The Last Run...
What makes these jeans special?
We only made 155 pairs with the last yards of our custom orange selvedge fabric from Cone Mills White Oak, Greensboro, North Carolina. Every pair will be numbered 1-155 as the orders are received. They will be packaged with Cone Mills White Oak hang tags in our re-usable muslin bags with an added Cone Mills Label to make them extra special. The entire run is made in the Bowie fit which will have a button fly.
As most of you already know, White Oak Cone Mills closed at the end of 2017 and was the last denim mill in the USA. These jeans are a part of history and to say these will be a collector's item one day is an understatement.
When you buy a pair of our Bowie Limited Edition Run from White Oak Cone Denim, you will be entered into a raffle to win a bobbin used at White Oak Cone Mills, North Carolina
-- 2 Bobbins will be raffled off the first week of March --
*All orders placed before today are already included in the raffle, *
These bobbins have a history in denim manufacturing dating back to the early 1900’s. After being wound with yarn on a Whitin Quiller, these bobbins were originally used to hold the fill yarn inside the shuttle of the original looms that lined the floors of White Oak’s weave room. When these looms were updated with the addition of a Unifil (a device that allowed a shuttle loom to wind its own fill yarn bobbins), these bobbins were re-purposed to meet a need in the beaming department. Beaming is the process of aligning all the warp yarns onto a section beam to be prepared for slashing and weaving after the yarn has been dyed in a rope form. A section of indigo yarn from each dye run was wound onto bobbins by the Whitin Quiller and were sent to beaming to be used in place of any lost or tangled yarns.
A bit of the history behind White Oak Cone Mills, and where Cone is today...
From its beginning in 1891, Cone Denim has been a leading supplier of denim to top apparel brands. Formed out of the entrepreneurial spirit of brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone and grounded in American heritage, Cone Denim is synonymous with authenticity and innovation. The turn of the century brought a new energy and excitement to America. Denim fabrics gained popularity as a favored "workwear", and the Cone brothers embarked on what would become an icon in the denim industry, a mill called White Oak.
The mill was named for the 200 year old tree that stood nearby and served as a gathering place for people traveling to Greensboro from the surrounding countryside. Construction began in 1902, and the first bobbin of yarn was produced on April 20, 1905.
Known from the beginning as an innovator in denim, White Oak focused exclusively on denim throughout its history. White Oak successfully combined the tradition of producing high-quality products with a heritage of cultivating strong relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and its community.
At the turn of the century, few people in the area has automobiles, so the company provided housing for workers who moved from the surrounding area. To fill this need, the Cones built neighborhoods for the mill workers who had families and boarding houses for single employees. Families leased three, four or six-room houses by the month at a dollar per room, including utilities.
Educating their employees was one of the Cone brother's highest priorities. The White Oak school opened in 1907, and employees were urged to send their children to the mill school. Employees were also offered additional education with night classes that taught arithmetic, loom fixing, reading and writing.
Beyond the basic needs of housing and education, the mill villages provided a "community" and social enrichment for employees and their families. Medical care, stores, churches and recreational activities were located within the mill village.
A pioneer in early denim innovation, White Oak Revolutionized denim processing in 1921 with its patented continuous dye range, a process still used throughout the indigo world today.
Other White Oak innovations included weaving denim on shuttleless waving machines, designing and building a continuous raw stock dyeing machine for cotton, dyeing a denim that was easier to stonewash, and using high-volume instrument technology to test cotton properties.
Today Cone Denim maintains its headquarters in North Carolina with a global platform that includes denim operations in Mexico and China and a team of R&D, merchandising, product design and sales talent across the world. The Cone Denim legacy continues to inspire with a passion that brings together the best in denim art and science and an unwavering commitment to innovation, sustainability and industry expertise.