It's been awhile since I last wrote. So much going on!
The Big News
We have added a new partner brand! Woolrich has started supplying ReFleece with material, damaged garments, other other textile scraps that would otherwise have gone to waste. So we are now ReFleece-ing good old wool fleece as well as the PET fleece from our original partners, Patagonia® and Polartec®. And it's BEAUTIFUL!!!
Part of the reason we have been absent from the virtual world for awhile has been all of the traveling in the real world we've done with ReFleece this spring and summer. And one of our favorite trips was to Woolrich, Pennsylvania, to meet with the good folks there, and tour the oldest continuously operating woolen mill in the USA.
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Spools of thread, waiting to be dyed[/caption]
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Dyed wool thread, on the way to being woven[/caption]
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Woolrich Plant Manager Rob, our fearless tour guide[/caption]
Not only was the tour of the mill amazing, it was terrific to visit a town where an American company has maintained a presence for over 150 years. One of my favorite parts was seeing the houses that line the streets leading up to the mill, which were built by employees during the Depression, in order to keep them employed when work was scarce. It reminded me of the stories about when Malden Mills, the original maker of Polartec fleece, decided to keep all employees on payroll
after the factory burned down in 1995. Sam and I were working at Patagonia at the time, and the story made a big impression on us about what it means to be a responsible business.
Available in stores (we will post locations on our website
) starting in fall of 2013, the Woolrich cases will be tagged with their company of origin, but you can spot them easily by the iconic wool patterns on the outside.
And last but not least, a tip of the hat to rural Pennsylvania. We had a beautiful drive down and back, and saw bits of America along the way that sometimes we miss holed up in front of our screens in Boston. Looking forward to the next visit this fall, when leaves will be turning, and we'll make time for those prime local stops we missed the first time, like this one.
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