UNIQLO and Supima® Cotton

Mar 15, 2024 LifeWear
For over a century, Supima® cotton has been farmed throughout the West and Southwest of the United States. In most cases, the growers are family farms that have been passed down from generation to generation. We visited some of these farms to talk to some of the farmers who are harvesting the Supima® cotton that will eventually be made into essential UNIQLO products.

Jacob Cauzza (Jake for short) of Cauzza Growers in Buttonwillow, California is a fourth generation farmer and we spoke to him about his family's legacy of farming. According to Jake, his great grandfather, who is originally from Lucca, Italy, emigrated from Switzerland and settled in Buttonwillow in the 1920s, where he started the family farm in the 1930s. Jake's great grandfather slept under a tree while constructing a small house that still stands in the same spot today.

"Over the years we've made it a priority to keep the house in the best condition possible because it has such a symbolic meaning to the family," says Jake.

Jake grew up on the farm and started working summers when he was 13 years old. He lived on the farm until he was 18 when he left for college. Carrying on the legacy of farming that his great grandfather started is something he doesn't take for granted, even after knowing firsthand that the work is tough. He says that it's not an easy way to make a living without passion for the ground and the fruit of your labour.

"I take great pride farming the same ground that my great grandfather farmed nearly 90 years ago and that is the legacy that I want to carry on," added Jake.

Supima® cotton is farmed using state-of-the-art technology and processes. From GPS navigation used on tractors to plant and harvest the cotton, to satellite technology and soil monitors, Supima® farmers ensure they're growing the best quality cotton in the world as efficiently as possible. According to Jake, farmers in California take harvesting very seriously.

"We use GPS navigation on our equipment to ensure minimum tillage, we use satellite and soil monitors to ensure no water is wasted and we are irrigating at the correct times, and we have PCA-certified companies check all crops to ensure their health. Everything we put in the ground is documented and must be up to state standards," says Jake.

A fun fact about the farm is that they are one of the original families to start the Farmers Co-op Gin, a collection of 30-40 family farms, a lot of whom are 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Farmers Co-op Gin was founded in 1937 and is the largest roller gin stand in the country. According to Jake, Adrianne their gin manager, is the only female gin manager in the Far West and she is an incredible asset to the farms.

"The Buttonwillow community has a rich history and I am sure [there are] more stories like my great grandfather's," added Jake.

What is Supima® cotton?

Supima® cotton is a superior type of cotton grown in the USA. It represents less than 1% of cotton grown in the world. What makes Supima® unique to other cottons is the extra-long staple fibre that gives the cotton its premium properties: strength, softness and colour retention.

Find out more about Supima cotton here