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Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Subject: Proximity Manufacturing Company
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2021 at 7:20am
Hello Denimbros!

I've posted on here years ago, but I wanted to offer a small update that may lift your hearts a bit on this dreary Monday (it's raining and cold here in Greensboro today).  

Last year during our state's "Stay Home NC", a group of us formalized a non-profit that could keep our city's rich history in all things denim alive.  We appropriately named it White Oak Legacy Foundation, or WOLF for short.  The founding members include Ralph Tharpe, former product developer at White Oak who championed bringing shuttle denim back online for LVC, Russ Robinson, former Burlington legal counsel, Mike Hodis, formerly of Rising Sun and now Runabout Goods, and Victor Lytvinenko, of Raleigh Denim, just to name a few.   And myself! My name is Evan Morrison, and I am a co-owner of Hudson's Hill, an American goods general store in Greensboro, and I am a denim nerd.  

When ITG announced White Oak's closure, WOLF made it a goal to not let all things related to denim to fully leave our city, where weaving the sturdy blue work cloth has been a thing since 1896.  

In January, we were gifted the last two Draper X-3 shuttle looms from the weave room floor, where they were left covered in plastic sheeting awaiting their future, and moved them into what was formerly the archive room at White Oak.  By March, we completed refurbishing the two machines, and developed a supply chain for dyed and slashed warp and filling yarn, reached out to numerous folks who previously worked for decades at the mill to help us along the way, and we began weaving in early May.  We have been producing 12.2oz (per sq. yard) unsanforized denim, truly loomstate.  Straight from the loom, it is 34.25" wide, and made using ringspun, US-grown cotton yarn.  

By the time we completed our first 1,000 yards, we had already reached out to a few hand-picked brands to work with our inaugural cloth.  Tony and Pete from Tellason agreed to make a modified version of their relaxed fit 5-pocket jeans, and Mike from Runabout agreed to make a Type I jacket. Victor from Raleigh Denim agreed to cut and sew a few of the fits from his brand as well, as a limited offering.  

We have now been weaving for over 6 months, produced several thousands of yards of different cloths, and are close to having all of our inaugural production with collaborating brands completed, with hopes that these items will be available for purchase and delivery for the holidays.  

Separately, we have put together and opened our first exhibit on denim-related subjects, an important pillar of WOLF being history.  The exhibit focused on indigo dyeing, the 100th anniversary of the Touchstone dye apparatus, and dye technology related to denim.  This is on display at Revolution Mill, about a block from White Oak, until end of March 2022.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we held our first Denim 101 class (for those who know, this was a memorable program offered by White Oak), where industry folks can attend a two day program to learn more about the fabric they work with daily.  This program is put on by WOLF, and lecturers included those that originally taught the course for Cone.  We recently received additional donation monies to be able to host two more classes in 2022.  

To follow our journey, please check out the Proximity Manufacturing Company Instagram," rel="nofollow - here .

To learn more about WOLF (White Oak Legacy Foundation)," rel="nofollow - click here .

I will do my best to check back in and provide updates, and to answer questions.


Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2021 at 1:20pm
Santa Ana winds here in Southern California, bringing the temp up to the mid 90’s
Thanks for posting something new here, I’ve been stuck in work camp mode for months-
Too worn out to post my updates as of late.

Thanks, looks pretty cool what you guys are doing out in North Carolina
Keep up the good work.

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2021 at 12:37pm
Runabout Goods has finally posted their product made with cloth from our inaugural production.  Mike is calling this the Brander Jacket.  It is a faithful reproduction of a 1930's J.C. Penney's Foremost Type I Model Ranch Jacket, originally cut and sewn from a 9oz RHT denim.  Keep in mind that when this jacket was produced around 90 years ago, 9oz denim didn't weigh the same in today's terms.  In order to compute what that denim would weigh in modern terms, 9 x (36 / 28), as denim produced in the 1930's would have been 28" wide, and therefore you would need to use this formula to determine yards per square ounce, from yards per linear ounce.  The result is 11.57oz, which is very similar to the denim that we produced for this first round of cloth production.  Ours weighs in about 12.2oz loomstate, with a slightly finer warp yarn than what would have been used in the 1930's, and a plied filling yarn, which further gives it a smooth hand along with a higher number pick gear.  When soaked, our cloth gains a bit of weight through shrinkage, and a beautiful, hairy hand.  The shade of indigo is spot on for this reproduction.  

Mike graded the sleeve and torso to fit slightly more modern, but otherwise this thing uses as period correct of construction and hardware as it gets.  Two prong cinch buckle, laurel wreath two prong open center buttons, and washer and burr rivets on the sleeve plackets and pocket mouth.  

