Clothing is something to cover up the body for protection and also to style. It is a way to express who you are and what you represent. In sportswear, the statement is also important but the company who manufacture sportswear focus more on the functionality of the garment. The first layer of the sportswear is crucial because it directly touches your skin and pores. The fabrics are used in variety but also summed and called “performance fabric, smart textiles, and value-added textiles” because it is specifically aimed at performing sports people.
The performance fabric is usually a combination of different fabrics: viscose, polyester, acrylic, cotton, nylon, elastane and acrylic. The reason why they intertwine different kinds of yarns together is to make the fabric more durable, flexible and swear absorbable. The mix of these fabric combinations is created through techniques of weaving, spinning, and knitting. Depending on the function of the garment, the combination of the fabric becomes different. For example, for the first layer of the tops it will most likely be majority amount of cotton because it is breathable and for yoga pants, it will most likely be spandex or Lycra for flexibility.
Sportswear is usually lightweight so it wouldn’t get in the way of the wearer. It almost has to act like the second layer of skin because speed is an important component in a sports game. But it also has to be comfortable and roomy enough so movement is not bothered. Since fitness has become a big part of our culture, sportswear demands got high from not only athletes but from normal people who enjoy sports. From amateur to pro-athletes the range of people and products became wider and more affordable for people. Women are now more active than ever with yoga pants and swimsuits than ever before. The sportswear market not only targets male consumers but is now considering female consumers to be the target. There are major designers who create high-end sportswear such as Rebecca Mink off, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Acne Studios and so much more.
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.