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Opened in 1905, Cone Denim's White Oak plant in Greensboro, North Carolina was the most iconic denim mill in the world. White Oak was the exclusive source of selvage denim for Levi's 501 jeans starting in 1915, a relationship that survived two World Wars until Levi's transitioned the bulk of their production offshore in the 1980's. We launched our Intercept program in 2013 using a custom denim made for us by White Oak, which we used until the plant was closed.
In the 112 years that the plant was operational, it made numerous extraordinary and unique fabrics, perhaps the most special being the Dyneema® reinforced yardage featured in this 200 unit limited edition Intercept XD.
Shortly before White Oak closed in 2017, they produced a small run of denim utilizing Dyneema® to reinforce the warp. Finished in White Oak's signature 'Deep Tone' finish and with 1% elastane for mobility, this 12oz denim is the perfect blend of comfort and durability.
The last of that limited run was secreted away for years, awaiting an opportunity that would do it justice. Our Intercept program ended up being the perfect match. We have 350 yards of this fabric; once it's gone, it's gone forever. 200 pairs. Wear your story.
Currently estimated to ship 2023-11-02 - 2023-11-09
The Future woven into History
Dyneema® has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any material on Earth. From armor and bullet resistant garments to mission critical braided applications such as cranes and winch lines, Dyneema® has been proven in the most demanding applications. Due to its high cost, Dyneema® is very rarely used in apparel, occasionally showing up in motorcycle safety gear and other life safety applications.
Built to Last
The Intercept XD White Oak edition features chainstitched hem and waistband, flat-felled in-/outseams and back rise for durability, and a continuous fly. Invented in San Francisco by David Neustadter and patented in 1877, the continuous fly increases the durability and extends the lifetime of pants and overalls by strengthening the garment at the point where the two inner seams meet.
Traditional 5-pocket silhouette with modernized lines, shank button fly, and industrial detailing.
Concealed pockets on the yoke can secure your phone or a spare magazine comfortably, even when seated. Carefully spaced, wide belt loops balance and distribute the weight of belt-mounted gear around the entire waistline.
Custom TAD branded hardware
Traditional plain hem for easy alterations, chainstitched for classic roping details.
TAD signature diamond knife reinforcement extends the usable lifetime of your jeans by providing a second layer of protection for knife and tool clips.
HIDDEN TRIPLE NEEDLE STITCHING ON IN- AND OUTSEAM
Outseams are busted and triple needle chainstitched, and outseams are triple needle flat felled. To maintain a traditional look, indigo Intercepts use 2 colormatched threads and one gold thread for both in- and outseams.
White Oak opened its doors and the first denim came off its looms in 1905.
White Oak would soon become the largest denim mill in the world. By 1910, White Oak was supplying a third of the world's denim demand.
White Oak had become the pinnacle powerhouse of the denim world, being marked by the centennial celebration of "the golden handshake" that took place in 2015. Cone began its long-standing partnership with Levi Strauss as their sole supplier back in 1910. Shortly before White Oak closed in 2017, they produced a small run of denim utilizing Dyneema® to reinforce the warp. Finished in White Oak's signature 'Deep Tone' finish and with 1% elastane for mobility, this 12oz denim is the perfect blend of comfort and durability. The last of that limited run was secreted away for years, awaiting an opportunity that would do it justice. Our Intercept program ended up being the perfect match.
Dyneema was invented in 1963 but made commercially available by DSM in the 1990’s, and developed to be 15 times stronger than steel.
The name Cuben Fiber was coined by the press during the 1992 Cup. The yacht reportedly used sails made from precursors to the currently available commercial product. Early adopters of the material began making outdoor recreational equipment out of dyneema to see if it could withstand the use. Due to Dyneema's unique characteristics, it is also now offered in a wide range of bullet proof armor and even medical solutions.