GREENSBORO, N.C. — August 5, 2016 — Fabrics from Burlington and Cone Denim, both divisions of International Textile Group, are part of the official Team USA uniforms that the American Olympians will wear in tonight’s opening ceremony. The fabrics were produced in several of ITG’s facilities in North Carolina. The Olympic Opening Ceremony airs this Friday, August 5th at 7:30 pm EST.
The opening ceremony uniform, designed by Ralph Lauren, includes a white jean and a blue blazer. The jeans are made from white stretch selvage denim manufactured at the iconic White Oak plant in Greensboro, North Carolina. The custom denim was woven on 1940s vintage shuttle looms which produce a distinctive selvage (or sewn) edge on the fabrics reminiscent of denim styles dating back to the early 1900s. The Olympian denim was designed with a red, white and blue selvage.
The blazer uniform fabric was produced across several Burlington manufacturing locations in North Carolina including plants in Raeford and Cordova North Carolina. The worsted wool fabric began with wool fiber dyed at the Burlington Raeford Plant which was later woven into fabric at the company’s Cordova plant. The fabric returned to the Raeford plant for final processing. The Raeford plant is the same facility known for producing the fabrics for the U.S. Military Dress Uniforms for the Marines, Army, Airforce, Navy and Coast Guard.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of dressing Team USA,” says Ken Kunberger, President & CEO of International Textile Group. “Our Burlington and Cone Denim brands have such a strong American legacy and heritage of outfitting the heart and soul of our country including farmers, cowboys, business men, celebrities and our United States military. We are excited to continue the tradition by making iconic fabrics for our US Olympians.”
Posted August 9, 2016