Technical apparel finds new versatility: Purnell introduces quick-dry and four-way stretch styles for 2017


SANTA BARBARA, CAPurnell has always infused a subtle level of tech into classic sportswear – Now the purposeful designers at Purnell are introducing high-performance, moisture-wicking, quick-dry fabrics into the line, bringing timeless styles into the world of modern outdoor recreation.

Among the new pieces being unveiled at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show (booth PV2205), four unique technical options will offer all-day versatility by combining performance fabrics with classic silhouettes.

“The quick-dry pieces open up a new range of activity without sacrificing style,” said Purnell cofounder Brita Womack. “We’re very happy with these new fabric blends, which retain Purnell’s signature style and soft handfeel while offering advanced performance characteristics.”

New for spring of ’17, Purnell’s KArya Top will be available as a tank, racerback or halter. The KArya Top rethinks comfort for integrated support tops, creating definition and lift while remaining all-day wearable. Even more comfortable than an integrated shelf bra, it represents the next level in tank/bra design. Racerback and halter options will be available in a 7-oz., moisture-wicking synthetic blend knit. Available in S – L, the KArya top features built-in support and removable foam inserts. MSRP $60. 

Sharp enough for the office but capable enough for summit hike, the 4-Way Stretch Quick Dry Plaid is a lightweight, 3-oz., moisture-wicking plaid shirt with clean-edge seams, available in Light Gray and Dark Gray. MSRP is $75

The Quick Dry Wrap Around Skirt combines everyday style and easy comfort with the versatility to pull double duty as a swimsuit coverup or hiking skirt. A 4-oz., woven nylon blend disperses moisture in a snap while remaining comfortable next to skin. Available in sizes 2-12. MSRP $66.

Looking to catch a few waves before work and can’t be bothered with a costume change? The Heather Quick Dry Short is up to the task. The quick dry, wicking properties of its 5-oz., stretch mélange allow it to serve as a board short, casual short or anything in between. Sizes 30” – 38”. Available in grey or khaki. MSRP $68.

About Purnell

Purnell got its start making clothes because the kinds of clothes it makes didn’t exist. Clothes for people who work with their hands and think on their feet but still want to look sharp. Using a less-is-more approach, classic styles are reinvented to include only details that have a practical function: comfort, ease of movement, better fit. The result is a classic – yet functional and athletic – line that’s equally at home at the studio, the worksite and the campsite. Purnell is part of a family of businesses called the DA Design Group, which works to promote sustainable living through technical innovation. Whether it’s capturing wind energy, harnessing ocean currents, building sustainable housing or designing better clothes, the DA Design Group approaches challenges with curiosity, functionality and ingenuity. For additional media information, contact Chris Hrenko at Pale Morning Media:, (802) 496-6092.