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fancy fleece – Brief Article

fancy fleece

If you read through the preceding feature story on fleece, you know what kind of sales potential fleece items have this fall. This month’s feature Wear 2 Buy shows you the latest looks in fashion fleece, traditional sweatshirts, and polar fleece styles from more than 30 suppliers. Phone numbers for each supplier are conveniently listed along with each product description, so all you have to do is pick up the phone and tell them you saw it in Wearables Business.

Colorado Trading & Clothing

One of the newest fabrications to the wearables market this year is Colorado Trading & Clothing Company’s Divinity Micro Chenille under the Colorado Comforts Label. The fabric is currently offered in throws and robes and offers a soft, fulfilling body wrap. This high-quality fabric is extremely easy care, durable, 100% polyester, embroiders well and is surprisingly affordable. For more information call (888) 363-9327


Antigua’s Grandstand quarter-zip pullover, style 510402, is part of its Antech Outerwear line. Made of 100% polyester anti-pill Antech fleece, the Grandstand is available in unisex sizes XS-2XL in black, heather, navy, storm khaki, dark purple, cabernet, dark royal, dark red, and dark pine. For more information call (877) 610-1444

Virginia T’s

Virginia T’s introduces a sueded 1/4-zip pullover (style# 83081) with band by Lee Printwear. The 9-ounce 80/20 cotton/poly pullover has a versatile stand-up or fold-down collar. Other features include dyed-to-match molded zipper with Lee embossed sueded zipper pull, forward shoulders, twill tape in collar seam, Lycra reinforced cuffs and bottom, coverseaming on shoulders, armholes, cuffs and bottom, and a 100% cotton face to virtually eliminate pilling. Available in sizes M-XXL. Colors: ash, black, cardinal and navy. For more information call (800) 289-8099


Weatherproof offers the Sueded Fleece Hood (style# 9988) and Crew (style# 9980) in a 10-oz., extra-soft 80/20 cotton/poly blend. The hooded sweatshirt has a double-layered hood and pouch pocket. The crewneck has traditional V-notch construction. Available in men’s sizes S-XXL. Colors: navy, forest, crimson and heather. For more information call (800) 367-7900

VF Brand Solutions

The new 8-oz. Lee 50/50 cotton/poly blend crew (style# 83330) with set-in sleeves is manufactured with air-jet yarns for a virtually pill-free garment. Features include coverseaming on the collar, a scooped neck, and 4-track knitting for a tighter, smoother decorating surface. Available in sizes S-3X and youth XS-L. Colors: navy, black, hunter, stone, wine, sandalwood, royal, white, ash heather, true red, steel gray, tangerine, natural, chamois, English rose and primrose. For more information call (800) 680-4440

M.J. Soffe

Soffe’s 9-oz. 50/50 cotton/poly sweatshirt (style# 9000R) is generously cut with set-in sleeves and a classic crew neck. Lycra is added to the cuffs, collar and band for long-lasting fit. Made in 26 colors and available in sizes S-3XL, adult big 2X-6X (style# 9001B), adult tall 1XT-4XT (style# 9001T), youth S-XL (style# B9001), and juvenile S-M-L (style# J9001). For more information call (800) 453-6610

Ash City

Ladies styles are in demand throughout the market and Ash City delivers with this new North End fleece vest (style# 78006) with full zipper. The unlined interior vest has a North End logo zipper pull, shaped side panels, flatlock-stitching detail, and Lycra binding on armholes for a comfortable fit. Made of 100% spun polyester anti-pill fleece. Available in sizes S-XXL. Colors: black, midnight navy, sky blue, flint, heather charcoal and molten red. For more information call (800) 761-6612

Carolina Made

The Jerzees half-zip Super Sweat from Carolina Made is sure to offer protection and warmth while still retaining class and style. Featuring a 9.3-oz, 50/50 cotton/poly blend, a cadet collar, metal zipper, a coverseamed waistband, and Spandex trim. Available in sizes M-2X. Colors: birch, jet black and true navy. For more information call (800) 222-1409

