Ethical from the first to last stitch

Here at dk active we use a variety of different fabrics to make sure that there’s an option for everybody and every body. Everyone wears their activewear differently, so we offer a variety of fits, styles and fabrics for you to choose from. 

Our fabric manufacturers are carefully selected to ensure that they meet our ethical and environmental standards. After the initial stage of selecting the manufacturers, we request minimal quantities of the fabric for sampling. We create a sample garment from this fabric, which is then trialled in our HQ gym along with multiple wash and wear tests to ensure the fabric meets our standards. We are passionate about quality, the environment and ethical processes. 

Featured on each product description on our website and on the swing tags of dk garments are our icons, which showcase the features & benefits of that particular item.

REGENERATED NYLON

Environmental responsibility is at the forefront of everything we do, so we are very proud to use ECONYL® recycled nylon for a large portion of our active and swimwear collections. 

Actively helping to reduce landfill and ocean waste, our regenerated nylon contains yarn spun from nylon offcuts either salvaged from the ocean or destined for landfill. 

With an opaque and squat proof weave, this fabric is suited to any type of workout. Slightly more lightweight than our Italian Lycra, if your workouts heat up quickly or you’re looking for a warm weather option, our regenerated lycra is for you. It also has a UPF50+ rating and is swim safe! So you can take any of your Regenerated Nylon items to the beach or pool. 

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ITALIAN LYCRA

Our luxurious Italian lycra is the diva of our fabric selection, with lots of high performance features that make it perfect for a variety of workouts and active styles. Not only is it 100% squat proof, but it is also ultra-supportive and provides slight compression to aid in faster muscle recovery. This fabric also boasts a UPF50+ rating, so is safe for outdoor workouts, but don’t forget to slip, slop and slap!

If you prefer a slightly compressive fit, choose items made from our Italian lycra.

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ELIXIR SUPPLEX

With the vision in mind of creating a supplex lycra that was not only buttery soft but also squat proof, we worked closely with our fabric manufacturer for over a year until we were satisfied with the final product. 

This fabric is quick-drying, so it's perfect for high intensity workouts or lighter coloured styles.

Although this fabric is lycra, it has a matte finish and feels like cotton. Perfect for everyday wear or comfortable day looks. If you prefer a less intense fit, yet still supportive, this is the fabric for you! 

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GOTS certified organic cotton

Certified by the world’s leading processing standard for textiles (Global Organic Textile Standard), this fabric is made from organically produced raw materials. It includes strict environmental and social criteria for operations along the entire supply chain. This cotton is soft, breathable and durable, making it the ideal all-rounder for active and everyday wear. 

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Our future

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count - Stella McCartney

Whilst we undertake every effort to ensure we remain environmentally conscious (and transparent about it) we recognise that the fashion industry has a long way to go. We are constantly on the lookout for new technology, practices or textiles that will further our efforts.

We are determined to continue to grow and improve as a company as we work towards achieving diversity, inclusion and equality within our company and our community.

"We are different from many activewear labels, because we understand the everyday woman and the reality of life’s expectations. We understand that not everyone goes to the gym every single day, so we accommodate our range to mix and match to fit it in with everyday life. Whether you’re working out, or hanging out – we’ve got something for you."

Danielle - Founder