Com­pres­sion wear is hav­ing a mo­ment

BC Business Magazine - - Contents - by Felic­ity Stone

Com­press your­self


Dur­ing the French Open this past sum­mer, ten­nis player Ser­ena Wil­liams caused a stir in a black Nike cat­suit that turned out to be com­pres­sion cloth­ing worn to pre­vent blood clots. She's not the only ath­lete us­ing such gar­ments to pre­vent in­juries, im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion and speed re­cov­ery. A 2017 re­port by Port­land, Ore­gon– based Al­lied Mar­ket Re­search pre­dicts that the global com­pres­sion ap­parel and shapewear mar­ket will reach US$5.576 bil­lion by 2022, with the for­mer ac­count­ing for most of it.


A knee in­jury led Vic­to­ria mort­gage bro­ker and life­time ath­lete Dan Tog­notti to in­vent Brace­layer kneesta­bi­liz­ing com­pres­sion pants in 2015. His com­pany, Brace­layer Ap­parel, now makes four styles, in­clud­ing two new lines for hockey and alpine sports. They're avail­able at Kirby's Source for Sports on Van­cou­ver Is­land and the Hockey Shop Source for Sports in Sur­rey.


For Van­cou­ver res­i­dent Leo Chen, the worst part of mil­i­tary ser­vice in his na­tive Tai­wan was sore feet. Un­able to find com­fort­able socks, in 2016 he de­signed his own. Nev­erquit hose com­bine mild com­pres­sion for arch sup­port, im­pact-ab­sorb­ing foot­pads, mesh ven­ti­la­tion and anti-blis­ter tabs. The fab­ric–cot­ton, with merino wool avail­able in De­cem­ber–is in­fused with zinc ox­ide to con­trol odour. Find

Nev­erquit Ap­parel on­line and at the UBC Book­store.

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