New players keep entering the activewear market. And just as contemporary brands have branched into technical tops and bottoms, intimate apparel labels are getting into the game, too.
Vermont-based innerwear brand Commando launched Commando Active for Fall/Winter 2016, and introduced the line to buyers at this week’s CurveNY (Jul. 31-Aug. 2) at New York City’s Javits Center.
Fusing form and function, the U.S.-made collection comprises three tops—a soft cup bralette, a compression sports bra and a perforated compression style—and two bottoms. Made using a technical European microfiber and featuring an athletic stitch construction that moves with the body, the active line offers stretch, wickability and breathability.
“The athletic stitching is a thicker stitching that’s new for our brand,” explained Commando’s Alexandra Kondracki. “It allows for more 360-degree stretch and a little more durability but we’re maintaining the seamless feel we’re known for with the raw-cut, elastic-free edges.”
On the soft cup style, which Commando is calling its yoga bra, the seamless construction is still supportive, while the compression styles offer moderate support for medium-impact activities, like running or spin class.
“We like people to feel smooth, not stuffed,” Kondracki quipped.
Retailing from $58 to $68 for the tops, which is comparable with the brand’s regular bras, and the bottoms are priced at $24. Currently, the pieces are available in four solids (blue pop, berry pop, fire pop and black) and three prints, but orange, purple and blue color stories will be introduced next spring. Also on the way: boy shorts and active tanks.