VF-owned outdoor brand The North Face has developed a cotton hoodie that was designed, sourced and manufactured within 150 miles of its headquarters in California.

The "backyard hoodie", which is the newest addition to the company's portfolio of eco-preferred products, was made using cotton fibre grown and harvested in California. The exclusive blend was created by combining farmer Sally Fox's 'Buffalo Brown' heirloom cotton with long staple fibre.

Due to the decline of cotton mills in Northern California, the cotton spinning and knitting had to be completed in the Carolinas before the fabric was returned to a cutting facility in Oakland and a local sewer in San Leandro, California, who constructed the garments.

"This was a design challenge we set for ourselves that gave us greater exposure to the existing textile craftsmanship that is still thriving within our local community," said Adam Mott, director of sustainability at The North Face.

While Rebecca Burgess, founder of Fibershed, who also partnered with The North Face on the project, added: "From the outset, our goal has been to show people that regionally grown fibers, natural dyes and local talent are still in great enough existence in the US to provide this most basic human necessity - our clothes.

"Collaborating with a brand like The North Face is a huge step towards creating a thriving local textile economy."

The North Face also partnered with the Sustainable Cotton Project, which brings together a community of family farmers growing cotton in California's Central Valley.

Cleaner Cotton from the Sustainable Cotton Project prohibits the 13 most toxic chemicals used on cotton in California, and is proven to reduce chemical use up to 73% in comparison to conventional cotton fields in the same region.