We source our fabrics from the most prestigious denim mills in the industry. On our product pages, we specify which mill we selected the fabric from for all our jeans.
Founded 110 years ago, this is one of the oldest manufactures of Japanese textiles today. Kurabo Mills is often considered the birthplace of Japanese selvedge denim and to this day continues to produce the highest quality selvedge denim, earning them the respect of Japanese selvedge enthusiasts around the world. It was one of the first mills to specialise in natural indigo denim. Their dyeing process has been tried and tested for over a century and is of the highest quality. The unique denim spinning and dyeing process create a very resilient denim with completely unique fading patterns, resulting in denim as individual as the person wearing it.
The Kuroki Mill, located in Okayama, Japan has been active since 1950, when the mill first started to manufacture and sell cotton fabrics for clothing and for industrial use. By the 1970s, Kuroki switched entirely over to denim production and the mill is currently considered one of the best and most respected ones in Japan. The company is divided into three parts which focus on different stages of production: The first is where denim is dyed and sized, the next where the denim is woven on shuttle looms, which create the selvedge edge lines and in the last department, some of the denim is finished and washed, while the rest of it is sold raw.
The Cone Mill, based in Greensboro, North Carolina was originally established in 1981 as a textile manufacturing plant primarily producing flannels. This changed in 1905 when they began to manufacture selvedge denim using traditional shuttle looms, some of which are still in use today. By 1908, the company was the largest denim manufacturer in the world as well as a world leader in textile manufacturing throughout most of the 20th century. Today, the company’s signature selvedge denim continues to be woven on American Draper x3 fly shuttle looms dating back from the 1940s. Cone’s philosophy is clear: to be focused on effectively serving the worldwide market with quality products.
Candiani Denim was established in 1938 in a tiny town near Milano and is a family-run company ever since. In 75 years of experience, the enterprise grew to become the world’s finest and most sustainable denim mill creating the fabrics that gave birth to the Premium Denim Industry. Candiani firmly believes in the importance of ‘Made in Italy’. Sustainability and Innovation are their values which are deeply woven into each fabric, adding inimitable quality and uniqueness to it. Today, Candiani is known as the greenest textile company in the denim world and produces for the most prestigious names in the market.
NIHON MENPU MILL
Located in the mountains of Okayama, arguably one of the best denim producers in the region lies Nihon Menpu, a mill with a history stretching back over 90 years, specializing in dougi fabrics, and traditional Japanese textiles. They are synonymous with denim, and the highest quality cotton textiles. This prestigious mill has worked with a number of luxury brands and carries a strong heritage. Most of Japan’s selvedge denim is made on Toyoda looms dating from the 1950s or 60s. Nihon Menpu is proud to have and still use over 70 of these looms. They also produce on the 20 Model G from the 1920s and this machinery is what makes Japanese selvedge so individual and special. Nihon Menpu’s denim begins as unprocessed cotton threads which are then dipped into vats of indigo dye, made from the mill’s secret mixture of pigments and then woven into bolts of fabric on slow, narrow looms.
Since its inception, Orta has been weaving a denim heritage passed from generation to generation. Founded in 1953, Orta transformed from a spinning & weaving company to a denim manufacturer in 1985. Today, the mill produces over 60 million meters of denim per year and creates 700 different fabrics for brands that range from fast fashion to designer labels. Though many international mills have struggled to break into the U.S. market, Orta has developed a large American business, sourcing big key American brands and is known as one of the major innovation leaders of jeans and sportswear worldwide.