Here's what you need to know about fabric before deciding what to stock in your store. And while not everything on the list is available as stocked styles from us, you can custom order in almost any fabric you'd like. Read on to learn more about common fabrics used in athletic apparel.
P O L Y E S T E R
Polyester comes in its purest form, blended form and mixed with a stretch additive. It's synthetic, durable and does not stretch or shrink (unless that stretch additive has been blended). Naturally water resistant and holds color very well for vibrant shades of fabric. Polyester is wrinkle-free and will not mildew. It is also sun resistant and breathable. This fiber is often used to produce moisture wicking work out tops including stringers, tank tops, t-shirts, surfing shirts and more. Also used for shorts, windbreakers and joggers.
P O L Y E S T E R C O T T O N B L E N D
Polyester-cotton blends are popular due to their strength, durability and resistance to tearing. Polyester fibers are far more elastic than cotton alone and won't shrink like cotton. This means blending the two will create and easier to wash garment. The addition of cotton means that the end result is very abrasion-resistant and much more breathable than pure polyester. In addition, poly-cotton blends can be dyed in a wide range of colors and, because they are so widely available, tend to be far cheaper than pure cotton fabrics.
CO T T O N
One of the most widely used fabrics, cotton is a soft and fluffy fiber used to produce a large variety of garments including leggings, t-shirts, pajama pants, sweatshirts and more. Cotton grows in a protective case around the seeds of the cotton plants. It is actually stronger when wet, one of the few fabrics that are. For apparel production the use of "combed" cotton is preferred as it smooths the fibers and creates a higher quality, longer lasting finished product. Cotton can be worn in all types of weather. Conventional cotton is known for using large quantities of water to produce and so organic cotton may be a better choice.
O R G A N I C C O T T O N
Organic cotton is grown using environmentally friendly methods and materials. Producers of organic products must follow the procedures for certification of organic products. The processing of organic cotton does not harm farmers and their families and is much better for the environment due to the lack of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Organic cotton is usually more expensive than traditional cotton because it takes more time and skills in the process. Since labelling of organic products isn't always regulated you should be sure that the product you're buying is actually certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard. The easiest way to check whether your garment is produced of organic fabric before purchasing it is by checking the price tag. If there is information saying that the cotton is certified by GOTS, there is nothing to be worried about. All of our organic cotton apparel is GOTS certified.
S P A N D E X
Spandex is a synthetic fabric with high elasticity. The term "spandex" is not a brand name though often thought of as one. Lycra and elastane are words also used in place of spandex to describe this stretchy material. It often added to other fibers to produce a blended fabric with extra stretch (which means added comfort and ease of movement). This fabric can stretch to 5-8 times its normal size and so is perfect for leggings and work out wear in general. It is commonly used for form-fitting garments. In most cases, pure spandex isn't used in garments, and instead, small quantities of this fabric are woven into other synthetic, semi-synthetic, or organic fibers.