Woolrich Welcomes You To #TheFlannelLife

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For generations, Woolrich flannel has stood for unbeatable warmth, uncompromised quality, and unwavering design. It’s the cozy, flannel-lined pants you reach for each morning to walk the dog. The incredibly soft pajamas you can’t wait to slip into at the end of a long day. And the beloved shirt that takes you from the backyard to the backcountry. Much more than this — it’s a way of life. The Flannel Life. Woolrich features dozens of new and time-tested products made from our 100% genuine Woolrich flannel. Consider each an invitation to join the Flannel Life, and visit us online at woolrich.com.  Use #TheFlannelLife on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share your love for Flannel and show us what the flannel life looks like to you… who knows you may even see yourself on one of our social media sites!

 

 

 

Celebrating USA made blankets– Portland, Oregon Style

Last week Woolrich teamed up with the Lizard Lounge, in Portland Oregon to host an event to celebrate Woolrich’s US-made blankets.  Blanket collections include an all-new 100 percent wool collection, the US Heritage tribute collection, and the plush, stylish group of American Wool Blends. You can see the entire collection at WoolrichUSA.com, a new digital storybook and online catalog that weaves its 183 years of manufacturing history with its 2013 collection of wool throw blankets.

The event was a huge success with a great turnout. We would like to thank all the partners that helped make it a great time. House Spirits provided delicious drinks featuring locally made, Aviation Gin, Hopworks Urban Brewery brought some delicious IPA featuring locally grown hops, and the Fair Weather Watchers provided great tunes.

To see more photos, like us on Facebook.

Stay Cool and Comfortable in Our Penn Mere Shirt

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The new Penn Mere Shirt, with its subtle feminine print motif  of the mountain laurel flower, is a nod to our Pennsylvanian outdoor heritage. Whether you are enjoying a cup of coffee and a book on your porch, are meeting a friend for lunch, or are out with the family on a weekend adventure, this shirt will keep you cool and comfortable.

The Penn Mere’s lightweight 100% cotton dobby stays away from the skin for a soft, airy feel. With its adjustable three-quarter sleeves, it goes to great lengths for springtime versatility.

Shop for the Penn Mere Shirt and more in our Spring 2013 digital catalog.

View our digital version online and browse all our new spring styles and colors. For a free copy in the mail, sign-up here.

With These Hands – Raw Wool to Finished Fabric

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Our tradition of custom-designed woolens dates back to our founder, John Rich. In 1830 he constructed his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania. From his mule cart, he sold his quality fabrics to loggers, miners, rivermen and trappers. By 1845, he expanded the mill and moved to what is now Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Over the years, eight generations of his family have lived and worked amidst the same rural landscape of north     central Pennsylvania, not two miles from where John Rich erected his first woolen mill. It is in these roots that we find a deep commitment to producing premium American fabrics that are as functional today as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. Bales of raw wool still come in one end of the mill and, after a good deal of work, exit as  superior fabric.

Raw Wool –  raw wool enters our mill and after several processes is woven into the       superior fabric that is synonymous with Woolrich.
Yarn Dye Kettle – During this process the spun yarn is dyed to the correct color needed for weaving.  These large kettles can dye up to 150 spools of yarn at a time.  Dying time varies depending on color and weight of yarn.Cone Winding - Here the spun wool yarn is placed on cones.  Cones are conical shaped bobbins made of plastic or paper.  The speed of the bobbins is controlled so that a yarn with a soft even slub is ready for     weaving.

Warping - The warp is the yarn that runs lengthwise in a woven fabric. During this process the yarns are arranged in parallel order on a beam in  preparation for weaving.

Weaving Loom - On the weaving loom the warp beam is loaded and the yarns are run through heedles and reeds. The weft yarns are shot across the warp yarns with a shuttle completing the weaving of the fabric.

Burling/Mending Station - Removal of loose threads, knots, slubs, burs and other extraneous materials by means of a burling iron, a type of tweezers, occurs at the burling/mending station.  The trick is to remove the impurity without damaging the fabric.  After     weaving and prior to finishing, any lumps (burls), knots or loose threads are removed by hand.
Finished Fabric - Finished fabric is rolled on various bolts depending on final application.  Many bolts are shipped just  15 minutes away to our finishing facility and turned into the quality blankets which the  Woolrich name has become famous for worldwide.  Other fabric is cut and sent to crafters and civil war re-enactors.  A full line of fabric is available to purchase by-the-yard on our website at woolrich.com.

For Rainy Days

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This spring, rain will not keep you from exploring the outdoors. Whether you’re running errands downtown, watching a game outside, or hitting the trail, pack your storable Woolrich raincoat to keep yourself dry and comfortable.

Woolrich Packable Rain Gear

The Kristie Raincoat for women and the Wetland Raincoat for men are waterproof, windproof, breathable and packable jackets that will ensure you have a dry and comfortable spring. To see both our Women’s raincoats in all colors, click here.

To get inspired for rainy days, check out this Pinterest board and see why, when it rains, Woolrich shines.

