The Story of indigo 1745
The little emporium that is indigo 1745 was created in celebration of the quintessential American icon, the “Blue Jean”. Blue jeans, once a garment reserved for American laborers, are now found in boardrooms around the world.
At indigo 1745, we strive to enhance your denim lifestyle, a lifestyle that is straightforward and uncomplicated, a lifestyle that pairs a great pair of jeans with an amazing t-shirt, an extraordinary blouse, or an incredible jacket.
We are a boutique for men and women specializing in premium denim and luxury sportswear. We carefully select our products to fit a lifestyle that is cool, calm and collected. Whether looking for clothing, bedding, accessories or that special gift item, our products excite the senses. We strive to bring you that certain special something that is personal for you and your style.
We hope that the moment you walk through the indigo doors, you realize it’s just your closet away from home, in your home away from home.
What's In a Name?
Clothes dyed with indigo were all the rage in Europe before the indigo plant appeared in the American colonies in the 1600's. Colonists knew it could be a profitable crop but had difficulty growing and processing the plant.
It took a young sixteen year-old Eliza Lucas to make the plant profitable for the Americas. In 1741, she received indigo seeds from her father, George Lucas, then Governor of Antigua. After several attempts, she was successful in growing a crop for seed and then distributed the seed to other farmers. After hiring an African indigo-maker from the West Indies, the processing procedures were perfected, so that In 1745, the first shipment of indigo dye (approximately 5,000 pounds) was exported from South Carolina to England.
England then used they dye for the uniforms of the British militia and sailors. Indigo dye eventually played a part in the American Revolution as it was used to dye the "blue coats" of the Continental Army.
In 1850, Levi Strauss using indigo dyed denim brought from New York, made the first pair of "Levi's" for miners who's pants wore out too quickly in the mines. After obtaining more cloth from his family back East, a business was born. Shortly thereafter, Cowboys started wearing the pants because it protected their legs and the "Blue Jean" was born.
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