August 4, 2004

Leadership

Gildan Activewear Announces that Glenn J. Chamandy assumes Sole Responsibility as Chief Executive Officer and that Robert M. Baylis is appointed Non-Executive Board Chairman

Montréal, Wednesday, August 4, 2004 - Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE: GIL; TSX: GIL.A) today announced that H. Greg Chamandy has stepped down from his roles as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Company, in order to pursue other business interests. He has also resigned as a member of the Board of Directors. Glenn J. Chamandy will assume sole responsibility for the Chief Executive Officer role. Robert M. Baylis, an independent director, will replace H. Greg Chamandy as Chairman of the Board. These changes are effective immediately.

"I am committed to the challenge of leading Gildan's management team as we implement the next phase of our growth strategy which we announced in December of 2003", stated Glenn Chamandy. "The key elements of this plan are the expansion of our integrated offshore fabric- manufacturing capacity in Honduras, the Dominican Republic and now in Nicaragua, and our new initiative to capitalize on these major capital investments by building Gildan into a presence in the mass-market retail channel. At the same time, we will remain focussed on reinforcing our leading position in the screenprint market."

"I am delighted that Bob Baylis has agreed to serve as our first non-executive Chairman. Bob's experience and credentials as a highly-respected U.S. public company director, and his commitment to first-class corporate governance, will be a great asset to Gildan as our Board continues to oversee our development and maturation as a public company listed in both Canada and the United States."

Mr. Baylis serves on the Board of several U.S. public corporations and non-profit organizations. He previously enjoyed a successful career with Credit Suisse First Boston, acting as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C.S. First Boston (Pacific). Mr. Baylis has been a director of Gildan since 1999 and was appointed Lead Director in 2003.

The cost of fulfilling the Company's financial obligations to H. Greg Chamandy over the remaining life of his contract will be reflected in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year. The charge to be recorded for ongoing compensation commitments pursuant to his employment agreement amounts to approximately U.S. $3.0 million or U.S. $0.10 per diluted share, after tax.

The Board of Directors of Gildan expresses its appreciation to H. Greg Chamandy, who was co- founder of Gildan and played a major role in building Gildan into a leader in its industry and a significant public company.

Profile

Gildan Activewear Inc. 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 markets. Our company manufactures and sells premium quality 100% cotton and 50% cotton/50% polyester T-shirts, sport shirts and sweatshirts in a variety of weights, sizes, colours and styles. We sell our products as blanks, which are ultimately decorated with designs and logos for sale to consumers. Over 9,300 full-time employees work in our facilities worldwide.

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.
 

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