For more than 20 years, Polartec has celebrated the designers who turn Polartec fabric into some of the finest technical products. This year, 14 outdoor, bike, lifestyle, and fashion brands took home the textile company's coveted Malden statues. See this years' winners for yourself in the gallery.
Polartec started out in 1906 as Malden Mills in New England, making military uniforms for soldiers in World War I and II. Seventy-five years later, Polartec was credited with inventing the first synthetic fleece—first used by Patagonia in its Synchilla fleece. Today, Polartec manufactures performance fabrics that are breathable, waterproof, made from recycled plastic bottles, and resist flames.