Only 116 were made, in homage to the 116 years that White Oak Cotton Mills has stood, both open and closed, from 1905 to today.  We still weave this cloth on the old wooden floors, in the exact space where it once was woven before.  

We know it is a bit expensive for a jacket, but between there only being three of us tasked at doing everything from yarn sourcing to weaving and fixing the loom to inspecting and measuring and packing and shipping, plus Mike's team making these jackets in his small shop all in-house, we look to our supporters to see these more like buying stock, to support our new enterprise in its capitalization.  We are in a position where if we are successful with these first product releases, we might be able to scale up our production, which enables us to buy full dye run sets, and this enables us a great deal of scope widening in our operations.  We have worked about 11 months now without compensation, hoping that instead we might be able to do something that could have some longevity to it if we let it have a moment to spread its wings and not take from its opportunity to become self sufficient.  If we can scale up, I think we can get our costs to drop by 20-25%, which can be reflected downstream in future products made with the cloth we produce.

To check out the pre-order link for the Brander Jacket by Runabout Goods, http://" rel="nofollow - click here.

Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving, and I'll post another update next week.


Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 01 Dec 2021 at 1:06pm
Raleigh Denim Workshop has now pre-sold and produced two of their fits in limited quantities, using our inaugural run cloth.  The only difference is that, when White Oak shuttered its doors in early 2018 after winding down production following the announcement in October 2017, I promised Victor that this wouldn't be the end of his OG proprietary denim woven at White Oak, and that we would do whatever was in our power to keep denim being woven in North Carolina.  

In August, we began filling some of our warp with a ringspun cotton filling yarn that was package dyed in a tan shade, similar to the brownish-tan filling used in their proprietary denim.  We produced enough yardage to help Victor get the process of making jeans from the cloth moving along, and also to allow him to have some time and trial-and-error development and sampling work to better learn how to use unsanforized cloth.  

For those who don't know, unsanforized cloth can tend to be a tad tricky to work with.  For all those denim nerds reading this, think LVC jackets and jeans produced with their interpretation of late 19th century clothing, where XLs shrank when soaked to S/M.  Fortunately, we are using finer warp singles yarns, and a much higher pick per inch count, so the density of the cloth doesn't really permit that insane of shrinkage, in either a soaking or mechanical washing process. 

We furnished cloth to Victor, and he sample made two test pairs and put them up online for presale and has done fairly well with the first two fits, Alexander and Jones.  I believe, but could be wrong, that his plan is to continue offering these in all of his standard 100% cotton men's fits.  

He calls their 5-pocket jeans made from our cloth the O.G.M.P. (O.G. Most Pure), which I think is relatively fitting, since that's likely about how the denim was furnished the first 20-25 years it was produced on the wooden floors of White Oak, prior to sanforization being introduced into common practice.  

I was hoping to link a few of the pages of these jeans for you to click to view, but they aren't made available to view any longer, now that the pre-sale window has concluded.  When he makes the next fits available for pre-sale, I will link these in this thread.

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 02 Dec 2021 at 6:19am
The third brand that we have engaged with is Tellason.  This was honestly a no-brainer.  I met Matt Sharkey, a professional photographer among many other talents, several years back when White Oak closed.  He came and stayed with me in Greensboro, and we were introduced to the new owner of the mill.  We were given permission to explore everything, and we spent days and days wandering and capturing every corner in photographs.  It was eery.  Some of the places in the mill had offices that looked as if the person just stood up mid lunch and walked out.  They may have.  We documented everything, because everything, and I mean everything, was exactly where it stood the last day of operations, with lead lines and yarn still on machinery and ranges.  Matt and I vowed that this would one day be a coffee table book, but I defer to him on this, because he is the one who has the film.  

When we got our gameplan to start weaving again, I asked him to introduce me directly to two of his friends, which was funny because we already carried their brand at Hudson's Hill, so it was nice to finally put a voice to a name and eventually faces to names via FaceTime with Tony and Pete of Tellason.  When White Oak shuttered, Raleigh Denim and Tellason were some of the biggest shuttle denim clients behind the likes of LS&Co.  One of the pillars of our business model is to support the small brands that built their business from cloth flowing out of the doors of White Oak, by working with these brands to rekindle an enterprise in the same building, that can also help sustain our non-profit (the weaving side is a for-profit division of the non-profit WOLF), through sharing dividends from earnings through collaborative projects with brands on products constructed from the denim we weave.  

The first phone call spelled it all out.  Tony and Pete were in.  They loved the idea that this kind of effort was being made, and were willing to do anything to help its success.  The first main challenge would be to understand the fabric.  

