Free Your Feet (FYF) was originally inspired by the needs of kite surfers who require protection against hidden sharp objects while still being able to be in sync with their board. Co-founder Philipp Bachinger explains why Dyneema® was essential in creating protective minimalist footwear that “is ten times better than anything that previously existed.”
Canadian apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall has spent 15years creating technical urban clothing – geared to outdoor performance, yet aesthetically suited to the city. In 2016, TheDyneema® Project commissioned Conroy to create an ultimate alpine jacket with Dyneema® fabric that could withstand extreme alpine conditions.
Like so many high-performance sports, cycling requires materials that can keep up with its athletes – ultra-light for speed and ultra-strong for protection. Nick Gosseen leads teams at Specialized Bicycles in building innovative products to send cycling into the future.
After years of working for some of the UK’s top brands, Ashley Watson set up his own label for highly functional motorcycle apparel. For his new Dyneema®-infused Eversholt motorcycle jacket, he took it on a month-long expedition across Europe.
Former professional rower Alasdair Leighton-Crawford is a London-based trained tailor and sportswear designer/maker. As founder of CIMORO, he’s a self-styled ‘future master craftsman’ producing luxury high-performance sportswear apparel.
Allen Little was born into textiles. Beginning at his family’s business three decades ago, he is now the Director of Product Development at Cone Denim – a company renown for being on the cutting-edge of denim.
Outdoor enthusiast Tim Evans wanted a folding kayak but couldn’t find any that were up to his expectations. He decided to take matters in his own hands and started experimenting using a frame of aluminum and carbon fiber tubes and a Dyneema® Flexible Composite skin.
Joseph Jenkins (24) is a bulletproof sartorialist. This London based bespoke tailor creates made-to-measure body protection with Dyneema®. Jenkins’ pieces are highly functional garments, with the looks of a true piece of art.
The unique properties of Dyneema® seem to go hand in hand with the design philosophy of Outlier. This New York based clothing label strives to truly implement the properties of fabrics into their designs.
Neil Bell has been innovating denim for a large part of his working life. After having been global fabric innovation manager at Levi Strauss & Co (where he worked on the development of Levi’s ‘501 Strong’, using Dyneema®) for 14 years, he now works for DSM Dyneema on business and product development. San Francisco is his home base.