Fabrics & Processing

The CORDURA® Brand and Dovetail Workwear were awarded the NAUMD Innovation Award

Published: April 27, 2023

Dovetail Workwear, a Portland, Oregon-based company that specialises in women’s workwear apparel, and CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics are proud to share today’s announcement of the Ready Set Cargo Pant’s win of the 2023 Innovation Award in the fabric category from the Network Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD). Each year, the Innovation Awards honour organisations who excel in the Uniform, Image Apparel, Workwear, and Public Safety Equipment sectors.

“This is what it looks like to provide women on the job site an equal opportunity. We are aware that nothing can stop her when she has uniform options that fit and work. Raising the bar begins with fabric innovation for Dovetail Workwear. The ideal fusion of flexibility, breathability, and According to Sara DeLuca, co-founder of Dovetail Workwear, “the strength of this fabric creates built-in versatility for different working conditions.”

The new Ready, Set Cargo Pant from Dovetail Workwear is the third product developed in collaboration with CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics and Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd. It is a reimagined and fashionable multi-pocketed micro ripstop pant with intuitive functionality for tough jobs among emergency medical technicians (EMTs), tactical teams, transportation experts, outdoor adventurers and beyond. The trousers are sewed at the same facility where the fabric is milled, and 90% of the workers are female. Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd. combines cutting-edge technology with age-old artistry, while also promoting women’s empowerment and taking a comprehensive approach to sustainability.

One of Dovetail Workwear’s iconic products is the Ready Set Cargo. Women are involved at every stage of the design and production processes, which are in conjunction with CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics and Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd.”We collaborated extensively with Dovetail and its clients, sharing ideas and fusing our individual talents. This third Dovetail Workwear x CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics product launch is yet another example of how innovation through collaboration has led to the development of enduring relationships and time-tested products, according to Cindy McNaull, director of business development for the CORDURA® brand. “The ladies who tested Dovetail’s new Ready Set Cargo need serious trousers that hold up to the task, whether going up a mountain to rescue a fallen climber, teaching survival skills at an outdoor school or handling airline cargo in rural Alaska. This The most recent CORDURA NYCO Fabric innovation from Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd. offers maximum durability and long-lasting comfort.The Ready Set Cargo is practically durable and responsibly constructed in addition to being exquisitely stitched for best performance and pleasing fit. Durable CORDURA NYCO Fabric is engineered with a close blend of INVISTA T420 nylon 6,6 staple fibre and offers enhanced abrasion and tear resistance, ‘No Melt No Drip**’ performance, and 3-5x slower flame spread* than equivalent weight polyester/cotton. It was initially developed as a tough, lightweight comfort solution for military combat uniforms. The goal of CORDURA NYCO Fabric is to develop a new line of strong, yet even lighter weight materials.


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