Highlight Reel From My Sourcing Trip

Here are some fave highlights from my sourcing trip – lots of cool innovation and sustainability technology in fabric!

💫 Buttons, buttons, buttons.

Made from all kinds of recycled stuff including leftover shavings of tagua nuts and horn, paper, veggie, hemp fiber and refuse from the food industry.

💫 UV sensor thread! It’s activated by light. Super fun and cool to see.

💫 CICLO Innovative Technology solutions for fashion pollution.

They created a non-toxic ingredient that embeds into fabric which biodegrades micro plastics present in soil, waterways, landfill, wastewater.

Why this is important:

The micro plastics in garments made with CICLO will be significantly degraded without negative impact on marine life 💥

This could significantly change the fashion industry’s pollution problem.

💫 Sun protective fabric with anti aging properties woven in to stimulate collagen, hydration, reduce wrinkles and cellulite.

Yes. Anti-aging properties woven into sun protective fabric!

Ofc I had to make a detour into Mood Fabrics popularized on Project Runway.

And oh, P.S. Got locked in a pkg garage stairwell, but it all ended up ok. Yep, that firetruck was for us 🤪

Now the next step in my design process is to get sample cards for the fabrics that meet our six criteria.

In case you missed our previous newsletter a few weeks ago, our six criteria are:

  • UPF 50+ Certified

  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

  • Inherent Sun Protection (permanent, never washes out of fabric)

  • Made in a certified BLUESIGN Partner textile facility

  • Small Batch enabled.

  • Aesthetics (and luxe feel!) worthy of a Heliades design

When a fabric passes the above six criteria it's then seriously considered for a product. We evaluate many factors including aesthetics -- how it looks and how the fabric feels on your skin before making a decision if it's worthy of a Heliades design!

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About our founder

I started Heliades with the intent to combine fashion with function by designing sun protective apparel with an elevated look that doesn't scream beach, resort or activewear. My goal is to create stylish options to protect our skin every day, for every occasion.

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