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    where to buy technical fabrics?

    I think I can convince my wife to make me some bike clothing, but I am wondering if anyone knows where to buy the "technical fabrics"...tried googling but maybe I am using bad search terms, I dunno...

    so, does anyone know of a good supplier of technical fabrics (ex: eVent, 3sp etc, just trying to see if it is possible to buy these types of fabrics)

    thanks in advance

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    They're out there. Local to me you can buy some neat stuff at Seattle Fabrics (http://www.seattlefabrics.com/); I'm not sure where you're located, but there might be someone like them near you.

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    Seattle Fabrics is run by a bunch of no-nonsense guys. The shop has all sorts of Ultrex, Pertex, EventX, boat canvas, you name it!

    You can also buy fabrics on E-bay but the sellers are usually not knowledgeble and say whatever to make the sale. The stuff usually has some sort of flaw (I've order from 7 different vendors over the span of a year, every fabric had some sort of flaw). E-bay fabrics buyers ---> beware.

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    I'm sure I'll raise the ire of Walmart-bashers, but I buy Dri-Star tops there (short and long sleeve) .

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    You should tell where you are from.

    I'd suggest a trip to the "fabric district" in NYC. That's from 38th to 40th street between 7th and 8th Avenues (Easily reachable by commuter train or bus, just downtown from Times Square or the Port Authority Bus terminal, and just uptown from Penn Station).

    Of course, that does you no good if you're in Seattle ;-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by nycphotography
    You should tell where you are from.

    I'd suggest a trip to the "fabric district" in NYC. That's from 38th to 40th street between 7th and 8th Avenues (Easily reachable by commuter train or bus, just downtown from Times Square or the Port Authority Bus terminal, and just uptown from Penn Station).

    Of course, that does you no good if you're in Seattle ;-)
    I work in the 20's btwn 6/7, so I will take a trip up to the fabric distict...You don't know of any good places that specialize (or at least carry) these types of materials, do you?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    I'm sure I'll raise the ire of Walmart-bashers, but I buy Dri-Star tops there (short and long sleeve) .
    That's a good starting point but your wife can probably add more reflectivity or whatever to make the ride more comfortable and safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vrkelley
    Seattle Fabrics is run by a bunch of no-nonsense guys. The shop has all sorts of Ultrex, Pertex, EventX, boat canvas, you name it!

    You can also buy fabrics on E-bay but the sellers are usually not knowledgeble and say whatever to make the sale. The stuff usually has some sort of flaw (I've order from 7 different vendors over the span of a year, every fabric had some sort of flaw). E-bay fabrics buyers ---> beware.
    What about Kellex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cag3r
    I work in the 20's btwn 6/7, so I will take a trip up to the fabric distict...You don't know of any good places that specialize (or at least carry) these types of materials, do you?

    thanks
    As for which stores, I really don't know.

    The real gotcha of the (clothing) business is that most fabrics are made to order for the production runs of the clothing. The factory needs 5000 yards of black bla bla, they order it from the mill, and it gets delivered to the factory. Nobody really stocks much of any fabrics.

    In Hong Kong I could maybe find some nylons, corduras, etc if I needed to, but the NYC market is geared towards fashion clothing, not so much tech clothing. There will probably be little available.

    Try Mood (but mood is expensive).

    OHHH yeah! Go to the kiosk at 40th and Broadway (the booth under the needle statue). There is an actual live employee there who's job it is to help you find things in the fashion district.

    Another place you may want to try is: Walk into the FIT bookstores (Both are on 27th near 8th) and ask if they know any stores where you can get [insert specific fabric here]. They just might know.

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    http://www.maldenmillsstore.com/
    I can't believe no one has mentioned this place yet.
    They have all the polartech stuff, powerstretch, powerdry, powershield, retroX, etc.. etc...
    this is where Lou binik from http://foxwear.net/ gets his materials from and I as well as many otherso n here can attest to the quality of these fabrics, as well as Lous craftsmanship

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    In the UK we use Pennine Outdoors, they do a wide selection of fabrics, fastners and patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    What about Kellex?

    more info please, is kellex a type of material, a fabric retailer?

    I tried kellex.com, but they are a furniture manufcturer....

    thanks

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    How about eBay?
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    Rainshed is a great family-owned shop. I think they're in Maine somewhere but I've ordered several things from them before with great service.
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    Textile Outfitters, in Alberta (Canada), sells all kinds of technical fabrics, patterns and notions. Website: http://www.justmakeit.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cag3r
    more info please, is kellex a type of material, a fabric retailer?

    I tried kellex.com, but they are a furniture manufcturer....

    thanks
    It's modeled after Vrkelly. The texture and elasticity is designed so it feels exactly like her, mmm...

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