What a night to remember at the annual Professional Clothing Awards, held in June at London’s swanky Montcalm hotel. All the big names in the business were there, representing all the best-known brands- so it was quite a glittering occasion.
The awards, hosted by the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide, recognise the fabric innovations and achievements that are making a major impact on our industry throughout the world.
All entries for these prestigious awards were closely scrutinised by a tough judging panel consisting of industry experts, academics, designers and garment technologists. So when the results were announced, you can imagine how delighted we were to accept an award for one of Carrington’ most pioneering products.
The category was ‘Best Fabric and Fibre Innovation’ - and the winner was Flameflex 275, the first flame retardant addition to our hugely successful stretch range that was launched in 2017. And we’re pleased to say that winning awards is becoming a bit of a habit, as this is the second prestigious award Flameflex 275 has picked up in the last 6 months.
Flameflex 275 is our first ‘three-in-one’ industrially launderable flame-retardant fabric with stretch qualities. This garment provides extra protection to everyday workers, through meeting EN 11611, 11612 and 14116 accreditations, but without compromising on ease of movement for the worker. It can also maintain these vital properties after industrial laundering at temperatures of up to 75 degrees, extending the fabric’s lifecycle.
Our continuous investment in research and development has helped us understand the needs of today’s workforce, who require a protective fabric married with additional qualities such as durability and comfort.
This award demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of workers around the globe, with new fabric concepts that are shaping the future of fabric.