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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2013 at 6:36am
Interesting Inventory Magazine article regarding Cone's White Oak Plant, shot by Farhad.  I will say this, John 'Bud' Strickland no longer works for them, now working for MVM.  Interesting how in the video interview he states that Cone loves to work with their clients to get them fabrics they want, but in reality that translates to "We do what LVC tells us to do."
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2013 at 5:51pm
Update:  I am meeting with several persons on Wednesday and Thursday of this week that will determine if my operations will be in Revolution Mills, former world leader in production of corduroys and flannels under the Cone Mills umbrella of manufacturing plants and textile facilities.  Wish me luck everyone!

If things go well, lots of transport to be arranged and putting old retirees back to work!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sardine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm
Wishing you lots of luck Conehead. I for one would love to have american made flannels to choose from. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote devilish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Seconded. Some US made flannel of the same quality that 5 Brother and Big Mac used to produce would be awesome. In that long lost really textured and open type weave. Especially if they are in western sizes. Good Luck.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2013 at 6:15pm
Sardine:
Klondike, King Kole, 5 Brother Union Made, and Cone Mills amongst other brands, themselves all were producers using Revolution Mills Flannel.  It has a pretty identifiable pattern to most of their production.  Five Brother still has a few deadstock more recent shirts floating around with the original Revolution Mills Flannel branding rat tail/hang tags.. Hard to find though.  

PM me and I will send you photos of the tags.


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The funniest thing BTW is that the point man for green/red lighting my entrance into Revolution Mill requested that at the meeting I bring product to show.  Do I bring loose woven denim off a sample machine I have, original 10s-30s Cone fabrics, original garments, original texts and letters and posters, or do I bring photos and manuals of sewing machines and textile books from early 20th and late 19th century?  My immediate thought when I was informed I needed to bring products to show was "of weaving? of sewing? of vintage? of memorabilia?"  Do I overwhelm them or bring minimal amounts?  Not sure, such a double edged sword.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sardine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2013 at 6:27pm
IMO I think you bring what you would like to produce and examples of a finished product (your goal so to speak). You have a real passion for the history so that I think is the most valuable asset.

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Met this weekend with Henry Wong, another fellow Conehead.  We exchanged stories, showed pieces from our collections, and had a lovely meal at the Printworks Bistro, the restaurant adjacent to the Proximity Hotel.  

Before taking too many turns and blurring this post, Printworks is rated in the top 50 hotels in the world, received accolades of all types for LEED platinum, etc., and is owned and run by the Quaintance-Weaver Group.  Mr. Weaver grew up in the mill village to mill working parents, and he has a neat collection of items, all of which inspired him to name his hotel and restaurant in Greensboro after former mills of Cone's, Proximity and Printworks.  

Now, back to the post.  Henry showed me some beautiful covert cloth Blu Blood kids bibs, Lone Ranger painted deeptone dungarees with Tonto and the Lone Ranger on each front pocket, and several other items all things Cone.  In return, I showed him some of my items as well.

He mentioned to me that he runs a small blog that has very interesting denim posts on it, and I wanted to share this with you:


Henry's enthusiasm for denim and close ties to textile production make him a great insight and opinion on the internet.  

As for me, I am proceeding with the development of this project, working on a few small issues before fully getting up and running before year-end.




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Good luck, Conehead! You have a lot of people rooting for you.
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Good luck dude! You have a real passion for it! Can't wait to see the results.
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