Traceability is all about the truth of where your jeans come from and offers some recognition to the hard working Americans who are involved in making your jeans. We are one of the first jean companies in the world that can trace your jean all the way back to the American farmers who grew the cotton used in your jean.
Each jean comes with a 'Certificate of Authenticity' that includes a traceability number. Enter the traceability number on our website and we will tell you exactly which farmers and mill were involved in producing your jean!
Did You Know?
Approximately 12,000 farmers are involved in the Traceability program producing around 37 million yards of denim annually!
LEARN MORE BELOW:
- Step 1: Meet the Farmers
- Step 2: The Denim Mill
- Step 3: Cut & Sew
- Step 4: All American Clothing
Meet the Farmers
This is Where Your Jeans Were Born.
Here Is Where We Turn the Cotton Into Denim
American Cotton Growers - or ACG - and its farmer-owners are focused on developing high quality denim fabrics for our customers with minimal impact on the environment. We produce an average of 37 million yards of denim annually, enough to make 26 million pairs of jeans, every yard of which is grown, spun, dyed, and woven from the cotton our members produce. This denim process is a true, homespun phenomenon - American cotton literally created from field to fabric.
ACG meets or exceeds all regulations administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. In all possible processes throughout the mill, we use the best available technology to apply the principles of reduce, re-use and recycle and to avoid production of hazardous waste.
Our stewardship carries all the way from the field to the fabric. We like to call it SAFE denim—Sustainable, American and Friendly to the Environment. For us, it's not just a fad; it's a multi-generational commitment to ensure our children and grandchildren can farm the land.
We're protecting our ecosystems for these future generations by remaining good stewards of the land, air and water. We value doing the right thing, in the right place, in the right way, at the right time, and it requires the use of new technologies.
We continually embrace new technologies in irrigation to reduce the volume of water used to grow our cotton. Compared to 25 years ago, our farmers now use 45 percent less water to grow cotton.
Technologies like Integrated Pest Management systems use beneficial insects to control pests and reduce human and environmental exposure to chemicals while lowering input costs. Today, the number of pesticide applications required to produce cotton is half of what it was just 20 years ago.
Advances in seed breeding and farming practices have greatly reduced the amount of chemical inputs required to grow cotton, resulting in substantial environmental benefits.
Precision agriculture uses aerial and satellite infrared photography to identify problem spots in our fields and apply inputs only where they are needed via global positioning systems.
These technologies have dramatically reduced the land area required to produce enough cotton to meet world demand. In 1926, U.S. farmers planted more than 44 million acres and produced almost 18 million bales. By 2004, U.S. cotton acreage totaled just under 14 million acres which produced more than 23 million bales. In other words, an additional 30 million acres are available for food production, conservation and wildlife habitat.
ACG and its 12,000 farmer-owners are committed to continually improving our denim manufacturing processes and farming practices. Sustainable agriculture is the ability of a farm to produce food and fiber indefinitely with minimal impact on the environment.
We don't need to be told to take care of the land for our children and grandchildren because we learned that from our own parents and grandparents. It is our generational commitment to Sustainable, American and Friendly to the Environment.
Cut & Sew
Here is Where We Turn the Denim into Jeans
All American Clothing brand jeans are manufactured in two locations
The All American Clothing Co. brand of jeans are sewn in small Kentucky town by a company that has a been in business since 1924! The local workforce is very proud to hand craft each garment made for All American Clothing. They acknowledge that jeans have always been a part of the American culture and they are striving to keep it that way. For the last 10 years they have fought the economic battle that has eliminated over 85% of America's cut & sew labor force. They stand up against the odds and continue the effort to keep USA jobs and USA made jeans alive. That is why All American Clothing continues to contract their labor and continue to support their efforts.
The All American Clothing Co. brand of jeans are also sewn at a plant in El Paso, TX. El Paso was once considered the blue jeans capital of the world. In the 1980s, it cranked out an estimated 2 million pairs of jeans each week. But since the early 90's the apparel industry has lost nearly 85% of the jobs.
All American Clothing Co
Here is where we design, warehouse and ship the jeans.
"Our mission is to support USA families and jobs by producing high-quality clothing in the USA at an affordable price. By keeping our production in the USA we provide jobs and a tax base that supports our communities."
"We care about our country and the people in it; if we were only in it for money we would move our production overseas. We will NOT trade USA jobs for foreign profits..."
