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5 amazing innovations in textiles

Feb 24, 2015
5 amazing innovations in textiles

Innotex—France’s only textile incubator—is producing startups with real promise, including five innovators from Lille Region.
In Northern France, textiles are part of our DNA—but yesterday’s mills have given way to cutting-edge organizations like the European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI) and its Innotex incubator. The result? Ideal growing conditions for the textile industry’s most innovative start-ups.

Dooderm: A solution for eczema & psoriasis
Dooderm delivers innovative, natural solutions that complement treatments for atopic eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions in both adults and children. Dooderm garments are EU-compliant, CE-marked medical devices, made with cotton and a silver-coated polyamide thread, specially manufactured to maximise the metal’s benefits for skin with psoriasis or eczema. The polyamide fiber keeps the fabric extremely flexible and extends the life of the silver coating, while fiber construction limits skin friction and optimises the effect of the silver. The silver in Dooderm fibers fights psoriasis by combining anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects, which also limit the impact of atopic eczema. With Dooderm pajamas, children sleep better, and skin is visibly improved. Made with 100 per cent natural, organic cotton, Dooderm garments are comfortable, durable, allergen-free and extremely well tolerated.

Climakid: For child’s thermal comfort
Babies are very sensitive to temperature, cooling quickly when exposed to low temperatures, and warming up instantly in hot environments. Regulating their body temperature has always required an effort—until now. Climakid infant wear regulates baby’s temperature with a range of cutting-edge technologies, and comes in three lines: Climakid Protec to keep little ones warm; Climakid Air to prevent overheating in hot environments, and Climakid Regul, to control moisture and protect babies from extreme temperature variations. Both Climakid Protec and Climakid Air have a multi-layer structure, with a micro-honeycomb upper layer made from high-tech fiber for good air circulation. Climakid Protec is made from very warm wool with exceptional wicking and moisture-regulating properties, while Climakid Air is made with cotton for natural softness. Climakid Regul garments use thermo-regulating fabrics usually found in high-performance sportswear and mountaineering gear, with hollow fibers that trap air and allow it to circulate, while wicking away condensation. Climakid Regul onesies are thin, lightweight and warm to give children maximum freedom of movement.

Wear is my boat: Fighting sickness with style
For one in three people, seasickness makes boating difficult or impossible, and it was this realization that launched Wear Is My Boat. Working with researchers and the textile industry, the company has developed a range of nautical wear designed especially to make boating more comfortable—at sea and on inland waters, for solo skippers and the entire family.

Seasickness—and motion sickness in general—are caused by physical instability, fatigue and cold. The polymer-mineral complex applied to Wear Is My Boat textiles traps infrared radiation from the sun and reflects the body’s own infrared rays back to it, optimizing the benefits of the sun’s infrared rays to keep the body comfortable and help it recover from fatigue. Users have tested Wear Is My Boat gear in numerous real-life situations, and their feedback confirms its effectiveness every day.

Hegoa: Safe surfing
A Dunkerque native and passionate kitesurfer, Maxime Dezoomer has created a system that is revolutionising safety conditions for his sport. In 2011 he launched Hegoa, a company that develops security equipment for board sports, making them saf