I’m reviewing some old posts about a few of our first Archival factory visits to Columbiaknit here and here. At the time, around 2010, we were working with Portland brand Winn Perry on a line of made in USA, cotton t-shirts and rugby jerseys. These products marked our first move into apparel from bags (our first, the Archival Plain Musettes).
At the time of our factory tour, Columbiaknit was well known for the rugby jerseys they the licensed for partner brands like Lands End and LL Bean. Later, we made our own Archival Rugby jersey.
Even in 2010, it seemed liked US manufacturing was in its Cadillac desert phase: most of the places we visited were filled with old boxes of unsold goods, machines in need of parts and archival mounds of fabric rolls.