Polartec LLC — the Lawrence, Mass.-based producer of Polartec® technical performance fabrics —
announced a return to the upholstery business with the launch of “Fit by Polartec®” collection
developed in partnership with contract fabric company C.F. Stinson Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Polartec reports the new knit fabric collection is based on its Polartec NeoShell® outdoor
fabrics, and is manufactured in the United States at its bluesign® certified manufacturing plant in
Lawrence. Three styles in the collection — Aero, Flex and Profile — are bluesign approved. The line
offers a variety of fabric styles including an architectural knit structure, structural mesh-faced
fabric, melton wool-like fabric, diamond motif fabric and plush velvet-type fabric.
“We have optimized and adapted the performance of [NeoShell] technology for upholstery,
namely incredible moisture barrier technology and durability in a breathable, highly comfortable
seating material,” said Allison Spahr, vice president of global design, Polartec.
“It’s not entirely clear which is the harsher environment, the top of Mount Everest or
seating in a medical waiting room, but we have worked closely with Polartec to bring their advanced
textile science and valued brand to the commercial interiors and furniture markets,” said John
Rowan, director of sales and product development, C.F. Stinson.
The fabric line will be introduced at NeoCon 2013 in Chicago this week.
June 11, 2013