Many people have asked us why nylon is a staple for active markets. So we decided to do some research.
It turns out that Nylon was the first synthetic fiber made. Nylon has both excellent strength and abrasion resistance, allowing it to stand up to any sport as one of the most resilient synthetic fibers. It has a high elongation and elastic recovery so fabrics can stretch to their limits without losing their shape. In addition, nylon has good resistance to sunlight making it an excellent choice for swimwear. Its ability to accept acid dyes makes it possible to achieve brighter colors. Nylon has long been known as the staple for the swim industry, but this idea is starting to change, as mills have been able to greatly improve the qualities of their polyester yarns. These new Polyester Spandex blends have given Nylon Spandex blends a run for their money.
Did you know?
Created by DuPont in 1935, Nylon production for consumer use was halted during WWII by the government in order to make tents and parachutes out of this durable material. Therefore, widespread use by consumers was limited until after the war.
(Burns, L. D., & Bryant, N. O. (2007). The Business of Fashion (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Fairchild Publications, Inc.)