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Business of Denim Study Tours

The Business of Denim program packs four trips into one intensive year. Students follow the complete denim cycle—from cotton fields to textile mills, sewing and finishing facilities, showrooms, trade shows, stores, and more as they create their own denim line.

The year starts with five days in North Carolina, in the heart of textile country. At industry facility Cotton, Inc., they attend dye lab workshops and start the sample process. A textile mill tour brings classroom learning to life.

Students follow the global denim route to Amsterdam to attend Kingpins, the trade show where denim producers meet to preview all the latest trends. Next stop is Tokyo, to see trends translated at street level and in cutting edge boutiques.

On a day trip to California’s San Joaquin Valley in November, students visit a working cotton farm and watch as cotton fiber is processed.

The final trip is back to North Carolina for two days in March where students finish their denim samples in hands-on industry workshops.

For more information visit the Student Portal.