How We Are Made

These days, everyone’s talking about vertical integration. At Citizens of Humanity, we’re actually doing it. So what does that mean? As one of the very few vertically integrated denim production facilities in the United States, we manufacture everything at our own sewing and laundry facilities—all located within 15 minutes of our Los Angeles based design studio, giving us complete control over the quality of our products. Before they are in your hands, each pair of Citizens jeans passes through the hands of at least forty others. We want you to know that wherever and whenever you purchase your Citizens jeans, each and every product has been crafted with integrity. So, here’s how everything comes together, down to the last stitch.

01

Design

Because a great pair of jeans begins with a perfect fit, our designers and patternmakers fine-tune each garment prototype until they have it just right. With sustainability and innovation at the heart of everything we do, we cut our denim on automated machines to maximize efficiency and minimize fabric waste.

02

Sew

A basic pair of five-pocket jeans takes up to fifty different steps to produce. Using techniques unique to Citizens, 250 of our sewing experts handcraft each pair of jeans. Each week, our team sews upwards of 5,000 pieces.

03

Wash and Dye

As a California-based company, having recently witnessed one of our state’s most serious droughts, we’re committed to lowering water consumption in every step of the production process. We’ve implemented techniques that reduce our global footprint such as laser technology, our own ozone process, and high-efficiency washers.

04

Finish

This is where everything comes full circle. Each pair comes back to our warehouse to be hand-inspected by a quality-control specialist that knows the product as well as anyone. Several of our team has been with Citizens since we first started. Lasty, each piece is then pressed and prepped for shipping.