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Denim Head Threads: An Inside Look at Ralph Tharpe’s Style

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Individuals in the denim industry are focused on making goods that wind up in other people’s wardrobes, but how do they curate their own closets? This series offers an inside look into the personal style and shopping behavior of the people behind jeans.

Ralph Tharpe is passionate about preserving the history of denim through his work as a founding board member of the White Oak Legacy Foundation, which is bringing denim production back to the historic White Oak mill in North Carolina. This interest in denim heritage translates over to his wardrobe.

After working for companies including Cone Denim and Artistic Fabric Mills, Ralph has turned his attention to consulting. One of his main focuses is sustainability, and lowering the eco impact of jeans.

Read more on Carved in Blue.

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™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit