Los Angeles-based circular knitter SAS Textiles is tossing its hat into the performance apparel ring with the launch of SAS Sport, a line of synthetic fabrics developed to feed the growing demand for fitness fashion.
The company—which recently moved to a new 165,000-square-foot facility in Vernon, California, and has 133 circular knitting machines on site—will manufacture a range of fine-gauge stretch fabrics, technical top weights and novelties for post-workout comfort using a mix of premium fibers and synthetics with performance attributes, sourced from domestic and NAFTA/CAFTA qualified suppliers. Eco-friendly fibers, including recycled polyester, organic and recycled cotton and Tencel will also feature.
“Our knitting capabilities, including single and double jerseys, stripers, electronic jacquards, mini-jacs, fleeces, terries and sweater knits, allow us to create performance fabrics that go beyond the basics, including hard-to-find structures such as meshes and spacers,” said Sean Sassourian, president and CEO of the 23-year-old company.
Capable of producing half a million pounds per week at full capacity in its Californian facility, SAS is also a partner in a cut-and-sew factory in Tijuana, Mexico, which it claims can ship 50,000 sportswear pieces per week, made from SAS fabrics.
“Our made-in-the-U.S.A. fabrics are ideal for CAFTA programs as well as for super-quick turns at our Tijuana facility, which is only 100 miles away from our headquarters,” added Uwe Heintel of SAS. “Brands and retailers today want to work closer to season and can’t deal with the increased costs of shipping, lost time and compliance issues implicit in overseas supply chain.”