Whenever it’s used in fabrics, LYCRA® fiber transforms garments into
better fitting, durable clothes that move with our bodies, delivering
fit, shape and comfort that lasts. Day after day. Wash after wash. Run
after run. Swim after swim.
Since its invention nearly sixty years ago, LYCRA® fiber set the
standard as the world’s best-known elastane fiber brand. Lightweight and
nearly invisible, LYCRA® fiber became the active ingredient in our
clothes and revolutionized the way we wore them.
As a fiber technology brand, innovation has always been at the core
of the LYCRA® brand. The LYCRA® team is continually developing our
portfolio of products to provide lasting performance and support
wherever you need it, whether that’s on a run in the park or a night out
on the town. That’s why today you’ll find there’s a versatile range of
LYCRA® fibers inside everything from cycling apparel to swimwear, denim
to hosiery, sneakers to suits, haute couture to socks.
What's the difference between Lycra® Fiber, Spandex and Elastane?
LYCRA® fiber is the trademarked brand name of a class of synthetic
elastic fibers known as spandex in the U.S., and elastane in the rest of
the world. Spandex and elastane are interchangeable terms that mean the
same thing, but only INVISTA produces
authentic LYCRA® brand fibers.
While LYCRA® fiber was the first elastane invented, it didn’t stop
there. The LYCRA® brand has grown to include a family of over 200
differentiated fibers designed to improve fabric aesthetics and
performance. Building on this heritage of innovation, today INVISTA has
nearly 1,000 granted U.S. patents for its unique technical offerings,
and holds corresponding patents in nearly all of the countries where it
has a business presence. In addition, you can rest assured that each and
every LYCRA® fiber innovation and fabric certification program has been
thoroughly tested, and all claims can be vigorously supported.
One example of innovation includes LYCRA® COOLING technology addresses
the problem of shapewear discomfort due to body temperature. Fabrics
combine outstanding shaping performance with moisture management to help
keep the wearer cool and dry. They’re made with LYCRA® fiber and X6300
nylon from INVISTA, which has a four-channel cross-section designed to
wick moisture away from the body and disperse it for more efficient
evaporation. No application of a wicking agent is required during
processing, and the moisture transport properties are permanent.
Learn more about
Lycra Cooling Technology from this Youtube video.
Lycra fiber is used for athleisure, activewear, lingerie, hosiery,
underwear, socks, performance swimwear, fashion swimwear, denim,
ready-to-wear, and more.