I had the chance to peer out across the way into the Hartford Denim’s 4th floor Arbor Street studio recently. From where I was standing, it looked like a busy outfit (with things hanging from the ceiling and busy bodies moving through out the space), reminiscent of the times when manufacturing ran Connecticut. I noted that one day soon that I needed to visit the fellows to see exactly what they were churning out in their work space and maybe perhaps pen a post for my blog. But I was overly surprised when I stumbled across this story in the Hartford Courant last week regarding Hartford Denim’s collaboration with Timberland.
According to the Courant, the three co-founders and partners use vintage sewing machines to hand make the denim that is made from 11 oz. indigo dyed cotton duck made in North Carolina. They also use copper rivets that are hand-cut and peened which line the back pockets. All that hand made craftmanship comes at a price, however. Hartford Denim retails for $250 to $360 according to the Courant. The Timberland pair will set you back $298. Still, I am happy for these guys, not only because this is kind of putting Connecticut on the fashion map, but also because of their dedication to reviving manufacturing in this state and also saving “Made In The USA”.
You can read the full story here.