Last week we ventured down to Raleigh, NC to meet with two new manufacturers. The first: a dye house located just outside of downtown that will give us the ability to create some custom colors that are completely unique to Great Lakes. Chuck, the owner, uses several steps to first create the color dye, soften the fabric with enzymes and finally garment wash the shirt to create an incredibly soft feel. The tees are then dried in industrial sized machines, which eliminates any potential shrinkage. We were surprised to find products for Nike, Anthropologie and Marc Jacobs lying around. Working with the dye house has given us the ability to recreate the Sunwashed colors of our favorite shirts as kids and we couldn't be happier with the results.
We then met with Brian, the president of two manufacturing plants in NC. He was nice enough to give us the grand tour of both his plants. We began at the very first stages of production: the cotton fields. Brian is working with us to create an entirely new line of t-shirts built from the ground up. We’ve chosen a mid-weight fabric that will serve as the base for every shirt. The cotton will be ringspun and put through the combing process to create that ultra soft feel our products are known for. We’re most excited for the long-sleeved pocket shirts and heavyweight crew neck sweatshirts.
After our busy day we met up with some friends to enjoy the Raleigh night life (and plenty of craft beers).
Overall it was a productive trip for GL. We're very excited to work with our new manufacturers and continue to provide premium, American made products.
Spencer + David