So, we shipped them yardage to get the test fit samples built.  When completed, we each put a pair through wash testing to determine a range of shrinkage.  Tony soaked and hang dried his pair, and I elected to mechanically wash and dry my sample (oh the heresy, I know!).  What we were able to determine is that the denim does mimic a shrink and fit sizing model.  Because the ppi is significantly higher, the cloth is more densely woven than a heavier denim, so the space between fiber is less and therefore the shrink is not entirely the same, but close.  fAfter one round of hot wash cycle and warm drying cycle, then hang dry from there, the sample shrunk 3" in the waist and 3" in the inseam.  Over two washes and dries the jeans shrunk 3.5" in the waist and 4" in the inseam, but Tony's pair with a week of wear, then a hot soak and a hang dry in damp Bay Area air only shrunk 2.5" in the waist and 2.5" in the inseam.  

We made some adjustments, based on the observations of the samples.  We removed the plain weave back pocker liner fabric and replaced it with a second layer of the denim, due to a disproportionate shrinkage rate that caused lumping in the back pockets in washing and drying.  We changed the pocket facing to cross-grain, to reflect some vintage 5-pocket jeans patterns, and we finalized the hardware, to be a washer and burr rivet and laurel wreath buttons, commonly used in wartime manufacturing and post-war civilian production of denim products by manufacturers with leftover hardware.  The garment was given a slightly longer front and back rise, resulting in a slightly longer button fly, and the inseam was elongated to compensate for the shrinkage in the warp direction of the cloth.  The rest of the garment is very similar to the Ankara fit, in terms of seam construction, front pocket depth, back pocket shape, stitch, and liner, and back yoke over panel, a staple of Tellason.  I t hink with these details and cloth, this makes a true modern classic pair of jeans.

The second sample arrived with these modifications, and I hot soaked, and hang dried them to determine if there was any difference between Northern California and Central North Carolina.  This resulted in shrinkage of 2" in the waist and 2" in the inseam.  

The cloth coming straight off the loom is very smooth, and very soft.  This is a combination of the low twist count yarn and the finer yarn count weave that is reflected in a dense denim fabric.  But, when it gets put through a wash or soak and dry process, it crisps up and becomes a nice 13.5ish oz. denim that has a beautiful, hairy unsinged face, and a nice steep right hand twill line.  We used 12 natural yarns in the ID lines, to commemorate the first yardage woven in White Oak back in April 1905.  

Tellason is currently producing 116 pairs, all numbered, to pay homage to the 116 years that the White Oak Cotton Mill has stood in Greensboro, and through those years become the world-renowned.

When the Tellason jeans become available for purchase, I will follow-up with a link for you to see along with product information and photographs of the finished garments.

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 16 Dec 2021 at 6:54am
Short update:  Tellason Jeans made with Proximity Denims will go live for purchase later this afternoon today.

To assist with the launch, I wrote an unabbreviated Journal post on their website, to help tell our story further through this inaugural collaborative release.  

You can read my guest entry in the Tellason Journal, http://" rel="nofollow -" rel="nofollow - here.   

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 16 Dec 2021 at 7:12am
One more update, we have been working with another NC-based business, Opie Way, to develop a series of sneakers using some of our experimental yardage that uses package-dyed filling in various colors, to produce a few sneaker offerings with weft yarns on the face of the shoes.  This will be called our weft-out series, and will launch soon, along with oair of selvage denim sneakers with the indigo warp side out, selvage exposed.  These are made from start to finish in Fletcher, NC, just outside of Asheville, with an eye for detail.  We have Purple and Gold options to release in the Weft Out series, and may do more if successful.  

To view a sneak peaks of some of the cloth, you'll need to go to our Instagram account and scroll a few posts back.  In working with one of our suppliers, we were pleased to learn they could supply us with ringspun and package-dyed carded cotton filling, and decided to sample with several of the colors that were mentioned in historical references about the mill's production in the earlier days, in our company's possession.  We sought a reddish filling, and the purple was the only quick inventory that was available, but it produced quite a starry night-esque color on the face of the cloth, so while it wasn't exactly what we were looking for, it was an interesting several packages to run and produce cloth with.  We also wanted a grey, to emulate some of the Deeptone era shades, so we used a dark, medium, and light grey option for sampling purposes, as well.  We also found a yellow gold option, which is interesting, and will be another color in the Weft Out series, that was so bold, we were curious what it would look like.  It gives an illusion to the eye in the warp face of the cloth with this as the filling of a brown cast, and it is also very bright like the purple, so it wouldn't necessarily be our first choice, but we sampled with it.  We also alternated bobbins with purple and gold, to produce a LA Laker stripe denim, and supplied this to Raleigh Denim Workshop for their 1/1 series.  Maybe, with some luck, it will end up on Russell Westbrook or LeBron James in a two-piece Canadian tuxedo.  They have those kinds of connections as a brand after all.  

