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Vision: US Textile Apparel Ecosystem

Jacob Long President of American Woolen Company

Jacob Long

President of American Woolen Company

Meet Jacob

What started as an idea to reopen a shuttered wool mill in Connecticut’s quiet corner became a mission to preserve the art and craft of fine textile manufacturing in New England and build a regional textile and apparel ecosystem that would serve as the blueprint to revive America’s challenged textile and apparel industry.

In 2014, Jacob formed an investment group backed by friends and family and financed the purchase of the Warren mill complex from a prominent Italian based luxury soft goods specialist. Based in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, the Warren mill was renowned to be America’s finest wool textile operation.

Having spent the previous 20 years working across Europe, I saw how craft manufacturing restored communities and gave meaning to local traditions. Although higher cost structures made European craft manufactures less efficient, they were very effective at turning a commodity product into a specialty product and building markets to support their craft.  

The first years were tough. The larger American apparel brands informed us that they preferred to purchase textiles and apparel from European and/or Asian suppliers. We were told that we are wasting our time and that Americans do not know how to make premium quality soft goods: “Americans are consumers, not producers”. But we knew that we were doing the right thing. 

Ten years into the adventure, and we are just getting started.

Textile/Apparel Ecosystem

American Woolen is replicating craft manufacturing through the design and manufacture of wool textiles and apparel that represent the best of New England. As the nucleus of this new approach, American Woolen is rebuilding regional textile and apparel ecosystems that preserve the craft and foster economic and social growth. 

Local manufacturing systems are being reformatted and regional material/fiber systems are being restored. We are showing how extended global supply chains within textiles and apparel are a thing of the past and that there is a better way forward.

Explore the map to discover our Northeast regional textile/apparel/accessories ecosystem.

Since 1933, New England Shirt has been a designer and craft manufacturer of classic and casual shirting and trousers.



www.newenglandshirtco.com 

United Sewing designs and manufactures short-run coating, shirting, and sportswear.  

 

www.unitedsewinganddesign.com   

Dow Cover is a premium designer and manufacturer of bags handbags, blankets, and other accessories.

 

www.dowcover.com  

Since its founding in 1987, Ferrara Manufacturing is a leading designer and manufacturer of finely tailored clothing.

 

www.ferraramfg.com  

Founded in 1899, American Woolen designs and manufactures fine worsted and luxurious woolen cloth.

 

www.americanwoolen.com  

 

Since 1933, New England Shirt has been a designer and craft manufacturer of classic and casual shirting and trousers.



www.newenglandshirtco.com 

United Sewing designs and manufactures short-run coating, shirting, and sportswear.  

 

www.unitedsewinganddesign.com   

Dow Cover is a premium designer and manufacturer of bags handbags, blankets, and other accessories.

 

www.dowcover.com  

Since its founding in 1987, Ferrara Manufacturing is a leading designer and manufacturer of finely tailored clothing.

 

www.ferraramfg.com  

Founded in 1899, American Woolen designs and manufactures fine worsted and luxurious woolen cloth.

 

www.americanwoolen.com  

 

For over 150 years, Stafford Springs served as an important destination for the design and manufacture of fine cloth. Join us on this journey to reconstruct America’s textile and apparel industry and build stronger communities.

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