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How did the quest to make cheap tights that don’t rip turn into the future of smart textiles?

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Our Story

Somehow in a world with self-driving cars and space travel, massive industries like apparel were being left in the dark ages.
She had seen first hand the impact that sustainable technologies could have from her time at ecobee, a pioneer in the world of smart thermostats, and while working at PCH, a leader in global supply chain solutions. She couldn’ t help but wonder why new technologies were so rarely being leveraged in consumer products outside the world of electronics. Somehow in a world with self-driving cars and space travel, massive industries like apparel were being left in the dark ages.
As Katherine set out to identify how technology could lead to positive change outside of consumer electronics, apparel caught her attention. Not only had textiles not seen transformational change in decades but the industry was one of the largest contributors to climate change. Apparel accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of water waste, with the average person buying and discarding 60% more clothing each year than they did in 2002• Approaching the problem product first, Katherine set out to find a material innovation that if brought to apparel manufacturing would not only benefit consumers but lead the charge for sustainable apparel.
After an exhaustive search for innovations that could be brought into consumer apparel, Katherine found a polymer that she believed had the potential to fundamentally change clothing by increasing durability and longevity and thus reducing waste. This polymer was traditionally reserved for high performance applications like bulletproof vests and climbing equipment and had yet to be brought to consumer apparel. Choosing her first application wasn’ t hard, tights are the plastic water bottle of the apparel industry, they have the shortest lifespan of any apparel product and if ever there was a product that could benefit from increased durability it was sheer hosiery.
When Sheertex started in 2017, nothing about tights had changed since the invention of spandex in the 1950s. There was no material both fine enough for sheer hosiery and strong enough to hold up to a single day’s wear. Turning one of the world’s strongest polymers into hosiery was no easy feat. Yarns in this polymer were white, non-dyeable, thicker than those needed for lightweight textiles like hosiery, did not stretch, and broke every knitting machine they were tested on. After two years of R&D, the build out of in-house manufacturing, miniaturization of the fiber, and patenting of a knit that could achieve stretch without sacrificing strength, the first units of Sheertex tights shipped in February of 2019.
While Katherine never set out to build a D2C business, it quickly became clear that if Sheertex was going to effectively commercialize its technology it needed to create enough market demand to achieve unit economics that would allow it to compete head to head with other synthetics like nylon - at which point the door would be opened to enter every other channel. Three years and 500k units later the company has done just that. Today all Sheertex manufacturing is done sustainably in-house at the company's 115,000 sq ft Montreal factory and headquarters, the largest knitting operation in Canada.

Leadership

Our leadership team’s cross-industry expertise is as unparalleled as our value chain.

Founder / CEO

Katherine Homuth

President

Zak Homuth

COO

Gordon Hensley

CFO

Timothy Leyne

EVP & Chief of Staff

Sam Colby

VP, Technology & Automation

Michael Woodworth

VP, Legal

Anthony Wilson

VP, Financial Operations

Ajay Patel

VP, Corporate Strategy

Samira Khajehi

VP, People

Celine Iochem

VP, Brand & Creative

Edmund Lam

VP, Product

Alexandra Franco

Our Values

Be Resilient

We believe that to pioneer change we must be ready to face challenges and pivot when necessary.

Get Shit Done

Moving quickly and focusing on the right things propel us forward and give us the edge and ability to scale fast.

Give A F***

Taking pride and having passion for the work we do is the key to success.

Life at SRTX

We're a highly motivated and engaged team of 180 people. Our team members are driven by our commitment to making an impact on the industry and on the environment.

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