Ohio Knitting Mills has been pretty widely reported on the blogs, but I couldn’t resist posting something on the Cleveland based operation. The original incarnation of the company was “Founded by Harry Stone in 1928, the Ohio Knitting Mills grew to become one of the countryâ€™s largest knitwear producers, and was at the center of Cleveland, Ohioâ€™s thriving garment industry. Three generations of the Stone-Rand family ran the Mill for 76 years, producing knitwear for iconic department stores from Sears to Saks, and revered labels like Pendleton, Van Heusen, and Jack Winter.”
Eventually the company went out of business and sat idle until one day when artist Steven Tatar wandered into the massive factory and discovered a treasure trove of men’s and women’s samples. We’re talking 10,000 original knitwear samples from decades of business. So Mr. Tatar decided to purchase and subsequently sell off the vintage collection through a temporary Brooklyn store and the company’s website. The interesting thing to note here (and the reason I wanted to post this now), is that these samples should have been used to reproduce a vintage knitwear collection, NOT to be sold off piece by piece. I suppose their loss is your gain. The sad thing is, this may be the only way you can buy an American made sweater at this point.