C.L.A.S.S. identifies fibers, yarns, fabrics, which embody creativity, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of technological advancements and responsibility.
An inspirational hub offering access to smart material innovations from C.L.A.S.S. part- ners from around the world. Smart materials that inspire creativity, infuse technology, performance and sustainable credentials that take steps toward a circular economy.
A careful selection of certified smart fabrics, ingredients , yarns and fibers by some of the most cutting-edge companies and innovators across the globe.
The wide range features only transparent and traceable products, which can be natu- ral/organic, up to transformed (re-cycled/able) and innovative.
“With the Materials Hub we want to encourage designers and brands to source re- sponsibly and activate change”, explains Luca Olivini, C.L.A.S.S. Materials and Marke- ting Manager. “Our team constantly monitors and explores the epicenters of innova- tions selecting and collecting the best practices.”.
CIRCULOSE® - makes fashion circular
CIRCULOSE® is a branded dissolving pulp made from 100% textile waste, such as worn-out cotton jeans and cotton production scraps. Dissolving pulp is used to make viscose, lyocell and other types of man-made cellulosic fibers. These fibers are then spun into yarns, woven or knitted into fabrics and finally cut and sewn into new high-quality fashion products. The only difference with CIRCULOSE® is that they are made with textile waste instead of just new cotton, plastic or wood. The CIRCULOSE® Supplier Network is comprised of over 100 yarn spinners, fabric mills and manufacturers offering a varity of materials made with CIRCULOSE® to brands, globally. CIRCULOSE® is produced by Renewcell in Sweden in a recycling process powered by 100% renewable energy. Founded by innovators from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2012, Renewcell is now scaling rapidly in pursuit of its vision of making fashion circular
Spiber Inc. is a Japanese biotechnology venture founded in 2007. It is engaged in the development of its structural protein materials named "Brewed Protein™" which are lab-grown and plant-based. The company mission is focused on contributing to the realization of sustainable well-being.
The material innovation and development, is driven by the vision that sustainability-oriented solutions such as the Brewed Protein™ materials and the Biosphere Circulation Program will contribute to a future material world that will have a positive impact on the planet and people.
MARINI INDUSTRIE is one of the key players working with natural fibers in the Prato district - Italy’s strategic area and vibrant textile production and innovation arena. Marini coordinates local companies to create premium textiles powered by sustainable values – from raw materials selection to dyeing and finishing.
Pozzi Electa S.p.A.
Pozzi Electa S.p.A. brings innovation and sustainable values to Italian premium yarn manufacturing since 1889. The ring yarn collection stands out from mass-production offers, and guarantees very high standard of quality, research, and unique effects. Nowadays’ fifth generation of visionary producers and entrepreneurs has a tryptic mantra based on “heritage, environment and people”, and the quality of the yarns matches the company’s commitment to ethic, sustainability and welfare values.
With its roots steadily anchored to the shores of Lake Como and a vision projected to the future in its current Marzotto headquarter Atelier in Bulciago, Redaelli Velluti manufactures exquisitely refined velvet fabrics that inspire and compose fashion designers, brands, and style arbiters on a European and global scale. Untiring fabric research and state-of-the-art technology in the production process allow reducing the environmental impact. Now part of the Marzotto Group, the company constantly experiments with new production methods in order to reduce and ultimately completely eliminate the use of chemical products throughout the various manufacturing phases.
Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale
The art of 'saper fare' (the know-how) harnessing century-old Italian textile heritage meets a dynamic, groundbreaking, and sustainable approach, combined with a commitment to premiumness. These features Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale Benefit Company, the linen and hemp yarns spinner running for 150 years. All yarns come with the highest certification due to meticulous regulation throughout an entirely European supply chain. Their distinctive products are nowadays applied for fashion, design, upholstery, and composite materials. Innovators by tradition, the company engineers its own textile machinery. In recent times it conceived and created the first linen yarn used for reducing the environmental impact of nets for packaging. As a Benefit Company, Certified B Corp™, Linificio aspires and works to generate an economy more equitable and that benefits for all. Thus, Linificio is sustaining and sharing its know-how with communities, students, and the young generations to expand the natural fiber culture to hasten better behaviors.