Anyways, back to Opie Way.  It's been genuinely fun to work alongside another brand that has a passion to keep another dying trade in the USA, let alone in North Carolina.  Making sneakers is not an easy task, so we are pleased to be working with this brand, and have developed a lifelong friendship with their team.  This will be the first of many projects with them.

To keep up with this project, follow Opie Way through their" rel="nofollow - website or" rel="nofollow - Instagram .  

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2021 at 5:36am
Hey everyone, just wanting to put out two new year-end updates:

Tellason's jeans made with our inaugural loomstate fabric are now for sale.  They are available for purchase on the Tellason website, which you can check out by" rel="nofollow - clicking here .

Opie Way's sneakers made with our fabric have now also launched.  This is the first of a three part series, but for now you can check out the purple filled denim version by" rel="nofollow - clicking here .

That's likely all for now untiil the New Year.  Wishing all you denimbros a Happy Holiday and look for more from Proximity Manufacturing Company in 2022!

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2022 at 9:47am
Time for an overdue update!  

We have been weaving off the last of our beams over the course of January, to empty them for our trip to Mount Vernon Mills' Trion Plant for more indigo-dyed warp.  

We finished up with weaving and headed to Georgia about 3 weeks ago, where we picked up two new warp beams freshly dyed and slashed with ringspun cotton singles yarn, just like denim should by textbook definition be.  The second day we repaired all of their sewing machines for seaming tails of cloth on finishing ranges back to functioning, which was a bottleneck for their entire finishing department for several months, so that was a nice moment to back-scratch our friends down in Trion.  We also gifted several pairs of the inaugural Tellason x Proximity 5-pocket jeans to some of the folks who have been instrumental in keeping us going, as a gesture of our gratitude for their help and support along this journey.

We left Trion and stopped off at several other suppliers, to pick up both filling yarn as well as some additional parts for the Draper looms, prior to returning to Greensboro.  We have some exciting new products that we will be weaving, but I will write a separate post when we get deep into production and have started doffing rolls of cloth to measure and inspect.  

Last year, we were humbled to be asked to participate in the PBS documentary on the American blue jean for their recent American Experience episode.  We hosted a variety of interviews both at our office at Revolution Mill (Cone's corduroy and canton flannel mill that sits just two blocks from White Oak), where we conduct cut and sew as well as archive vintage clothing.  We also hosted several interviews in our weave room (the former Archive Room at White Oak), which was accented with several items from our archive, which wasn't really our choice, as it was not realistic of our operations, but aided in the aesthetics for their show.  This show aired in early February on PBS, and has been made available for watchers to freely view both online and in their on-demand app.  This was a cool experience, but really there were a lot of opininon-based interviews, and the content was obviously engineered to address present-day societal issues, and less focused strictly on the chronology of denim, nor was it specific to denim and instead rather indigo-dyed fabrics and their origins, and it also stopped just short of present day, and the mere fact that there are several businesses still making denim in the USA.
All in all, we enjoyed the experience, and were grateful for inclusion.  If you've watched, we are definitely curious of your take on the show and its content.

Recently, our friends Tellason purchased additional yardage of fabric to cut and sew into one of their best-selling fits, which will release at a date yet to be determined.  We moved an indigo body yarn into the selvage, splitting the 12 ends to 6 natural, 1 indigo, 6 natural, on a twill draw, so it will have a dash ID line, that so many have come to covet in more modern fashion culture.  Tony and Pete have been big supporters, and we hope this second run of product for them will reach customers overseas, near and far.  We are excited that we have now begun working with other well-estasblished brands, ones that were direct customers of the former mill, to both sell cloth as well as edcuate them on the characteristics of unsanforized, loomstate denim.  Education is key, as 80% of product issues stem from cutting room errors and machine operator overfeeding.  

We are also pleased to announce that after a wait of several fortnights, Runabout Goods has finally begun shipping the Brander Jacket.  This jacket now bears a vegetable-tanned leather patch, stamped with Model, Lot, and size, as well as a patch stitched into the chest beneath the single pocket that tells the story of our operation and this storied, inaugural run.  It also has an amazing box that comes with it that has original artwork and waxed paper that wraps the garment.  Lastly, it contains a sack of California sagebrush, also known as cowboy cologne, to accompany the jacket, which is modeled based on an original example of a 1930's J.C. Penney Co. Foremost 11oz Cowboy Jacket, which we posted a photograph of several months back on our Instagram page.  We have been friends with Mike for 9 years, and he never underdoes anything, and we too are absolute believers that good things take time, so naturally this one took a bit longer than the Tellason jeans, but we are proud of the final product.  Each jacket is hand numbered, from 1905 to 2021 (the year White Oak began weaving to the year we put the looms back online in the same building to keep our city's story alive).  We think that this is an amazing fit, great story, and it supports American labor jobs in North Carolina and California, just like every pair of Levi's of old once did.  Proud is an understatement.

