Over the 80 years since the company’s inception, Descente has been working with elite athletes to constantly push the boundaries of functionality. In this time, through an exacting history of trial and error experimentation, we have accumulated a vast store of manufacturing know-how.
For us, design is not an exercise in decoration. Rather, it is one of reduction and simplification. So it more closely resembles “construction” or “assembling” for the sake of functionality.
In this regard, the 2019FW DESCENTE-ISM collection is the absolute embodiment of the company’s philosophy.
The brilliant ISOLATION BOA INSULATED JACKET combines Descente’s unique S.I.O pattern cutting technology with our own SCHEMATECH GRID-AIR fabric, which enables multiple changes of function in one continuous piece of material, to produce a very special garment.
Descente’s design is totally shaped by the pursuit of functionality.
Products that are devoid of decoration can often appear simple, but attaining that look inevitably entails a great deal of precise planning and production.
This is why, in the initial trial and error stages of design we pull together only what has practical functionality.
In this way, we end up with maximum functionality with minimum design.
Unlike any previous down jacket, our Isolation Boa Insulated Jacket offers comfortable, high heat retention which can be adjusted to suit simply by turning four BOA Fit System dials on the body.
They operate by changing the space inside the jacket, allowing the release of warm air or the entry of fresh, cold air as necessary to maintain optimum body temperature, obviating the need to increase the amounts of fabric and down to achieve greater warmth.
Further reducing its environmental impact, the jacket uses Descente’s proprietary Heat Navi technology, a clean energy material that efficiently converts light to heat, incorporating carbon-based inorganic substances into chemical recycled polyester fibre in the lining. A finishing touch is provided by Bemberg 3D insulation material, which is a pure cellulose by-product that is heat generating, moisture absorbing and environmentally sustainable. The synergistic effect of these materials and technologies ensures heat retention performance equivalent to wearing one extra middle layer.
Enhanced comfort and mobility are ensured by Descente’s minimum pattern S.I.O cutting, in tandem with Schematech technology, which enables multiple texture and function changes without switching fabrics, and incorporating Grid Air dot holes, which add greater elasticity.
A Descente proprietary pattern-making technology
S.I.O is Selected/Innovative/Optimisation
It optimises the performance of products that use it.
Normally, garment design and cutting are done on a flat surface. With S.I.O however, it is done with a piece of fabric draped on the human body while in an active, sport-related stance so that it matches the body’s natural movement. With this technology, for example, body and sleeves can be made in one piece, reducing the number of parts to increase mobility, but also ensuring seams are minimised, and can be located away from high friction areas. This also reduces garment weight and allows maximum use of the natural characteristics of the fabric itself.
SCHEMATECH is a Descente original material development technology to optimize sports performance, allowing changes of texture and function in one continuous piece of fabric, instead of cutting and joining different fabrics to meet different functional requirements. Because this both saves weight and avoids sewn seams that are a source of unwanted friction, SCHEMATECH garments maximize freedom of movement during sports activity. For this season, we have introduced SCHEMATECH GRID-AIR, a special new technique which changes the texture of the fabric in places where softness is required by creating small holes which add graded texture and greater flexibility.
Descente has always been at the forefront of innovation in its constant quest to achieve ever higher levels of craftsmanship. A key element has long been to work closely with leading athletes and elite sports teams, and continue to provide them with the sportswear they demand to produce their winning performances.
There have been times, over the years, when our dominance in performance rankings was so complete that sports stars genuinely believed they needed Descente wear to win.
The absolute professionalism of our craftsmanship has been the cornerstone of the evolution of today’s Descente brand. And it has underpinned the success of many an Olympic athlete who has benefited from the collaboration.