How Did We Get Started?
In 2004, my daughter had taken up competitive diving, and we quickly discovered that swimsuits disintegrated in chlorinated water. Since she was swimming 4 or 5 times a week, we were going through expensive swimsuits very quickly. This just wasn't what a family needed!
Since I made my son's skating clothes, and some clothing for our family, I decided to give swimsuits a whirl. My first suit was terrible! Too big, too baggy, not the right cut ... it looked horrible. I didn't even let my daughter wear it. My second attempt was better, but our diving coach gave me some constructive criticism ... eventually, by my fifth suit, I had a winner. "It's your masterpiece," said our coach.
"Bring some to the competition this weekend," they said to me -- "Some?" I asked. "How many was some?" I wondered. Well that night was the beginning of a new business.
We continue to innovate, expand, improve, and modernize our process. Today we use advanced CAD software for garment making to make sure the designs are precise.
In 2013 we expanded to include the related services of pattern making, design, sample making, and our own line of TaggerWear Sewing Patterns. A full-service shop; we have all the fabrics, notions, thread, elastic, and zippers you need for your sewing project.
2017 saw us taking two huge steps; we expanded into a new location, and we introduced custom printed fabric for costumes and designers.
The factory, located in Nepean - off Slack Road, gives us the room for the new equipment required for custom printing, as well as the new cutting tables and sewing machines for our growing staff.
New technology called Digital Dye-Sublimation printing let's us custom print fabric in beautiful, bold, colour for any type of garment. Not only are the colours vibrant but they are non-toxic, baby-safe, and won't fade - even in a chlorinated pool!
Custom fabric is a wonderful for clothing designers too, letting them express their vision without worrying about the fabric. We can make small runs, pieces, and 42" wide rolls.
October 2018 saw us launching our own store right inside the factory to bring you factory-direct savings on quality, and unique dance wear that you can only find with us. As well we significantly increased our shoe inventory, and now have a proper showroom for customers to try on their shoes and clothes.
2019 was a year we really mastered dye-sublimation for swimsuits. We have the right process, we have new colour matching technology, and we have the best fabric. Sublimation is really an art form born of science. It's more like baking than building a wagon. The right recipe for the "cooking" is most important. We need to ensure the most stretch remains in the fabric, and that was a problem the first year. We continue to improve patterns, designs, and workmanship.
2020 was a difficult year for everyone. TaggerWear's business basically shut down for more than half of the year due to COVID-19. Synchronized swimming, figure skating, dance, in fact any youth sport was curtailed for the year, and won't probably resume until the Fall of 2021.
In the meantime, our Dye-Sublimation equipment has allowed us to continue business, making customized face masks for both reuseable and disposable mask manufacturers. Picoting our business to focus more on dye-sublimation as well as curb-side sales of sewing fabrics and necessities, has allowed us to survive the COVID pandemic. We will Return! We will Survive!
As always, our goal remains: Provide high quality, custom sportswear for individuals, teams, and clubs.
Ask about our other services as well: we sell fabric, notions, rhinestones, trims, zippers, and anything else you may need for costume-making. We can help you with design, and sewing patterns for your project. We also private-label manufacture for some of our customers, and we are not afraid to branch out and do something completely different.
"Excellent quality dancewear and shoes. Workshops are great, and can be done by anyone, even those of us who haven’t used a sewing machine in years."
"Even during Covid, and just prior to their move, service was excellent and friendly. They helped us find what we needed, and then some more we didn't know we needed. And also created a custom mask for us."
"The classes I had were great. The products I purchased were high quality. The service I’ve received is excellent."
Updated Store Hours
Monday - 10:00-4:00 pm
Tuesday - 10:00-4:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00-4:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00-8:00 pm
Friday - 10:00-8:00 pm
Saturday - Noon-6:00 pm
Sunday - Closed
The name Tagger comes from our CFO - Chief Feline Officer. His determination in life matches our clients' determination in their sports. The decision to use his name for TaggerWear was a family one. He was chosen because he was always such a great spirit, diplomat, and representative and demonstrated a fierceness that never quit.
Fiercely determined and we never quit!