Relaunched Mill Has American Heritage and Italian Know-How

Sep 28, 2014 969

by Alison A. Nieder

A 19th-century textile mill in northern Connecticut is currently humming with the activity of 40 looms making woolen and worsted fabrics for the American luxury market. The mill, founded as Warren Stafford in Stafford Springs, Conn., has been reopened and relaunched as American Woolen Co., a company with about 25 employees and an initial launch collection of 23 fabrics, all 100 percent wool, for Fall/Winter 2015/2016.

The man behind the relaunch is an American-born financier who spent the last two decades working in investment banking in Europe. Working in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan, Jacob Harrison Long, American Woolen's chief executive officer, became familiar with the quality and the branding behind Italian mills such as Loro Piana, Vitale Barberis Canonica and Filati Drago.

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