Denim Dictionary: Cone Mills
Two brothers started Cone Mills, originally producing flannel and denim for work clothes. Cone Mills started producing denim in 1895 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company started supplying denim for Levi’s jeans in 1910 and become the exclusive supplier for the Levi’s 501 in 1922. Cone Mills is still one of the world’s biggest denim manufacturers.
If it’s inspiration you’re after, Cone Denim’s archive and design studio at White Oak, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, offers folks the opportunity to step foot into our denim mill and revisit fabrics of the past. Open since 2005, it houses the original set of “1909 Mill Tour”stereographs capturing the original denim manufacturing process.
Old fabric constructions, ledgers and swatch books offer designers and visitors inspiration and a glimpse into Cone Denim’s vast history. Last but not least, it’s also home to the “Found” collection of over 40 garments dating back to the turn of the century with original Cone co-branded labels.