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Encouraging success: Santoni Seamless in casual and athletic sportswear Print
Monday, 28 February 2011

Santoni?s Patrick Silva discusses the increasing role that seamless knitting is playing in the casual and athletic sportswear sectors and outlines the company?s latest technological developments geared towards this rapidly growing market.

While seamless underwear has grown formidably, especially in China - both in its domestic and export markets, establishing itself on the world market as a solid and ever expanding classic, the Santoni company was very pleased to see at the recent Ispo show in Munich in February that our market forecasts, our continuous research and development and our commercial strategies towards expanding seamless technology to the outerwear sector are beginning to make important strides not only in China, but all over the world.

We received a very positive sign of this at the Munich Ispo by seeing the presence of an abundance of seamless items in the booths of many of the major sports brands. These items were not only for athletic applications but also for the casual wear market. Moreover this trend was reflected in both Western and Chinese exhibitors? garments.

On the Santoni booth, there was a very conspicuous and constant flow of specialised and professional visitors from all over the world. The company exhibited products made on seamless machines, both in the circular seamless line and the Compact Warp seamless line (with an important addition of our garment length line in the traditional cut and sew systems). We specifically brought to Munich, a collection of these various sportswear ranges to illustrate what we believe to be the inherent advantageous features that the Santoni machines bring to this very important field of sports-specific clothing.

Circular seamless program

As everyone is aware, the global trends for apparel are increasingly moving towards clothes that combine comfort with hygiene and well-being both in one's leisurewear, daily workwear, and in the field of active sports and fitness exercise.

The old myth about seamless being only associated with synthetic yarns has been undoubtedly quashed by Santoni seamless circular technology successfully using all types of yarn - both natural and man-made.

Moreover, the necessary technical targets, which are very simple and particularly suitable for sportswear, are now being achieved by meeting the modern and specific needs of the sporting fraternity, made in the ?Santoni Seamless Way?.

In the collection of sportswear items Santoni presented, there was an emphasis on showing not only the use of natural and synthetic including uncovered elasticated yarns) yarns, but also those for obtaining the required technical targets. This demonstrated that seamless is the ideal way to construct the garment to achieve the following characteristics:

  • moisture management for evaporation of perspiration
  • compression areas that offer both body support and better temperature management
  • padding thicknesses for greater body protection while still maintaining the all important moisture and temperature management requirements
  • venting to remove heat from specific areas
  • thermal pockets strategically placed to trap body heat, again in specific areas

These products shown, constructed on Santoni?s latest seamless circular machines for outerwear received a tremendous amount of interest from the visitors to the booth.