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02
Feb
17

Under Armour debuts ‘made in the U.S.’ gear

Under Armour Debuts ‘Made in the U.S. Gear – and tests what we think we know about manufacturing in America

From the Washington Post

Source: Under Armour debuts ‘made in the U.S.’ gear — and tests what we think we know about manufacturing in America – The Washington Post

January 30, 2017

The black sports bra and matching leggings that Under Armour began selling Monday don’t look particularly distinctive from the rest of the workout attire on its website.

But, in fact, the garments are different in a key way: They were made in the United States, marking a key milestone in the company’s ambitious bid to significantly rethink its manufacturing strategy.

They are the first batch of clothing to be made at UA Lighthouse, a sprawling Under Armour facility that opened this summer in Baltimore. A 35,000-square-foot design and product development hub, it is an anchor of Under Armour’s attempt to figure out how to make clothing in the United States — an unusual venture in an industry where manufacturing has largely been done overseas for a generation. About 97 percent of clothing sold in the United States is imported, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

Just 2,000 of the garments are available for sale — 1,000 each of the bras and leggings — so it’s a small-scale start. But the process of creating them offers a look at what the future of Under Armour — and the wider apparel industry, for that matter — might look like. The company says that it was able to operate on a sharply shorter timeline for bringing the gear to market, and it says it believes the Lighthouse setup is cost neutral compared to making clothing overseas.

With President Trump talking frequently of finding ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, Under Armour’s experiment might end up drawing particularly close observation from retailers and Washington alike to see if it can be a blueprint for similar initiatives.

Kevin Haley, Under Armour’s president of innovation, said that the process for creating garments such as the bra and leggings would typically take 18 to 20 months. For the Baltimore-made pieces, though, it took just three months.

Haley said that’s because the Lighthouse setup has enabled the company to compress the creation process in several ways. Perhaps most important, when designers and manufacturers are in the same building instead of on different continents, they can combine their contributions to the supply chain into a single step.

“The designer is sitting in the Lighthouse facility with the person who’s actually going to perform the operations to assemble that garment,” Haley said. “So the person who’s actually going to be putting it together is effectively going to be teaching the designer, ‘Look, here’s how to simplify this design and do it more efficiently.’ ”

Haley also said that the technology in the Baltimore facility has enabled speedier garment production. By using 3D body scanners, Under Armour can figure out how a certain piece of clothing is going to fit and flatter a body without going the traditional route of producing a physical prototype.

The company also hopes this setup will generally enable it to work in a more iterative way on clothing, allowing the team to fine-tune pieces after they’ve started to hit stores. In the future, Under Armour might ship out a small batch of clothes from Lighthouse and see how customers react to the gear before making tens of thousands of pieces of it. If shoppers, for example, say that a waistband is fitting a little snugly on a pair of shorts, they could tweak that for a bigger production run of that item. And being able to adapt to that feedback in real time could be powerful: It could be the difference between selling thousands of those shorts at full price, or having to mark them all down because shoppers were just lukewarm about them.

Here’s why it matters that making clothes in Baltimore could shave time off Under Armour’s speed-to-market process: because doing so has become something of a holy grail in the retail world. Because of social media, live-streamed runway shows and other cultural changes, fashion trends go boom and bust faster than ever before.

You might be tempted to think these tectonic shifts mostly matter for fashion companies and not for performance athletic brands such as Under Armour. But, in fact, exercise attire has become a deeply trend-driven business. Printed yoga pants, leggings with mesh paneling, workout tanks with strategically-placed cutouts: These popular looks are all riffs on what’s happening on the catwalk.

“It enables us to effectively pull forward materials, fabrics, textiles, yarns that the consumer maybe wasn’t going to see until 2018, 2019 — and bring that into 2017,” Haley said.

But speed-to-market wasn’t the only reason Under Armour pursued U.S. manufacturing capabilities. The company has a lofty goal of contributing to a revitalization of Baltimore by creating jobs at Lighthouse and a planned roster of other facilities.

So what kind of labor force was needed to create these garments? After all, jobs going overseas is only part of the reason that the United States’ manufacturing industry has contracted — many such positions have been lost to automation.

The company said some 50 people worked on this particular garment collection, including design, manufacturing, marketing and other roles. Haley said the headcount of workers needed to create the products in Baltimore was “not all that different” from if they were made abroad.

“It’s not like these are being made by a robot,” Haley said. “These are being made by human beings using advanced manufacturing methods.”

