Levi's Vintage Clothing is made by people and not just machines. So in Greensboro, North Carolina there are people whose job it is to make LVC denim products and have been doing so for the past 100 years. Obviously, or rather I hope that, it's not been the same people for the whole time but there definitely have been some people who work there and it is the only job that they've known. Levi's have documented the people that currently work at the mill as a tip of the cap to their hard and excellent work.
The mill continues to operate using American Draper X3 fly shuttle looms from the 1940s. They also employ people to keep up with the latest trends so that they're not left behind in respect to the latest in denim. The photographs capture the people at work in the roles they've held sometimes for up to 55 years. Pictured are Wayne Turner, Jerome Arnold and Mildred "Mickey" Bolen. Turner is by the dye vats that he monitors, Arnold is checking the machinery that preps the warp for weaving and "Mickey" is the holder of the 55 year record and is regarded, quite rightly, as legendary and is pictured by an ancient Oak Tree. Originally named The White Oak Mill this is the tree which gave the mill it's name so the setting is apt.
Shop the clothes made in the mill here.