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    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.

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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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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Making good progress with the jacket. Nice and hairy denim
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it's beautiful!
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Who says the Brander Jacket isn’t workwear!?
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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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My Brander jacket arrived yesterday. Fit photos to come later on.
Incredible jacket. Packed with details. Great job Mike & Evan and everyone else involved.
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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!

Sincerely,
Proximity Mfg. Co.




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