CORDURA® Brand Inspires Next Generation of Durable Workwear with PCA VISION Contest Sponsorship

October 18, 2017 |

Wichita, KS, USA - INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand is once again working with the Professional Clothing Awards to inspire and honor exceptional workwear, corporate clothing and PPE designs from textile and fashion students. For the first time, the PCA VISION 2018 contest is open to students from participating universities and colleges across Europe. This sponsorship is the latest initiative in CORDURA® brand’s “50 for 50” anniversary year celebration, and demonstrates the brand’s dedication to inspiring the next generation of designers to create clothing that helps workers to Live Durable™ on the jobsite and beyond.

Evolving from previous years’ UK focused Project 20/20 competition, which CORDURA® brand sponsored in 2016, PCA VISION is a pan-European contest that requires students to share their vision of stylish, functional professional clothing that can be worn for a specific job role in a sector of their choice. Students from participating universities are challenged to develop unique designs that not only meet the needs of these workers, but enhance their ability to perform the job.

As part of its participation in PCA VISION 2018, the CORDURA® brand will be sponsoring the “CORDURA® Durable Design Award” to the student designer who best demonstrates a 360-degree approach to functional workwear. The design must reflect a thorough understanding of the challenges faced on the jobsite, and present innovative solutions to meet the needs of the worker. “Through PCA Vision, students will push themselves to design cutting-edge, stylish and functional workwear of the future,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director. “CORDURA® fabrics have been bringing durability to the workwear industry for five decades, and we are excited to see how students will demonstrate their 360-degree visions of professional clothing. Our student design award helps highlight the ethos of our new Live Durable™ brand positioning, as we focus on a 360-degree approach to our consumer’s durable lifestyles.”

10 finalists will be selected from the entries and invited to bring their designs to life, with each student creating one showcase outfit. The judging panel will comprise of representatives with experience in the professional clothing industry, workwear garment development and product design.

PCA VISION 2018 launched on September 26th, 2017. Winners will be announced live at the Professional Clothing Awards annual gala event on June 20, 2018 at The Park Plaza London Riverbank. For more information, visit

About PCA VISION 2018
PCA VISION 2018 student designer workwear contest is set up, organised, managed and promoted by Marston Consulting Ltd (UK Company No. 3326364), which trades as director-e at South House 3A Suite 4, Bond Estate, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK1 1SW. Participating colleges include: London College of Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan, De Montfort University, Bedford College, University of Northampton, ESMOD International, L'Académie, Internationale de Coupe de Paris, Hochschule Niederrhein - University of Applied Sciences.

For full details about the contest please visit

About the Professional Clothing Awards (PCA)
The Professional Clothing Awards have been established to recognise the international uniform supply chain and reward exceptional workwear, corporate clothing and PPE from around the world. The annual UK Professional Clothing Awards to celebrate achievements in the world of workwear and professional clothing takes place in London in June. The awards cover all facets of the working garment industry from Business Manager Awards, PPE Innovation Awards, Supplier, Manufacturer and Distributor Awards to Industry Recognition Awards. There is also a special focus awards section for student designers looking to make their mark on the professional clothing industry.

For a full list of awards visit

About CORDURA® Brand
INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand essence celebrates individual durability: As Long As The World Is Full Of Durable People, We’ll Keep Making Durable Fabrics™. Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is a primary ingredient in many of the world’s leading high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel. The CORDURA® brand is a registered trademark of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated polymer, intermediates and fibers businesses. To distinguish the CORDURA® brand, the word “CORDURA®” must be spelled out in all caps and used with an ®, and it must be followed by the word “brand” or “fabric.”

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