The Arris Project was designed to "celebrate the womens physique" and is hand-crafted by operators

The Arris Project was designed to "celebrate the women's physique" and is hand-crafted by operators

Athletic wear maker Under Armour has launched its first made-in-the-USA capsule apparel collection, produced at its state-of-the-art UA Lighthouse design and manufacturing innovation hub in Baltimore.

The collection, which has been named Arris Project, consists of a women's sports bra and leggings designed for low-impact activities like yoga, pilates and hiking, which the company says is "the best product we've ever made...and we've done it at lightening fast speeds."

Featuring an elastic-free band for comfort, and smooth flatlock seams designed to reduce chafing and eliminate pressure points, the UA Arris bra is priced at US$50. The UA Arris leggings again have an elastic-free waistband and a lightweight, four-way stretch construction to improve mobility, and retail at $120.

Both items utilise Under Armour's signature Moisture Transport System which keeps the wearer dry and light, and have been produced in an initial run of 2,000 units.  

The 35,000 sq ft UA Lighthouse facility opened in June last year and brings together product designers, technical designers and manufacturers under one roof to collaborate on new, cutting-edge products and more efficient manufacturing processes.

As well as helping the company manufacture clothes and shoes more efficiently, it also brings production closer to the end-consumer in the US  – what Under Armour calls its local-for-local vision, where product is designed and made in local markets around the world.

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Separately, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is among a group of business leaders who will be advising president Donald Trump on how best to create new jobs in the US.

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