Well, as mentioned we will make another post about the upcoming production, but a teaser for now is that we just restacked the camshaft on one of the looms to run in the opposite direction.  

That's all for now.  More to come soon!

Proximity Mfg. Co.

Posted By: shredwin_206
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2022 at 9:32am

My Brander jacket arrived yesterday. Fit photos to come later on.
Incredible jacket. Packed with details. Great job Mike & Evan and everyone else involved.

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2022 at 4:01am

First, thanks for ordering and supporting two small businesses that have local, talented employees on staff.  We at Proximity Mfg. Co. are super appreciative of any and all who can support our startup, and are humbled to have folks like Mike putting their brands behind us to help us not only succeed, but to grow and have viability.  

Second, I know that the majority of American selvage has been, for the better part of several decades, all sanforized.  Us making cloth and furnishing it to businesses and brands without any finishing, straight from the cloth roll of the loom, can offer consumers uncertainty and reluctance to buy because of shrinkage.  We have, based on this very fact, made it our goal to put cloth and garments through wash testing, and to analyze fiber and yarn for contraction, so that we can not only continue to furnish cloth this way, a much more eco-friendly manner that saves countless gallons and thus prevents that very water from having to undergo treatment to clean for reuse, but in doing so we can help pass this knowledge onto the brand, to offer it to the consumer, to help reduce issue after purchase, and help understand how garments made with our cloth, or any unsanforized cloth, tend to fit when worn, soaked, washed, etc.  

That being said, do you mind keeping folks here apprised of fit over the lifespan of your jacket?  Did you buy it raw or rinsed and dried from Mike?  I know that because of the aforementioned, he offers it both ways to folks.  

Lastly, a small update.  We are now weaving on both looms, one is continuing 3x1 right hand twill, while I restacked the cams on the camshaft on the other loom to right 3x1 left hand twill, and we are now using a 9.00/1 ARS 14% shade indigo warp, and filling it with a natural jute two ply yarn.  I think this will make a nice 3-season weight, balanced cloth, and in preliminary wash tests I have discovered that the two ply, turns per inch similarity between a cotton and a jute yarn have not caused the "sponge" effect that Ralph Tharpe and I anticipated with the jute.  By using a bast fiber in the filling, this should bump up the durability of the cloth, while not adding any abrasiveness due to it being well cotttonized yarn, and the same weight, 20/2.  

Thanks for posting thesse photos!  Mike and his Runabout crew have done an amazing job to not only create a beautiful article of clothing that doubles as wearable art, but they have also made an amazing narrative that tells part of our story inside that single front pocket.

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: shredwin_206
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 8:22pm

Who says the Brander Jacket isn’t workwear!?

Posted By: Mr. Q
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2022 at 1:00pm
it's beautiful!

Posted By: shredwin_206
Date Posted: 02 Apr 2022 at 4:23pm

Making good progress with the jacket. Nice and hairy denim

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 09 May 2022 at 7:05am
Small Update:  

We have been weaving on both looms, producing Left Hand Twill 3/1 and Right Hand Twill 3/1 for a few customers, using alternative natural fiber in the filling yarn we insert into the indigo-dyed and slashed cotton warp.  

We worked with W.O.L.F. and held Denim 101 again this year, the first of two courses planned for in-industry folks this calendar year.  We are also beginning to host these courses with private businesses, with more specific material covered per request.  Denim 101 was sold-out again, and consisted of teams from brands large and small, as well as other in-industry folks.  We look forward to the next course in October, which has just a few open slots left.

During the second day of Denim 101, we hosted two groups in our weaving facility at White Oak Plant, where we demonstrated color effect on both looms, both with twill hand and filling insertion.  

We have been actively producing more colored filling variant denims for Opie Way, who will have new Weft Out products releasing soon.  

We are actively working with a few new brands, as well as those we have been working with since the inaugural run, and look forward to seeing some new products hitting the market soon.  Keep your eyes peeled for another cut being released by Tellason, an update to the Brander Jacket by Runabout Goods, and new colorways from Opie Way.  

Additionally, we are actively begining to work to put on a few events within the next year, with items of interest consisting of:  4th of July Picnic, Concert in The Grove with Food Trucks, and hosting Denim 101 and 101 Workshops at White Oak in 2023.  