Lighthouse staffers also work on Under Armour sneakers, though, and that manufacturing process is one for which the company has been working for years to reduce the number of workers and steps needed.

Some competitors, Haley said, “could have 300 pairs of hands touching every shoe that moves down the line. Which is at some level crazy, in 2017, to be introducing all that room for margin for error at each step along the way.”

Ultimately, Under Armour hopes that Lighthouse is a proof of concept for a bigger global initiative to embrace “local for local” manufacturing. In other words, Under Armour gear sold in Brazil would be made in Brazil; gear sold in the United States would be made in the United States, and so on.

The goal, Haley said, is to show that “if we can make it here, we can make it anywhere. And if we can make it here, anyone can make any product here.”


Editor’s Note

The plan to build the plant in Baltimore was finished well before tRump (pronounced “Tee” “Rump”,  like in Tyrannasaurus Rex, also, commonly known as T Rex) was elected, so the IPOTUS (Illegitimate President Of The U.S. or IP for short) can not take credit for it, but he will try anyway. In fact, I had reported the Baltimore plant previously on my blog entry: Reebok Is Bringing Back Shoemaking in the USA about some shoe companies bringing shoe production to the USA. The Baltimore-made sports bra and leggings hit digital shelves Monday, a milestone in the company’s ambitious bid to completely rethink its supply chain.

Thanks to Brad Bolin for showing me this article.

 

05
Jan
17

Activewear for the 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is a time when there is an excess of goodies, chocolates and many carb-rich foods. They can be found both at work and at home. It is the lucky ones who don’t put on any weight during this time. But, now that it is January and the New Year has already started, it is common for many to make a resolution to exercise and lose weight. If you happen to have made one of these crazy resolutions: Good Luck. And I will help you. I will steer you in the direction of finding exercise clothes made in the USA. Hurray.

To start with, let us start with shoes. And when we talk about athletic shoes, there really is only one company still making athletic shoes in the USA: New Balance.

New Balance 997

New Balance 997

 

A classic silhouette gets its newest update just in time for winter with the 997 New Balance sneaker. ENCAP® midsole technology provides support for wear-anywhere comfort and the durable, premium suede/mesh upper helps protect your feet from the elements. Finished with cool color combinations inspired by lower temps and you have a quality sneaker, made for daily wear.

New Balance Pink Ribbon 990v4

New Balance Pink Ribbon 990v4

This is American craftsmanship. The 990 continues its 30-year legacy of great performance and iconic style with the new women’s 990v4 featuring reflective details that catch the light at night. It’s the perfect combination of cushioning and stability, wrapped up in a look that will last forever.

New Balance 1700 Age of Exploration

New Balance 1700 Age of Exploration

Made in USA craftsmanship meets wanderlust inspiration in the 1700 Age of Exploration. Designed and crafted in New England from premium materials, the men’s sneaker pays tribute to the desire for adventure with bold color combinations and a timeless look.

Next – Activewear. Below is from Yogasmoga

Yogasmoga U and Me Move Bra and Pants

Yogasmoga U and Me Move Bra and Pants

The U & Me Yoga Bra is our low support, strappy racer back bra. Lined in custom mesh for breathability. Made out of our exclusive AURUM®+ Augusta printed fabric.

Below is from SQN Sport– Luxury Active Wear for Women.

SQN Sports Leggings

SQN Sports Leggings

Splits59 Austin Hoodie

Splits59 Austin Hoodie

For men: Oliver’s Apparel has a great pair of work out shorts – great for running or working out. It comes in 6 different colors.

Oliver's Apparel All Over Shorts

Oliver’s Apparel All Over Shorts

From Go Athletic Apparel – layering is very important when exercising in the cold.

Go Athletic Apparel Cold Base Layer Shirt

Go Athletic Apparel Cold Base Layer Shirt

Exercising at Night

Face it, the days (daylight hours) during wintertime are frightfully short, which means if you are going to be working outdoors there is a good chance that it will be when it is dark. And when it is dark, it can be dangerous. There is a company that specializes in clothing that can be seen at night. Its name is Illuminite. Below are two examples from Illuminite.

