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Friday, February 5, 2016

Graphene Sportswear Collection

OK, this first paragraph may sound a bit complex.  In all fairness, it is not simple to explain the meaning of Graphene.  Although this does not start out sounding like a typical fashion blog post, I promise that it is relevant to clothing.  If you stick with it, you will get to the part about sportswear.  First, we want to give you a little bit of information about the meaning of Graphene.

Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex.  It is the basic structural element of other allotropes, including graphite, charcoal, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes.  It can also be considered as an indefinitely large aromatic molecule, the ultimate case of the family of flat polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  Graphene and its band structure and Dirac Cones, effect of a grid on doping Graphene has many extraordinary properties.  It is about 100 times stronger than the strongest steel with a hypothetical thickness of 3.35Å which is equal to the thickness of the graphene sheet.  It conducts heat and electricity efficiently and is nearly transparent.  Researchers have identified the bipolar transistor effect, ballistic transport of charges and large quantum oscillations in the material.

Directa Plus, one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, congratulates Colmar on the launch of their new collection – containing Graphene Plus – at ISPO Munich.  This is the first application of the Company’s Graphene Plus nanotechnology in sportswear.

Giulio Cesareo, Chief Executive Officer of Directa Plus, said: “This is the first time that Graphene Plus has been used in sportswear, and the first G+ textile product to reach the market, which represents a significant milestone in a sector that offers tremendous opportunity. Colmar have proven that they are pioneers in the field of sportswear with the launch of their new collection containing our graphene-based products, and we wish them all the success.  We believe this is the beginning of a revolution in the world of sportswear and the textile industry as a whole.”

The requirement to identify increasingly higher performing technologies has given rise to a revolutionary technical solution: clothing that incorporates graphene, an innovative nanotech material derived from graphite, which, for the first time in sportswear, significantly improves performance for the benefit of athletes, professionals and sports enthusiasts.

The key characteristic of these items is their ability to act as a filter between the body and the external environment, always ensuring the ideal temperature for the wearer.   It is a smart fabric that allows tailor-made comfort.  Thanks to G+, the warmth produced by the human body is dispersed in warm climates and preserved and distributed evenly in cold climates.  In addition, because the fabrics treated with Graphene Plus are electrostatic and bacteriostatic, they are able to reduce the friction with air and water to enable top sporting performance.

The collaboration between Colmar and Directa Plus, with the ability to supply tailor-made graphene-based products in the ideal conformation for the required application, has resulted in the creation of ready-to-wear ski jackets (for men and women), ski suits, technical underwear and a polo shirt. 

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