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Mount Vernon FR Extends FlexTex Line Of Stretch Fabrics
Apr 01, 2017

With the rise of consumers looking for more comfortable clothing options, including workwear, Mount Vernon FR is expanding its collection of flame resistant (FR) FlexTex fabrics. The FlexTex line is engineered with stretch for increased comfort and mobility, but with no reduction in FR protection or durability, according to the manufacturer.

The flex programme now includes six denim and four piece-dyed FR fabrics. Many of the fabrics were developed in conjunction with stylists at apparel manufacturers to provide optimal comfort and stretch in the resulting garments, while capturing the authentic look and characteristics of traditional non-stretch denim, the company reports.

FlexTex fabrics

FlexTex fabrics are made using an elastomeric fibre that adds mobility to fabric, so workers experience increased range of motion in their FR apparel. Most FlexTex fabrics can stretch from 12 to 15%, but the latest Mount Vernon FR fabric developments incorporate TreFlex yarn, which is said to allow as much as 20% stretch.

Treflex, a hybrid yarn, is said to provide excellent stretch properties and shrinkage control. The expanded offering of FlexTex fabric constructions includes twill, canvas and oxford, and a variety of desirable vintage appearances can be achieved through increased yarn character and slub effects.

“We believe workers should have comfortable clothing options on the job and off,” said Mike Woods, vice president of FR fabrics for Mount Vernon FR. “We’ve developed our line of FR FlexTex fabrics with the comfort and character of everyday denim and piece-dyed fabrics, combined with the exceptional protection and durability of Mount Vernon FR fabrics.”

Mount Vernon FR

Mount Vernon Mills is a 170-year-old manufacturer of textile, chemical and related products for the apparel, industrial, institutional and commercial markets. Mount Vernon FR is part of Mount Vernon Mills’ Apparel Fabrics Group, which produces denim, flame resistant and piece-dyed fabric. It is the largest of all the Mount Vernon Mills groups, accounting for more than half of all company’s sales.

Mount Vernon FR FlexTex fabrics meet the performance requirements of ASTM F1506 and are NFPA 2112 component recognised.