Propel LLC is a product innovation company focused on the development, sales, and marketing of innovative textile driven technologies. Our primary markets are the US Military and Fire Service. We are problem solvers and solution finders. We are avid listeners with a solid understanding of the science and nuances required in these markets.
Propel has received US Army R&D contracts to develop textile technology solutions that have transitioned to acquisition. We were competitively awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contracts by the US Navy, for Stitchless Seam Engineering (Phases I, II and III contracts) and Advanced Wireless Textiles (currently in Phase II). Propel also consults for many globally recognized companies, with current and past clients including Globe Manufacturing LLC, Patagonia Inc., Cascade Designs, Aspen Aerogels, Miltech, SSM Industries, Mustang Survival, and Sheep Venture Company.
Our knowledge and networking skills offer our clients exclusive and unique resources. We are not tied to a single technology - instead we work back from the problem in order to develop collaboratively across companies and industries to develop the best solution for the user. We are an adjunct to our clients, both government and commercial, taking on the difficult & innovative tasks essential to the success of each project.
President and Owner
Clare started her career working in economic modeling, only to shift gears and start Cherry Tree, one of the first technical outdoor clothing companies for children. From there she followed her passion for technical textiles, working for companies both large and small, including GE, before founding Propel in 2006. Using a wealth of experience in textile materials and processes she is able to think about a problem and its solution from conceptualization through full scale manufacturing, with attention to both design and business detail.
Associate, Design and Innovation
At Propel LLC, Anjali Khemani is involved in the design and development of interactive textiles and creates complex computer programs that translate into ingenious 3D knitted structures. Anjali believes the future of textiles is digital fabrication, interactive textiles and user experience-based garments. A recent graduate from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Masters of Science, Anjali discovered technical textiles and realized it was a field that merged her design and technical coding skills.
Head of Product Development
Birgit is an accomplished designer with years of experience in product design and development of technical apparel for both start-ups and global brands. Her well rounded approach and understanding of the client’s unmet needs allows her to provide sound solutions to complex problems. Birgit holds several patents and joined Propel, LLC in 2014.
Propel was awarded a Phase III contract to use the efforts of our Phase I Stitchless R&D to design, build, and prototype an improved Damage Control Suit for submarine use. The design brief described one suit to fit anyone from 5ʼ2” to 6ʼ4”. Propel was able to meet this extraordinary design challenge by creating an…Read More
Topic Title: Seam Engineering: Stitchless Seam Technology US NAVY SBIR PHASE I&II AWARDS TOPIC No.: N122-134 PHASE II Contract No.: N00189-15-C-Z087 This project is a technology pathway to the future of garment making – exploring the potential for new Stitchless methods to replace sewing with needle and thread. For our customer – the US Navy…Read More
Propel is engaged in multiple DOD SBIR funded efforts, and its own efforts to develop e-yarns, e-textiles and smart garments with a goal of connecting the human to the system, such as the sailor to the shipʼs system. Topic Title: Electronically Functional Garment Systems: A Smart Integrated Uniform (SIU™) Demonstration Prototype SBIR Phase II: N143-127…Read More
Propel is a key member of the multi-company, multi-university team that has worked with Globe Manufacturing LLC, Pittsfield NH, to develop the first workplace wearable to continuously monitor a firefighterʼs physiology and indoor location. WASP™ collects, transmits, and displays integrated user data in real time to a command station or remote monitoring location. Knowing where…Read More