The Cotton


Better by Detail...

Beginning with the ONLY bee-pollinated cotton, Vidalia undertakes a comprehensive process to transform this cotton into exceptional textiles and clothing. The journey starts in Vidalia, Louisiana, where this curated cotton is integrated with special tracing technology. The cotton is opened, cleaned, carded, combed, spun, and wound into premium long-staple Heirloom Pima cotton yarns. These yarns are then meticulously crafted into high-quality fabrics, including artisanal canvas and denim.

Vidalia specializes in creating combed ring-spun yarn from select Heirloom Pima cotton, renowned for being the pinnacle of quality in both method and material. This long-staple cotton yarn, derived from Heirloom Pima cotton, sets the benchmark for excellence.  Better cotton plus better yarn equals better products.

While it's possible to produce yarn more quickly or cost-effectively using inferior materials, Vidalia is dedicated to surpassing the standard. Vidalia embodies the commitment to superior quality.

Good Stewardship

For Vidalia, environmental stewardship is not a mere facet for promotional rhetoric; we steadfastly reject the practice of greenwashing and the compromise of standards.

We champion the use of superior-quality fiber that benefits the earth.

Vidalia opts for non-GMO Heirloom Pima Cotton. This choice diverges from the norm of genetically modified cotton cultivation, which often relies on harmful herbicides and fertilizers standard in global industrial cotton farming.

Heirloom Pima Cotton champions the cause of fertile soil, judicious water use, and the cultivation of fiber in harmony with nature.

It symbolizes a commitment from farmers to employ sustainable practices such as cover cropping and reduced tillage, enhancing soil health with each crop cycle. This approach is grounded in ecological guardianship, eschewing the hazardous overuse of fertilizers and pesticides.

Furthermore, Vidalia is a Polyester and Spandex-free zone, deliberately avoiding both, which are elastomeric fibers known for contributing to microplastic pollution in our oceans.

These materials shed microfibers that infiltrate groundwater and seas, affecting marine life across the spectrum.

Meet The Growers

Every month, Vidalia is set to spotlight a grower from within the industry, showcasing their contributions and the significance of their work to our products. We hold the conviction that growers are the fundamental support of our production chain - they are the cultivators of the exceptional cotton that forms the foundation of our top-tier products for the apparel industry. Each of these growers operates domestically within the United States, and we are eager to both learn their stories and share them with you.


APRIL 30, 2024 | PART 2

Cole Viramontes

Cole Viramontes says his ultimate aim is to achieve a zero-pesticide operation, though the path is challenging and far from straightforward. Many assume it's simpler than it is, particularly given the distinct climate conditions in our region compared to, say, the central or eastern parts of the country. Despite the Southwest region's diversity, spanning from Texas to California, the variability in weather and cropping systems presents unique challenges. Over a decade, he's embarked on this journey and has made significant strides, notably in reducing pesticide use and improving plant and soil health.