Our website gets updated pretty frequently, so be sure to check it for the latest.

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: shredwin_206
Date Posted: 14 May 2022 at 9:22am

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 17 Jun 2022 at 2:37pm
Howdy folks, time for a quick update:

Thanks for all of your support and for following along our rekindling of a storied trade in our city.  If you aren't already following us on social media, check us out here:


This coming week, Opie Way will release two new colorways of their WEFT OUT sneakers, a classic high top sneaker made from our denim, but with the weft yarn as the face of the panels on the shoes.  This will mark the fourth iteration of the WEFT OUT series, including the two colors, purple and gold, which have been available for a few months.  The two new colors are orange and turquoise.  Follow their social media or check out their website for the release sometime next week, perhaps the first day of Summer (for those wanting to know exactly when).  

We are excited to announce that we have begun working with HARDENCO, who have been friends of ours for nearly 8 years now, to develop some basic 5-pocket jean offerings in a few styles.  We aim to launch these in Fall '22, and our initial release will include a Right Hand Twill pair, a Left Hand Twill pair, and a Mixed Twill pair.  

The idea is based on their 003 fit, which was a product made back in 2014/2015 for a Japanese store by Marshall and Luke of HARDENCO, using an unsanforized Japanese denim, so they elongated the front and back rise and added some room to the leg pipe in the thigh, knee, and opening.  

Our cloth is, as mentioned before, unsanforized, untentered, and unsinged, so patterns do require grading out to compensate for the 8-9% volume loss.  

We hope to offer these three styles of jeans through my store, Hudson's Hill, beginning in the Fall and with the hope this will be a continuous product we will carry.  With the final closure of White Oak in 2018, US-made selvage inventory has dwindled, causing many brands that we have sold through our store to switch and begin using foreign made cloth, so this will be a timely addition for our intention to sell products made with US-made materials.  

Additionally, we will be sourcing a few other warp shades, and have some new constructions in about a month to one month and a half.  More to report on this at a later date.  

We also have plans to run a full production of double indigo, using a near-match shade of filling to our warp.  We tested a sample package, and have several cases on order.  It is a nice looking cloth, resembling early indigo drill cloth, which, for those who care is a twill that is then vat dyed in synthetic indigo.  

We also are nearly sold out for the next Denim 101 program in October, but if you're interested in booking one of the last spots for this program, we recommend checking out our website:" rel="nofollow -

Lastly, we have been actively engaged with numerous suppliers and specialty processors across the Southeastern US to be a first-mover in us-grown hemp blending into yarns, and will have several proprietary yarn fiber contents, blended into ringspun yarns to begin using as filling options later this year, with the potential of running this yarn as warp sometime in 2023.  

Thanks for reading.

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2022 at 4:14am
Howdy Folks, here's the latest updates from Proximity Mfg. in Greensboro, NC:

-003 Hardenco Right Hand Twill, Left Hand Twill, Mixed Twill, and Broken Twill sample production is now complete.  Boil-shrink testing has begun for volume loss assessments to aid in sizing, and e-Commerce photography will begin shortly to get this prepared for a Fall '22 launch of the four (4) 5-pocket bottoms.  
-Tellason will soon be releasing another product made from our cloth, this time in one of their best-selling fits.
-Opie Way has now successfully launched all four (4) sneakers in the Weft Out series.  The colors available are turquoise, purple, yellow gold, and orange.  We will continue to produce more varietal offerings for this project in the future.  There are still a few new products that will release before year's end, and we encourage you to follow along for their release announcements on social media.
-Runabout Goods' Brander Jacket is still being made to order as they are selling, and Edwin has put some serious wear and tear on his, as has Austin, for those who follow them both on forums and social media.  
-We are working with several new customers, using new warp shades, yarn weights, and filling yarn options, with more information to come on these projects as we progress into late Summer/early Fall.
-We should be receiving our first shipment of US-grown, cleaned and degummed textile fiber hemp, for blending and spinning into packaged yarns in the next business week, and will begin test weaving with this yarn in the next 2-3 months.  There is a lot of interest in hemp fiber, and we are pursuing several projects as a first-mover to use the correctly sourced, correctly processed fibers in combination with others to build sturdy, performing yarns to use in the cloths we produce.  More to come on this!
-Currently, we are weaving broken twill and left hand twill, both filled with dark tan, to complete several ongoing projects.
-There are still two spots left for the October Denim 101 class, for those interested in attending.

Thank you for reading, and for your support.

