What’s your story?
Harvest & Mill started as a project to create a t-shirt that was entirely Made in the USA with organic cotton and sewn locally here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through that, we discovered that the process of making clothing – from the farm to the sewing factory – is fascinating, largely invisible but affects our communities and our environment in major ways. The deeper down the rabbit hole we got, we just fell in love with the whole process and the potential for fashion to have real positive effects on our world. In 2012, we started making custom clothing and then shortly after launched our clothing line, always with the same organic cotton and fully USA supply chain.
What is your “why”?
When we started in 2012, we realized most clothing is made through the same impersonal international supply chains and no one was really localizing fashion supply chains or paying attention to the incredible craftspeople, organic farmers, and textile infrastructure we have in our local communities in the USA.
As we learned about the process, we met incredible people who are passionate about American heritage manufacturing and realized that we could actually create clothing and rebuild supply chains in the USA that have a positive effect on our communities, plus that same process is actually more environmentally sustainable. Our process of making clothing involves collaborations with organic farmers, textile engineers, multi-generation mill owners, highly skilled local seamsters, designers, artists, coders, advocates, bloggers, and more.
To make clothing from the ground up involves such a truly awesome mixture of incredible people. Making clothing this way is really about building community and appreciating how our partners contribute to Harvest & Mill. Our process is very different from a top-down and impersonal approach. We believe our process makes a difference, both in the quality of the final garment and for the people who help us make it.
What’s your flagship product?
Our signature products are made with our own custom made fabric – 100% organic cotton that is grown, milled, designed and sewn in the USA. Our customers are conscious consumers, people interested in design, people interested in sustainability.
Why does sustainability matter?
Our sustainable and ethical practices are the heart of our brand. We have an uncompromising commitment to rebuilding localized supply chains within the USA and using only USA sourced organic cotton. Check out their sustainability report!