The GTT Story and Industry Partners

Driven by Sustainable Innovation.

In 2013, Green Theme Technologies Inc. began in the kitchen of Dr. Gary Selwyn with him mixing and applying various chemistries on his ironing board.  His novel concept inspired GTT’s progressive culture that better technology also promotes the long-term health of the planet.

In 2016 the first group of fashion industry veterans launched the GTT business because they understood the need to change the textile/fashion industry and the potential impact of Dr Selwyn’s invention. They worked tirelessly to change the archaic textile industry and get GTT off the ground. Several key Angel investors were critical in the early start-up days and without them the company would have folded quickly. These two groups commercialized the technology and built the Taiwan production facility to prove the laboratory trials could work at scale.

The first major A- round investments came from three savvy investment companies also interested in making a difference. Phoenix Venture Partners, Sun Mountain Capital, and Aspen Vista Capital. These investment partners also sit on the GTT Board of Directors to help guide the company currently.

The first GTT technology was a PFC free water repellent treatment.  Not only was this technology free of the traditional and toxic fluorocarbon chemicals but it also outperformed all other water repellent technologies on the market, either containing fluorocarbons or fluorocarbon-free.  From this first innovation, clean chemistry and water free processes emerged as the new benchmark for global textile production.   GTT’s culture of delivering superior performance while using the cleanest chemistries and production methods was conceived and is embodied today as GTT’s inspiration and central theme.  We call this “Performance for the Planet”. 

EMPEL™ is the GTT innovation platform.  It fundamentally changes the way fabrics perform without compromising how they breath and feel.  EMPEL™is safe for humans and safe for the planet. As the GTT team expands the range of innovative products, we create new opportunities to deliver amazing environmental, fashion and performance solutions for the global market.

Our mission for the global textile market is simple, but it is also critical: elevate performance and end pollution.  We appreciate the help and hard work from engaged mills and brands around the world to help promote and commercialize this innovative vision. With their collaboration and yours, the end-user, we will continue to push the boundaries of how fabrics are made and perform, while always staying true to our green theme and mission.

The inspiring view from Green Theme Headquarters in Albuquerque, NM

GTT Brand Partners

EMPEL™elevates global brands across the sport, fashion, and outdoor industries.

Black Diamond Equipment

Manufacturer of climbing, skiing, and mountain equipment based in Utah, United States.
GTT Partner Since 2017.

EMPEL™Powered Products Include:
Highline Stretch Shell
Distance Wind Shell
Boundary Line Insulated Jacket

Jack Wolfskin

German producer of outdoor wear and equipment.
GTT Partner Since 2017.

EMPEL™Powered Products Include:


Outdoor clothing and sporting goods company based in California, United States. 
GTT Partner Since 2017.

EMPEL™Powered Products Include:
EVODry Clouds Rest Jacket
EVODry Kingston Jacket

GTT Mill Partners

The GTT licensing model allows brands to source EMPEL™fabrics from a variety of partner Mills across the globe. Our roster of licensed Mills is constantly growing to meet the increasing demand for EMPEL™products.



Performance knit supplier based in Taiwan
Sales Lead: Alan Hsieh

Innovation house specializing in ultra lightweight wovens; based in Korea.
Head of Sales Team: Shawn Lee

Synthetic woven supplier based in Taiwan
Contact: Shirley

Specialty knit house based in Taiwan.
Sales Lead: Fiona Y. Hsiao

Large scale, high quality knit supplier based in Taiwan.
Contact: Monika Chen

An original GTT partner, JSR offers an outstanding variety of woven and knit options with a focus on sustainable sourcing and technology innovation. Located in Taiwan.
Contact: Ryan Chen

Performance woven supplier based in Taiwan.
Contact: Brian Hsieh

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