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 02 Nov 2022 at 5:14pm
Here are just a few more updates, as it's been since late July since my last post here.  Yes, we're still running our operation, and have produced over two dozen different constructions of denim since our launch in March 2021.  Here's what's new:

-HARDENCO 003 production is underway, their fabric arrived this week via freight.  These should be available for purchase through HARDENCO website and Hudson's Hill website sometime in early December.  Three fabric options:  Right Hand Twill Grey Filled, Left Hand Twill Double Indigo, Broken Twill Tan Jute Filled.  The 003 is a vintage fit with a higher rise than their 006, slightly relaxed to compensate for shrinkage of the unsanforized cloth.  More details to come.
-Production just completed for another USA-made brand in a broken twill with a Royal Blue package dyed filling.  They will be releasing a jacket sometime later this year or early next using this cloth.
-R&D projects have completed using some of the first correctly processed US-grown hemp, built into several proprietary yarns with custom TM and TPI, plying, staple length and denier all developed internally in tandem with a sample laboratory and two other companies.  We will begin working toward commercializing some of these yarns for full-scale production levels by 2023.  We are grateful for the opportunity to experiment with first-movers in the hemp industry, and look to apply this technology to a classic product, creating opportunity for anti-odor, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial fabric properties in a way that doesn't detract from the aesthetic of denim.
-We recently finished an R&D project using the first bio-based indigo dye applied to yarn.  It produced a beautiiful cloth shade similar to Salty Dog, a product of Canton Mills in the middle of the 20th century.
-We will begin test weaving with pineapple husk fiber content yarn in the near future, and will report back.  This is an alternative fiber content yarn developed and produced in Spain.  This is our first non-domestic experiment.
-We look forward to expanding some of our production capabilities into plain weave, and anticipate producing some canvas options early next year.
-We recently conducted two more Denim 101 programs, with sold out attendance.  Last week we hosted in-industry students with attendees from Levi Strauss, Wrangler, Lee, and Interloop, and had speakers from Cotton, Inc., Cone Denim, Cotton of The Carolinas, Goodwill of The Triad, and Blue Jeans Go Green.  This week's program was sponsored by North Carolina Public Schools, and consisted of teachers from across the state that teach fashion and apparel studies at their respective schools.  Next year's courses are set for March and September, with the March class already sold out.  The September class dates are being finalized, but we expect it will book in full within a few days of opening up seats.

Thank you for reading and following our journey, as well as those of you supporting the small brands that give us business to keep us in operation.  

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2023 at 11:07am
A few more updates to share:

--Hardenco 003 jeans have launched in two of three fabric options to start:  
                                                -Right Hand Twill 3/1 (Dark Grey Ringspun Fill)
                                                -Left Hand Twill 3/1 (Indigo Fill)
--Stocktank Supply Co. will soon be releasing products in their proprietary broken twill, constructed with indigo warp and a package dyed royal blue fill.
--We have sewn garment samples of blended fiber r&d fabrics completing this week.  Based on weaving observations, we will re-trial fiber blend yarn development beginning end of this month, likely with the yarn development and spinning set to complete end of March/early April.  We will redo test weaving and observe the production quality.  Our aim is to develop several new technology yarns, using combinations of PET with Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (FSHE), US-grown degummed Hemp, and US-grown long staple cotton.  
     -On 10/20/22 and 10/24/22 we wove the first power loomed fabric  in North America using US-grown, degummed hemp.  
--We will be engaging in anaerobic dyestuff application projects, fiber dyeing, khadyonics, and fiber blending projects in 2023.  
--Our Denim 101 program for March 2023 is sold out, but there are places available for October 2023.  See" rel="nofollow - to sign up or learn more.
--Our participation in a Discovery Channel show should having an airing date to announce in the near future.  
--We are currently weaving double indigo broken twill with a redline selvage, and a 3/1 right hand twill with redline selvage.  

Thank you for keeping up with our journey, and supporting the small brands that are buying our fabric and helping sustain our start-up enterprise.

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: shredwin_206
Date Posted: 23 Jun 2023 at 5:45am

My beat to piss Runabout Goods Brander made with Proximity Denim

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 13 Jul 2023 at 4:06am
My apologies for a lack of updates on PMC activity.  We have been busy, weaving R&D projects, working on new production runs for brands, and building the backend of the business.  

We are headed to Kingpins NYC next week, where we will be set up showcasing A LOOMSTATE OF MIND.   If you are in the greater New York area, this is a great opportunity to see the cloth we produce, and we will be selling by the yard some rolls that we specifically produced for the show, no minimums. 

If you're not attending Kingpins, but in the greater NYC area, we will be in the city all week with examples of product we readily produce, and will have some small rolls for sale, an anomaly of our made-to-order business model, but one we thought fruitful.

