INSPIRING COMPANY: DROPEL FABRICS
They say to go fast, go alone; to go far, go together. In that spirit, as we work to rebuild the industry and put the brakes on fast fashion, we are always looking for like-minded makers on a similar path.
Recently, we’ve been inspired by Dropel Fabrics, a startup founded by Sim Gulati and Bradley Feinstein in NYC’s garment district that uses stain-resistant nanotechnology to transform natural fabrics like cotton into high-performance, eco-friendly fabrics.
What you get is a fabric that looks and feels like cotton, but instead of absorbing water, spilled wine or coffee, liquids ball up and roll right off of the material.
Full disclosure, we have not tested Dropel Fabrics’ material yet, but we have already gotten behind its sustainable practices and vision.
Here are a few reasons why:
- First of all, we love a minimalist approach. Currently, Dropel only produces one type of fabric in two shades — a Double Pima Cotton made of stain and water resistant technology that is PFC-free and Bluesign certified.
- Which brings us to our other favorite thing — a utilitarian viewpoint. When clothing is more durable and hard to stain, you’re not required to wash it as often. So not only does using this fabric lower your carbon footprint, but your clothes last much longer and maintain their beauty. Win-win.
- And third (though we could go on for a while), Dropel’s fabrics are 100% sourced and produced in the U.S.A.
- Okay, one more. Technology. Part of Dropel’s mission is to “leverage material science and textile engineering.” We love to see how different designers are leveraging or creating new technology that allows for a more mindful future for fashion.
It’s wildly exciting to think about how many brands, including NINObrand, can take advantage of Dropel’s double Pima cotton to create a sustainable, eco-friendly line of everyday basics.