Cone Denim is expanding the limits of its stretch technology with the introduction of Level II SGene yarns.
Developed in the company’s research and development incubator, Cone 3D, Level II expands the collection and enhances SGene’s stretch performance using Cone Denim’s patented dual-core spun yarns. The performance of Level II SGene, combined with its expanded global production in the U.S., Mexico and China, opens strategic and sourcing opportunities for apparel brands worldwide.
Independent lab tests show Level II SGene dual-core yarns are engineered with 25 percent increased stretch power and snap-back effect that provide greater shape conformity and slimming effect for advanced comfort.
“Our SGene technology revolutionized stretch denims,” said Kara Nicholas, Cone’s vice president of product development and marketing. “Using our patented stretch technology hidden within the yarn, we virtually eliminated ‘bagging knee’ syndrome and created a new standard for superior shape retention and recovery performance. Our new Level II fabrics are a great addition to the SGene family, elevating the performance of stretch to the next level and unleashing the newest generation of denim fabrics that conform, slim and shape.”
Cone Denim’s innovative dual-core stretch and recovery SGene technology was introduced in denim fabrics in 2007 and was patented in 2012. Level II SGene takes the evolution of stretch to the next level using yarns that contain spandex and filament polyester covered with cotton, providing a soft cotton hand and appearance.
“We spin our dual-core yarn in-house to high quality standards,” said Allen Little, director of product development for Cone Denim. “Every element of the Level II SGene technology is engineered for maximum quality and performance, and the filament component is designed and produced specifically for SGene Yarns. To create these patented yarns, we insert the spandex component using a method that maximizes recovery and optimizes stretch, which is then wrapped in a cotton covering and spun to provide a soft cotton hand and natural appearance.”
Cone Denim operates as part of International Textile Group Inc., with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Asia and Mexico, including the flagship White Oak mill in Greensboro, N.C., with its blend of modern equipment and technology alongside vintage looms from midcentury denim making.
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