Our products are carefully handcrafted utilizing old machinery and methods of construction, which gives them a unique age old look and natural feel as well as imperfect and weathered appearance. Extensive handwork and detailing comperes our our garments a favorably to any in the marketplace.
In the process of creating our product we are using some of the oldest
machinery that is still used in industrial production as well as some of
the oldest natural dyes known to man. Volcanic mud dye, parchment,
natural charcoal, tea, logwood, Japanese Alder and
natural indigo are some of the dyes used in variety of our products.
Natural Indigo is perhaps the oldest dye known to man. It was the original
dye of all blue jeans manufactured in the beginning of XX century. Since
then almost all blue jeans are chemically dyed, using synthetic indigo.
The art of organic, natural indigo dying has almost disappeared. There are
very few companies in the world that are making natural indigo jeans.
Gilded Age Jeans are dyed with the color of the actual indigo plant. The
shade is distinctive and recognizable by its deeply hued appearance. The
process of making natural indigo jeans is time consuming, slower and
more labor intensive then all methods used today. It takes a lot of highly
skilled hands taught over generations to use this process.
The art of hand knitting is one of the oldest and most practical ways
of making cloths. It is a completely natural and organic process which
relies on the skills of an artisan to create an item of clothing with
nothing more then a pair of needles and a ball of cashmere yarn. This
art of garment knitting has almost disappeared from today's marketplace.
Nowadays there are few companies in the world that make hand knitted sweaters
in variety of gauges. Gilded Age sweaters are
hand knitted with some of the finest Mongolian cashmere yarns and are
renown for their compact,
tight knitting and softness. The process of hand knitting is time consuming, slower and more labor intensive then all machine knitting methods used today. It takes a lot of highly skilled hands to do this artisanal work.
Some of our garments area 100% organic clothing items created in the small
artisanal natural dye studios. They are produced according to the old ways of
cloths making, paying special attention to authenticity of artisanal craft which
is in full sink with nature & environment. In the spirit of years gone by, some
knitted garment are knitted on "Hung Up" jersey machines which were a staple
in knitting from 1870's till 1960's. There are very few machines in the world of this
kind. Those that still operate are 30 times slower then regular knit machines.
Due to the machine's characteristics, the fabric created on it has a unique
softness and fullness that keeps the form much longer then the regular knits.
Not to mention, there are very few craftsman with the knowledge to operate