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The story behind sports bra

Women need more support when it comes to sports garments. One of the biggest difference factors with a women’s body is their breasts. If there is no support with the breast it will be difficult to function and move the body. The sports bra supports and compresses the breasts so the women can move more efficiently without any distraction. The first Sports bra was actually invented in 1977, by a woman who heard complaints on exercising in bras. Three women teamed up:  Lisa Lindahi, Polly Smith and Hinda Schreiber at The costume shop of Royal Tyler Theatre at the University of Vermont was where they created their “sports bra” which was called “Jockbra/Jogbra” at that time.

In 1990, Platex purchased Jogbra from Lindahi and her other partners. Researcher Christine Haycock from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey measured breasts movement of women running on treadmills. By collaborating with bra manufacturers she was able to create a wide band at the bottom of the bra for extra support and firm straps to minimize the bouncing of breasts. In 2001 she persuaded Oprah Winfrey to try out her sports bra. The bra went viral once it appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show with good reviews.

The basic design structure of the sports bra is a tank top cut in half at the bottom part. A common fabric used in Sports bra design is Lycra because it is stretchable and has been found to help “even-out” the breasts. Lycra also is known as spandex is a synthetic fiber known for its elasticity. Spandex absorbs the sweat away from the skin. So the spandex is usually the very first layer to wear under other layer textiles. Spandex functions well with sports activities which involve a lot of moving- it’s flexible, durable fabrics make you feel comfortable enough to have free movement. Spandex can also be knitted or woven with other yarns such as bamboo, acrylic, nylon, viscose, cotton, polyester, elastane and also combining them with them with chemicals makes the garment even stronger. This combination makes the shorts prevent odors, keeps the skin dry and bacteria from growing on the skin.

Sportek International has been the most trusted brand in the textile industry since 1991. Our goal and mission statement at Sportek is to serve our customers and navigate them through the process and through our capabilities to further help them and their brands reach their maximum potential. We are recognized as the largest suppliers of spandex, stretch and functional fabrics in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

We specialize in areas such as technical, functional, circular/ tricot knit, woven stretch fabrics as well as sublimation and custom digital printing. We are focused on supplying to the activewear, yoga wear, sportswear, and sublimation industries.

Our innovation and creativity have allowed us to help our clients stay in a competitive rapidly growing and changing apparel industry. We provide clients with the latest and most up to date styles. The Sportek ensures that all its textiles are only of the most premium of quality.  Our sources are tested and kept up to the high standards. Sportek understands that our customers can be in very time restricted situations. Sportek logistics, with its sophisticated stock system, has the quickest turnaround time on its orders, as well as sample orders.