In our lives, there is a very important fiber. It is comfortable, quick-drying, has good ductility and is not prone to wrinkles. It is not only closely related to our lives, but also inseparable from fashion. It is – nylon!
Back in the 20th century, before that, people used natural fibers to weave clothes, such as wool, cotton, silk, etc. These natural fabrics are limited in quantity and expensive, and not everyone can afford them, so people began to decide to create a material that could replace natural fibers.
Until 1935, Wallace Carothers, a scientist working at DuPont Chemical Company, led the team to invent and create a new fiber with super toughness and elasticity, and named it for “Nylon”.
In 1939, DuPont began to put it into large-scale industrial production and praised nylon as “a beautifully lustrous silk thread that is thinner than spider silk and stronger than steel wire.”
Soon, nylon began to enter the sock making industry. Compared with silk stockings, nylon stockings are cheaper, do not wrinkle around the ankles, and add a layer of silky luster to the legs, so they have quickly become a popular fashion item.
Every time DuPont sells nylon stockings, it causes a sensation. Women who love beauty rush to buy it. It once set a sales myth of selling 78,000 pairs of nylon stockings in one day. Nylon stockings have even become a must-have for modern girls, along with chocolate and instant coffee, and were included in the list of “the most fashionable clothing of the year”.
Because nylon is thin, wear-resistant, extensible and has a certain degree of waterproofness, it has gradually been used in a wider range of fields, such as parachutes, ponchos, tires, ropes, tents, etc. Start with nylon. The fashion industry also uses nylon as a substitute for silk to make various clothing. Nylon began to be regarded as a symbol of popularity and modernity.
After entering the 1970s, nylon ushered in its period of glory. Because it is soft, shiny and easy to clean, it has won the favor of designer Miuccia Prada who likes to try different new materials. Inspired by the nylon material of parachutes, she designed and launched a series of black nylon women’s bags in 1984.
This innovative work became a sensation and was highly sought after by fashionistas. After experiencing continuous innovation in style, to this day, the lightweight and strong nylon bag is still a classic item of Prada.
In addition to bags, Prada also uses nylon as a high-grade fabric in clothing and accessories. There was even a science fiction micro-movie “Nylon Ranch” made for Nylon.
Many high-end brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Longchamp, etc. have launched classic and practical nylon bags, which have become a styling tool for celebrities and fashionistas. Affordable nylon bags also allow more beauty lovers who pursue fashion but are short of money to own a fashionable IT bag.
In addition to bags, nylon watch straps are also very popular items in the fashion circle. The nylon strap has good breathability, is light and comfortable, and is more wear-resistant and dirt-resistant. Bright colors are very suitable for creating a casual style and are a favorite design element for young and trendy people.
Nylon-designed items may not be as dazzling in appearance, and their texture is not as luxurious and noble as leather fabrics, but they are lightweight, practical, comfortable and versatile, whether it is a pair of socks or a bag. Bags can give people the most unpretentious feeling!