For more than two decades, drirelease (DR)has been an inherent part of the surging, connected lifestyle that’s changed how we dress as we engage with our lives — play, travel, work, or just relaxing.

As a pioneer of textile technology, DR is literally part of the best performance fabrics and activewear in today’s marketplace. It’s what lets you move more comfortably — by wicking, drying, cooling and freshening — as you pursue your passions. As a company, drirelease is built on a foundation of scientific inquiry, research, and innovation in fabric technology. Our global supplier network ensures the production, quality and availability of our blends.

Hundreds of the world’s most respected brands utilize DR expertise, sophisticated fabrics, and eco-friendly advances. Whether it’s high-performance athleticwear, lifestyle, undergarments, outerwear, socks, or even bedding, DR is with you as you move through your day.


To become the global brand leader in creating innovative textile and apparel solutions which optimize human achievement.




Every day we collaborate with our partners to deliver solutions that enhance safety, performance and comfort.


Nurturing a culture that is fueled by curiosity, inspired by possibilities, guided by science, and dedicated to translating our customers’ vision for their products into reality — meet the leadership team at drirelease.


General Manager | Optimer Brands

Ashwin Jaju directs overall business strategy for the drirelease business unit of Optimer Brands. He also oversees R&D for drirelease. Since joining Optimer in 2003, this textile industry veteran has built and managed a global supply chain of yarn spinners and fabric mills. Ashwin earned his Master’s in Textile from Philadelphia University, and holds a B.S. in Man Made Textile Technology from India’s DKTE’s Textile and Engineering Institute.


East Coast Business Development | Optimer Brands

Lee Thompson directs sales for drirelease and is responsible for marketing this patented comfort technology to apparel brands and retailers in eastern North America. He has more than a decade of experience with drirelease. Prior to joining Optimer, Lee worked within the spun yarn industry as a sales representative for Tuscarora Yarns, Dixie Yarns and Avondale Mills.  He holds a B.S. in Textile and Apparel Management from North Carolina State University.