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Portland, OR â€“ January 11, 2012 â€“ For Fall/Winter 2012, Nau â€“ the sustainably-minded urban + outdoor apparel company â€“ is bringing together sleek styling, high performance and sustainable insulation technology with the debut of the Synfill Sweater for men and women. These modern layering pieces are as warm as they are streamlined, and they feature the eco-friendly insulation technology CoconaÂ® â€“ activated carbon sourced from the industrial waste of coconut. This is the second season that Nau has utilized Cocona. The brand debuted Cocona synthetic fill in their Fall/Winter 2011 collection with the Insular Jacket.
â€œThe Synfill Sweater is the ultimate performance layering piece,â€ said Peter Kallen, Nau design director. â€œCocona is amazing at managing moisture, and it’s also incredibly durable. Aesthetically, this insulation is smooth and enables the pieces to have a slim, tailored silhouette. Whether worn on its own or as an insulating layer, the Synfill Sweater will be an indispensable, go-anywhere favorite.â€
All-natural Cocona fiberfill is derived from coconut husks discarded by the food service industry. The husks are reduced to charcoal and combined with recycled polyester, then spun. The resulting fill has an increased surface area of fiber, which offers the main benefit of increased warmth for the weight and additionally spreads out moisture over a greater surface area. This helps move moisture away from the body, making it warm, quick drying and comfortable. Cocona also manages odor retention better than traditional polyester fill.
Synfill Sweater ($200)
This minimalist shell features a 32 denier recycled polyester ripstop outer shell and 60 gm recycled poly and Cocona insulation. Designed to layer, the Synfill Sweater features an offset reverse coil DWR front zip with wind flap and internal elastic cuffs. Available in both solid and check for men and women.
In addition to the Synfill Sweater, Nau introduces two hardshells featuring 30% Cocona – the Temp Jacket for men and the updated Insular Jacket for women.
Temp Jacket ($299)
This two-layer hard shell marries soft, yet durable recycled poly with a waterproof/breathable laminate for an all-conditions jacket that protects like a hard shell, but wears like a soft shell. Featuring snap off hood with 2-way drawcord, Velcro cuff adjustment, drawcord mini storm skirt at waist and center back vent with snap.
Insular Jacket ($299)
Made for the mountain, this two-layer, fully waterproof, seam-sealed slope jacket fuses recycled poly and Cocona-activated carbon to create an insulated hard shell that mimics the warmth of down. Features covered DWR front zipper with wind flap, zip-off hood with 2-way drawcord, Velcro cuff adjustment and drawcord storm skirt hem.
Nau (pronounced â€œnowâ€) is a clothing company based in Portland, Oregon. They design, make, and sell sustainable urban+outdoor apparel â€“ integrated designs for the modern mobile life. Nau is committed to the power of business as a force for positive change, seeking to balance the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. To learn more about Nau, visit www.nau.com