If patience is a virtue of living then it is certainly a necessity in the infant stages of a new small business. It has taken three years since our original dream of creating our own clothing line from our own cotton to get to where it is today. And where exactly is that? One step closer to production of our first shirts that are grown and made here in the USA.
Our sizing patterns were finalized this past week and are now off to North Carolina, where our chambray fabric will be transformed into stylish button-down shirts. We've gone from cotton seeds to seedlings to mature plants with cotton bolls to cotton harvest to driving four bales of our cotton from Texas to North Carolina and back. We've gone from numerous ideas, looking at various manufacturing stages of denim, visiting with other small business owners, artisans, and inquiring fashionable-appreciative friends about what we're doing and why.
By taking our own cotton's future into our own hands, we are able to control more of our destiny not only as cotton farmers but as creative spirits seeking an outlet. We want to connect not only with the land but its people. We'd grown tired of wanting to see more American-made clothing, and decided if we didn't do it ourselves, who would? Now, we know exactly where our cotton is going and to whom. While I've always taken great pride in working with cotton from seed to harvest, we are taking even greater pride in working with our cotton from fabric to fashion in our farm-to-body experience.
While we still have a ways to go to our first finished products, we are starting to see some light at the end of this very long and winding dark tunnel. We tossed our huevos off the high-dive with this endeavor, and now it appears the rest of our bodies are leaving with them. It's all a beautiful swan dive in the summer sun. And we can't wait to see our splash along the horizon's glimmering line.