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Production Status

In general, the American Textile Industry is only a tiny fraction of its former self. In 1965, 95% of the clothing worn in America was Made in America. Now that number is 2.5%, maybe 3%. And American clothing is only about 2% woolens. So there is simply very little capacity for pure-USA manufacture of woolens.

Status as of 18 April 2022 --- Ralph

We have a large quantity of Fabric in the pipeline and plan to make a great many garments by October!

Since mid-February, we have an intact production chain. Since July of 2018, we have only had our entire production chain up and running for about 6 months. This is the biggest reason why we are so chronically short of inventory. It's also a glimpse into the overall state of America's Garment Industry.

Labor shortages in the Carolinas delayed the spinning of our warp (the yarn that runs lengthwise through a bolt of fiber). But it's done almost completely done for Batch 7.

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Our Production Backstory page gives some more info about why we were (and still are) sold out of almost everything. If you are interested in a product that is out of stock, please place a no-obligation backorder. We base our production on the garments people have requested. Our Inventory page offers a snapshot of our complete inventory.

We presently have enough wool, in various stages of the Fabric production process, to make about 3000 garments. That's a lot for us! The question is how long will it take. But it's great that production is moving again!

Because no commercially available fabrics meet our specifications, we make our own Fabric, which is a significant undertaking in terms both of capital and calendar-time -- it takes several months, at best, to turn raw wool from the ranches into finished Fabric. And the raw wool is generally available only in April, but we have a lot of wool in process now. Making our own 100% American Fabric is the heart of our company ... but that has also been our difficulty.

We have four different batches of Fabric in different stages of the production process: Our expectations:

  • Fabric Batch 5, has been completed sewn into garments, which are nearly all gone. The virus played havoc with Batch 5 production.
  • Fabric Batch 6, all MidWeight Fabric, has been made into Anoraks, and the tailors are making CPO Shirts and Hooded Jackets.
  • Fabric Batch 7, was caught in the flood but we rescued it! Rescuing Batch 7 required us to combine it with what had been Batch 8. Batch 7 is now much larger than I had planned
  • Fabric Batch 8 ... the original Batch 8 has been combined into a larger Batch 7, and we are now working toward purchasing our largest quantity ever of greasy (raw) wool, and this will be the new Batch 8
    • Tailors are pretty well back to pre-virus pace. New York City is still not what I'm used to ... but not nearly as distressingly deserted as it was in July of 2020, when there were so few people we felt like we were on the set of a Science Fiction movie.
    • We are very eager to get going with a great many items, in particular some new items: Peacoat, North Maine Double Coat, Blankets ...
    • We actually have large backorders across all our products and which ones we make first will be determined by what the tailors can do, what Fabric we have and how many people are waiting.

    Something else ... some people may think our lack of inventory reflects a lack of commitment on our part. It's a natural enough assumption to make, I guess, but it's not the case. We are ready, willing, able and absolutely eager to commit enough time, energy and capital to make a great many garments. But there is still very little American factory capacity to turn our very specialized raw wool into our very custom finished Fabric and garments. But things are coming together now.

    Thank You for your patience, and for working with us!

    Ralph, Debby, Alex, Denali

     

    Updated by Ralph on date at top of page.