BOSTON (CBS) – When Nathan Rothstein launched his t-shirt business, he wanted to find a way to bring manufacturing back to the United States. He found his formula with Project Repat.
“We started making different products,” Rothstein tells me, “but what people really wanted was an affordable way to turn their t-shirts into a quilt.”
That’s right, a t-shirt quilt. Customers send him old t-shirts, and his Fall River factory produces custom-made, fleece-backed quilts.
“We wanted to figure out a way to turn t-shirts that are normally made overseas in poor working conditions into fair wage work in the United States,” Rothstein says. “What’s cool about it is that we can take all these t-shirts that were made overseas, and turn them into jobs right here in Massachusetts.”
Rothstein tells me he chose the name Project Repat because they’re repatriating textile jobs back to their country of origin.
In 2013, the company produced more than 13,000 t-shirt quilts.