Lenzing, Cotswold Team for Tencel Pocketing

Cotswold Industries Inc. has developed an innovative pocketing fabric using Tencel fiber.

NEW YORK — Cotswold Industries Inc. has developed an innovative pocketing fabric using Tencel fiber produced by Lenzing AG.

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The fabric, intended for pocketing and waistbands, combines softness, strength and sustainability. Cotswold Industries and sister company Central Textiles of Central, S.C., will be the primary conduit for processing and weaving of Tencel pocketing, which will be produced in the U.S. and China.

Tencel is a man-made cellulosic fiber derived from wood pulp from trees, with a distinctive closed-loop manufacturing process reusing 99.6 percent of the solvent. Tencel’s structure allows moisture to transfer through the fiber, resulting in ease of wear and comfort. This optimal moisture management also supports reduced bacteria growth.

“As brands seek advancements in fabrics which provide not only comfort, but also performance, we are pleased to work together with Cotswold on Tencel pocketing application,” said Tricia Carey, senior merchandising manager at Lenzing. “This development blends Tencel to provide comfort next to the skin, as well as strength and moisture management. With the expertise and global distribution, Cotswold is providing a viable alternative in pocketing for the market.”

Most pocketing fabrics are made from cotton or cotton and polyester blends.

James McKinnon, chief executive officer of Cotswold Industries, a supplier to companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., VF Corp., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Gap Inc., L.L. Bean, Kohl’s Corp., J.C. Penney Co. Inc., True Religion, AG Jeans and Lands’ End, called Tencel pocketing a “New Age functional fiber” that will serve specialty and mass-market channels.” He said partnering with Lenzing “fits perfectly within our corporate strategy of being a leader in both innovation and environmentally friendly textile manufacturing.”

The privately held, family-owned company provides textiles for industrial, nonwovens, apparel and technical applications. It was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in New York City.