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    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 (wolfdenim.org).  

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.  


Sincerely,
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gcdrygoodsco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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.

Sincerely,
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote gcdrygoodsco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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!

Sincerely,
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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.

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My beat to piss Runabout Goods Brander made with Proximity Denim
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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 www.wolfdenim.org/denim-101 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.

Sincerely,
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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.  

Sincerely,
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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.

Sincerely,
Proximity Manufacturing Company

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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:

@proximitymfg

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:


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.

Sincerely,
Proximity Manufacturing Company

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