Who we are
Founded in 1984, Second Skins is a privately owned, wholly South African manufacturer of sports and sun-protection wear, uniforms and promotional clothing. Specialists in the production of performance-enhancing garments made from the latest in technical fabrics. Second Skins has a proud record of quality at all levels. With operations in Southern Africa, Europe and the United States, the company has enjoyed sustained growth since 1984. Our clients include a wide range of retailers, schools, teams and corporations, and we have a proud track record of developing and manufacturing cutting-edge products for both our own and internationally recognized brands.
What we believe
Our aim is to enhance long-term growth through the development of relationships and partnerships with like-minded suppliers and vendors worldwide. We work to the highest business and ethical standards. Our business partners are carefully chosen to exclude any association with the abuse of child labour and other illegal practices and we are uncompromising in our standards
We offer an extensive Made-To-Order Service [MTO] which is complemented by a wide range of fast-moving items - our Ready To Go [RTG] range - kept in stock for our customers' convenience. We have a vertically integrated manufacturing facility and manage all design, sublimation and screen printing process ourselves, ensuring strict compliance with quality standards at all levels of production. Our infrastructure is geared towards massive flexibility and quick turnarounds both of our RTG and custom-made items.
An equal opportunity employer
We pride ourselves on our low staff turnover, which guarantees continuity and a high level of experience. Our policy is to promote from within and our employees enjoy the benefits of ongoing training and development. We work closely with all relevant labour authorities to ensure problem-free relationships that have resulted in no labour unrest in our 27-year history. This means that we can guarantee deliveries with no fear of force majeure.
Our export market
Seconds Skins has a rapidly expanding export market. Trading as ACTIVSKINS in Europe, we export sun protection [UV Gear] to Scandinavia, Germany and the UK under our own and other brands. We benefit from a EU1 certificate, which means that our European clients are exempt from import duty on our goods.