Epson's Digital Couture Event Highlights New Printing Technologies

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Epson's Digital Couture Event Highlights New Printing Technologies

02/17/2015
Epson teamed up with select fashion designers from across the Americas to bring a unique experience to the runway in New York City during Fashion Week. Marrying fashion and technology, the Epson "Digital Couture" event featured 11 designers' collections created using Epson's state-of-the-art dye sublimation printing and demonstrated the design freedom and capabilities of the technology for the fashion industry.

"We are excited for today's fashion designers to bring their creative visions to fabric in new and versatile ways with advanced digital technologies during New York Fashion Week," said Agustin Chacon, vice president, subsidiary sales and operations, Epson America, Inc. "Epson's dye sublimation printing technology provides another level of creativity and functionality for young fashion entrepreneurs and well established fashion brands looking to produce their art in a more efficient and affordable manner."  

Epson printing technologies enable endless design possibilities across the fashion industry. The end result is original prints of the highest quality unique to each designer on fabrics that can define their signature style. The Epson "Digital Couture" event will showcase the capabilities through the featured collections from select designers who are early adopters of digital sublimation printing, including:
  • Ay Not Dead from Argentina
  • Pilar BriceÑo from Colombia
  • Dual from Costa Rica
  • ESOSA from New York City
  • Leonor Silva representing the Caribbean (Venezuela to Miami)
  • Ma. Elisa GuillÉn from Ecuador
  • Maggie Barry from Los Angeles
  • Marco Antonio FarÍas from Chile
  • Mariana Morrell from Brazil
  • Moah SaldaÑa from Peru
  • Pineda Covalin from Mexico
The Epson® SureColor® F-Series dye sublimation printing technology provides fashion and textile designers an accessible means to bring their ideas and inspiration to life with unsurpassable quality. The high-speed, affordable SureColor F-Series printers produce sharp, vivid images with rich colors, intense blacks, and smooth gradations onto fabric – enabling designers to create and print original designs with greater control and flexibility. 

The new SureColor F-Series printers are not only the first dye sublimation models from Epson, but also the first in the market in which every component – from ink and print-head to printer chassis and bulk ink delivery system – is designed and manufactured by a single company. The result is a high-performance dye-sublimation transfer printing technology designed for exceptional reliability and industrial-level production with high quality output up to 1,440 x 720 dpi on all leading transfer papers.

These printer models support an extensive range of applications, including efficient production of high-quality soft signage, sportswear, apparel, accessories, and customized promotional items. Depending upon the application, both models can output at speeds up to 618 square feet per hour, and both feature an integral and easily refillable, high-capacity 1.5 liter bulk ink system.

Developed over a three-year period, Epson UltraChrome® DS is a specially-formulated dye-sublimation ink, producing outstanding images with vibrant colors, intense blacks, sharp contours, and smooth gradations. This all-new ink technology exhibits excellent light- and wash-fastness, as well as resistance to alkaline and acid perspiration.

Designed specifically for Epson UltraChrome DS ink technology, the newly optimized Epson MicroPiezo® TFP® print head ensures precise and repeatable performance as well as excellent longevity. The printers are designed to be used exclusively with the Epson UltraChrome DS inks1. 

Epson is also introducing a new line of dye-sublimation transfer papers designed specifically for the SureColor F-Series. Epson low-tack adhesive is dedicated for high-end cut-and-sew fabric and apparel production, while the Epson standard multipurpose paper is ideal for a variety of transfer applications that use either soft or rigid surfaces, including t-shirts, mouse pads and ceramics. Both papers utilize a chemical coating that allows for heavier ink loads to provide superior color, and will be available in 328-foot rolls in both 44-inch and 64-inch widths.