Country: France

French company Payen, established in 1839, is the genius behind the 1965 invention of Pagastic® yarn. Since 1990 Payen has innovated, designed, developed, and sold a wide range of stretch fabrics under the ESF (European Stretch Fabrics) brand, which is at the cutting edge of the world’s most technical and finest stretch fabrics.

In partnership with leading brands, these wovens are developed in exclusive versions for clients supplying the best known athletes. ESF is not only an important name in the sport markets, but also in lingerie and beachwear with Mad About Skin® for lingerie and Aquatech® for sport.

The 80,000 m2 site in the Ardèche region is completely integrated, from yarns to finished fabrics, and all manufacturing takes place in France with no subcontracting. The company is a world leader for stretch textile solutions.


  • Fiber, Yarn
    • Woven fabric
      • Plain


    • Wool
    • Polyamide
    • Polyester
    • Recycled material
    • Elastane


    • Antibacterial
    • No pilling
    • Curl-proof
    • UV-resistant
    • 2-way stretch
    • Muscle compression
    • Double-face
    • Easy-care
    • Extra fine
    • Environmentally-responsible production
    • Thermal protection
    • Abrasion resistant
    • Chlorine-resistant
    • Sun cream and oil-resistant
    • Breathable
    • Quick-drying
    • Perspiration management
    • Energizing


    • Activewear
    • Beachwear
    • Hosiery
    • Corsetry
    • Cycling
    • Dance
    • Fitness
    • Medical, orthopaedic
    • Running
    • Shapewear
    • Spa
    • Sportswear
    • Swimwear
    • Yoga
    • Underwear

    Production volumes

    • Capsules – short run
    • High volume
    • Stock service

    The brands

    Shown by PAYEN

    • Esf

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