This is the story of BaliniSports. My yoga teacher and I first started based off of a passion for Bikram yoga and in need of a cute yoga bra that would support even a D cup because most yoga bras fit better for smaller chests, but there was still a need for a premium bra made with full chests in mind. At first, we were buying from Brazil. My yoga teacher then moved to Brazil to watch over the production and in 2 months, she met the love of her life and gave me the business. I didn’t speak Portuguese, I didn’t know what I was doing, and I was afraid to fail. At the time, I knew very little about the textile industry, one of the most fascinating and complicated industries and I had no idea that there are millions of combinations for designers to play with.
Remember the saying, everything happens for a reason?
After intense research and visiting many factories, I had trouble finding the quality of products and the eco-friendly manufacturing process that I wanted to represent BaliniSports. The fate of BaliniSports was decided during a trip to Bali when I met the Vice President of INVITSA™ and that’s why I named my company Balini. Gary, the Vice President of INVISTA™, not only introduced me to the most professional manufacturing team in yoga apparel, he also stood by me during my first meeting with the team. I had no clue how big they were and the caliber of the companies they typically work with. Every jaw in that conference room was dropped after my initial pitch because they couldn’t believe a small designer would have the courage to meet with them. In the end, it was my passion, my honesty and my love for the environment that finally convinced the factory to take me under their wing.
Our current factory’s Vice President Kevin, gave me a tour of their office buildings in Taiwan where they have millions of fabric samples, not to mention 50 professional pattern makers. I was like a kid at Disney World! They gave me an introduction of every department in the building. I was in awe! Their show rooms had last season’s designs for Stella McCartney, Under Armour, Prana, Athleta and many other fitness apparel powerhouses. Some companies like Nike, Adidas and Lululemon had their own sample rooms that they couldn’t even show me!
I realized that manifesting my dream would no longer be a challenge, but knowing what I wanted and needed was now the biggest obstacle to getting BaliniSports off the ground. There were simply too many choices, so they decided to put me through training. For 9 months, I was taught about designs, fabrics, colors, fitting, cutting, sewing and all the details needed to create a premium yoga apparel line. It could take a lifetime to understand the textile industry entirely; however, the rigorous training I went through in Taiwan helped me understand exactly what I wanted for Balini.
Balini’s friendship with INVISTA has allowed us to use technologically advanced fabrics that provide quick-drying comfort, softness, strength and style. Our partnership has also allowed us to provide eco-friendly fibers to fabric mills that operate within an eco-friendly process, making every step of the manufacturing process environmentally friendly and bluesign® certified. The bluesign® certification guarantees that our products are made exclusively of a combination of components and processes that are harmless to human beings and the environment. In order to achieve this certification, our brand’s manufacturing process undergoes rigorous testing to comply with the standards set to reduce the textile industry’s impact on people and the environment. BaliniSports doesn’t just use eco-conscious fibers; we pride ourselves in having a complete manufacturing process that’s ecologically aware, operating in an effort to reduce our footprint. How we source, how we recycle, how we treat the water, how we dye, even the dye we use is all part of a living a dream while loving the Earth. As a consumer, you can feel good purchasing BaliniSports products knowing that you’re giving yourself and the world the best opportunity to thrive.
Our LARU fabric is a unique blend of INVISTA’s LYCRA® fiber and INVISTA’s SUPPLEX® fiber. LARU was created for exclusively for yogis; the fabric is specially designed to wick moisture and enhance drying offering cotton-like feel that’s breathable, but dries much faster than cotton. The 4-way stretch provides the maximum flexibility and allows a full range of motion. At Balini, we are a group of fashion loving yoginis who celebrate the Earth and a yoga lifestyle; we know what yoga practitioners needs and want. Unlike most compression fabrics used to make you appear skinny, LARU® fabric is designed to support yogis in motion, delivering a range of stretch, but more importantly excellent recovery so that the garments keep their shape, allowing you to move and perform at your best, feeling comfortable, and never having to worry about waist bands that fold over or seems that dig at your sides.
Flat Lock Cover Stitches
We also use FLATLOCK Cover Stitch sewing machines. It’s a very labor and time intensive method, and the seamstress need to go under special training for months on this special technique. The result is that your garments will last wash after wash. Since it’s a cover stitch, the seam is flat providing maximum comfort to your skin. It takes double the time to slowly sew all the lines & seams, but this also ensures the fabric will be able to perform its best and won’t prohibit or decrease the stretch of the fabric.
Our Core Value
BaliniSports was founded on a mantra of freedom; the freedom to move without restrictions, the freedom to live a full life, free of anything holding you back. Our dream is not to sell yoga clothes, it’s to promote freedom and self-love (love within) through our yoga clothes. As an added touch to the Balini brand, a Chinese lucky charm is imprinted on every Balini garment. This charm is meant to deliver a surge of love, beauty, and blessings to your life and your practice. BaliniSports is designed to sculpt your body, satisfy your fashion sense and enhance your image. Each piece is innovative, sexy and specifically tailored to give you reliable support and flattering contouring. Our designs let you focus on your practice while we take care of the rest.
Everything is about living our dream while loving the Earth…