American Apparel

The new item offered by American Apparel is a sporty girl zip-up hooded sweatshirt (style #5399). This is made from prewashed 100% cotton fleece. Special details to the item include a zipper front, 3/8″ binding on hood and pockets, 21/2″ sleeve cuffs and 3″ bottom band. Available in sizes M and L. Colors: black, white, baby blue, and red. For more information call (413) 488-0226


Gildan’s Ultra Cotton fleece collection presents an 80/20 cotton-dominant fabric with features including: 2″ x 1″ fashion rib knit collars and cuffs with Lycra and double needle stitching on all seams. Style 9500 comes in sizes M-2XL in 15 different colors. For more information call (877) 445-3265

Augusta Sportswear

Augusta Sportswear’s heavyweight sweatshirt (style# 5100) and sweatpant (style# 5300) are a 50/50 cotton/poly blend. The shirt and pant are full cut, 9-ounce fleece. The sweatshirt has a rib-knit neck with coverstitch detailing on the cuffs and the bottom band. The sweatpant has a covered elastic waistband, inside waist drawstring and elastic leg bottom. Available in sizes S-3XL. Colors: ash, athletic heather, black, cardinal red, dark green, gold, kelly, maroon, navy, orange, purple, red, royal and white. For more information call (800) 237-6695

Bomark Sportswear

Bomark’s 8-ounce sweatshirt (style# 562M) by Jerzees consists of a new 8-ounce Z NuBlend 50/50 cotton/poly blend. Collar, cuffs, and waistband are all ribbed and offer an excellent fit with stunning style. The sleeves are set-in offering further comfort and maneuverability. Available in sizes S-2XL. Colors: white, birch, red, royal, black, navy, natural, maroon, purple, forest green and oxford. For more information call (888) 926-6275

Alpha Shirt Company

Alpha Shirt Company features Champion style S244, a 9.1-ounce hooded fleece pullover sweatshirt made of a 50/50 cotton/poly blend. Features include a side-seamed body, a tubular fabric, and set-in long sleeves. A front pouch pocket and a 1/4-turned hood, elastic, ribbed waistband adds to the refinements of the sweatshirt. Available in sizes S-2XL, in colors ash, black, light steel, and navy. For more information call (800) 523-4585

Diport USA

The Tahoe stands as Diport’s new super soft 100% polyester mock twist cashmere fleece V-neck sweatshirt (style# 7498). Complete with a self-trimmed V-neck collar, hemmed cuffs and open bottom styling with side vents all offering supreme comfort. For more information call (800) 352-8262

Staton Wholesale

The Hanes PrintPro 10-ounce Ultimate Cotton Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt is made of 90% cotton/10% polyester blend in a revolutionary PrintPro fleece fabric. The hood is two-ply with jersey lining, prommets, and a matching drawstring. The cuffs are a cotton/spandex blend, with the waistband of an identical material. Available in ash, black, light steel, navy and orange, sizes S-XXL. For more information call (800) 888-8888

Field & Stream

The Field & Stream quarter-zip outfitter fleece (style# 7035) from PremiumWear is an essential pullover for cool days and chilly nights. Made of 65/35 poly/rayon brushed Alpaca-style fleece with an anti-pill finish. The ribbed henley collar and self-fabric cuffs offer further comfort. The on-seam waist pockets and coverstitched seams offer a sleek, sharp look with constant comfort. The new pullover is versatile, comfortable, and easy to wear. Available in sizes S-3XL. Colors: carbon, canvas and loden. For more information call (800) 347-6098

Holloway Sportswear

New this year from Holloway is a 14.5-ounce non-pill Canyon Fleece jacket (style# 1097) featuring a zip-through collar with the Holloway logo, zippered pockets, and elasticized waistband and cuffs. Available in sizes XS-5XL. Colors: black, charcoal heather, scarlet, kelly, orange, navy, purple, silver heather, brown, royal dark green, maroon and yellow. For more information call (937) 497-7575


