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Cone Denim Talks Future Black and Beyond

Cone Denim has long been known for bringing to market what the market wants before the market even realizes it wants it.

Though the leading denim supplier recently announced that it would cease production in its 110-year-long running White Oak mill in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cone still has plans to deliver on bringing high quality, innovative denim through their know-how with their production facilities in Mexico and China. With their strong commitment to sustainability, the Cone Mexico facility was recently awarded the Oeko-tex certification.

One of its latest efforts is an investment in keeping black jeans black—and improving their sustainability at the same time. Cone launched Future BLACK+ late last year, creating the industry’s first certified fade-resistant black denim using Lenzing Modal® Black fibers and REPREVE® Black recycled polyester fibers.

Carved in Blue caught up with Cone Denim’s VP of design and marketing Kara Nicholas, to find out a little more about the inspiration behind Future BLACK and what’s around the bend for Cone.

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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit