By  on September 6, 2017

At the height of textile and apparel manufacturing in the U.S., New Bedford, Mass., was home to one of the largest concentrations of mills in the country. Its cut-and-sew labor force was highly skilled, and the products turned out were considered to be of the highest quality.

Today, many of the mills still stand — as relics. There is only a handful of apparel-makers left in the city, which includes Joseph Abboud Manufacturing. Another facility, Darn It Inc., was a family run apparel maker that, in 1996, transformed its business to meet the needs of retailers, wholesalers and brands that sourced products overseas and required repairs and repackaging for the U.S. market.

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