Apr 13, 2018 | By Samuel Trotman
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There’s been so much talk about Made in America brands lately, which we think is a great movement; many forgotten craftsmen and industries are being re-kindled and explored once again. Keeping production, manufacturing and finishing in one place not only supports home-grown manufacturers but also significantly cuts down the carbon footprint.
In the last week two gorgeous videos have appeared that celebrate two of our favorite fledgling American denim brands, both born out of a love for craftsmanship and using Cone Denim from the White Oak vintage looms: Tellason and Raleigh.
Tony Patella & Pete Searson set up Tellason a couple of years ago after working in the industry for 20 years. The name Tellason is a combination of the founder’s surnames. Tellason’s first run of jeans was just 240 pairs and the brand has maintained this small-run line today, sometimes creating limited runs of just 25 pairs for select retailers. Based in San Francisco, the brand is proud to be one of the only denim companies that still cuts and sews everything in the city. The cloth is from Cone and the leather patch is from Portland’s Tanner Goods.
Read this great interview on Tellason on A Continuous Lean.
Last year marked the start of made-in-the-U.S. denim company, Raleigh Denim. Created in the backyard of one of America’s premiere denim mills, Cone Mills, the brand has grown remarkably since our first look over one year ago. Co-founders Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko take immense pride in their North Carolina roots using small teams, local materials and artisinal methods that are the backbone of the handmade denim label.
From initial design, to cut, sewn, and finished jeans, they do everything under one roof. Jeans are made on small runs, handcrafting them using vintage machines and denim from Cone Mill’s White Oak plant. Both Victor and Sarah are dedicated to the progressive process of design and conceptualization all the way through to the hand-stitching, individual labeling, and quality control that precedes the final product.
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