Carolina Crafted (Our Favorite Carolina Brands) | Diamond Brand Gear
Our Carolina roots.
Since relocating in 1942, we’ve been manufacturing and hiring local and are dedicated to reviving the craft of sewing in this area. In addition, we’ve found vision in the southern mountains Diamond Brand Gear calls home. That’s why we’re proud to partner with a number of incredible Carolina-based brands that value a dedication to quality, sustainability and local love like we do.
In 2017, we introduced our popular Biltmore Renaissance Collection. Inspired by the breathtaking beauty and superb craftsmanship of the legendary Vanderbilt home, this collection was designed with traditional travel pieces from the archives of the Biltmore Estate in mind.
Since these distinctive bags are locally inspired, we felt it was as important to source the materials locally – that’s why we turned to Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, NC. Founded on the same principles of quality, innovation, collaboration, and sustainability as us, Oriole Mills makes an ideal partner. Their locally milled wool fabrics are a perfect complement to the collection’s bridle leather strap handles, brushed nickel hardware and cotton canvas.
Accounting for nearly 30 percent of all emissions, transportation is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Therefore, we reduce the emissions our processes emit by reducing the distance our products travel. Thanks to TS Designs, not only are our packs and tents crafted right here in the Carolina mountains, our swag is too.
Radically transparent, TS Designs allows their customers to track each step of their shirt’s production process from where the cotton was grown to where it was printed and dyed. With an easy-to-use online system, consumers can see the total miles from “dirt to shirt.” Talk about knowing where your clothing comes from!
In Blue Handmade
We’re always looking for new ways to share our love of sewing with the surrounding community. That’s why in 2018 we opened a Pop Up Microfactory in downtown Asheville for nine months. We invited visitors to observe our sewing on site and try their hand at it if they were interested.
We were thrilled to share the space with fellow Asheville-based brand In Blue Handmade. This team of leather working magicians craft each of their sophisticated pieces by hand every day. In their own words, “we start with top grain cowhides, trace and cut our pattern pieces, sew ’em up, stamp down our ink, and ship them to your door.” From mindful material sourcing to thoughtful customer service, In Blue Handmade pours love into each step of their process.
Check out each these incredible Carolina-crafted brands below:
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