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Jul 10, 2018

Business challenge: Fabric selection is critical when creating performance activewear, but most brands don’t have in-house fabric scientists to help find the best fabric for a garment’s end use. How do you know a fabric’s performance benefits will survive the cut and sew and garment finishing process? How can you be sure the fabric you pick will perform as you think it will?

Choosing the wrong fabric can be a costly mistake that wastes time, money and slows your time to market.

Turn-key solution: Manage risk, reduce waste, and increase your speed to market by choosing the right fabric for the right application right now.

When brands choose LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ certified fabrics you know exactly how a fabric will perform because it has been rigorously tested in LYCRA® SPORT labs. The patented PCE™ index takes the guesswork out of fabric selection and enables you to make an informed decision. Each fabric comes with an easy to understand report that measures a fabric’s Power, Comfort and Energy on a 1-10 scale. This makes fabric selection faster and easier than ever before! Think about all the time, energy and money you can direct elsewhere!

Avoid choosing the wrong fabric. Let us be your in-house fabric specialist!


Why Take Chances?

Finding the right fabric doesn’t need to be a gamble. Imagine two identical performance fabric swatches. One is LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ certified and the other hasn’t been tested at all. You have no idea how it will perform—it could be great or awful. Here are your odds of picking the right fabric:

  • 100% if you choose fabric made with LYCRA® SPORT technology. You’ll know the fabric will be optimized to enhance the wearer’s experience. But what if you decide to use the other fabric?
  • Around 10% is the probability that the untested compression fabrics swatch will have the right levels of power and comfort for high, medium and low compression applications. In other words, there is a very high chance that a randomly selected, even high quality, compression fabric will disappoint consumers by having  inappropriate power or comfort in wear.
  • 1% is the probability that when you pick two untested fabrics at the same time that they would both meet LYCRA® SPORT technology standards.
  • 0,000000001% is the probability that when you select 10 different fabrics the 10 resulting garments would be fully optimized for the end-user needs.

So, the question remains, are you a risk taker, or do you want a sure thing? You’ll always know how PCE™ certified fabrics will perform because they have been tested and documented—something that no other performance fabric provides brands.

The PCE™ Advantage

The PCE™ index was developed with brands in mind because we understand that time to market is crucial in a highly competitive category. Since relaunching the LYCRA® SPORT technology platform in 2016, thousands of fabrics have been sent for testing, but only a few selections met our rigorous LYCRA® SPORT performance criteria.

To source LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ certified fabrics with enhanced comfort regardless of power level, check out some of the latest approved fabrics from European mills below:

Versatile fabric for medium to high-impact sport activities from Elastic/Lauma
Never-out-of-stock fabric made with 47.7% LYCRA® SPORT fiber technology ticks the boxes for comfort and power.

Find out more!

Feinjersey’s super soft, high gauge LYCRA® SPORT fabric selection promises to impress
Looking for premium comfort, soft control athleisure fabrics for your low-impact sportswear collection?

You need to look no further!

High performing fabrics from Penn Textile Solutions
Designed with targeted power zones and outstanding freedom of movement in mind, Penn Textile Solutions fabrics are the ideal partner for high-performance, stitch-free garments.

Feel the difference!

Check out the latest from PIAVEMAITEX
With clean cut and excellent molding properties, PAIVEMAITEX’s LYCRA® SPORT fabrics are ideally suited for low to medium impact, indoor/outdoor sport activities.

Source now!

Durable true black performance fabrics from Sportwear Argentona
Garment performance begins with the best fabric ingredients! Sportwear Argentona’s LYCRA® SPORT Bogota Black fabric is the perfect combination of advanced-knit technology and LYCRA® BLACK fiber, delivering an all-round high performing fabric!

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Check out Made in Austria’s premium SUPERFINE® fabrics from Willy Hermann
The world’s finest circular and warp knit SUPERFINE® fabrics offer a vast selection of innovative and high-quality options.

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LYCRA® and PCE™ are trademarks of The LYCRA Company.
*Source: 2017 Global Insights Study, IPSOS