A Guide to Your Perfect Fit

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When shopping our catalog or website, we want  you to be confident that the garment you purchase will fit as expected. To make it easier, we have created The Perfect Fit for women – a guide to  help you choose clothing that matches your body type to achieve the comfort and look you want.

The Relaxed Fit drapes loosely over the body for ease of movement.

The Regular Fit  slightly eases over the body. It’s not too tight and not too loose.

The Slim Fit  skims over the body without being overly tight.

The Perfect Fit puts you in control of your style and provides you with comfort and confidence, whether you’re on an outdoor adventure or living the busy city life.

Happy Presidents Day

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Happy Presidents Day from Woolrich. Today, we’re featuring a photo retrospective of former Woolrich, Inc. Presidents dating back to founder and partner, John Rich.

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The American Riddle, unlocked

Did you solve  the American Riddle? We cleverly hid three rebus puzzles inside our new digital catalog, WoolrichUSA.com. Over the past month, we posted three “keys” to unlock the American Riddle on our Facebook page.

Here, in order of appearance, are the three completed rebus puzzles.

“Known around the world (or worldwide) for Buffalo Check”

“Woolrich has made-in-America top quality products for over 180 years”

“In 1939, Admiral Byrd sailed to Antarctica”

We thank those of you who participated in our American Riddle rebus challenge. We’ve received entries from around the country; your continued support of our made-in-America initiative is appreciated. Don’t worry, we’re tallying up your solutions and will select and notify winners shortly. Check facebook in the coming days for a full list of winners. 

Stay tuned for a preview of our made-in-the USA fall collection; to shop online, visit our website. 

 

Gifts from the heart: a very Valentine’s Day gift guide

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This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your loved one in true heritage style. Make your Valentine see red (in a good way) with a gift from the heart of Woolrich, Pennsylvania. In addition to our made-in-the-USA classics like the Fawn Grove Throw blanket, Woolrich has a broad collection of clothing, gifts and accessories for the special someone in your life.

Take the Women’s Pemberton Flannel; an updated version of the classic Kimberton Flannel Shirt, the Pemberton is more feminine and fitted–with an open collar and princess seams in the back. Its soft five-ounce pebble-washed cotton flannel is available in a variety of plaids that reflect authentic American style. Featuring two chest patch pockets and buttoned cuffs. 100% cotton.

Snuggle up this Valentine’s Day in one of our wool throws, like the Fawn Grove blanket. Proudly woven at our mill in Woolrich, PA, this soft, single-ply, 100% wool blanket is the perfect weight for reading a favorite book, or a mid-winter nap. Not too heavy, not light, it provides ideal warmth throughout the cooler months. Whipstitch trim on classic plaids from our archives. 54″ W x 70″ L. Made in the USA.

Maybe your lady would like to take her breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day–give her the gift of soft comfort with our  fleece robe, available in festive red. The above-knee robe has large patch pockets, shawl collar, and a detachable belt. Click here for more info.

For the man in your life, check out these super soft Buffalo Check flannel pajamas. Inspired by lazy weekend mornings at the cabin, our exceptionally soft, double-brushed flannel pajamas are a gift in warmth and comfort. 100% cotton.

To shop the entire collection of clothing, gifts and accessories, visit our website.

 

An open letter from Woolrich, Inc. President Nick Brayton

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…Last week, at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show in Salt Lake City, Utah, Woolrich, Inc. President Nicholas P. Brayton issued an open letter to the public on the company’s commitment to domestic manufacturing. Brayton’s open letter addresses the company’s current and past U.S. manufacturing challenges and outlines future strategic goals to bring manufacturing back to the historic Pennsylvania Woolen Mill… 

      

       Nicholas P. Brayton – President

       CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT

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It’s a popular thing to be manufacturing in the United States right now.  Companies of all sizes are listening to their consumers and their hearts, and finding a way to build it here again.

At Woolrich, we have been actively manufacturing in the United States since our company’s founding in 1830.  We proudly operate the oldest continually running mill in America, right here in the town of Woolrich.

As proud as we are of our manufacturing legacy, it’s true that we don’t make 100% of our products in the USA as we once did.  As the global economy grew and matured over the last 20 years, many core mill customers took their woolen business overseas.  To remain relevant, competitive and solvent, we made the same difficult choice.

In today’s world, the hard reality is that making things here is hard to do.  But like our customers who embrace adventure every day, Woolrich is preparing to tackle a new challenge… bringing manufacturing back to Pennsylvania, one step at a time.

Toward this end, Woolrich is setting three significant domestic manufacturing goals:  for our mill, for our customers, and for our brand.

1. To increase the yardage of wool produced in our woolen mill by 50% in 2013.

2. To introduce a 100% American-made apparel collection in Fall 2013.

3. To increase our American-made product offerings by 2015, ensuring that more than 50% of Woolrich Woolen garments proudly include American-made wool.

In the coming months, for Woolrich to set and accomplish these goals, it’s going to take more than a company commitment.  It’s going to take support from our loyal customers as well.

At Woolrich, we are proud of our rich heritage, and eager to begin writing the next chapter of the American manufacturing story.  Moreover, we are excited to work side by side with you to accomplish these worthwhile goals.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nicholas P. Brayton

President

Woolrich Inc.