The full-zip hoodie from Hanes is made from 10-oz. 90/10 cotton/poly fleece. The two-ply hood with jersey lining and the roomy front pockets allow for the wearer to be warm and comfortable, while the full zip allows the option of unzipping partway for cooling. Further warmth is added with the secure Spandex cuffs, and strength added with the double-needle coverseamed armholes. Available in Sizes S-2XL. Colors: ash, navy, black, orange, light steel and forest green. For more information call (800) 685-7557

TSC Apparel

New this year from TSC Apparel is the Avanti Pigment Dyed Fleece, style 0354AV. Made of 8.4-oz. 100% cotton pigment dyed fleece, it has a rolled forward shoulder, flatlock stitching on shoulder and armhole, and a double-needle finish on open cuffs and bottom hem. Available in sizes S-2X in an oversized fit. Colors include Bohemian blue, cranberry, dustry green, gold, orange, rose, royal and steel blue. For more information call (800) 289-5400

Page & Tuttle

The Page & Tuttle 9.5-ounce Ultra-Sanded Box Collar Fleece (style# 90649) from PremiumWear has a blend of 84/16 cotton/polyester brushed face fleece. The collar is a solid knit welt box and three horntone buttons reinforce the placket. The 2×2 rib cuffs and bottom band are fitted with Spandex. There is coverstitch detailing throughout the jacket. On the left sleeve cuff is the Page & Tuttle logo, on the back neck is a patch. Available in sizes S-2XL. Colors: admiral navy, black, cornsilk, deep red, grey heather, natural. For more information call (800) 347-6098

Bodek and Rhodes

Bodek and Rhodes introduced the Iceberg Fleece Full Zipper jacket (style 8485) in its UltraClub collection this year. It’s made out of 100% polyester and yields a 13-ounce durable fleece jacket. The jacket features an anti-pill fabric, superior construction with two front zip pockets and an elasticized comfort bottom. Available in sizes S-3XL. Colors: black, charcoal, forest green and navy. For more information call (800) 523-2721


Details make all the difference in this 80/20 cotton/poly sweatshirt from Nautica, available exclusively through SanMar. Quality features include coverstitched seams at shoulder and armhole, an interior locker loop, side gussets, side tab and ribbed cuffs and hem with coverstitching for added strength. Set-in sleeves add to the relaxed feeling of this style. For more information call (800) 426-6399.


This quarter-zip textured fleece from Vantage offers a lightweight fleece alternative. Made of 55/45 cotton/poly nailhead fleece, the 9-oz. pullover has a stand-up collar, on-seam pockets, double-needle coverstitched shoulders, armholes, waistband and cuffs for extra durability. Available in khaki/black, oatmeal/charcoal and navy/ocean in sizes S-3XL. For more information call (800) 221-0020

Auburn Sportswear

New from Auburn in 2002 is the Roper (style# 636A). The 100% polyester microfleece with a 1/4 molded zipper features elasticized cuffs, set-in sleeves, zippered pockets and barrel locks on the bottom waistband. Available in sizes S-3XL, Colors: black, charcoal, red and navy. For more information call (800) 221-9685

Charles River Apparel

The adventurer fleece pullover from Charles River Apparel’s Summit Collection is made of 14.75-oz. anti-pill brushed fleece. The quarter-zip pullover with black accented stand-up collar and zippers has an open bottom hem with a shockcord drawstring closure. Available in black/black, forest/black, maroon/black, navy/black, red/black, royal/black and heather/black in sizes S-3XL. For more information call (800) 225-0550

Outer Banks

Outer Banks offers a warm and comfortable fleece pullover without much bulk. The tailored collar and finished bottom band and cuffs, along with the locker patch on the inside and a quarter-length zipper ensure the versatility of this garment. Available in navy or black, 8.9-oz, 100% polyester, or dark grey fox 75/25 poly/rayon, 8.3-oz. All colors available in sizes S-3XL. For more information call (800) 438-2029

Hartwell Sports

Hartwell Sports introduces the Summit sueded microfleece pullover, style 7760. The outer shell is 100% nylon taffeta, reversed side is 100% microfleece. Garment features a quarter-zip in front with elasticized cuffs and barrel locks on the waistband. Both sides feature zippered pockets and chest zippers. The nylon side is water repellent and the garment is machine washable. Available in sizes S-3XL. Colors: black/red, black/charcoal (up to 5XL), and dark navy/gold. For more information call (800) 849-5555

