Frequently Asked Questions

What is Athletic Knit AK?
Established in 1962, AK has been manufacturing and distributing premium athletic team uniforms for over 50 years. AK was built on the foundation of superior quality, service and reliability. These values define each member of the AK team and are ingrained in the fabric of the company.

How do I purchase Athletic Knit products?
AK distributes our various product lines through a global network of authorized AK team dealers made up of sporting goods retailers, decorators and promotional companies. Our end-user customers such as schools, clubs, organizations, corporations and/or recreational teams purchase AK products through an authorized dealer who has the knowledge and expertise to provide the best possible advice on which products will best suit your needs. Please contact us for your nearest dealer.

How do I become an AK dealer?
Athletic Knit reserves the right to admit any/all new dealers at our discretion. All new dealers must be active in team uniform sales or promotional sales and based in a commercial store front or industrial address. All new dealers must also be pre-approved by their area sales representative or by our head office. Click here to become a dealer.

How do I find an AK dealer in my area?
To find a local AK dealer, please contact a sales representative in your area. Click here to find a sales representative in your area.
Which sports do Athletic Knit supply uniforms for?
AK manufactures and supplies in-stock and custom team uniform programs for Hockey, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Football, Box and Field Lacrosse, Roller Hockey, Volleyball, Cycling, Track, Rugby as well as Team & Promotional Apparel.
What are the minimum orders from AK?
There are no required minimums for in-stock products. Custom blank uniforms or any decorated orders require a minimum of 12 garments for the initial order and 6 unit minimum for repeat orders. In sublimation, specific patterns are available as one piece repeats.
Where are AK products manufactured?
We manufacture our in-stock and custom product lines in our 150,000 sq. ft. factory in Toronto, Canada. We also import and stock selected items.
How do I get samples of AK products for quality & sizing?
Please contact a sales representative in your area. Click here to find a sales representative in your area.
What are AK in-stock products?
In-stock products are manufactured and warehoused at our facility in Toronto. We keep large inventories of blank finished garments in all the programs that we offer. In-stock selections are always expanding and currently encompass over 8,000 SKU’s which are available for rapid shipping.
What are custom products?
AK custom products are manufactured and/or decorated on site at our Toronto facility. Any design or color variation of stock items, or decorated stock garments are considered custom products. We pride ourselves on having the fastest and most reliable custom production in the sports uniform industry.
What is cut & sewn manufacturing?
Cut & sewn manufacturing involves cutting and sewing fabric panels and individually cut stripes to construct a finished garment. This is a more traditional manufacturing method although striping and design capabilities are somewhat limited.
What is fabric knitting?
Fabric knitting is the process by which we are able to manufacture solid color or custom striped rolls of fabric for various sports team uniform products. We have multiple cylindrical knitting machines in house that produce stock and custom engineered stripes in various colors and dimensions.
What types of decorating does AK supply?
AK boasts in house screen printing, tackle twill, embroidery and sublimation departments to create and enhance all your sports uniforms.
What is Sublimation?
Sublimation is the most innovative process in the team uniform industry. The design possibilities are endless, as digital artwork is dye transferred on to fabric panels allowing for the ultimate in creativity and durability. This cutting edge process ensures that your uniforms will be light weight and durable. At AK, we pride ourselves on our high quality fabrics, vibrant colors and distinctive designs.
What is Screen Printing?
Screen printing is an economical ink printing technique used to transfer ink through a mesh screen in order to create images on garments. Also commonly known as Silk Screening, this method can be used to print logos, numbers and/or names on team uniforms for any sport.
What is Tackle Twill?
Tackle twill is a process where logos, letters, numbers and/or names are cut from polyester twill fabric and then sewn on to a garment. An adhesive backing tacks the material in place and the edges are sewn down with zig-zag or embroidered stitching. Tackle twill is a traditional, premium decorating process used by many high level and professional sports teams.
What is Sublimated Twill?
Sublimation on a sewn twill patch offers a professional look at a significantly lower cost than embroidery/appliqué. The sublimated twill crest is a standard price for unlimited colors and there is no set-up charge for this method. This is the best of both worlds, a professional look at a lower cost.
What is Embroidery?
Embroidered logo designs are stitched directly on to garments or on to twill fabric pieces with an automated embroidery machine. The logo artwork must first be digitized using embroidery software.
What is Applique?
This is a combination of tackle twill and embroidery. The largest areas of color embroidered together are layers of twill fabric and the logo details are embroidered onto the twill to complete the look. This is the ultimate in quality and durability and most professional sports teams use this process for their cresting. The costs are higher when compared to the other decorating processes, and there is an additional digitizing charge to create the artwork.
How do I care for my AK garments?
Please see our product care page for instructions
How do I design my own jersey ideas and have AK make them?
Once you have designed your own jersey, please contact a sales representative in your area. Click here to find a sales representative in your area.
Will AK design jerseys ideas for me?
AK has an in-house graphic design team that can help you design your jersey. Art charges will apply.
Will AK design logo ideas for me?
AK has an in-house graphic design team that can help you design your logos. Art charges will apply.
What are the various fabrics that AK offers?
AK offers over 20 In-stock fabrics to choose from. Please select a fabric from our fabric list
How do I get fabric swatches of AK fabrics?
Please contact a sales representative in your area. Click here to find a sales representative in your area.
What are the various sizing measurements of AK jerseys for each sport?
Please click here to see our sizing charts
How do I become a sales rep at AK?
Please email our sales manager John Larin at [email protected]
How do I apply for a job at AK?
Please indicate your area of interest in a cover letter, accompanied by your resume to [email protected].

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