Unfortunately, there are very few denim manufacturers in the United States at the moment it is fabric, not jeans In this article we will talk in detail about these firms. Let's start with the legendary company Cone Mills, which, unfortunately, today manufactures fabrics only in China and Mexico, and then move on to three companies with fully American production.
This company can be safely called the most famous American denim producer only Cone Mills closed its American factory at the end of 2017 due to unprofitability. Today, denim under the brand name Cone Mills is made only in China and Mexico, and its quality, as experts say, is quite ordinary. However, if you wish, you can still find jeans from selvedge denim Cone Mills, woven in the United States. They were produced produced by the brands Gustin, Left Field NYC, Flint Tinder, Raleigh Denim, Norman Russell, Ourver, Taylor Stitch, Tellason.
It is worth adding that Cone Mills has the right to boast a long and rich history. This company was created in 1891 by Moses and Ceasar Cone. The legendary White Oak Greensboro factory, part of the Cone Mills structure, began operations in 1905 and lasted 112 years. For a long time she was the main supplier of denim for Levi's jeans and during the First and Second World Wars she produced a large number of fabrics for military needs.
In the 1970s, demand for fairly expensive American-made denim began to decline, and although Cone Mills closed almost all of its American factories in 1977-1990 and opened production in China and Mexico, its financial affairs went very bad anyway. In 2004, it was bought out by billionaire Wilbur Ross and entered the ITG structure (group) he created. Twelve years later, Ross sold ITG to the Platinum Equity Investment Fund. It is under his control that Cone Mills is currently located.
Huston Textile Co.
Following the closure of the Cone Mills factory in North Carolina, some bloggers and journalists like here stylejeanswear.com wrote that there were no longer any producers of high-quality selvedge denim in the United States. This is not true. The small company Huston Textile Co., founded in 2012, still produces high-end selvedge denim. This family-owned enterprise is based in California (near Sacramento) and has at its disposal a dozen old American machine tools (some of them will soon be 100 years old). Denim Density by Huston Textile Co. varies from 9.75 to 12 ounces, however, heavier fabrics can also be woven at the request of the customer.
All denim Huston Textile is made in the USA at the company's own manufactory, and only American cotton is used to create it (it is purchased, in particular, in West Texas and at least sometimes it is organic).
This company is the last major denim producer in the USA. Selvedge fabric, unfortunately, it does not produce, and specializes in relatively inexpensive and at the same time quality samples. Mount Vernon is headquartered in South Carolina, but the factory is located in Georgia (in the city of Trion).
Mount Vernon dates back to the 1840s, and already in the 19th century it became a large and successful enterprise. For 28 years (from 1847 to 1875), the number of employees in this weaving mill increased from 45 to 350, and the number of machine tools from 10 to 215. In the same 1875, a fire broke out and the factory burned down, but it was restored within a few years. At the very beginning of the 20th century, 1,200 people worked at the enterprise, and there were 422 machine tools there. True, in 1912 the company went bankrupt, but the closure of the factory was avoided, and it continued to work.
It is curious that they began to produce denim only in 1971 (even the exact date is known April 20). Denim soon became the main focus of Mount Vernon. In the 1990s, a large-scale modernization of equipment began, and now this factory is very modern. It produces approximately 800 thousand yards of denim per week.