See which supplier is returning to Interwoven in November with a sustainability-inspired palette


NEW YORK — Ultrasuede is returning to Interwoven for the November 2023 show and introducing a color palette that nods to the company’s sustainability focus in its latest collection.

Toray Industries Inc., makers of Ultrasuede HP high-performance fabric, will showcase the line’s latest hues in the “Into the Woods” collection at Interwoven, Nov. 14-16, in High Point. Company officials said the new color theme aptly reflects the brand’s focus on sustainability.

Fourteen complementary shades are included in the biophilic-themed color story, ranging from the lightest, a cream-based Tapioca to Coffee Bean, a rich, dark brown. Additional colors featured are: Tea Rose, a subtle mauve; Sunflower, a soft gold; and a series of plant-inspired hues featuring Laurel, Basil and Lotus Green. Representatives added that a Regal Blue hue punctuates the otherwise earthy tones to offer a visual point of contrast.

Earlier this year, Toray announced an increase in plant-based components used in Ultrasuede HP, to approximately 30% of its total composition with the subsequent addition of plant-based polyurethane. The polyurethane is composed of polyol made from the non-edible castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis). In 2015, Toray began incorporating partially plant-based polyester in the production of its high-performance material, using polyester polymerized with ethylene glycol made from waste molasses in sugarcane processing, which then accounted for approximately 14% of the total material composition.

Company officials said that Ultrasuede is the world’s first non-woven suede material manufactured this way, a result of the company’s commitment to innovation. By continuing its investment in sustainability-driven R&D, Toray is committed to developing a 100% plant-based material for its next generation, eco-luxury material.

The non-woven construction of Ultrasuede HP material makes it inherently stain-, moisture- and fade-resistant, setting it apart in the high-performance upholstery material category. Breathable, with a similar structure to animal hides, this leather-alternative material exceeds 200,000 double rubs in independent testing.

Toray’s Ultrasuede brand is returning to Interwoven after a break this spring. To make an appointment for the event or to learn more for residential and commercial upholstered furniture applications, contact Helen Brier, Ultrasuede sales and marketing manager, at helen.brier.b6@mail.toray.

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