In 1961, more than 50 years ago, Sunbrella® fabrics hit the market as an alternative fabric for awnings. To that date, cotton had been the choice. The problem with cotton was fading in the sun and overall breakdown of the fibers over time.
Sunbrella fabrics were born.
During the 1970's, boat owners and avid sailors began to realize that Sunbrella fabrics were the perfect for sail covers and boat tops. These applications required a performance fabric that could stand up to the elements of sun, water, saltwater and more.
Again, during the 1980's, Sunbrella broke into another market that demanded high performance of its' fabric -- outdoor cushions and patio umbrellas. This step brought Sunbrella fabrics to the forefront for everyday people. The superior quality, color-fastness and gorgeous designs available made believer's out of homeowners, apartment dwellers and anyone with an outdoor seating space.
Today, Sunbrella fabrics are used in the awning, marine, outdoor furniture and indoor furniture industries. They have set the standard high for the performance level that consumers want and need in their everyday fabrics.