“I like the idea of people buying less things, but buying better things. Instead of buying two pairs of jeans that aren’t as high of quality, buying one pair and wearing it more often. That kind of philosophy drives a lot of what we do for our brand and what we do in our stores.” -Victor Lytvinenko, Co-founder of Raleigh Denim
Check out this fascinating interview with the founders of Raleigh Denim to see a company that is sustaining liberty with their practices:
This is sustainability that leads to independence. If all of the domestic clothing designers would return to this philosophy and return to domestic textile manufacturing, then it wouldn’t cost $285 for a pair of hand-sewn jeans.
Also, notice the sewing machines! These aren’t the newest latest computerized plasticized sewing machine. These are true pieces of machining artistry. Little surprise then that the clothes they produce are pieces of art.
“We’re kind of using these older style things, older building blocks with the fabric, the machines, with the way that we construct them, to create something new, with more modern fits, more modern detailing. Our button-hole machine is from 1940. Our hemming machines are from the 1920s. In the beginning we used older machines because that’s all we could afford and they break all the time and it was really labor intensive but over time we fell in love with them and it’s really beautiful to be using such well-crafted things to hopefully well-craft our jeans.”
Key points: “It was really labor intensive… and it’s really beautiful…well-crafted”. You can’t get something of value for nothing. Any return worth noting in your life’s ledger will require an initial sweat investment.
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