The denim world was deeply saddened by the news that the Cone Denim Mill White Oak Plant in Greensboro, North Carolina, closed its doors on December 31st, 2017. Nevertheless Cone Denim continues business operating two plants in Mexico and one in China and pushing innovation by employing new fabrics. The company has recently teamed up with Thread International to expand its S GENE collection with post-consumer recycled content.
Thread International’s recycled polyester is generated by transforming trash collected in Haiti, Honduras, and Taiwan into usable products. “Our denim partnership with Thread International further affirms Cone Denim’s commitment to not just sustainability but also social responsibility,” says Kara Nicholas, Vice President Product Design + Marketing for Cone Denim. “This addition to Cone’s S GENE collection offers the authentic look and feel of traditional denim with advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric.
Nevertheless, the closure of the US selvedge denim mill leaves a gap for the brands that have produced locally.