The Birth of an American Company
It was 2002, Lawson Nickol had a job he enjoyed and an income that supported his family. Looking down the road he saw promise of a comfortable retirement. But he didn't foresee the approaching bump in the road. As a sales manager for a USA jeans manufacturer, he believed he was doing the right thing by selling a product that was as American as "Mom, apple pie and baseball". One evening while shopping in a retail store he discovered his company's label on a pair of jeans; a style he had not seen before. His initial reaction was "great, our retail division has branched into a retail chain and that means healthy growth. This is good!"Wrong.... unfortunately that bump in the road had just arrived. Lawson noticed the label indicated "Made in Mexico". With a frantic and disappointing call to headquarters he confirmed the tag was accurate. Suddenly there was a disturbing realization; his employer had begun to outsource.
What he did about it: The thought of sending jobs outside our borders didn't sit well with Lawson and he was certain it would not be acceptable to the USA labor market where he had sold for years. His passion and reputation was built by offering quality USA Made jeans. This discovery was devastating. Within days he turned in his resignation.
A hope and a dream: Lawson could not let his employer ruin his reputation or let greed crush his passion for supporting American workers and his family. He decided he must continue to support USA made and the loyal clients that still want to buy USA, even if he had to make the jeans himself....and that was the beginning of All American Clothing Co. The first several years were tough, the company survived on family savings, taking financial risks and working long hours. Yet each year the company continued to grow. The dream came true....Today, All American Clothing Co. produces thousands of jeans per year and continues to provide many Americans with jobs!
Thank you: The Nickol family continues to operate the company that supplies patrons with products that you can be proud to wear. The family and the employees believe "The USA label will always stay on our jeans because you and we understand the importance of USA Made". When you buy a pair of All American Jeans our label also means; Thank you from us, our employees and the people in our country who still have good jobs due to folks like you. Thank you from all of us.
We have a small showroom located at 1 Pop Rite Drive in Arcanum, OH. Hours are Wed: 4pm-7pm, Fri: 10am-2pm, Sat: 10am-4pm. Extended hours coming soon.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q) How do you accurately trace the process from beginning to end?
A) Bales of cotton are marked with a permanent bale identifier (PBI) as they are ginned and it relates back to the producer's farm number. This number is retained on the bale until the bale is consumed at the textile mill to produce yarn. The yarn produced at the mill carries the same identification number through the entire process that creates denim fabric. Use of PBI numbers allow us to trace the cotton all the way from the farm, to the gin, to the mill, to All American Clothing and finally into your closet!
Q) Why so many farm locations?
A) Cotton from several fields may be needed in order to consistently produce a specific type of denim. The quality attributes of cotton are affected by climate, soil, seed and producer growing options so each field will provide different quality attributes to the cotton blend. The exact quality of the multiple cottons and the percentage of a specific cotton used is extremely important to the development of various denims. Blending the cotton from many locations allows us to put out identical and consistent runs of the same denim formula. By using permanent bale identifiers to trace the cotton we know exactly how much cotton from each farm was used to produce each run of denim. We used cotton from each farmer shown on the map, to blend and produce the perfect roll of denim, that we used to produce your jean.
Q) How is the cotton blended?
A) After the cotton is baled and marked, it is brought to the mill and chosen by a formula based upon the type of denim that is being made. It is laid out and a blending machine will pull a small portion of the cotton from each bale, up to as many as 192 varying bales. Then it goes through a blender to produce the yarn. Several batches of yarn are normally used to produce the denim, some in the “warp” which is the yarn that runs basically perpendicular or diagonal to the inseam and is the threads that you see on a pair of pants. The "filling", which runs perpendicular to the "warp" is the threads you see if you turn the jean inside out. By using permanent bale identifiers to trace the cotton we know exactly how much cotton from each farm was used to produce each run of denim.
Q) How do we know that you are using USA labor
A) The US Government is involved in monitoring the situation on a more than annual basis. Human Resources in each of these companies handles USA Certification through the government forms, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the Border patrol gets involved in Texas. All of these companies believe in USA Made and none of them can afford to break the laws when it comes to illegal labor.
Q) Do all of you pay fair wages.
A) Yes. Our company pays wages based upon comparison of similar businesses in the area. The companies that we hire as contractors have all verified to us that they pay fair and comparable wages for the specific industry and the local in which they operate.
Q) Do you use USA raw goods
A) Yes, we furnish the raw goods and we source only USA made products that meet or exceed the Federal Trade Commission Act and their requirements. In the unusual event that the Cut/Sew operations furnished raw goods we require them to certify USA requirements.