Case History

Selected projects

SPORTSWEAR
 
The partnership with important national clubs has allowed RadiciGroup to research and experiment in the field of sports clothing, realizing innovative and efficient technical clothing in collaboration with some of its customers.
 
A 100% nylon, 100% recyclable waistcoat
A 100% nylon, 100% recyclable waistcoat
A new waistcoat, made exclusively for the RadiciGroup Ski Club, but that strives to quickly become an irreplaceable item of clothing for athletes and non-athletes.

Made with RadiciGroup’s Raditek® Fine yarn - high tenacity polyamide thread, patented for high technology uses like sails and parachutes - means the fabric is highly resistant to tearing and abrasion, while maintaining its intrinsic lightness. It is also designed to withstand UV rays and ensure its performance over time.

With the exception of weaving, carried out in Germany, all other processes have been made in Italy and more precisely in Lombardy.

A PFC-free anti-drop treatment was applied to the fabric. The padding in fiberballs, is made with the RADILON® staple siliconized fibre, still from RadiciGroup: this is an excellent alternative to goose feathers, it provides warmth and lightness and is also hypo-allergenic.

As regards the “accessories” part, the zipper is made of polyamide, while the cords - also in nylon - contain a minimum percentage of elastomer such as to enable its recyclability.

The garment was ideated, designed and made according to an eco-design approach: at the end of its life, therefore, the waistcoat will be shredded, ground up, thermo-mechanically reworked in extrusion and compounded to give a new life in the plastic world: one of the most important challenges for RadiciGroup today is exactly that of ensuring that all the rejects or recovered materials in the textile world become new plastics: this is the only way for a textile industry with really sustainable synthetic fibres.

The collaboration between specialized reality within a short and sustainable production chain, has allowed the realization of a garment that not only combines high technical performance with comfort, style and easy maintenance, but that already has its own Second Life within it.
 
 
 

 
In the saddle with recycled polyester and the comfort of Polyamide
In the saddle with recycled polyester and the comfort of Polyamide
A livery made for the Val Gandino cyclists. This is a shirt made entirely with RadiciGroup continuous r-Radyarn® yarn, a polyester, that is deriving from the recycling of common plastic bottles: compared to virgin polyester, 1 kg of recycled PET does not only give a second life to plastic, but requires less energy (-45%) and allows up to 3 kg less CO2 to be emitted.

Garments made of polyester yarns are characterized by an excellent toughness and resilience, a high resistance to abrasion, good resistance to chemical and physical agents, as well as a high elastic modulus. Polyester is also a hydrophobic fibre, therefore the garments dry quickly. Another important aspect, as regards the customizations, is the ease of printing on polyester fabrics.

The shorts are instead made of polyamide (with Sensitive Fabrics® by Eurojersey) that guarantees lightness, comfort upon skin contact, sweat absorption and breathability. These are therefore comfortable shorts and pleasant to wear, made of light fabric that keeps its colour brilliance over time and resists washings.
 
 

 
Athletics wear nylon
Athletics wears nylon
A new use for an extremely high performance yarn in Polyamide: it is called Raditek® Fine and up to now has been used mainly in the aeronautical field, in the world of sailing and for parachutes. Already from the type of application it is clear that the mechanical resistance to abrasion and tearing are a “must".

Why not try using it to make athletics shorts? It was a RadiciGroup idea that, in collaboration with La Recastello sports club, has developed shorts for athletes: nylon in contact with the skin is able to absorb perspiration, ensures breathability, and the right comfort and is "lightweight".

Even the athletes’ singlet and t-shirt are in nylon: the brand of RadiciGroup yarn is Radilon®, with Sensitive Fabrics® by Eurojersey. In this case too, the garment ensures excellent moisture management and comfort upon contact with the skin, which are essential in the case of long-lasting sports performances.
 
 

 
COLLABORATION WITH THE ACADEMIC WORLD
 
In the firm conviction that the designers of the future cannot exclude stylistic choices from the knowledge of raw materials, RadiciGroup has undertaken a close collaboration with the Milan Polytechnic, becoming an active part of two workshops within the advanced degree courses “Design for the Fashion System” and “Fashion Design”, in the academic year 2017/2018.
 
Sportswear
"Design for Sportswear"
Seven groups of international students have each designed a uniform for the Lombardy Alpine Rescue, inclusive of first, second and third layers, helmet and gloves, focusing particularly on the high visibility jacket, of which they have made prototypes.   High performance materials, garment functionality, technological innovation for more effective communication in emergency situations: all to meet the real needs of an alpine rescuer, which the students got to know in person thanks to the collaboration of the CNSAS Lombardo (National mountain rescue and speleological body).
 
 

 
UV protection
"UV protection and innovative cap design"
Four groups of international students have each designed a mini capsule collection of headgear intended for sailors that love regattas, both as competitors and as fans. They chose the materials that best meet the protection from UV rays but also from wind, taking into account the exposure to salt water. And finally expedients which allow a user friendly use of the cap (removable parts to be washed, sunglasses incorporated, securing the cap to the t-shirt,…).Some of the groups also opted for the inclusion of technological innovations that enable the identification of the state of health of the sailor and possibly provide for an automatic emergency call. RadiciGroup today offers a wide range of products supplemented with “UV protection”, up to a UPF 50+ protection factor, available also in the mass-dyed version or from r-PET, to protect the body and at the same time to reduce the garments’ environmental impact.
 
 

FASHION CLOTHING
 
Garments Made in Italy: fashion and sustainability
Garments Made in Italy: fashion and sustainability
RadiciGroup, Eurojersey and Herno present the first scientific study of sustainability on a fashion garment, which is unique in Europe. In this pioneering project, they have mapped the environmental impact of a man’s jacket from Herno in all phases of its production process (from the so-called  raw materials’ “pile”, the production with polymerization, spinning, weaving and packaging, deciding to make the sustainability commitment a topic of competitiveness and circular economy).

The partnership was born well before the law no.221 of 28 December 2015 governing environmental legislation to promote “green economy” measures and contain the excessive use of natural resources. The national scheme for voluntary labelling “Made Green in Italy” adopts the methodology for determining the environmental footprint of PEF - Product Environmental Footprint products. The PEF methodology assesses the environmental performance of the entire production cycle.

The project has allowed the production chain to:
  • Identify the value of Made in Italy from the yarn to the consumer’s wardrobe, passing through the whole production chain;
  • Identify the final Herno garment as100% Made in Italy;
  • State the garment’s environmental performance for the end consumer;
  • Confirm Italian leadership in technological innovation in the textile sector.
 
The multi-criteria methodology applied in this study has taken into account the following impact categories:
Primary energy consumption - climate change - reducing ozone layer - acidification - marine and terrestrial aquatic eutrophication - carcinogenic effects on man - non-carcinogenic toxicity on man - ecotoxicity - emissions of fine dust - ionizing radiation - land use - depletion of mineral resources, fossil and renewable energy sources - impoverishment of water resources.
 
Among the more explanatory results:
  • Manufacturing the jacket outside Europe would have involved 90% more CO2 emissions.
  • The COMIL (cost for the environment) of the jacket made outside Europe would have been 5.22 EUR, compared to 1.97 EUR if made in Italy (the jacket in China may cost less to produce, but costs a lot more for the environment: 165% more than the jacket made in Italy).
 
The performance of the Herno jacket:  Breathable - comfortable - non-deformable - no piling - no folds - long lasting - easy care.