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Custom Lacrosse Pinnies - Made In the USA

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Lightning Wear Apparel was founded in 2006 by athletes who were looking for a new edge in the sports apparel industry. Back then, we made connections with several overseas manufacturers. LW produced shirts and shorts that we imported and stored in the owner's home garage. We sold to local schools, stores and teams in the Washington, DC metro area. Lightning Wear distributed one stlye of custom lacrosse shorts, a performance t-shirt line and moisture wicking golf shirts.  


Suprisingly, Lightning Wear sold a lot of gear that first year. However, we realized too late that once our stock was low, it was time to replentish. Customers were always looking for more color options and product styles. Dealing with overseas manufacturers took time, money and a considerable amount of patience. Lightning Wear learned the hard way in its first year in business that mass production from an unsupervised overseas manufacturer was costly and stressful.  


In the Spring of 2008, we finally overcame the obstacles of working with overseas manufactures. Late deliveries, incorrect sizes and off color products put us back on deadlines and bummed about our product. We decided that if we wanted to play in the highly competitve sports apparel game, we needed to step up our plan of attack. Quitting was not an option. We located one of the few cut and sew manufacturers in Fairfax, Virginia and began having our orders made there.  


In the beginning of 2009, our owner found a manufacturer in Maryland located closer to the home office. Here, we closely learned the ins and outs of running a high production manufacturing facility. Unfortunately, we did not realize that the company that was manufacturing for us had other customers too. With reason, big orders from other brands had our smaller orders being pushed to the side.  


Finally, Lightning Wear decided it was time to make the "big boy" move and set up manufacturing "in house" (literally). With limited cash and a book of orders that needed to be filled, Lightning Wear bought its first set of sewing machines, cutting tables and fabric cutter. The rest of the story is now history. In July of 2010, LW launched A significant amount of time and money was spent on developing the one of a kind custom reversible jersey site. None of our competitors on the market had anything that could compare to this unique software. You can design an inner and outer color mesh jersey and put whatever you want on it. We still proudly remain the only official lacrosse pinnie site on the web.  


We now assemble over 30,000 units of our sports pinnies, custom shorts, custom shirts and custom sweatsper month in our Kensington, Maryland, USA factory. We are one of the few lacrosse companies to produce, print and ship all of our gear proudly in the United States of America. This gives us the flexibility of manufacturing goods when they are needed without overseas headaches and customs delays. Whether you are a reseller or direct client, know that you are in good hands with a manufacturer that cares. We are proud to say that in some cases we have cut, sewn and personalized orders in one working day. Since the launch of the sites, we have expanded our customer base across the globe. This includes customers in Austrailia, Japan, Switzerland, England, Iraq, South America and Canada. At all times in the production process, you are able to create and prepare your order and track it from start to finish. As well, three of the major apparel companies in the United States have contracted our services for their cut and sew production. The Lightning Wear brand remains strong and continues growing as we partner with more teams and organizations.  


2012 brought the launch of our dye sublimated manufacturing department. Lightning Wear invested in state of the art digital equipment and highly talented artists and operators. We are proud to be one of the few Made in the USA brands that creates and produces our garments from start to finish. We expanded our product line to include sublimated reversibles, sublimated shorts and sublimated long and short sleeve shooter shirts. Sublimated hooded sweatshirts and custom sweatpants were added to our product line in the Spring of 2013. We are purchasing new equipment on a monthly basis. We STAY HUNGRY as we grow Lightning Wear 


Dye sublimation has opened up a whole new and exciting avenue for our business. The technology allows for unlimted colors, styles, personalization and branding with a quality that is uncomparable.  


If you feel more comfortable letting one of our artists create your designed product, just let us know. LightningWear continues to partner with strong youth, high school, collegiate and club/intramural programs and individuals. Thanks to several of our outstanding athletes and teams, LW has made our way in to several National Television and print appearances.  




Thank you for your support! Please feel free to write us at with any product suggestions, comments, or thoughts on how we may better serve you. 


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