CONE MILLS R.I.P 1905 - 2017
On Oct 18th 2017, Cone Mills announced that after 112 years in business they would be officially ceasing all production and operations and permanently close the White Oak plant in North Carolina as of Dec 31st 2017. Cone is the oldest operating denim mill in the world and is the last to weave selvedge denim in the US.
Owning a pair of Cone Mills selvedge denim woven at the White Oak plant will not only be a badge of honor but a necessary addition to any serious or aspiring denim heads collection. Do not miss this opportunity to add this quality to your rotation while supplies last.
Cone ran many micro lots of selvage that were considered development lots and were assigned 'K' style numbers to differentiate them from the line items that had 'W' style numbers. These development lots were always one of a kind and never repeated. If they were adopted into the collection it was usually with some adjustment to weight, weave or selvage iD. That's what makes this 'K' lot so special. We have a had special affinity for this particular 15 oz and have been running it since 2013 but always with a red iD. This is the only time we have ever offered it with the black iD and we will not be running this again. For those that are not aquainted with this particular denim it's one of those qualities that feel substantial but with a looser weave. There is a prominent 'cross hatch' aesthetic on the face which is a result of uneven slub yarns. This fabric has a softer hand due to the long staple cotton and is probably one of the most comfortable raw denims we've had the pleasure of breaking in over the years. The indigo color is quite intense with a dark, saturated warp yarn and an all natural white weft. Construction is a 3x1 RHT ARS x ARS with a black & green cast that gives off multiple shade contrasts during the fade progression.
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- Sewn & chain stitched in all the right places on vintage Union Special, Reece & Singer machines.
- A & E core spun poly thread for maximum strength & durability.
- Embroidered star insignia on the right back pocket represents ‘Made in America’ status.
- Button fly with double prong, donut style buttons. Old style pocket rivet burrs.
- All hardware is made in Kentucky.
- Leather back patches are cut & stamped in Los Angeles & waistband label is woven locally in Los Angeles.
- Every aspect of the production is US made in Downtown Los Angeles.