A Look Behind the Seams

Weaving the finest Percale fabric in America

weaving machine in a textile mill

The most exciting part about launching A50 is getting to work closely with awesome partners! The people and the mills that weave our fabric are symbols of dedication and hard work that refused to leave our shores. 

Over a quarter of the employees have been with them for more than 25 years and they proudly display the Quarter Century club on their walls. Their plant manager has been with them for more than 40 years and was on the verge of retirement when he gave me a tour of the plant in the summer.

Touring the mill is a lesson in size and scale. The building is massive - it could easily fit 2 or 3 football fields inside the main manufacturing floor! The investment in machinery that they have made is very impressive. There is hardly room to walk between all the looms, spinning machines and quality control equipment that is chugging along, literally, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There is a lot of pride and expertise in running an operation of this scale and magnitude and you can sense that when you walk their floor. We are proud to partner with them and trust them enough to build our business around their mill.

A wall of looms for weaving fabric in the USA. A manufacturing work of art.

 

The textile industry has been in a perpetual race to the bottom for the past two and a half decades. Most domestic manufacturing went overseas in the 80’s, as companies sought to prioritize their bottom line. Profitability became paramount, and high quality, labor, and materials were sacrificed.

Faced with this situation, the mill we work with decided that in order to survive the pricing wars they had to go the opposite direction. They focused their efforts on delivering the highest quality fabric possible for businesses that cared about their production process, even if the price point was higher.

Quality is the linchpin to their success and they produce superior fabric, at a higher price point. These guys are the exception. Their product is not cheap, if we were to sell our sheets to department stores you would be paying more than $300 a set.

Their focus on premium quality allowed them to stay in business - but even they were hit hard by the mass exodus of manufacturing. They were forced to close 3 of their 4 mills, and layoff many skilled, loyal employees. Of course this is our rallying cry, we want to bring these jobs back! But we need your help and support to do so!

Authenticity 50 is very excited to fully support American manufacturing and this mill, with our premium quality, Made in USA bedsheets. And we look forward to a long-lasting and successful relationship with our fabulous domestic partners!

 

Our Authenticity50 Heritage American Sheets are the best weaving techniques of the past married to modern technology and standards. See them HERE!

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3 comments

Agnes

I love only percale sheets…. buy nothing else. Have slept on microfiber sheets; positively dislike them.

Authenticity 50

Hi Amy,
Watch this space! We hope to be working on towels before the holidays.

Amy Haywood

I’m planning to guy a couple of sheet sets from A50 in the next month or so. I also wanted to see if you have any recommendations for American made towels that are quality? Do you have any partners that sell bath, hand towels and wash cloths? Thank you!

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Rick W. (Arroyo Grande, California)
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I have an Airbnb attached to my home. I purchased the blankets to give my guests a first class accommodation. The blankets have such a great feel to them. I love them. So far I've received great reviews! Thanks

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Joan P. (Cheshire, Connecticut)
Best Blanket Ever!

I absolutely love the Queen size cotton blanket in the winter, in the summer and in between! So does my husband. It’s the perfect weight. Best blanket I’ve ever owned and I’ve given two as gifts and received rave reviews. You might think it’s expensive until you sleep under it and then you’ll realize a perfect nights sleep is invaluable!

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V. (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Too many snags!

I purchased a king size blanket 1 year ago. I love the look, texture and weight of the blanket. However, this blanket snags incredibly easily. It gets caught on everything and if you have kids and pets it's even worse. I still use the blanket because its comfortable but it looks horrible. I could take time to work some snags away but it would take hours which I don't have nor want to spend. A few of the strings have broken and I've had to tie them off to prevent more detoriation. Hopefully the design can be improved upon to make it worth the investment for others.

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for our Heritage Blankets. We're sorry to hear that your experience with our product hasn't been completely positive due to the issue with snags. We understand how frustrating this can be, especially with kids and pets around. We value your feedback and would love to touch base with you to see how we can make this right. Our goal is to provide high-quality products that our customers can enjoy for years to come, and we're always looking for ways to improve. Please reach out to our customer service team and we'll do our best to assist you. Thank you for your support and we hope to hear from you soon.

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Cassandra G. (Moreno Valley, California)
Light and beautiful

Love the classic look and the fit - plenty of blanket to go around. Very glad to own seed to stitch made in the USA product!

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Karen (Tolland, Connecticut)
Heritage Blanket

I was thrilled to find a product made in the US and made from fabric grown and produced in the US. I love everything about the blanket, the soft pink color and the weight and feel of the cotton. It’s a very soothing and comforting product.