Gifts You Feel Good Giving


Cotton of the Carolinas

A new movement is taking the consumer world by storm: knowing from where your clothing comes. Similar to the local food movement, consumers are becoming more passionate about wearing apparel that boasts a local footprint – and better yet, will pay a premium for such items.

TS Designs President Eric Henry says Cotton of the Carolinas shirts can be found in a variety of stores and outlets. “We have hundreds of customers across the South – especially companies that share the similar value of the importance of staying local, such as breweries or farmers markets,” Henry says.

Interested in tracking the footprint of your clothing? Visit the website, which can help track your T-shirt and also provides a quick tutorial on the process of making a T-shirt – from the field to the finished product.

Consumers hoping to give a feel-good, Carolina-made T-shirt this holiday season can start the search at The company offers monthly public tours on the 10th of every month (known as Tours on the Tenth); email the company at to RSVP. Follow them on Facebook for a peek at their latest creations, and keep an eye out for the company’s periodic Big T-Shirt Sales.

Another site,, also offers Cotton of the Carolinas designs.

Last but not least, check with local North Carolina boutiques, and ask about the Cotton of the Carolinas label. You might have to do a little digging to find one, but it will be worth it to know it all started right here in the North Carolina dirt.

– Karsen Price


  1. Corinne Hopkins

    December 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Are you able to order online?

  2. Betty

    December 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I always look forward to getting our next NC Field and Family. My husband and I have always lived in NC. We love our state.

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