Huntsman Textile Effects, the Singapore-based division of Huntsman Corp., a global provider of high-quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, headquartered in The Woodlands, Tex., has launched the Phobotex range of fluorine-free rain protection and stain management products.
The Phobotex line is complementary to the existing range of Phobol CP short-chain C6 fluorocarbons sold under the Teflon trademark. The new product line extends Huntsman’s comprehensive range of stain management and durable water-repellent products that are aligned with many industry benchmarks, including OEKO-Tex, Bluesign, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals joint road map and the Restricted Substances Lists.
Phobotex is an advanced and comprehensive group of fluorine-free hydro polymers, developed to protect a wide range of textile end-uses against rain and everyday stains, from ketchup and red wine to mud and grass. It includes technologies that impart a water-based repellency and stain management effects to textiles for up to 30 washes at 40 degrees centigrade, the company said. With a softer finish compared to other conventional technologies available, Phobotex is suitable for many different products, including woven top weights and outdoor sports apparel. Other products in the new range also impart a clever stain-release effect after washing, together with quick-drying properties to textiles, wicking away perspiration and enhancing the comfort level for the wearer.
Fabrics treated with Phobotex can also provide rain and stain protection to products such as rainwear and activewear, as well as pants and career wear, in addition to technical fabrics used in awnings, tarpaulins, boat covers, outdoor furnishings and shower curtains.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
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Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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