In the mid-1980′s, Tom Miles was busy designing double knits for the junior market. Using a retro-fitted 1960′s CAD system, he became the talk of town for New York’s knit converters. With unmatched technical skills and an extra dose of creativity, Miles carved out his niche as “the king of fine gauge knits”.

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.

After two decades doing fine-gauge knit-downs for over 300 of the apparel industries biggest companies, Circular Knit Services relocated to its present location in Fort Mill, SC in 2005. With package dyeing equipment added, custom color work became possible. Santoni seamless design also has taken center stage.

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.