Trimark Sportswear Group

The Mountain Fleece quarter-zip pullover (style 7825) by Rivers End Trading Company is the heaviest, warmest fleece Trimark offers. Features include two zippered pockets and triple elastic bottom and cuffs. Colors available: taupe heather, slate blue, steel grey, oatmeal heather, cardinal red and navy. Sizes from S-2XL. For more information call (800) 488-4800

The Americana Company

Americana brings you the Lee Premium Cotton Sueded Vest. 80% cotton/20% polyester, 9 oz., this vest has a super-soft sueded finish with mitred V-neck, and striped trim on neck and armholes. Available in sizes M-2X in three classic color combinations. For more information call (303) 287-7481

Broder Bros.

Luna Pier Team Fleece style BB9164, exclusively from Broder Bros., is an 8.25-oz., 80% cotton/20% polyester ‘salt and pepper’ pique body sweatshirt featuring a contrasting ribbed collar, cuffs and waistband. It also sports a crewneck with matching “V” inset and is fully coverseamed. The Team Fleece’s ‘salt and pepper’ body is available with black, forest, navy or red trim, in sizes medium through 2X. It is a favorite for customers who support automotive corporate catalogs. For more information call (800) 521-0850

Alternative Apparel

Alternative Apparel’s vintage pigment hooded zipper fleece is made of 100% pigment dyed and enzyme washed cotton. The 11-oz. heavyweight sweatshirt has an attached hood. Sweatshirt features ribbing on cuff and bottom and a muff pocket separated by the coverstitched aluminum zipper. Available in charcoal, sand and navy. Sizes S-XXL. For more information call (888) 481-4287

Russell Artwear

The Jerzees Z-class crew neck is made from a 90/10 combed ringspun cotton/poly yarn combination. 2 x 1 ribbed Spandex make up the collar, cuffs and the waistband. Feld seams on armholes, cuffs, shoulders, waistband and neck. Available in sizes S-3XL. Colors: African violet, Baltic blue, black, light oxford, Mallard green, sandstone, true navy and white. For more information call (800) 321-1138


This sweatshirt and sweatpants by Fruit of the Loom are made of 50/50 7.5-oz. fleece. The shirt has a seamless rib collar, rib cuffs and band bottom with set-in sleeves. The pants have an elastic waistband with a continuous loop drawstring. The ankles have elastic cuffs as well. Sweathirt available in white, navy, gold, black, forest green, red, burgundy, orange, royal, natural, purple, ash, athletic heather, lack heather, khaki and stone. Sizes: S-3XL. Sweatpants available in white, navy, black, red, royal, ash and athletic heather. Sizes: S-XL. For more information call (800) 544-9096

Atlantic Coast Cotton

New from Atlantic Coast Cotton is the Chouinard style# 6755 long-sleeve Crew Sweat. In the adult sizes, the 11-ounce 95/5 cotton/poly blend produces a great option for layering clothes. The shirt is over-dyed in a rich, weathered palette. ACC has it available in sizes M-2XL in khaki, blue spruce, crimson, blue jean, burnt orange and mustard. For more information call (703) 352-7929


The Everest, style 3540 from Dunbrooke is a quarter-zip pullover in 9-oz. polyester micro fleece. It has an open bottom with drawcord, front zip pouch pocket, and polyester knit binding on cuffs. Available in sizes S-3XL in plum, moss, dark navy and pumpkin. For more information call (800) 641-3627

Toppers, Inc.

Toppers features a unique alternative to the knit snow cap: the Head Rush Ear Band (style# 3535). It is practical and fashionable for both men and women. It is made of a strong, pill-resistant fleece and designed to be “snug” yet comfortable. Offering supreme protection against the elements. Embroidery available: 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″. One size fits all. Colors: black, heather gray and navy with black trim. For more information call (800) 523-0825

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