HILDEBRAN, N.C. — In this quiet, scenic little town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a Canadian legwear manufacturer is renovating an old hosiery factory into a state-of-the-art facility that encompasses and symbolizes the resurgence of the Made in America movement.
The Richelieu Group, based in Montreal, acquired selected assets of International Legwear Group in 2011 and hired 45 members of the firm’s workforce. Richelieu has set up its U.S.-based operations in Hildebran and employs more than 60 people, many of whom had worked for ILG for years and thought their jobs were disappearing.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"