Cone White Oak, an American Selvedge Denim Mill, Is Closing For Good
Cone White Oak Denim is unique in its own way, possessing certain innovative and stylistic qualities not seen in a lot of denim today.
As distinctive as this denim may be, the Cone Mills White Oak Plant in Greensboro, North Carolina will officially be ceasing operations on December 31, 2017, after 117 years of business.
History Of The Cone Mills White Oak Plant
The White Oak Plant has been in continuous operation since 1905, so shutting its doors in December will be difficult for many denim lovers to accept. The mill has continued the manufacturing tradition by producing numerous runs of cotton fabric in all kinds of variations. Arrays of American-made jeans, ranging from Levi’s Vintage to Tellason or Baldwin, are ultimately made up of denim that comes from Cone.
What Makes Cone Mills So Special?
Other than the ability to produce crisp selvedge jeans, the fabrics at Cone Mills White Oak Plant have been made by utilizing the same shuttles the company has used since opening. This results in denims with a slubbier texture in comparison to the modern techniques that are used by manufacturers today.
What Does This Mean For The Future Of Selvedge Denim?
While it is certainly clear Cone White Oak Denim has remained a significant part of many denim enthusiasts lives, white oak denim will still be available to consumers to purchase through other denim suppliers until they officially cease operations.
Those brands who pride themselves on providing completely USA made products may have to adjust themselves. We are unsure of how the market will be impacted in terms of cost to the consumer, but chances are that prices for selvedge denim will increase at least a small amount.
Pacific Blue Denims has a stock of Cone White Oak Denim available for purchase- but thanks to the scarcity of the product, it will be going quick! Stock up now before we no longer are able to supply it.