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Cordura and Cone Denim offer modern twist on classic selvage denim

The new denim is produced in Cone Denim's White Oak facility, drawing inspiration from its over 110-year history in textile production.

12th January 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wichita, KN


Invista's Cordura brand and Cone Denim, a leader in denim authenticity and innovation, are collaborating on a first of its kind, vintage-inspired selvage denim for the 50th anniversary of the Cordura brand.

The new Cordura Selvage Denim is produced in Cone Denim's White Oak facility, drawing inspiration from its over 110-year history in textile production combined with 50 durable years of Cordura brand heritage.

The new Cordura Selvage Denim is produced in Cone Denim's White Oak facility. © Cone Denim

Debuting at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show, which is taking place in Salt Lake City, UT, this week, Cordura Selvage Denim is the first of many projects to come from this legacy-in-the-making collaboration with Cone's global network of mills in the US, China, and Mexico.

Rich history and extensive experience

White Oak is the oldest operating denim mill in the United States, and the only mill producing narrow selvage denim on fly shuttle looms that date back to the 1940s. The collaboration celebrates the Cordura brand 50th anniversary theme of "heritage meets innovation," as it reimagines the past to reinvent the future, the company reports.

"As we celebrate a 50-year milestone, we’re also constantly looking forward to what the future will bring in terms of durable innovation," said Cindy McNaull, global Cordura brand and marketing director.

The fabric is produced on American Draper X3 Shuttle looms. © Cone Denim

"Both the Cordura brand and Cone Denim have a rich history involving textile production and denim fabrics, and combining our extensive experience to create the first-ever selvage denim incorporating Cordura Denim technology is a great way to honour our mutual heritage and usher in new performance denims of the future."

Signature made-in-the-USA fabric

Produced on American Draper X3 Shuttle looms, this signature made-in-the-USA fabric is created through a collaborative development process between Cone Denim's Cone 3D (Denim, Design, and Development) R&D team and the Cordura brand.

According to the manufacturer, by focusing these key elements within a scientific, yet creative environment, Cone Denim and the Cordura brand were able to take joint product innovation to the next level with both this initial signature launch and future developments in the pipeline.

Vintage-inspired selvage denim has been developed for the 50th anniversary of the Cordura brand. © Cone Denim

"Innovation is in our DNA, but heritage is also a key inspiration in our fabrics – so working with a brand like Cordura that shares the same values is a great fit for us," said Kara Nicholas, vice president of product design + marketing at Cone Denim. "Incorporating high performance CORDURA fiber in such an iconic classic design was key in bringing a new generation of selvage denim to life."

High performance fabric

With leading brands including Lycra, Coolmax, Cordura, Stainmaster and Antron, Invista is one of the largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibres.

The company’s Cordura fabric, known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, is a primary ingredient in many high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel.

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