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Whew! Shipping!

 
If you had a back order with us, it's probably in this picture and in the mail to you.  Thanks for sticking with us during our manufacturing delays. Delays which should be behind us going forward! If you were interested in a different color and got a default white instead, now would be a good time to order your preferred color!

Adventures in Manufacturing

Some of you are wondering where your bras are and the TL;DR answer is: yarn had to be spun, is now shipping to us, and we're approximately 6 weeks from having finished products ready to ship. Keep reading if you're interested in the details.

This yarn we're waiting for is to weave the back portion of our large size bra.  As we tweak the weave pattern used for better fit and comfort, we accidentally woven this back portion against an older pattern revision, using up the last of the yarn, which we order from spinners in France. They don't keep this yarn in stock, so we had to wait for a custom order to be completed, which should be flying to us today.

 

Once we get this yarn and re-do the back of the large size bras, we can begin dying and finishing operations on all the bra sizes and colors you, our very patient customers, have been waiting for.  We had to hold all the sizes up waiting for this portion of the large to be finished because the dying operation is done in batches, and it is not cost effective break this dying into multiple smaller batches.  Out biggest order of bras yet is still the smallest kettle of dye we can get.

Once dyed, the final cut and sew finishing needs to be completed (attaching shoulder straps, etc).  This also can't cost effectively be done in batches as there are machine setup costs. That said, we still have inventory in stock of white in just about all sizes and styles, so if you're waiting on us, but wouldn't mind switching your order to white, just let us know, contact form is the little speech bubbles at the bottom of every page. Thanks for sticking with us as we work to give an ancient technology a high tech spin and renew textile manufacturing in the USA.

Written by Jay Rishel — July 18, 2014

How Helixia Bras are Different

Helixia is a compression garment that started from scratch. We pushed all the norms off the table, and started with fresh: double wrapped elastomeric yarns with cotton, 3D weaving, body mapping, sizing methods.  All this new technology combined with a new made in America manufacturing process to produce a bra that makes you feel better.

We're not sensualwear not sensual wear

and we're not built for an idealized athlete's body

Helixia supports the diversity of beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes

 

Diversity

The technology within Helixia gives your Cooper's ligaments and soft tissue oomph.  You're not squeezed into someoneelse's idea of your shape.  Still you, just firmer. That's why we call it Reactivewear for women.

Those Care Instruction Symbols

Helixia Label

Those care instructions symbols on the Helixia tag are great because you don't need to read English to use them... unless you do read English and you're just left wondering what those strange icons mean. So to break this down, starting from the left working our way to the right:

 

  • This is a washing machine, the number of dots mean how hot the water should be, in this case, warm.  The underline means you should use the permanent press cycle on your washer, which is a cold rinse.
  • Next, is no chlorine bleach. Spandex and bleach don't don't get along and when mixed up together they fight. And bleach always wins.
  • The third icon is a dryer, and the dots again indicate temperature, and you guessed it, medium heat. (one dot below cold and three dots meaning hot).  The underline again indicates a permanent press cycle if your dryer has one.
  • That last one is the easiest to figure out: No ironing.  If you have the urge to iron your sports bra...

The tightly spun and densely woven yarns of Helixia should help prevent pilling and snags you'd often see in knit compression wear. In our testing Helixia is a product that still looks brand new after 35 wash and dry cycles... and counting!

If you have any questions about how to care for your Helixia, email us: feedback@helixiabra.com

What's Inside Helixia?

When deciding what to make a garment out of, there are millions of combinations of fibers, yarns, weaves, knits, finishes.......  Some of the fabrics result in good performance characteristics and some great performance characteristics.

We think ours has evolved into the great category. 

The Helixiabra has four different fibers doing many jobs. 

The most important is the cotton. Of all the fibers, cotton is the queen.  She wicks moisture away (the layer next to your body), she evaporates the moisture in the air for cooling (the layer on the outside of the bra). she loves to be washed, she strong,she is smooth, soft and gentle on your skin, she moves, she plays well with others, she has body. She likes color and is chemically resistant.  She lasts a long time. she is a good woman.

We use the polyester to support the weaves. Poly is a 'natural blend' for cotton.  She is light weight, strong, flexible, soft.

The clockworks in the bra use a blend of nylon and spandex.  Nylon is the work horse.  A little on the stiff side, but a good carrier for the stretchy undisciplined spandex.  Nylon keeps the spandex in line.

The spandex is the pa. The stretch, compression, mapping, shaping stuff comes from this fiber. It is sticky, difficult to work with, weak, susceptible to chemistry (how long does your bathing suit last?). But oh my, she keeps the garment in shape, she keeps us in shape. She is the key to motion and comfort in apparel.

Weaves vs Knits

We're really proud to be the first and only woven bra. Why? Woven fabrics have some real benefits to the wearer that you don't see in knits. Let's compare:

 Knits Weaves

When you stretch a knit, the loops are are interconnected, distorting the garment

When you stretch our weaves, it only stretches in one direction, allowing the garment to provide better support

in order to allow that loose, loopy structure, knits use loosely spun yarns, which greatly increase the speed the garment ages from pilling or snagging.

Weaving is a very structured assembly process, allowing us to use very fine yarns, made of component filaments finer than human hair, to create a garment that will resist pilling and snagging.  Just toss Helixia in the wash, no delicate care or handwashing required.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what makes Helixia different.  In the coming days we'll post about what makes our yarn so unique, and how those care symbols on the tag show how easy it is the care for your Helixia bra so it'll last much longer than your traditional knit bras.

A Long Time Coming

Helixia has been a long time coming. The twinkle of the idea in Eva's mind more than 15 years ago and the many experiments on borrowed loom time to see if this idea would even work, followed quite a few product ideas to see what would make best use of the technology Eva had developed. 

Our company, Helixia LLC was formed to take the most promising product ideas for this technology and bring it into the hands (and onto the bodies!) of the people who'd benefit most from a new type of bra, made in America, that provides unparalleled support and comfort.  Launching this website is the start of a grand adventure, thank you for joining us!

Written by Jay Rishel — October 24, 2013

Whew! Shipping!

 If you had a back order with us, it's probably in this picture and in the mail to you.  Thanks for sticking with us during our manufacturing delays. Delays which...

Adventures in Manufacturing

Some of you are wondering where your bras are and the TL;DR answer is: yarn had to be spun, is now shipping to us, and we're approximately 6 weeks from...

How Helixia Bras are Different

Helixia is a compression garment that started from scratch. We pushed all the norms off the table, and started with fresh: double wrapped elastomeric yarns with cotton, 3D weaving, body...

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