The mak­ing of an Amer­i­can t-shirt

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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.

Oh my dar­ling, Clementine...

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