Nottinghamshire-based Legwear International has just revealed at a London hotel a world first - their 100 per cent ladder proof and seamless tights.
For 20 years, Allan Falconer and his team have serviced the trade and consumer hosiery industries worldwide dedicated to affordable hosiery items. The Legwear International branded portfolio includes Silky, Cindy (the oldest brand in the UK), Joanna Gray, Vixen, Scarlet and Silky Dance.
This next phase of development for the company will see their own premium branded range Couture, launch to the industry an innovative product line of hosiery set to offer an exclusive collection of tights like no other.
Since the 60s, the hosiery industry has been trying to commercially create a one-piece seamless pair of tights – the first prototypes were long banana shaped tubes (hence sometimes called banana tights) with an opening in the middle for the body - the existing seamless products currently in the market are made on this principle.
This technology restricts the body sizes that can be achieved and have conventional stitch structures that ladder.
After extensive development work Legwear International have now created seamless tights, The Couture Ultimates collection.
This has been created after a significant period of technical product design and knitting development by the expert team at Legwear International. The objective to create a hosiery product guaranteed to offer a new high quality experience for both the trade and consumer sector of the world wide hosiery industry.
The range of Couture Ultimates Tights proudly ticks all of the boxes any hosiery wearer would want - ladder proof rather than ladder resistant, seamless, leg shaping and light control and a varied product range including 60 and 100 Deniers.
Couture Ultimates will partner with family-owned UK Tights as official online retail partner.
Allan Falconer, Managing Director Legwear International / Couture Ultimates, said: "A seamless ladder proof conventional hosiery product has never been done before, this is extremely exciting for the hosiery industry.
"This development has enormous technical capabilities for hosiery, and also for the dance wear industries.
"The technical challenges creating this product range has been demanding with our team working for months to achieve the required technical knitting processes to create our Ultimates collection. We are now proud to launch our results worldwide," he added.
Couture Ultimates Collections are now available to buy online at UK Tights.com plus selected stores worldwide.