Illuminite Bristol Women's reflective jacket Lilac and Blacklight

Illuminite Bristol Women’s reflective jacket Lilac and Blacklight (This picture is under blacklight)

Illuminite Pullover in Flo Lime and Black

Illuminite Pullover in Flo Lime and Black

Exercising Where It is Extremely Cold

I have not forgotten my friends in the great Northern states. Of course, most enlighted people stay indoors once it is less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. But for those of you who are diehards – whether it is skiing, (cross-country or downhill) or just snow-shoeing in the blinding snow, here are some clothes to keep you warm from Wintergreen Northern Wear.

Wintergreen Boundary Waters Shell Pants (Women's)

Wintergreen Boundary Waters Shell Pants (Women’s)

Wintergreen Nordic Ventile Cotton Anorak

Wintergreen Nordic Ventile Cotton Anorak

Wintergreen Polartec Powerstretch Balaclava

Wintergreen Polartec Powerstretch Balaclava

Other Companies that Make Active Wear in the USA

(From Listing of American Clothing Manufacturers – Retail)

Athletic Wear

  1. ALO (Yoga)
  2. Anue (Yoga)
  3. Beyond Yoga (Yoga)
  4. Castelli (bicycle clothing) (rare)
  5. Hard Tail (tops, sweatpants)
  6. Lucy (Yoga pants) rare
  7. LVR (yoga wear)
  8. Lysse (running pants, yoga tops, leggings)
  9. Nation LTD (sweatpants)
  10. New Balance (running shirts and shorts) rare
  11. Pink Lotus (yoga)
  12. pRana (yoga)
  13. Pure Karma (yoga)
  14. SODO (sweats pants, tops)
  15. Solow (Yoga, running)
  16. Soul, Mind, Breath, Life (yoga)
  17. Soul Flower (yoga)
  18. Splits59 (workout clothing, sport bra)
  19. SQN (workout clothing)
  20. Voler (bicycle clothing)
  21. UnderArmour (tops) rare
  22. Yogasmoga (Yoga, tops, bras, yoga pants) All med in USA.

From Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA – Internet

Athletic/Active Wear

  1. Adho Mukha Athletica (yoga and fitness)
  2. Aerotech (bicycle clothing)
  3. Aether (outdoor wear, leggings)
  4. AKWA (sweat pants)
  5. AST Sportswear (golf shirts, Yoga Pants)
  6. Blue Canoe (tops and leggings)
  7. Campbellsville
  8. Cana Collection
  9. Go Athletic Appeal (compression shorts and shirts)
  10. Handful – Sports Bra
  11. Hard Tail (Nordstrom’s, also)
  12. Hooked Production (Hiking)
  13. Ice Time Apparel (Hockey % Figure Skating)
  14. IllumiNite (Reflective Athletic Wear)
  15. Impact Fitness Wear (rare)
  16. Kos.USA
  17. My Boxercraft
  18. Nesh NYC (Ladies Yoga wear)
  19. OBX Outfitters (Ladies athletic tank)
  20. Oliver’s Apparel (Mens athletic shorts)
  21. Omgirl (yoga clothing)
  22. Physique (weightlifter & work out clothing)
  23. Pink Lotus (yoga wear, not all US made)
  24. Pistol Pete ( Men’s athletic area)
  25. Pure Karma
  26. SQN Sport (luxurious active wear)
  27. S.O.A.R.K. (Running Wear)
  28. Teeki (Yoga Clothing)
  29. Terrybicycles (bicycle apparel for women
  30. Swami (sweatshirts, mens shorts, women’s leggings)
  31. Voler (Bicycle apparel)
  32. Wild Things (Outdoor high tech clothing)
  33. WSI (usa2bc.com) – Microtech Long sleeve shirt
  34. 3:16 Athletic Wear (Running and biking clothes)

Have a Happy New Year and may the odds ever be in your favor.

 

07
Jun
15

SODO – Men’s Athletic Wear

SODO is a company that makes athletic apparel for men and it is all made in Seattle. Called SODO after the district in Seattle. SODO’s team is dedicated to high quality fabrics and working with professional athletes to make certain that their clothing performs as it was intended.

NO ONE IN THE WORLD IS MAKING GEAR LIKE WE ARE.

 

SODO 206 Zip Jacket

SODO 206 Zip Jacket

SODO has a great selection of moisture-wicking shorts, compression shorts, Moisture-wicking sweat pants, compression T Shirts, work-out long sleeve shirts, zip jackets, hoodies, and even a hat with your choice of different colors, different colored bills or logos.

SODO "Go To" shorts

SODO “Go To” shorts

SODO is looking for athletes to be testers of their prototypes – maybe you can become a tester.

