Our supply chains are thoughtful and varied. They start where the finest
fibers are found: Europe for flax, Australia for merino, China for silk. The next
step is a mill, chosen for its specialized technical expertise. For example, our
Washable Stretch Crepe, made of a viscose blend, is knit in France at a mill
whose skills we have not been able to find anywhere else, before coming to
New York for cutting and sewing.
Rarely does a fiber begin and end in the US, but even one that does
undergoes a complex journey. Consider Organic Cotton Stretch Jersey, one of
our core fabrics since 2004. Fine, long staple cotton needs a lengthy growing
season; in the United States that means it can only be grown in the Southwest.
Ours comes primarily from Arizona and New Mexico. Since the machinery
required to spin a fine gauge product is not available in the US, the baled
cotton travels to Switzerland. Our spinner is certified under the Global Organic
Textile Standard, meaning that the organic cotton is processed separately from
conventional cotton—even the fluids used for the machinery are regulated
for toxins. The spun fiber returns to Canada for dyeing and knitting before
traveling to New York City, where it is cut, sewn and given a Made in USA
As these examples show, in an increasingly global world, "made in" is but one
small snapshot of a product's supply chain.