KD New York
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Founder(s): 

David Lee, Tricia Kaye

HQ: 

USA

Founded: 

1980

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Biomimicry: 

Wool

TRL: 

5

Material Name: 

Company History:

In 1980, Oakland ballet dancers David Lee and Tricia Kaye made knit footless tights that could be folded over at the waist, starting a revolution in dancewear and workout wear. In 1983, the brand moved to New York and regularly sold their products to leading dancers in the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. In 1990, they began using computerized knitting machines, allowing the line to introduce more styles and develop new yarns. In 2019, KD launched a kickstarter campaign to bring Vegetable Cashmere™ to market, after years of development, testing, and refining. Many of their classic styles are now available in Vegetable Cashmere™.

Material:

To replicate the look and feel of animal cashmere, KD New York developed a fiber blend using soy to create Vegetable Cashmere. This plant-based fabric is composed of soy protein and a proprietary blend of fibers. The plants used in the blend are all certified organic, and the soybean fiber is made from reclaimed byproducts of tofu production. Vegetable Cashmere is available in a number of colors.

Applications:

Dance and yoga wear and accessories

Technology:

The primary fiber for Vegetable Cashmere is soy protein, which is in a pulp state before being blended and spun into yarn. According to KD New York, Vegetable Cashmere is 100% plant based and certified organic.

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