Aclimatise is the clothing brand created by APT Fabrics Ltd to offer innovative clothing systems manufactured in the UK; What does Apt fabrics do? It's a simple question, but the answer is much, much harder. You could say that we provide technical and performance fabrics, and that would be true - but you would have neglected to mention our research and design side, which develops fabrics on a par with any of its competitors.
You would also have failed to mention that not only do we design and supply our own performance fabrics, but we also offer a bespoke service that can find the perfect material for our clients in as little as two weeks. That's not to mention the fact that the company holds training seminars for other organisations, design optimisation services and has its own specialised fabric brands.
Yes, APT Fabrics is an impressive organisation, even more so when you consider that it is not even 8 years old .
A fresh start
The Northern Ireland-based company is the brainchild of Stanley Russell, who has over 30 years of experience in almost every aspect of the industry, from coating to weaving and beyond. His knowledge led him to start up C-Teq a division of Crepe Weavers, which was later bought out by IQ Textiles.
Stanley left in November 2004, but such was his reputation that when he announced that he would be starting up a new company, many of his old customers decided to go along with him.
Stanley was soon hard at work on Apt Fabrics, and has since developed a host of unique, trademarked fabrics that compose the backbone of the company and have become highly desirable-. "I'm currently supplying into Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Australia and China.
"I have good quality European products and I'm prepared to ship them to anywhere in the world."
The first of these products is the 'Tornado' range, a market leading laminated fabric that will protect the wearer from the worst that the weather can throw at them.
Its little sister is the 'Tempest' range, which is lightweight but still strong enough to stand up to foul weather. Both are tested to European standard EN 20471/343:2003 class 3.
The Tempest product has recently been chosen by the National Police body to be used in the manufacture of waterproof Police garments for all the Police forces in England and Wales. This follows on from the successful supply of waterproof fabric for all the Metropolitan Police jackets for over 10 years, PSNI, Northern Ireland Ambulance, Garda, Irish Ambulance , MOD to name but a few.
APT Fabrics created the Aclimatise brand because we were asked to bring our Award winning fabrics into the market place, the only way to do that was to ceeate our own brand as well known brands were not able to purchase from us ( not our choice).. We wanted to create a product line that was different to what was on offer and would work in the environment it was designed for, we also through choice wanted to manufacture the garments in the UK with UK manufactured products were possible. We specialise in moisture management systems within garments ensuring you are dry on the inside of the garment as well as being protected from the elements : A Microclimate
Our Aclimatise range features an aluminium membrane that promises waterproofing, moisture management, breathability and thermoregulation - in the unlikely event that a British summer might call for it offers heat reflection too.
We are confident that our products can stand up to the best of our competitors. "Between Apt Fabrics, Sympatex, Porvair and Gore -Tex, there is very little difference in performance. "I'm not necessarily the cheapest - although my prices are very competitive - but I can give the product that fits the exact specifications without compromise." We at APT Fabrics can assure though independent tetsing that our fabric systems work but to insure our garment designs work all our garments are field tested by experts in live conditions and their feedback ensures the products are fit for purpose. An example of this would be our multi award winning Seahawk fleece range which was field tested by DR Alexander Kumar in Antarctica for over 6 months in temperatures below -50C