February 26, 2004


Gildan Activewear Announces Conversion of Class B Multiple Voting Shares, Effective March 1, 2004

Montreal, February 26, 2004 - Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE: GIL; TSX: GIL.A) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the conversion of all the Class B Multiple Voting Shares of the Company, which are held by H. Greg Chamandy, Glenn J. Chamandy and Edwin B. Tisch through their respective holding corporations. The shares will be converted into Class A Subordinate Voting Shares of the Company on a one-for-one basis and without any conversion premium. The conversion is scheduled to take place on March 1, 2004 and shall be effective as of that date. Following the conversion, a total of 29,571,443 Class A Shares will be outstanding.


Gildan Activewear is a public, vertically integrated manufacturer and marketer of premium quality branded basic activewear for sale principally in the wholesale imprinted activewear segment of the Canadian, U.S., European and other international apparel markets. The company manufactures and sells premium quality 100% cotton and 50% cotton/50% polyester T shirts, placket collar sport shirts and sweatshirts in a variety of weights, sizes, colours and styles. The company sells its products as blanks, which are ultimately decorated with designs and logos for sale to consumers. Gildan employs more than 9,300 full time employees.

Certain statements included in this press release may constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. We refer you to the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of the various factors that may affect the Company's future results.

Investor inquiries :

Jessy Hayem, CFA

Vice-President, Head of Investor Relations

(514) 744-8511

Media inquiries :

Geneviève Gosselin

Director, Global Communications and Corporate Marketing

(514) 343-8814