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Esmetex introduces lightweight shirting fabric made from Repreve with Sorbtek

The company is the first company to launch Repreve and Sorbtek, both products of Unifi, in lightweight shirting fabric.

17th February 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  New York

Medical/Hygiene, Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Esmetex, a leader in producing and sourcing fabric, has announced its first collection of casual and dress shirt fabrics that combines the cooling and moisture wicking properties of Sorbtek, with the recycled benefits of Repreve.

The company is the first company to launch Repreve and Sorbtek, both products of Unifi, in lightweight shirting fabric. According to Esmetex, these lightweight fabrics are ideal for bringing performance benefits to the casual and dress shirt market.

In an effort to continue offering the latest in fabric development to the industry, Sorbtek is designed to offer properties found in athletic wear, such as moisture wicking, along with the convenience of soil release technology. Each shirt made with Repreve will contain an average of two recycled plastic bottles, according to the company.


“Repreve with Sorbtek technology brings unparalleled benefits that are new to the casual and dress shirt market,” said Victor Chao, chief marketing and product development officer for Esmetex.

“Consumers love the benefits of active wear, but traditionally haven’t been able to get those same benefits in their everyday casual and dress shirts. Fabrics made with Repreve and Sorbtek offer that cool, dry feeling we desire in athletic clothes; with the added benefit of keeping plastic bottles out of landfills.”

Lightweight shirting fabrics

Esmetex is launching two yarn dyed fabric blends, one with 54% cotton/46% Repreve, and the other 70% cotton/30% Repreve. The weight for both fabrics is 4.5 ounces per square yard, and the width is 57 inches.

“We’re pleased that Esmetex turned to Unifi for eco-friendly performance technology in their latest development of lightweight shirting fabrics,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global branding for Unifi. “Our work with Esmetex resulted in the combination of our Sorbtek and Repreve technologies in shirting fabrics for a new group of consumers who are seeking performance outside the gym.”


Known for creating unique partnerships with a diverse group of yarn merchants, Esmetex is a fabric and full package supplier for the sportswear market.

The company provides industry leading Global Production and Logistic Management (GPLM) ability to manufacturers and retailers worldwide. A leading apparel sourcing partner, Esmetex aims to bring a strong customer oriented information technology and textile technology background. With marketing and sales offices in Hong Kong and New York, the company has been in business for more than 25 years.

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