Proximity Manufacturing Company 

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2023 at 5:54am
General Updates:  We've been working with several small businesses on their initial orders, and will be excited to share what various brands and start-ups are making with our cloth.  

We've been actively producing broken twill and right hand twill with a variety of nuanced differences in design.

Last month we wrapped up sampling with USA-grown and spun cotton/hemp blend yarns.  These yarns were all produced right here in NC, and we have since produced the first collection of sample garments for the sponsoring company, including jeans, skirts, jackets, hats, and sneakers, all designed, cut, and sewn on the east coast in the USA.  

Additionally, we have been test weaving with three different styles and blends of Sally Fox's naturally colored cotton yarns.  These are unique, and have a lot of potential for future production use.

Working on getting plain weave cams and change gears for 2024, as well as a few new warp weights to expand our offerings.

Winter restock is in the works on HARDENCO x HH 003 jeans in the three existing styles, along with a double knee work jean, and a maxi skirt.  

Cut and sewed some chore coats with raglan sleeves based on a 1940's pattern last month, in two sizes, and put them in Hudson's Hill, which now has three fabric variation of 5-pocket jeans, zip pouches, tote bags, hooded parkas, and the aforementioned chore coats, all made using Proximity Denims.  For folks not ordering cloth directly from us (B2B), it's a good opportunity to show the cloth in garment form in-person.  

Stocktank Supply has been selling through their Royal Blue broken twill jeans and jackets, and is hosting The Shindig coming up soon with a variety of other small west coast-based brands.  Should be a good opportunity to see product in-person for folks on the other side of the pond.

Last thing for now, we have been filling up our Denim 101 class for March 12-13, 2024, and I can let you in on a bit of insider information:  Tracy Panek, historian of Levi Strauss & Co. will be attending this particular course, and we've asked that she be our guest speaker during our social evening on the 12th.  Should be a great opportunity to learn about the history of their brand, and perhaps she'll even bring some items with her, but no promises on that.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the denim-bros and denim-sis' out there!

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 15 Dec 2023 at 7:21am
One last update for the year:

We are releasing a double knee version of the 003 fit in a dark tan filling version of our broken twill, in collaboration with Hudson's Hill and HARDENCO, tomorrow 12.16.23 at 9am eastern time.  Exclusively releasing on the Hudson's Hill website tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we're working on configuring the looms to run canvas and duck for 2024, as well as continuing to service customers with some classic 3/1 fabrics.  

Happy Holidays.

Proximity Manufacturing Company

Posted By: gcdrygoodsco
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2024 at 11:30am
It's been a while since the last update.  We've been busy, working on several yarn development projects as well as some different future constructions, while weaving several private label orders.  

Currently producing some custom dark tan filled broken twill for a start-up brand out of Colorado, while planning out our next warp turnover.  Both looms have been humming along, and a colleague recently allowed us to make the acquisition of a little over two dozen additional weaving machines.  

We've been busy receiving the machines, and will begin selecting a few with the same frame width to get refurbished and brought online.  

Next month we will have our 9th Denim 101 class with our parent organization, White Oak Legacy Foundation, during which class Tracey Panek of Levi Strauss & Co. will be attending, and giving a talk during our social evening (March 12 5-7pm at the 1250 Gallery of Revolution Mill OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) about the history of Levi and its connection to Greensboro.  

There are a few spots in the class that recently opened up due to some folks from PD teams across the country having schedule conflicts, so if anyone is interested, you can check out the program and sign-up through the WOLF website (  

Last month we went to Kingpins NYC, showcasing some products from brands that have manufactured garments and accessories using our cloth.  Opie Way, another NC manufacturer, attended the show with us, releasing their denim high-top sneakers at the show on the first day.  They recently released the denim version online as of last week.  

For those involved in the needle trade, it is at these tradeshows only where we will bring a few rolls of cloth and sell it by the yard, otherwise we have MOQ of 400 yards.  For small brands reading this, we will bifurcate an order of 400y into two styles, depending on filling yarns we have in quick inventory.  

We expect to broaden our cloth offering this year by building two new constructions, one with a heavyweight appeal and one with more of a shirting weight.  I look forward to writing an update that confirms this plan's realization in a few months' time.

We will try to put a few smaller items online sometime in the summer, so that folks who wish to support us but do not buy cloth can help keep us going.  If donating in support of our effort is of your interest, you can also donate directly to WOLF through the website mentioned above.

As I write this update, I reflect back and think it is amazing to know that we're starting on our fourth year of weaving, having begun in January of 2021, and our drive and steadfastness to preserve the trade in our city for its 128th consecutive year remains strong.  Thank you for your support and thank you to all who have taken the time to read these posts.  

Proximity Manufacturing Company

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