Based: Raleigh, NC
Description: Husband and wife team, Victor Lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough started Raleigh Denim Workshop in 2007 in their hometown, Raleigh, NC. They learned the history and techniques of traditional american jeans making through a series of informal apprenticeships with former factory workers, pattern makers, and mechanics throughout the state.
Sources: Raleigh Denim lists the fabric of each item. To increase transparency, Raleigh Denim could list their fabric sources.
Social Responsibility: Raleigh Denim jeans, collection and accessories are all produced in the USA.
Denim brands are widely known for using chemical dyes. A compelling reason to buy American made jeans is that the United States has regulations around the use and discarding of toxic chemicals. This is not to say that U.S. workers are not exposed to toxins, but the probability is less. You will lower the probability even more if you do a little research into the brands from which you buy.
There is hope in the greening of jean manufacturing. Denim companies started slowly realizing that their processes were actually killing people. While many still ignore the facts, there are now many companies changing old ways.
While it is ultimately the responsibility of denim manufacturers, the consumer also has a critical part in this transformation. When consumers demand change as a collective, companies often change their ways out of necessity, not necessarily by choice. The fact is that today it is possible to create the same product at the same price using more eco-friendly processes. Consumers and brands need to be educated on the outcome of not moving to new processes.