Featured brand: Yumiko

Yumiko Logo 2012

Yumiko is a prestigious dance wear brand, producing leotards and unitards for women and men.   Why mention Yumiko in this blog?  Well, they do make one style of tights for men, and that’s good enough for me!  But they also have a very impressive line of active wear for men and women.

Yumiko Takeshima designer 2
(photo credit to Dance Pulp)

Born in Asahikawa, Japan to parents who owned a small Kimono business, Takeshima began dancing at the age of four in Sapporo, Japan. At the age of 14 she left home to study with the San Francisco Ballet school, soon after receiving her first professional dance contract.

Yumiko Takeshima 7
(photo credit to Dance Pulp)

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The merits and minuses of dance tights for casual wear

Prior to the 1990’s, you’d be hard pressed to find any commercial hosiery makers offering tights that fit your average proportioned male of 6’/183cm.  The next viable alternative would be the dance wear makers.  Of course, most everyone knows the names Capezio and Danskin.  But the tights they offered were made in a very limited range of colors and styles.  You basically had “full fashioned” with a back seam, or standard.  Colors were white, gray, tan, and black.  And they all came in 100% nylon.  Durable, but not all that stretchy, and not comfortable to wear under your trousers.

In the 1980’s there were two prominent dance wear brands that were available in USA stores that offered tights for men made of a Lycra blend, that being Baltogs and M.Stevens Design (Marilyn Stevens).

Baltogs tag

MStevens logo

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