USA: Our Factories Today 97% of garments sold in the US are knit or sewn elsewhere; we produce 25% of ours in New York and California.
31.7 gallons per jean, according to New Fashion Products, our L.A. factory.
How does EILEEN FISHER compare?
Sky Blue, our most water-intensive wash, uses 14 gallons per jean. Utility Blue and Indigo require only 5.3 gallons, or 62% less.
Our jeans save water because they are minimally treated—no stone washing or chlorine bleaching.
Why are jeans washed at all?
Washing is what gives jeans a faded look. Here’s how it works. The fabric is dyed, and the jeans are sewn then washed (and sometimes bleached) to remove the dye and age the fabric.
- Instead of multiple washings, Utility Blue is broken in with hand sanding and the natural bleaching action of ozone gas.
- Indigo uses a simple rinse to lighten it slightly.
A good rule of thumb: the lighter the denim, the more water required to get the look.