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Jack Wolfskin and Schoeller AG collaborate

Texapore Ecosphere 100% membrane paired with market-leading performance fabrics.

12th July 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Germany & Switzerland

Sports/​Outdoor

Few European-based brands have had such a significant global impact on outdoor apparel innovation as Jack Wolfskin and Schoeller Textil AG.

Combined, the two companies have nearly 200 years of experience in developing better performing fabrics that keep the body dry and comfortable in a wide range of outdoor environments.

This week, Jack Wolfskin, based in Idstein, Germany, and Schoeller, founded in Sevelen, Switzerland, have announced a collaboration that combines the knowledge, best sustainability advancements and highest quality standards in first-to-market co-developed fabrications.

Beginning in Spring 2023, Jack Wolfskin will pair its Texapore Ecosphere 100% recycled/reused PES waterproof breathable membrane with Schoeller’s market-leading performance fabrics to deliver exclusive fabrications to maximise comfort, durability and extended longevity for a range of outdoor apparel designs.

“As an industry, we’re going to find the best solutions by working together,” said Daniele Grasso, vice president of product and apparel for Jack Wolfskin. “Schoeller has a proven and highly regarded performance track record. Together we share common values to create products that are engineered for life, make spending time outdoors more enjoyable, and advancing industry standards for sustainably conscious manufacturing processes and materials.”

The fabric technologies are highlighted in the flagship Diskovera three-layer jacket. © Jack Wolfskin

The initial fabrics developed through the collaboration include a stretch woven double weave fabric and a Texapore Eco-sphere Pro Schoeller 3L fabric for Jack Wolfskin’s Discovery Wilderness collection, and two and three-layer shell fabrics for the new Summer 2023 Trekking collection.

The fabric technologies are highlighted in the Diskovera three-layer jacket, part of the Discovery Wilderness collection. The jacket has a soft, supple feel in a design that is nearly silent when walking, yet features advanced waterproof breathable protection, durability and details like expansive mesh-backed chest venting flaps for comfort in cold to tropical environments, a stowaway ‘taco shell’ hood, voluminous pockets and waterproof zips.

“Schoeller and Jack Wolfskin are each recognised for developing sustainably-produced, functional fabrics that have been appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts for decades,” said Antonio Gatti Balsarri, chief commercial officer at Schoeller. “We feel it’s a significant advantage for consumers to have top innovators working together, and hope that this collaboration inspires more industry leaders to partner on projects to improve our industry.”

Both Jack Wolfskin’s Texapore Ecosphere membrane and Schoeller’s textiles are bluesign certified to ensure sustainably responsible manufacturing processes throughout the supply chain and all collaborative materials are finished with a PFC-free finish for water repellency.

www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk

www.schoeller-textiles.com

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