By: Nate Robertson Assistant Director of Economic Development City of Haverhill & Greater Haverhill Foundation

Textile manufacturing is coming back to the United States and Haverhill is getting a piece of the action. If you had told me that five years ago I would have laughed it off, but we live in interesting times. As the cost of labor increases overseas and the demand for well-made local products increases some companies have found a sweet spot for clothing manufacturing in the United States. Here in Haverhill we are proud to host the world headquarters of 1620 Workwear, a new clothing startup located at 45 Wingate Street, right downtown. What happened in 1620 you may ask? Well it’s when the Mayflower pulled up to Plymouth Rock to see what was going on.

1620 Workwear set up shop in Haverhill this summer. Two Merrimack Valley guys, Josh Walker and Ted De Innocentis, decided to take the plunge together. When they were looking at places to open their offices, Haverhill jumped on their radar because of the beautiful downtown buildings at a fraction of the cost of Boston. This isn’t their first foray into textiles, both have extensive histories of working with overseas clothing manufacturing, but they wanted to come back to Massachusetts and do something here. Now with a headquarters in Haverhill the two entrepreneurs feel at home. Their vision is that working men in the manual labor world would be willing to pay a little extra for durable clothing that can keep up with them at the job site.

Guys in the manual labor world know that clothing can wear out quickly and 1620 Workwear knows it too. A quick glance at their website shows that they have brand ambassadors across the United States like commercial fisherman Matt Arsenault from Plum Island or Spenser McCleskey an Alaskan welder. The one thing that these guys have in common is a need for clothing that can keep up with their lives and 1620 Workwear has their products in just about every situation.

Every piece of clothing produced by 1620 Workwear comes from the United States. Staying true to their working class New England roots the majority of the clothing is manufactured in Everett, Massachusetts and then shipped to customers across the world. The press has noticed too, with write-ups on and the Boston Globe, 1620 Workwear is beginning to make a name for themselves. Ted and Josh’s vision is coming to life in Haverhill.