The making of an American t-shirt
It took a fair amount of sheer grit and determination and one year for Grace Gouin and Mariano deGuzman, cofounders of the all-American outdoor apparel company Appalatch, to link a U.S. supply chain from sheep to shirt.
Here’s how an 18.5 micron, made-inthe-USA t-shirt comes to be:
1. Rambouillet wool is procured from Helle and several ranches in Montana. To date, Appalatch has purchased about 2,000 pounds of American-raised wool.
2. Wool is washed and combed at Chargeurs Wool USA in Jamestown, South Carolina. 3. Wool is recombed and spun at Kentwool in Pickens, South Carolina. 4. Yarn is manufactured into knit fabric at Alamac in Lumberton, North Carolina. 5. Bolts of fabric are shipped to Appalatch in Asheville, North Carolina, which then delivers the fabric to Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned cut-and-sew company in Morgantown, North Carolina, which makes the t-shirts. 6. Shirts are sent to Tumbling Colors in Raleigh, North Carolina where they are garment dyed. 7. Newly dyed shirts are sent to TS Designs in Burlington, North Carolina, where they are printed with the label Appalatch Outdoor Apparel Company, Made in the USA.
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