The world’s first down fabrics
For years, LTP has participated in the Performance Days fair in Munich, which will take place November 8-9, the place where purchasers of fabrics and premium sports and outdoor designers meet to discover the latest trends.
“As LTP is working with 300+ global trim and fabric suppliers, we have a unique opportunity to show the latest trends when we present our innovation styles at the fair for existing as well as new customers,” says CCO Alex Ingildsen.
Alex continues, "this time we have been inspired by the world's first down fabrics launched back in September 2015. Today, the Thindown material is primarily used for down jackets for fashion brands such as Armani, Burberry, Peuterey and many more, while only a few outdoor brands have discovered it (Eddie Bauer, Berghaus).
The Thindown material is an alternative to traditional down material in down jackets, which we know from brands such as Canada Goose and Moncler. The material is available in rolls, like fabrics, while conventional down jackets are quilted into sections necessary for containment. The latter allows for cold air to pass through the seams.
"The benefits of Thindown are obvious," says Alex Ingildsen. "First of all, the Thindown material is warmer compared to traditional down jackets, which require many stitches to hold the down material in place, causing cold spots around the stitches. Also, designers will love the freedom of making a down jacket close to the body, no more puffy jackets, and they are now free to use down insulation in product categories, where it was impossible before with traditional down, such as sports wear sweaters & hoodies. Also, Thindown can be washed and dry-cleaned, and when washed, it doesn’t require tennis balls,” tells Alex.
Today, the majority of the world's down jackets are produced in China, but as Thindown is available in smaller rolls with low minimum quantities, LTP can now offer it's customers standard MOQ of 300 pcs per style / 100 pcs per color in Europe and 1.000 pcs per style / 500 pcs per color in Vietnam.
"However, the material costs are higher for Thindown, but smaller order sizes allow local manufacturing so customers can save transport costs and duties, as well as benefit from shorter delivery times, which can reduce capital tied up in inventory. Also, Thindown technology can give the possibility to design any pattern of the quilt, when computerized embroidery quilting equipment is available on the production line, but more stitches cause more cold spots, so here are pros and cons to be taken into consideration," says Alex Ingildsen
LTP's latest innovation styles will be presented at Performance Days in Munich as well as at LTP's head-quarters in Lithuania.
NIPI (Natural Insulation Products Inc.), founded by Paolo Bodo, majority shareholder and CEO, owns both the technology and the rights of patent of Thindown, the world’s first and only down fabric, 100% Made in Italy, natural, sterilized, and truly innovative. Revolutionizing the use of real down.
LTP is a Danish-owned garment manufacturer for 60+ premium brands within active sportswear, outdoor, athleisure and sustainable fashion. LTP was established in 1991 and is probably the biggest functional garment manufacturer in Europe with bluesign setups in Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Vietnam.
LTP consists of two divisions; LTP Garment and LTP Contract Furniture producing in ten fully-owned factories.