Working with Sustainable Activewear Fabrics

Working with Sustainable Activewear Fabrics

Vicki Wallis Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Fabric is always an important decision in the clothing design process - but in the design of activewear, fabric choice is absolutely crucial to building a good reputation in the market for brilliant performance during sports and leisure activities. Fabrics need to be comfortable, durable, easy to care for, waterproof... the list is endless - and entirely depends on your target customer's demands. Add to this the need to be sustainable and you have quite the challenge on your hands!

Nevertheless, sustainable and high-performance activewear is achievable. In this video, we look at the options available to businesses, the key considerations for selecting and sourcing fabrics and the background to the sustainable activewear fabric technologies on the market right now.

In this video you'll learn:

  • Why it’s important to research activewear fabrics and trims before starting your design process
  • About the different properties to look for in sustainable activewear fabrics and how these properties are achieved 
  • About the range of sustainable activewear fabrics available on the market right now
  • How to navigate the challenges of working to minimum order quantities
  • What questions you need to be asking your fabric supplier 
  • About fabric care instructions for sustainable activewear fabrics
  • How to approach sourcing your fabrics and trims

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