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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gcdrygoodsco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Mar 2022 at 4:01am
Edwin,

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.

Sincerely,
Proximity Manufacturing Company
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Who says the Brander Jacket isn’t workwear!?
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it's beautiful!
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Making good progress with the jacket. Nice and hairy denim
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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.

Sincerely,
Proximity Manufacturing Company




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