We hope to have some Fabric by early October, and the tailors know we need them sewing right away. We presently have enough wool, in various stages of the Fabric production process, to make about 2500 garments.
If you are interested in a product that is out of stock, please place a no-obligation backorder. It's helpful to know what people want, and once we have our Fabric we will be making the garments people have requested. Our Inventory page offers a snapshot of our complete inventory.
We have lately made some Watch Caps, and we have plenty of Neck Gaiters in stock. Neck Gaiters and Watch Caps are knitted, and therefore very different from the rest of our offerings, which are sewn from woven fabric. The production of these two items is completely separate from everything else we make.
At present, we don't have enough of our Fabric to make anything but a few prototypes. 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.
- The virus had everything shut down. As of now, things are moving again. We actually have three different batches of Fabric in different stages of the production process:
- Batch 5, enough to make about 700 garments, is being woven into Fabric now.
- Batch 6, enough to make about 400 garments, is clean and waiting for dyeing and spinning.
- Batch 7, enough to make about 1400 garments, is clean and will be shipped to Connecticut for the next step in the processing as soon as American Woolen is ready for it.
- The first Batch 5 Fabric to be woven is FullWeight Lynx Pattern, which should be completed by Material Technology and Logistics in Pennsylvania by the end of September. The rest of the Batch 5 Fabrics (Black, Drab FullWeight, Drab MidWeight and Duff) will be woven after the FullWeight Lynx is completed. But even after the weaving is done, significant work remains. Our Fabrics will be "finished" by American Woolen in Connecticut.
- Tailors at present are operating on a somewhat limited basis by order of the governors of New York and New Jersey, although it seems that some people, particularly the owners, are working anyway. As soon as we have Fabric, we expect to engage the tailors, and they are looking forward to our Fabric, particularly in New York City, which is still distressingly quiet, at least as far as the normal work-world is concerned.
- The first production runs will certainly include Anoraks. We will also get going with Mountain/Ski Jackets, All-Around Jackets, North Maine Double Coat, Hoodies ... we actually have large backorders across all our products and which ones we make first will be determined by which tailors are available first and how many people are waiting.
Something else ... Before Corona, we received a note from a gent who assumed 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 thousands and thousands of garments. But the problem -- which existed prior to the virus -- is lack of capacity in the American textile industry. There is just an extremely limited American factory capacity to turn our very specialized raw wool into our very custom finished Fabric. The company that was our primary contractor for production of our Fabric without warning shut down American operations in 2018, and replacing them has been difficult. We're progressing, we've made small amounts of really nice Fabric to prove everything was in sync, and we're pushing as hard as we can. We have a huge backorder that we very badly want to fill!!
Thank You for your patience, and for working with us!
Ralph, Debby, Alex, Denali
22 September 2020 -- Ralph