Friday, June 3, 2016

Vere Made in the USA Supplier Series - Our Strap Materials - Murdock Webbing




The strap material of a sandal is a pretty darn important part.  You are probably saying to yourself, "well, duh".  But the material that is doing all the hard work holding your foot in place is often overlooked by mass produced footwear makers who use low-quality overseas materials.  

As you walk, your full weight is levered through your gait and whips the sandal back up into your heel making the tell tail "flip flop" sound. There is a lot of force being exerted onto the strap material and if you have ever been unfortunate enough to have a sandal blowout then you know what I mean.  Have you have every had a strap rip off the footbed, or the common snap! of the toe post as it tears away, leaving your sandal twisting sideways and your foot skidding across the ground? Not a fun experience, right!

Murdock Webbing, Central Falls, Rhode Island
A strong a durable strap material (webbing) is critical for a long-lasting and proper fitting piece of footwear. Vere is lucky enough to partner with one of, if not the best webbing strap supplier in the country.  Murdock Webbing makes an incredibly durable and strong, made in the USA, nylon webbing that does not stretch out over time and maintains an exact fit through the life of the sandal. We want to give them a little recognition and our thanks for making awesome materials so we can make great sandals!


Murdock Webbing was founded in January of 1936 by M.I.T. graduate Frederick Murdock beginning with 10 employees and two looms. As WWII erupted, the industrial base began to gather ever more momentum and Murdock Webbing played an active role in producing cotton webbings for the war effort while at the same time helping to introduce synthetic fibers into the narrow fabrics industry.

Murdock further expanded its product line by playing a vital role in developing the specifications for arresting tapes which are still followed today. These arresting tapes are used at modern day military installations around the world ensuring the safety of our military personnel.

The 1987 purchase of Phoenix Trimming Co. based in Tarboro, NC utilizes modern day technologies and processes to service the customer base in the Sling and Tie Down Industry. In the early 2000's, they expanded their offerings by purchasing the assets of two Jacquard weaving facilities, Velcro Webbing (formerly Impact Textiles) from Fall River, MA and Bison Weaving from Longmont, CO. The equipment from these two acquisitions was relocated to the RI facility, giving us the largest domestic capacity for Jacquard narrow woven fabrics and further differentiating us from our competition.


Murdock Webbing

Headquarters

Murdock Webbing Co., Inc.
27 Foundry Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: 401-724-3000
Fax: 401-722-9730

J.D. Manufacturing Facility

Murdock Webbing Co., Inc.
1052 W Saint James Street
Tarboro, NC 27886-4822

Friday, May 20, 2016

Made in the USA - Our Suppliers And How We Built A US Supply Chain For Making Sandal Back Here In The USA!

Greetings, fellow sandal wearers!

The Vere crew was hanging out one night after a long day of making sandals (tis' the season!) and we started reflecting on the monumental task we set forth on to make footwear back here in the USA. A few of us thought it would be cool to give a shout out to our suppliers and show you how we set up a USA footwear supply chain.

Most all footwear has been outsourced to overseas factories in the past several decades, and it was a challenge just finding basic materials and machines here in the states.  Footwear companies rarely talk about their supply chain as they are almost always producing in some other country, and many times don't want to shine a light on what can be a complex and less than an ideal chain of material suppliers and assembly facilities.  Many brands often use 3rd parties and agents to manage production, which leaves the supply chain murky as to who is actually making and supplying material, what is in it, where it is coming from, and who is responsible for it.  Since we use responsible, American suppliers, we enjoy having a crystal clear view of our supply chain and enjoy highlighting it and our partners every chance we can!

In this series, we will highlight a few of the suppliers we use for USA made quality materials. Stay tuned for the first installment coming shortly.

Summer is coming!
The Vere Crew