Polartec returns to upholstery business

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Lawrence, Mass. based Polartec, LLC is re-entering the contract upholstery business in partnership with CF Stinson, Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich. CF Stinson will launch the “Fit by Polartec®” collection at NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, in Chicago June 10–12, 2013.

Polartec, in partnership with Patagonia, advanced cold weather apparel with its invention of modern synthetic fleece in the early 1980’s. Now Polartec is applying its knowledge and technology from outdoor apparel textiles to create new, high performance contract upholstery fabrics for interior design. The partnership with CF Stinson marks Polartec’s first major foray into upholstery since the company shifted resources to focus on performance fabrics for outdoor apparel.

Allison Spahr, VP of global design at Polartec comments, “Two years ago Polartec launched a revolutionary new waterproof breathable technology for mountaineers and athletes called Polartec NeoShell®. We have optimized and adapted the performance of this technology for upholstery, namely incredible moisture barrier technology and durability in a breathable, highly comfortable seating material. We are able to achieve an incredibly soft, drapeable textile without harsh chemical treatments. In fabrics we produce for other industries, our knit air channels are designed to manage comfort and breathability. Now, Fit by Polartec brings these award-winning Polartec technologies to contract furniture applications.”

CF Stinson’s Fit by Polartec collection is the culmination of a collaboration between these leading companies to bring a new standard of performance and comfort to commercial textiles.

“It’s not entirely clear which is the harsher environment, the top of Mt. Everest or seating in a medical waiting room, but we have worked closely with Polartec to bring their advanced textile science and valued brand to the commercial interiors and furniture markets,” says John Rowan, director of sales and product development for CF Stinson. “We believe designers will be inspired by the compelling aesthetic of these durable and comfortable knit fabrics.”

Source: Polartec

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