YKK ITALIA S.p.A.
World-leading fastening solutions producer YKK is at the forefront of sustainable innovation and collaborates with many of the most responsible apparel brands and groups. The global company joins C.L.A.S.S.’s Material Hub with its NATULON® collection: thanks to recycled post-industrial P.E.T. and PA tapes, this range is designed to contribute to the reduction of waste in the fashion. In addition, YKK also provides innovative solutions to support good design practices and facilitation of circularity in Fashion.
DANI Sustainable Leather®
DANI Sustainable Leather® is a leading player in the tanning business from north-eastern Italy. His responsible expertise works only with leather responding to transparent and certified animal welfare standards. The company’s core businesses are fashion/accessories, furniture and design, automotive and transportation. DANI controls and checks the whole production chain processes to guarantee truly sustainable 100% Made in Italy products with low impact on the environment.
Orange Fiber is the Italian company that has patented and produces sustainable fabrics from citrus fruits.
Founded in Catania, Italy in 2014, the company has developed a process to transform what remains from the industrial pressing process of citrus fruits for juice into a unique textile material.
The innovative process has been patented in Italy and extended to major citrus juice producing countries around the world.
Orange Fiber and the Lenzing Group, a leading worldwide manufacturer of textile fibers specialties from wood, are collaborating to produce the first lyocell fiber branded TENCEL™ composed of cellulose from orange and from wood. Produced using the same closed-loop process as the TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers, the TENCEL™ Limited Edition x Orange Fiber contributes to promote sustainability in the textiles. The name of the fiber is LENZING Lyocell LE orange, abbreviated to OF in the yarn and in the fabric composition.
Evrnu is an advanced materials innovation company focused on developing technologies for the textile industry that solve the most pressing problems facing our environment starting with textile waste. Their first technology, NuCycl™, creates pristine new r-lyocell fibers from textile waste, providing both performance and environmental advantages compared to virgin fiber. Products made with NuCycl™ fibers are “made to be remade” and can be recycled and transformed into new fiber and fabric over and over again. Evrnu's Nucycle™ fiber was selected by TIME as one of the Best Inventions of 2022.
ILUNA Group was born in 1969 from an idea of founder Luigi Annovazzi: the production of pre-shaped bra cups. In 1985 ILUNA acquires the Ondoli di Cuggiono plant, specialized in the production of stretch lace, challenging the French Leavers. The products which constitute the core business of the group are elastic and hard lace for underwear, corsetry, hosiery, beachwear and apparel, seamless articles using the Karl Mayer technology as well as microfiber fabric and tulle. Recently ILUNA Lab was added, a container of technological and stylistic innovations. ILUNA’s spearheads are the Black Label series, enriched by ultrathin lace and the GRS certified Green Label line.
Tessitura Serica Taborelli Srl
Founded in 1895, Taborelli has crossed eras and borders, transforming itself from a local silk weaving mill to Europe’s leading manufacturer of woven shuttle fabrics for womenswear, ties, scarves and furnishings.
With more than 400 latest generation looms of various types, Taborelli is able to weave any type of yarn and guarantee fast deliveries for any quantity.
One of the main values distinguishing Taborelli is corporate responsibility. Among the first to believe in recycled yarns and to experiment with natural dyes, today the company regularly weaves all sustainable fibers available on the market.
SUPREME GREEN COTTON® by Varvaressos
Born from an innovative and smart system granting sustainability, transparency and traceability while supporting family farmers and businesses at the foothills of Mount Olympus in Greece. SGC® it’s GMO-free, water-saving cotton thanks to a pioneering and smart satellite powered drip irrigation system that allows to reduce water consumption up to 40%.
Varvaressos has unique certifications like ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and STeP by OEKO-TEX® certificate. Varvaressos has equipped the SUPREME GREEN COTTON® yarn collection with a QR code hang tag that makes the products 100% traceable and transparent.