SODO "Go To" pants

SODO “Go To” pants

SODO Stadium Hoodie

SODO Stadium Hoodie

Sodo Snapback Hat

Sodo Snapback Hat

Check out their website at: sodoapparel.com. SODO can be found at several stores in Seattle, the REI in SODO and now available at Nordstroms as well.

 

24
Mar
15

Adho Mukha Athletica | Apparel for Yoga and Fitness

Adho Mukha Athletica | Apparel for Yoga and Fitness. Looking for Yoga  and Fitness Apparel Made in the USA? There is a brand new business that just opened this Spring of 2015 that makes Yoga and Fitness clothes made in the USA. Its name is Adho Mukha Athletic. (Adho Mukha is the yoga position meaning Downward Dog).

Adho Muksa The DownwarDog position

Adho Mukha
The Downward Dog position

Adho Mukha Athletica is a cross-functional activewear company promoting what we like to refer to as  “fusion athletics.”

adho5

ABOUT MUKHA ATHLETICA – Apparel that’s “Cool For the Soul”

Bringing active lifestyle communities together to strengthen your performance Adho Mukha Athletica’s commitment is providing apparel that is comfortable, fashionable and cross functional!  We are a lifestyle brand that incorporates the principals and foundation from one of the beginning yoga poses that strengthens the body and mind, Adho Mukha Svanasana.

We are Yoga, We are Watermen, We are Athletics. Our mission is to outfit humans with the most comfortable and stylish cross-functional active-wear to help encourage a lifetime commitment to live a healthy and adventurous lifestyle, the Adho Mukha Athletica lifestyle.

Adho Mukha Athletica Made in USA

Adho Mukha Athletica
Made in USA

We decided to borrow the Sanskrit words Adho Mukha.   Adho which means down or downward and Mukha which means Face.  Many know this name as one of the first poses you learn in yoga.  We know this for the healing power it has provided us in our lives.  Sometimes referred to as the cure all “Adho Mukha” helps rejuvenate the mind and body.  It promotes strength throughout the entire body and immune system. Adho Mukha Athletica, a great way to begin and end any practice.

 

We are blessed to have spent our lives being adventurous and learning many “life lessons” along the way.    We have developed many lifelong friendships with athletes from around the world, some professional and some weekend warriors.  Our friends come from all walks of life, which include yogis, professional football  players, surf pros, triathletes, runners, skydivers and more.  For them to participate and provide feedback has been instrumental in the development of our line.

From Adho Mukha Athletica FB page

From Adho Mukha
Athletica FB page

Imagine your favorite things to wear either for working out or to and from. Maybe it’s your crop pants, your workout short, that favorite top.  What makes it your favorite?  How it fits? How it feels? The color? Now imagine a line that combines all of these into a cross functional product that you want to wear for any activity and will give you the functionality and comfort to accomplish your goals in style.

We feel it’s important to support our country and promote growth within the USA, so our products are made locally, and we do this with a smile.

Yoga Pants - crop style

Yoga Pants – crop style

Offerings From Adho Mukha Athletica

Adho Mukha Athletica makes yoga clothing for both men and women. For the women, Adho offers four different types of tanks, two types of pullovers, and two types of sports bras. The types of women’s bottoms are shorts, yoga pants: reversible, crop – type and relaxed fit. For the men, Adho offers two types of shorts, a long sleeved T-shirt, and several short sleeve T-shirts.

Adho Mukha Athletica Tank

Adho Mukha Athletica
Tank

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page for Adho Mukha Athletica.

16
Dec
14

SQN – luxurious women’s activewear designed and made in the USA.

Buy luxurious women’s activewear designed and made in the USA..

SQN which stands for Sine Qua Non (Only the Essentials) has come out with a line of clothing for active women. They are made in the United States, based out of Sun Valley, Idaho. SQN currently offers 6 different types of leggings – one is a boot cut – which is something not often found. And then there is the ruched legging which is a little more decorative but still functional.

Ruched leggings - SQN

Ruched leggings – SQN

The selection of tops is much more varied. They have the standard exercise wear like tanks, T-shirts both short and long sleeved, but SQN also offers more decorative tops, like this popover.

Silver Popover - SQN

Silver Popover – SQN

SQN can be found at certain selected stores, but can also be purchased on their website: sqnsport.com.

There are only a few other activewear makers in the USA, see me entry: “Replacing Lululemon.”

Keep your neighbor employed – buy American.

 




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