United States-based Optimer Brands has introduced drirelease® Tencel® fabric, a patented blend of
drirelease fiber – featuring FreshGuard® moisture-management, odor-eliminating technology – with
Austria-based Lenzing AG’s Tencel regenerated cellulosic fiber. According to Optimer, the fabric –
comprising an 88-percent polyester/12-percent Tencel blend – wicks moisture away from the skin and
dries four times faster than cotton, and offers a luxurious drape and soft feel.
“Lenzing Fibers is very excited to partner with drirelease on their new family of products,”
said David Adkins, regional director of the Americas, Lenzing. “We see it as a great combination
between the high performance attributes of polyester and the comfort, moisture management and
sustainability properties of Tencel.”
Labtex Co. Ltd., a professional fabric supplier with offices located Taiwan and Shanghai, and
China-based Shandong Sunshell Group Clothing Manufacturing Co. Ltd. have developed drirelease
Tencel knits. Optimer reports programs are under development with several brands to bring the
products to retail.