Just five years after launching their Vancouver-based brand of high-quality, simple and classically designed backpacks, headwear, wallets and travel gear, famous amongst the street-elite and practically minded alike, Herschel’s founders, brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack set out to create something unique to their own brand; something that would truly set their products apart from the pack. Two years on, after witnessing a trend for similar fabrics being used to create lightweight footwear and the like, and after tireless development with an external yarn producer, the innovative duo have released the new line of material they’ve dubbed ‘Apexknit’.
Apexknit is an incredibly durable and extremely lightweight polyester/nylon blend that boasts a production yield of 5460 metres of yarn in 720 seconds. What’s that even mean you say? The result of this unique mix of materials and the method with which it’s spun is a fabric with enough stretch to perfectly mould to its intended shape, but plenty of integrity so it’ll never sag or lose its form – a difficult problem to overcome when making a ‘stretch’ fabric. Initially available in a small range of designs ranging from $72 to $292 AUD, they are all very shapely, sleek, show almost zero visible seams due to the malleable nature of the high-tensile fabric, and are presented in an elegant neutral gray tone.