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Deadstock Fabrics: Treasure Hunting in Los Angeles


Working with deadstock fabrics is a huge pain. That's the truth. For those who don't know, deadstock fabrics are those that have been sold off by brands or mills because they made too much, they didn't like the color, trends changed or for some other reason. They are scooped up by fabric jobbers who then try and sell them to smaller brands like ours or to other low volume buyers. If they can't be sold,the fabric works its way to other discount sellers and eventually if there are no takers it ends up in a landfill.

So when you walk into these warehouses where they sell deadstock fabrics, there's often no rhyme or reason to what fabrics are available. You have to sift through mountains of fabrics that you'll never use, and then when you finally find something you like you realize that there are only small quantities available, or that the fabric only comes in colors that won't work either. It can be frustrating. Trust us, it would be much easier to contact some massive factory abroad from the comfort of your office that will source your fabric from scratch, find all of your buttons and zippers, sew your products and ship them to you with little effort on your part. You just give them your design and your product shows up a little while later. Sure, the stitching may already be coming apart, but that's a small price to pay for convenience and cheap labor. That's what a lot of apparel companies do.

BUT, that's why we love working with deadstock fabrics. Because it's hard, because we know that most companies aren't willing or able to put in the time and effort to find that diamond in the rough that you can only make 200 pieces from. The effort and time we put in looking for fabric for each of our products makes our collection stand out, not only because we find unique, excellent fabrics but because we're able to get them at a lower price than if we bought them right from the mills or factories. And the fabrics we find tend to have a story behind them as well that gives more substance to our products and makes us, and by extension you, feel like you're a part of that story.

For example, the Tencel/cotton fabric we use for our Crocker Pant comes from an old North Carolina factory that is no longer in existence. Not only is the quality amazing and nearly impossible to find these days for woven, domestic fabrics, it also symbolizes a bygone era when American manufacturing was so much stronger, and hopefully signals hope that it could come back and provide living wage jobs to thousands of people.

 

So when you buy our products, it's not only about the look and the fit, although of course that's the most important, it's also about the story of where the item you are wearing came from and what it represents about domestic manufacturing, the environment and sustainability.

Brian M

 

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