As of Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The North Face, the venerable outdoor label that makes you think of clothing for mountain climbing and hiking, has spent the last few years working on a few collections that were entirely sourced in California.
The first collection concentrated on resources within a 150-mile radius of its headquarters in Alameda, Calif. This time it came to Southern California for its suppliers.
For its collection of T-shirts, hoodies and pullovers that retail for $40 to $90, the cotton came from the United States. Then the cotton was ginned in California and Arizona and spun into yarn.
After that, it was dyed by Care-Tex Industries in South Gate and cut and sewn into tops by JC Industries, which started out as a trim supplier some 40 years ago and expanded into manufacturing. It is now located in a large facility in Montebello, Calif.
In November 2014, The North Face set out to design its first all-cotton hoodie that was grown, designed, cut and sewn in northern California. That collection was a single-color, unisex hoodie. This year, the collection has expanded styles and is offered in more than eight colors.