By  on September 19, 2018

Performance and technical “second skin” fabrics are leading upcoming textile trends, replete with a sharpened focus on meeting consumers’ heightened expectations for sustainable, utilitarian apparel. And as performance apparel swiftly evolves into a viable fashion category, designers are challenged with the task of creating high fashion looks with no-frills function.

The performance apparel market saw an uptick of 5 percent from 2017, reaching $26.3 billion in 2018, with outdoor specialty apparel up 2 percent this year, totaling $2.5 billion. Brands in the category with sales up double digits in the last 12 months include Patagonia, Arcteryx, Obermeyer, Canada Goose, Kuhl and Descente, all according to a report by NPD.

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