today the consumer's needs from tomorrow helps us to steer our developments in the right direction.
Ruth Farrell: In 2020, we brought two new products to the market-Naia staple fibre and Naia Renew, and we will continue to bring new innovations with Naia. A key part of our portfolio development strategy is also around collaboration and a very close connect with our supply chain and value partners to deliver relevant solutions. For example, in 2020, we worked with DuPont Sorona to create a beautiful and sustainable fabric collection, we also worked with Transfertex on sustainable digital printing on Naia. These types of collaborations make sense as we all need to work together to create more sustainable choices for brands and consumers. Naia Renew recycled content is achieved by allocation of recycled plastics using an ISCC-certified mass balance process.
Gianni Corso: We have several products in the pipeline, although we are consistent in following one path: sustainability. That doesn't mean, as mentioned earlier, a new product per day. It rather means a continuous improvement of the company in this direction which is at the moment well appreciated by all our customers.
Daniel Uretsky: This also goes back to the Occam's razor principle and purpose-driven innovations. The elegance of simplicity alongside solving a real problem allows one to create both newness and timelessness simultaneously.
Mike Simko: While continuing to improve our portfolio of fibres, Hyosung develops all of its fibres with the intention of making them stand the test of time. Our flagship fibre, Creora, which was developed in 1992, continues to be the world's largest spandex brand. Hyosung supplies one-third the capacity of spandex in the market.
Published on: 31/05/2021
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