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American Woolen Company

Producers of the world's finest wool and worsted cloth.
Stafford Springs, CT
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American Woolen Company

Introducing
The Fall Collection

For over a century American Woolen Company has been an important name in the story of American textiles. We have provided the best fabrics in the world so other makers can create beautiful clothes. Today we join them. Introducing our luxury apparel line.

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100 Years of
American Wool

American Woolen Company is an important name in the story of American textiles. Founded in 1899 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, American Woolen Company was the world’s largest wool manufacturer in the early part of the 20th century.

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100 Years of
American Wool

American Woolen Company is an important name in the story of American textiles. Founded in 1899 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, American Woolen Company was the world’s largest wool fabric manufacturer in the early part of the 20th century.

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Our Values

American Woolen Company is defining a new American Luxury. It is not merely that our fabric and garments are made in America. We are preserving centuries old craftsmanship and carving out an authentic American style.

          1719

          1719

          Warren Mill is located in the center of Stafford Springs, a small town in the corner of northeastern CT. Originally settled in 1719 by settlers devoted to cultivation of their land.

          1765

          1765

          By 1765 the town was famous for its natural mineral springs. After the Revolution, visitors came from all over the world to drink the iron and sulphur waters.

          1853

          1853

          Founded in 1853, Warren Mills would go on to become America’s most prominent manufacturer of fine camel hair and cashmere woolen fabrics.

          1899

          1899

          Founded in 1899 in Lawrence Massachusetts, American Woolen Company was the world’s largest wool fabric manufacturer in the early part of the 20th century.

          1988

          1988

          In 1988, famed Italian luxury goods group, Loro Piana, purchased the mill and invested a considerable amount of money to expand and upgrade its facilities, effectively creating America’s only premium quality wool mill.

          2014

          2014

          In 2014, the new American Woolen Company purchased the historic Warren Mills, the only remaining U.S. mill capable of producing the highest qualities of both worsted and woolen cloth.

          2017

          2017

          In 2017 American Woolen Company launched its first luxury garment collection with a commitment to preserving the craft and defining an authentic American style.

            Our Process

            American Woolen company has 3rd and 4th generation employees who have passed down their craft over the decades. There is dedication to creating a superior finished product during every step. It is precisely these skills and knowledge, along with a meticulous attention to detail, that make our fabrics the finest in the world.

            Fiber To Yarn

            Step 01 Fiber Dyeing
            Step 02 Blending
            Step 03 Carding
            Step 04 Spinning
            Step 05 Coning

            Yarn to Fabric

            Step 06 Dressing/Warping
            Step 07 Drawing-in
            Step 08 Weaving
            Step 09 Greige Mending

            Fabric To Garment

            Step 10 Finishing
            Step 11 Fine Mending
            Step 12 Fine Control
            Step 13 Cut & Sew Garments

            Fiber to Yarn

            We start by dyeing the raw fiber to the desired shade which is the superior way toachieve lasting color. We then blend the fibers to achieve the desired content such as 100% wool, 90/10 wool/cashmere, or any other combination. From here we move to carding where we reduce the thickness of the wool fiber to make a fine roving suitable for spinning into yarn. During the spinning process, we draw that roving out to about 20 times its original length and then twist it to make yarn strong enough for weaving. Last, we transfer the yarn onto large cones and ensure that it is perfect before moving on to the next process.

            Fiber Dyeing / Blending / Carding / Spinning / Coning

            Yarn to Fabric

            Through the highly skilled process of Dressing/Warping, yarns are organized in a very specific order on a large dressing creel.  Next is the Drawing-in process where the warp beam is prepared for the loom by manually drawing in the frame to control the weave pattern.  Now weaving, where woven fabrics are formed by the interlacing of warp yarns which are set length ways on the machine, and a weft yarn which is inserted, usually at right angles, to the warp.  Next, an important step in quality control, Greige Mending, where impurities are removed by hand from the raw, unfinished, woven fabric.

            Dressing/Warping / Drawing-in / Weaving / Greige Mending

            Fabric To Garment

            We begin the finishing process by transforming the cloth into a useable material. Both a science and an art, it is up to a highly skilled technician using a combination of 12 different processes involving heat, steam, chemical or water treatments to bring the cloth to life. Next we move on to fine mending where we analyze the fabric inch by inch and remove minor flaws and impurities that were not visible prior to finishing. Final Control is the last step before leaving the mill. Every yard of fabric is meticulously inspected 4 times before it is packaged for shipping. From here the final samples are put in to production for the consumer market.

            Finishing / Fine Mending / Fine Control / Cut & Sew Garments

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