International Textile Group, the parent company of Cone Denim, announced it will cease operations and close its Cone Denim White Oak mill after more than 110 years of production, effective Dec. 31. The firm said its Greensboro, N.C. plant was affected by changes in market demands, namely fabric sourcing outside the U.S., which resulted in considerably reduced order volumes.
The White Oak mill produced denim exclusively since it began in 1905 and was well-known for its Forties vintage American Draper X3 shuttle looms that manufactured its vintage selvage denim. The firm operates facilities in Mexico and China, as well as its Cone 3D Research and Development incubator, which focuses on advances in performance and sustainable denim fabrics.
Ralph Lauren can add a new notch to his leather belt: Honorary Knighthood. A representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present the honor to the iconic American designer at a ceremony next year, reports @lisajlockwood . #wwdnews
Cosmetics entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury came face to face with one of her inspirations when Queen Elizabeth handed her an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at Buckingham Palace earlier today. #wwdbeauty
Stella McCartney has been designing wedding looks for customers, friends, family — and herself — for years.
And now, leveraging the success of the dress she designed for the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception in May, McCartney is launching, Made with Love, a bridal line including eight dresses and an ivory tuxedo, reports @natalietheodosi . “I feel very protective over the bride, because I know what it was like when I got married, and for me to do my own wedding dress. There are moments that are so personal and private, so emotional and loaded with many different issues,” McCartney told WWD in an interview in June. “I think we are really blessed to have the emotional trust with a woman. She’ll come in and feel the love that we put into everything. What she chooses can be conventional or unconventional. It’s a personal experience.” #wwdnews