Here's to 2014: A Year in Review December 29, 2014 03:00 2 Comments

2014 was a fantastic year for the Bates Mill Store. From new styles to re-introduced styles from the archive, we're excited to share this year's milestones below:

February 2014: Seashell is Released

Seashell was released in February of this year. This unique design took over a year to create. It was perfected in stages - first the seashells were designed then the space was thoughtfully filled in with pebbles to complete the look. 

May 2014: First Factory Sale & Open House of 2014

After moving from the historic Bates Mill Complex in 2013, we hosted our third Factory Sale and Open House over Mother's Day Weekend. We love opening our doors to the local community and always enjoy sharing the weaving process with visitors. 

June 2014: Dyer's Wynd is Released

Like Seashell, Dyer's Wynd is another original design added to our collection. This bedspread features a beautiful, modern paisley pattern that was inspired by a picture hanging in one of the local hospitals. We pooled our community on Facebook for the name, and one of our fans from North Carolina actually came up with this name which hails from the place in Scotland where the paisley design was first imagined.

July 2014: Americana is Released

Drawing inspiration from the vast archive of Bates, Americana is a faithful reproduction of a style that Bates introduced in the 1940s. The simple all over design has quickly become a favorite in our Matelasse Collection.

November 2014: Second Annual Holiday Sale & Open House on Small Business Saturday

This November marked our Second Annual Holiday Sale & Open House on Small Business Saturday. This year, we set up the full walking tour and ensured the looms were running so that visitors could see exactly where their products were created and dive in a little deeper to learn about each step of the manufacturing process. 

And as always, we couldn't be celebrating another fantastic year without you. Thank you again for choosing Bates and Made in USA. Feel free to share your own highlights from 2014 below. Here's to a great year and an even better 2015!