Polartec 2021 Apex Design Award Winners

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Polartec 2021 Apex Design Award Winners

POLARTEC®, a Milliken & Company brand and creator of innovative, sustainable textile solutions, announces the winners of its 2021 POLARTEC APEX DESIGN AWARDS, the annual design award program celebrating the finest products made from Polartec fabric technologies. The winning products were selected from hundreds of entries based on skilled and creative uses of Polartec.

This year’s Polartec Apex Awards campaign focuses on the importance of versatility and functionality, brought to life by a creative campaign featuring photography of all the winning products under the theme ‘Mountain to Bar and Back Again.’

Recognising the best in garment design and fabric innovation, it’s ‘the freedom to play and perform in the same solution that makes many of this year’s winners stand out from the crowd.’ The models in the campaign have been fashioned as characters representing each winning brand’s product.


And Wander continues to showcase the design versatility of POLARTEC® ALPHA® with the alpha AIR T. Polartec Alpha active insulation offers a rare combination of lightweight warmth and true breathability. A fabric technology originally developed for US Special Forces, Alpha regulates thermal comfort in dynamic conditions due to its exceptional breathability.

The Japanese outdoor brand uses a minimalist, fashion-oriented design but draws inspiration from the outdoor technical world with performance fabrics. Polartec Alpha meets the And Wander ethos of making beautiful, lightweight, functional clothing.


Haglöfs uses the performance of natural fibres to their benefit in the High Loft Wool Jacket. As a long-time Polartec innovation partner, Haglöfs embraced an evolution of POLARTEC® HIGH LOFT lightweight insulation made with merino wool for its natural thermoregulation and comfort on the shoulders and torso.

To add further natural performance, the arms and sides are engineered with POLARTEC® POWER WOOL for increased stretch and range of motion, with a brushed grid fleece wool interior and a smooth jersey face synthetic exterior to retain wool’s natural properties, while increasing its performance. The result is a cold-weather layer that uses Polartec’s natural solutions for advanced thermal comfort, enabling Haglöfs to maintain sustainable performance.


Australian fashion brand Perks and Mini designed this truly unique unisex coat with 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) POLARTEC® THERMAL PRO® shearling Fleece. This particular iteration of Polartec Thermal Pro is a warm yet lightweight performance fleece delivering the comfort and look of wool shearling, with the dramatically improved performance and durability of technical fleece.

Known for their interesting prints and patterns, P.A.M. was able to take advantage of Polartec Shearling Fleece’s design versatility by creating a truly fashionable coat with vibrant flowers all over, referencing this premium quality fabric in their own style.

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