We've spent a great deal of time and energy vetting various fabrics and mills from around the world. Though we are heavily focused on USA made, and source most components and fabrics from the USA, we are also dedicated to finding the highest quality and most responsibly produced materials. It is no surprise to any die-hard denim fan that our gaze went to Japan when we were looking for the perfect match of quality, ethics and character. There are a handful of Japanese mills that have been at it a long time, but we've found a great partner with Nihon Menpu.
They began in 1920 in general textiles and made the shift to focus on denim in the early 60's. They are one of the only mills that also does their own dying, so it enables them to be more intentional and responsible with their waist water and manufacturing practices. They are also in possession of a great deal of one-of-a-kind shuttle looms and weaving equipment dating back from the 20's and the 50's. The resulting fabrics are utterly unique to Nihon Menpu, and the current proprietor (Mr. Kawai) does not allow photos of this equipment. Which we must say only makes the final product that much more mysterious and cool.
From our end, Nihon Menpu also offers something spectacular beyond the quality and unique dye options-- they are one of the only mills who offers alternatives to conventional cotton. In our case, they use organic cotton, but they are also known for their fabrics made of sugar cane fibers.
You can learn more about this fantastic mill by checking out this archived profile on Loomstate.
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