Welcome back to the Textiles & Apparel Newsletter

In this month’s issue:
  • November theme: Passion
  • Your Monthly Textile Colorscope
  • Fibre2Fashion: Applied DNA & Eurofins sign collaboration agreement
  • AAPN Apparel Summit of the Americas
  • Innovation in Textiles: Applied DNA Makes Its Bed, U.S. Retailers To Jump In
  • Innovation in Textiles: Study shows DNA molecular tagging authenticates denim
  • Robb Report: Inside the High-Tech World of Luxury Fraudbusters
  • Sourcing USA Summit
  • Textile Exchange 2018
  • Zodiac
  • Upcoming Events

November Theme: Passion

What does passion mean to you? To the Textile Team, it means traveling the globe to help companies achieve true supply chain transparency, sustainability and authenticity.

PANTONE 17-1740 Claret Red

Intense. Passionate. Transforming.
“The color for the month of November is Claret Red. Intense and passionate, this color inspires depth, strength, and love. This is a great color to use when integrating perception with a more lighthearted detachment. Claret Red helps you stay inspired as you build your dreams and ambitions.”
Source: Colorstrology 2005, Michele Bernhardt, Quirk Books.

Fibre2Fashion: Applied DNA & Eurofins sign collaboration agreement

Applied DNA, a leader in large-scale PCR-based DNA manufacturing, has signed a collaboration agreement with Eurofins BLC to support commercial implementation of Applied DNA’s SigNature T-based leather traceability system. The signing of the agreement follows successful completion of the funded consortium research project with BLC as announced in May 2018.

“We are thrilled to enter into this mutually beneficial relationship with BLC to advance the commercial implementation of our leather tagging system. BLC’s unparalleled knowledge in all aspects of leather processing, long-standing relationships with global brands, and its history of forward-thinking innovation makes them an ideal partner,” Tony Benson, Applied DNA’s managing director with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said.

“There is a strong need within the leather industry to provide a robust system of traceability for semi-processed and finished leather. This cost-effective application system provides a process for applying a unique molecular tag in a way that is impossible to counterfeit. Eurofins BLC looks forward to supporting our customers in their journey towards supply chain transparency and traceability,” Adam Hughes, managing director of Eurofins BLC leather technology said.

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AAPN Apparel Summit of the Americas

Applied DNA Sciences was a gold sponsor for the AAPN Apparel Summit of the Americas. The agenda was packed full of leaders in the industry providing valuable insight into the immediate needs and fundamental changes going forward. The opportunity to tour local factories and mills will was a tremendous experience for all of us.
Wayne Buchen and John Shearman represented the company at the event, and displayed the new brands and products that are in the market using Applied DNA’s CertainT platform.

Innovation in Textiles: Applied DNA Makes Its Bed, U.S. Retailers To Jump In

Good source of fiber: Bedding products woven from recycled plastics — as certified by Applied DNA’s proprietary CertainT platform — are coming to U.S. retailers in 2019.
Inspired by Applied DNA Sciences’ molecular-tagging technology, a global textiles manufacturer is climbing into bed with the “circular economy.”
Actually, India-based GHCL Ltd. has already bedded the so-called circular economy (referencing a regenerative system in which waste and emissions are minimized by narrowing energy and material loops, mostly through recycling and manufacturing upgrades). The manufacturer is knee-deep in recycled materials, including entire linen lines formulated from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (you may know it better as PET, or the stuff your Pepsi bottle is made from).

Innovation in Textiles: Study shows DNA molecular tagging authenticates denim

Results of a new study published in the September/October 2018 issue of the AATCC Review have confirmed that DNA molecular tagging is an effective tool to authenticate denim and maintains its integrity even after exposed to the rigours of bleaching and abrasion.

The study was conducted by Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (Applied DNA) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). It was published in the AATCC Review, a highly regarded publication of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colors.

Robb Report: Inside the High-Tech World of Luxury Fraudbusters

Counterfeiting is a Lucrative Business
Counterfeiting remains one of the world’s most lucrative ways to break the law. Already worth almost $500 billion annually, per the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, it’s predicted to reach a staggering $2.3 trillion by 2022; the World Customs Organization believes that seven percent of all global trade is in fakes. This surge is largely a by-product of the 2008 economic crisis when many consumers who had a healthy appetite for luxury goods had to tighten their belts—from cautious Americans to ruble-toting Russians who’ve seen their spending power torpedoed as the currency cratered.
It provided the perfect conditions for a boon in fakes. Simultaneously, supply chains have grown less reliable: Overseas, lower cost production with less scrupulous oversight allows leakage and extra shifts in the same factories. Added to this, the boom in e-commerce has created a new platform on which to sell those counterfeits, often unchecked.
Apparel brands alone spent $6.15 billion last year on their efforts to fight fraud, and other sectors, from art to wine and whisky, spent billions more. Much of that money was allocated to discreet new ways to protect their brand equity and reassure their loyal customers, like the science used in that cashmere sweater.
The Power of Synthetic DNA
The company behind the DNA science is Stony Brook, N.Y.–based Applied DNA Sciences, which can apply its synthetic DNA molecules to almost any surface, says MeiLin Wan, vice president of textile sales for the firm. A unique sequence is created for each customer and is held in its database; against it any product can be subsequently tested. Currently, the system involves swabbing a product with a Q-tip and then sequencing the solution in a machine or dabbing it onto a solution that will glow red if synthetic DNA is present. The firm aims, though, to create near-instant scanning, like the device in that futuristic Rodeo Drive boutique.
It’s virtually impossible, Wan explains, to remove, transfer, or replicate the DNA outside the firm’s labs, as the Department of Defense—another client—found firsthand. Its scientists tried, unsuccessfully, for more than a year to either re-engineer it or move the DNA to another surface. For firms in the luxury sector, Wan continues, the compelling use for this technology lies in policing and controlling supply chains.

Notable Scorpio Designers

Matthew Williamson
Zac Posen
Stefano Gabbana
Roberto Cavalli
Rick Owens
Calvin Klein

Zodiac: Scorpio

Scorpio is the eighth of the 12 signs of the zodiac, which falls around October 23-November 21.
Favorite Things: Underground music, spicy food, an air of danger, one-of-a-kind objects, wireless devices, organic ingredients, vinyl
What You Hate: Simple-minded people, insincere flattery, personal questions, living at someone else’s house
Secret Wish: To have complete and total control
How to Spot Them: Intense eyes, a hawk-like gaze, smooth movements

Upcoming Events

Sourcing Summit | November 12-15 | Scottsdale, AZ
AAPN Apparel Summit of the Americas | November 27-29 | San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Heimtextil | January 8-11 | Frankfurt, Germany