Our lifelong affinity with Performance Wear has accumulated into a 30-year immersion in synthetic fibers, yarns, and textiles. Synthetics inherently contain unlimited value-adding technology opportunities. Our name is based on the five elements; Space, Air, Water, Fire, Earth, as an acknowledgement that all materials are made up from various combinations of the five.
At FIVE ELEMENTS PERFORMANCE we reverse engineer textiles to achieve customized performance functionalities for brand developers and their end-users. In the age of the electron microscope, we have the capability to engineer performance textiles from the inside out.
Scientific insights are driving rapid development of man-made textiles as our long-term path forward. In 2014 synthetic-based apparel surpassed cotton apparel across US imports. Synthetic fibers are shaped by our imagination rather than pre-determined by what’s grown and available.
A HORIZONTAL PLATFORM MOVING PARALLEL WITH GLOBAL BRANDS
There is an ever-accelerating need for an unlimited buffet of diverse materials in the marketplace.
The great majority of fabric suppliers are vertically integrated, which by design restricts the diversity of material offerings. Global brands, however, are structured horizontally.
WINDS GROUP flexible horizontal platform is optimally aligned to utilize the entire base of global raw materials to develop innovative fibers, yarns and performance textiles.
ACADEMIC RESEARCH PARTNERS
FIVE ELEMENTS PERFORMANCE is a founding member of CORNELL University’s Institute for Fiber Innovation in New York.
We engage with CORNELL on strategic projects, utilizing their facilities and testing labs for audit verification purposes of our proprietary Performance Textiles.
TEXTILE INTEL CENTER (TIC)
Our Performance Textile Intel Center in China is strategically located in Shanghai. We are deeply engaged in proprietary R&D collaboration agreements with polyester raw material producers, chemical companies, fiber extruders, yarn spinners, knitters, and dyeing & finishing partners.
TIC coordinates all color development and unifies the dyeing recipes across all dye plants to ensure consistent and uniform physical performance. FIVE ELEMENTS PERFORMANCE establishes all lab-dip requirements (in-house at our Shanghai lab), as well as provides supervision throughout the bulk greige dyeing process.
FIVE ELEMENTS PERFORMANCE ensures that from pre-production to delivery, all proper coloring agents, process controls, and rigorous testing protocols are being accurately and consistently applied. After completion of R&D, all procurement, exporting logistics and brand servicing is managed by the 100+ employees in our nearby Hangzhou, China operation.
Product uniformity (including color consistency) is central to our service, regardless of how many different dye houses are involved. WINDS GROUP has large-scale fabric production projects involving up to eight mills on the very same fabric in 20+ colors, with all deliveries falling within the approved standards.
This horizontal position provides a competitive edge to our high volume partners, who depend on product uniformity across scalable programs.
WELCOME TO THE “LOCKER ROOM” FOR TEXTILE LEADERS
Allow us to support you to be a leader in performance fibers, yarns and textiles. Our Locker Rooms are set up for the purpose of supporting product development teams.
The Locker Rooms are located in Shanghai, Hangzhou, San Diego and Mauritius, where designers, product developers, merchandisers and sourcing specialists can realize direction for material R&D.
The result: unique performance product that no one else has, supporting the IP identity of your brand.