By 1985, his first mini-jack, single-knit electronic stripe machine was uncrated in Jersey City, NJ. With it’s 13 needle pattern capability, “we felt like our design parameters were limitless”, reminisces Miles, “but that was only the start, as all our equipment is now fully electronic.”
Circular Knit Services began by doing Macy’s private label stripe knit-downs and it wasn’t long before Campus, Perry Ellis, Alexander Julian, Liz Claiborne Men’s, and Polo had all caught on too.
In 1993, CKS relocated to a building out in the country in Lebanon, NJ. Miles, and his wife Susan divided their time between knit design service work and creating original fine-gauge swatches.
In this historic Southern textile region, Miles has formed liaisons with key mill partners such as Lenzing Fibers, Buehler and Tuscarora Yarns, The Hosiery Technology Center, The Textile Technology Center at Gaston College & Dystar and Everlight Dyestuffs.
Respected authorities in their field, Tom and Susan Miles have been speakers on knit design trends for the National Cotton Council, and The Lenzing Group at Texworld and the LA Textile Show.
Their design work is featured in the collection of the Museum at the FIT in NY and has been on the cover of the CA Apparel News.