Few Europe-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 developing better performing fabrics that keep the body dry and comfortable in a wide range of outdoor environments.
This month, Jack Wolfskin, based in Idstein, Germany, and Schoeller, founded in Sevelen, Switzerland, have announced an innovation collaboration that combines the knowledge, best sustainability advancements and highest quality standards in first-to-market co-developed fabrications.
Beginning Spring 2023, Jack Wolfskin will pair its Texapore Ecosphere 100% recycled/reused PES waterproof breathable membrane with Schoeller’s market-leading performance fabrics. Their aim is to deliver exclusive fabrications to maximise comfort, durability and extended longevity for a range of outdoor apparel designs.
Daniele Grasso, Vice President Product & Apparel for Jack Wolfskin, said, “As an industry, we’re going to find the best solutions by working together. 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 to advance industry standards for developing sustainably conscious manufacturing processes and materials.”
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. 2- and 3- layer shell fabrics for the new Summer 2023 Trekking collection have also been developed.
The fabric technologies are highlighted in the flagship Diskovera 3-layer jacket, part of the Discovery Wilderness collection. The jacket has a soft, supple feel in a design that is nearly silent when walking in nature.
It features waterproof breathable protection, durability and innovative 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.
Antonio Gatti Balsarri, Chief Commercial Officer at Schoeller, added, “Schoeller and Jack Wolfskin are each recognized for developing sustainably-produced, functional fabrics appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts for decades.
“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. All collaborative materials have a PFC-free finish for water repellency.