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CHICAGO, Ill.— Optimer Brands, the Company behind the DRIFIRE® brand of high performance flame resistant fabrics and work wear, and drirelease®, the patented fabric technology that enables brands to create performance apparel, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Weiss to vice president of merchandising.
Weiss brings demonstrated success from large brands like Levi Strauss & Co., JC Penney, and GAP, Inc. His proven track record for results-oriented merchandising focuses on strategy, assortment architecture and product. As vice president of merchandising, Weiss will be responsible for creating the overall merchandising strategy and overseeing implementation.
CHICAGO, IL -- (Crain's Chicago Business - October 23, 2014) - In 2007, two Marines were killed in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded, melting their polyester undergarments onto their skin. After the deaths, a Chicago company, Drifire LLC, got to work to develop clothing that would protect others from burns like those.
The next year, Drifire's textile technologist, Rob Hines, came up with an acrylic fabric that doesn't melt. It also self-extinguishes.
Now he and his colleagues are making protective clothing more comfortable by using an ultra-lightweight, flame-resistant fabric they've branded Drifire 4.4. The name refers to its weight—4.4 ounces per square yard. That's about the same as cotton or Tencel but only a third as much as denim. Another plus: The new material dries faster than other flame-resistant fabrics, says Mr. Hines, 47, Drifire's vice president of product development.