What Cleto Reyes is to boxing and Mexico, Fairtex is to Muay Thai and Thailand. The story begins in 1971, when Bunjong Busarakamwongse started a textile factory. Fairtex mostly produced T-shirts under its own domestic label and exported under other labels, but this business was destined to go international in a whole different way.
Mr. Wong, as Fairtex’s founder is better known, also trained Muay Thai as a hobby. His business became increasingly successful, but he was eager to do something to help better the prospects for youth in his country and saw the sport as a way for urban young people to escape bad influences. So in 1975, he opened a training facility outside of Bangkok, in a town called Bangplee, to allow young fighters the opportunity to live and train in a focused and tough, but caring, environment.
His generosity has supported decades of development in the sport of Muay Thai (he has often supported athletes’ families, as well), and Mr. Wong eventually became a promoter for the famed Lumbhini Stadium in Bangkok. His training camp was reportedly the first to welcome female practitioners – something that was not done in the 1970s – and, as Mr. Wong was determined to grow Muay Thai into an international sport, he drew fighters from around the world to Lumbhini and his training complex. The original Bangplee centre now also offers training in MMA and BJJ.
Fairtex the textile manufacturer was gradually transitioned into making clothing, Thai boxing gloves, and other equipment for the sport. With its name all over the gear used by professional fighters every day, you can believe that the items are made to professional standards. Click here to watch a funny little hypnotic video of a custom Fairtex velcro-testing machine, and then browse our selection of Fairtex gear here.