We have been sourcing performance sportswear since 1997 for some of the biggest sports brands out there and in the early days of sourcing the technology and innovation was created and driven by fabric mills who shared this with the brands who then specified this into their designs and requested the factory to produce it.
This technology drive from mills and brands still continues today but there is now another contributor that brings another dimension to the table as this drive is focussed around how technology can be seamlessly built into each garment in the manufacturing stage of each garment.
This technology is being developed by a couple of the best factories around the world that produce the garments, many of which now employ a team of developers who continually look at available tech and work out how they can integrate this into their production capabilities in the hope to entice brands to adopt this into their products.
We work with a couple of factories in the Far East and Europe that have several advanced technologies that they have developed with their tech partners so that they can be built into fabrics or the manufacturing process. These technologies range from built in micro LED lighting, Heating elements knitted into the structure of baselayers, Sensors that measure movement and performance, Cooling components to help regulate temperature, 360˚ mapping to help regulate temperature, Entire garment water repellency treatments, Stitch free bonding and laser cutting and 360˚ garment printing.
These technologies are not shared with every brand that the factory works with and are usually presented to their best clients first. Being a partner with these factories and placing multiple brands with them allows us to see these technologies and build these into our client’s products if suitable. It’s a benefit we are happy to pass onto our clients to make sure their product can compete in todays technology drive in performance sportswear.