In 2006 I worked at a store that was selling PRPS jeans made in Japan for $400. I couldn’t understand why this was but they were selling like hot cakes. I had been a designer and sewed my own clothing since I was a kid. I already had several sewing machines and started drafting patterns based on a vintage Levi’s jean. I figured the best place to start was with the original fabric and fit Levi’s used in the 40’s. I started using Cone White Oak Mill fabric the following year. It was 2007 and the market was dominated by brands out of Japan. I knew of no one making jeans in America with all American materials and trims. To me it just made sense to bring home the art of jean making to it’s original local. Fast forward to 2014 and now artisan jean brands making jeans in America are a dime a dozen. A large percentage don’t make the jeans themselves. They contract out the production to downtown LA factories and sell to top retail door’s creating as many mark ups as possible. I own my factory (In the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ) with 14 industrial sewing machine and do all the cutting myself. I specialize in Raw Bespoke Self Edge Denim. Check out my website http://www.markmango.com if you need custom bespoke jeans send me your measurements. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.