We have plenty of Neck Gaiters now. Neck Gaiters are knitted, and therefore very different from the rest of our offering, which are sewn from woven fabric ... and so the Neck Gaiters are produced completely separately.
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.
- Fabric will take a couple of months more at best. Right now, our clean fiber has been dyed, and spinning of the yarn had begun. But with the virus, it seems everything is suspended
- Tailors at present are closed by order of the governors of New York and New Jersey. As soon as we have Fabric, we hope to engage them. But probably their other customers will also want them to get busy as soon as they are operating again
- First production runs will include: Anoraks, Mountain/Ski Jackets, All-Around Jackets, North Maine Double Jackets, 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 ... we received a note recently (but before Corona-world, which seems ages back even tho it was only a few weeks) 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 capital to make thousands and thousands of garments. But the problem -- which existed prior to the virus -- is lack of capacity in the American wool 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 suddenly and without warning shut down American operations in 2018, and replacing them has been difficult. We're progressing, and we're pushing as hard as we can. We have a huge backorder that we very badly want to fill!! If you know people who might be able to help us, please let us know.
Thank You for your patience, and for working with us!
Ralph, Debby, Alex, Denali
27 March 2020