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Hargan Denim Upcycles Cone’s Deadstock Fabrics

A new collaboration serves as a denim time capsule.

Sustainable brand Hargan Denim launched a collection of jeans made with repurposed Cone Denim garments and sample fabrics from the early to mid-2000s. Made with 100 percent cotton, the fabrics were washed at the most innovative laundries of that time. 

Many of the archived fabrics come from Cone’s historic White Oak mill which shut down production at the end of 2018. The Greensboro, N.C.-based mill had been in operation for 112 years and was home to vintage Draper X-3 looms.

The fabrics come together in Hargan’s Rea Jean. Each upcycled jean has a unique construction and features a variety of washes, pocket designs and seam details.

Founded by Reagan Begley in 2019, Hargan Denim aims to bridge the gap between consumers and the industry through ethical design and fashion. The brand’s denim pieces are known for their deconstructed designs, material mixing and color blocking.

“Through our ‘repurposed’ denim collection we aim to bring attention to how much waste we already have within the denim industry and what it is doing to our environment with overfill of landfills,” it says on its website.

For Cone, the collection is an opportunity to see its archive get a second chance at life.

“Reagan’s work is beautiful, and we knew she could truly create art with these heirloom garments from Cone Denim,” said Pierette Scavuzzo, Cone Denim design director. “We were excited to work with her on this project to repurpose these very special garments.” 

The patchwork Hargan x Cone Denim jean, available in sizes 25-32, retails for $268. The jean is available now on Hargan’s website.