Raleigh Denim: Sustainably Stitched Jeans

raleigh denim founders photo

Raleigh Denim Co-founders Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko. Credit: Nick Pironio, Via Eco-Chick

Flipping through the glossies today at Barnes & Noble I happened upon a write-up on sustainable jeans company Raleigh Denim in Nylon Mag's November Issue--Starre Vartan covered them on Eco-Chick back in October. Co-founders Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko hand stitch the limited quantity jeans made from locally sourced raw materials in North Carolina: Nylon Mag reports, below.

All of the raw materials come from within 200 miles of Raleigh, and the selvage denim is woven on the same shuttle looms responsible for the original Levi's (the couple took over an abandoned factory once operated by the jeans giant)...Every pair of jeans that finds its way onto store shelves has been designed, sewn, washed, and finished under one roof by the duo.

The handmade jeans have unique details--furthering the connection between wearer and garment--such as red stitching on the interior and an x-ray hip bone print on the inside pockets. Consumers can also rest assured that the next pedestrian will not be outfitted in this particular denim pair; the line is limited to 500, split between men's and women's. Co-founder Victor Lytvinenko tells Nylon Mag, "We don't want [the brand] to get too big. We're always going to make everything, so once we hit our capacity, that's it." :: NYLON MAG.

raleigh denim sewing machine photo

Denim sewing machines used at the factory. Credit: Nick Pironio, Via Eco-Chick

The jeans are sold exclusively at Barney's, visit Raleigh Denim for locations.

Read Starre Vartan's coverage on Eco-Chick.

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