Sensil® BioCare by NILIT
Sensil® BioCare is the newest addition to the broad Sensil® portfolio of responsibly manufactured, environmentally considerate premium Nylon products that benefit the entire textile supply chain, from polymer to finished garment.
Sensil® BioCare is indeed a polyamide 6.6 yarn that features a built-in technology that is proven through an independent lab to break down Sensil® BioCare fibers substantially more rapidly than conventional nylon in oceans and landfills!
ROICA™ by Asahi Kasei
ROICA™ is a premium stretch fiber with an innovative range of smart features to fit the modern wardrobe. ROICA™ shapes comfort with high quality, performance and fit, adding value to everyday life for sports, activewear, underwear, fashion and business. ROICA™ is a brand of Asahi Kasei Corporation. Among the most appreciated yarns by ROICA™’s partners there are ROICA™ EF, a sustainable recycled stretch yarn obtained from pre-consumer materials and ROICA™ V550, a pioneer in eco-circular stretch, which is the world-first sustainable degradable yarn by Asahi Kasei. It partially degrades decomposing into CO2 and water. ROICA™ V550 is a world-first, Cradle to Cradle-Certified™ stretch(elastane) yarn with a Material Health Gold Level Certificate.
Naia™ from Eastman
Womenswear and Home Textile brands looking for circular solutions for the fashion industry’s biggest problems can turn to Eastman Naia™ Renew cellulosic fiber, the sustainable fiber choice for fabrics used in ready-to-wear, sweaters, loungewear, and casual everyday wear. With Naia™ Renew the waste is diverted from landfills, the carbon footprint is reduced, and natural resources are preserved, allowing you to create sustainable products with zero trade-offs on quality!
Produced from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% recycled waste materials, Naia™ Renew creates value from hard-to-recycle materials that would be destined for landfills. The closed-loop process used to create Naia™ Renew prioritizes the safe and environmentally sound use of chemicals, ensuring that the products you create are as sustainable as they are stylish.
Established in 1949 in Lombardy, Ghezzi is a company that offers advanced twisting, covering and twist-texturizing processes for yarns and threads thanks to its precious corporate heritage and continuous investment in innovative technologies. Today it is positioned on the international textile market as a “boutique of excellence”.
Ghezzi processes a wide range of items developed from recycled, organic or coming from responsibly managed forests raw materials. Its commitment to a cleaner economy is evidenced by numerous certifications, such as GRS® (Global Recycle Standard), RCS® (Recycled Claim Standard), FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) and OEKO-TEX® 100.
Bemberg™ by Asahi Kasei
Bemberg™ by Asahi Kasei, is a one-of-a-kind, matchless and original new generation material made from the smart-tech transformation of cotton linter pre-consumer material, converted through a traceable and transparent closed loop process. Bemberg™ has the RCS, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 e ISO 14001 certifications. Today an INNOVHUB report confirms that Bemberg™ filaments disintegrate at 100% and that Bemberg™’s very low concentration of hazardous substances complies with the limits specified by the UNI EN 13432. It is a unique and contemporary innovation designed for beautiful fashion every day. Bemberg™ filaments recently achieved the OK Biodegradable Marine certification by TUV Austria. Bemberg™ is cool and sensual with a unique, supple drape. It is antistatic and breathable while its soft versatility makes it perfect for The Modern Wardrobe fashions, athleisure and everyday casual wear. Bemberg™ is the brand name of the regenerated cellulose fiber cupro, produced only by Asahi Kasei.
Albini Group, with eight plants and more than 1.300 employees, is one of the largest European manufacturers of high-quality exclusive shirting fabrics. Since 1876 their commitment has been to offer customers superior quality fabrics, while protecting the environment and safety, contributing to the welfare of employees and the communities in which it operates. Traceability of the entire production chain, transparency of production processes and social accountability are mandatory requirements of the Albini Group modus operandi.