Stitch Fix presents the Mohnton Made apparel collection

Stitch Fix, a multinational personal design company based in San Francisco, has a new brand of sustainable knit, cut, and knit apparel in Mohnton.

The brand, appropriately called Mohnton Made, has 50 employees in Mohnton and Shillington and operates at Mohnton Knitting Mills, which was built in 1906 and is now owned by Stitch Fix.

“Mohnton Made is inspired by the rich history of Mohnton Mills,” said Loretta Choi, general manager of Stitch Fix Women’s. “The line is committed to producing carefully designed everyday essentials in an all-size range that honors the heritage of the factory and the garments previously produced there.”

Stitch Fix bought Mohnton Knitting Mills from Gary Pleam in October 2017. At the time, Mills had been in the Pleam family for three generations. He introduced Pleam Stitch Fix to local suppliers and the industrial connections he had built during his years working with knitting mills.

Mohnton Made clothing uses recycled clothing and recycled polyester. (photo provided)

“Many of the team members have worked in the local apparel industry for over 20 years and have brought a wealth of experience to the business,” Choi said. “We have two members of our team with over 40 years of experience working at Mohnton Mills. We are also committed to keeping the spirit of the industry alive and offering training opportunities for those interested in learning to cut, sew and sew.”

Mohnton’s clothing is made from recycled clothing and recycled polyester, imported from Mexico and Spain. Using recycled materials saves water, and making clothes in one place reduces the industry’s carbon footprint.

The dye that colors the clothes comes from Green Matters Natural Dye, based in Gap, Lancaster County. It is made from madder root, myrobalan plants, and cuttings, along with rainwater.

Winona Quigley, co-founder and CEO of Green Matters, said, “I think only in the past few years have consumers been wanting more information about how their clothing is made. This means that there has been a lot of interest in natural dye, but sometimes it is in dyed projects. Naturally other parts of their manufacture are unsustainable… When they are dyed in our facility with vegetable dyes, we can eliminate pollution from synthetic dye houses.”

The new focus on environmental friendliness reflects consumer trends. According to Choi, orders for “sustainable” and “organic” clothing increased 20% from 2020 to 2021.

“The fashion industry has a long way to go in terms of tackling wasteful practices,” Quigley said, “but I think Stitch Fix provides a great example of how the brand can produce locally with less impact, using sustainable materials.”

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