Founded by William Peter Dehen in 1920, Dehen Knitting Company produces classic and traditional U.S. heavyweight apparel. Keeping true to the humble yet pioneering beginnings in Portland, Oregon, they are a family business known for long-lasting quality, workmanship and rugged styling.
In the 1920's they began knitting varstiy and collegiate sweaters for student athletes. In the 30's they started supplying local motorcycle clubs with riding sweaters. In the 50's they added the Varsity Jacket to the repertoire, making each jacket by hand to the specification of each individual lucky enough to letter in his or her sport.
Today, well into the tenth decade, Dehen continues a tradition of heavy duty, quality manufacturing while actually producing all goods in Portland. Value is built into every garment that Dehen makes.
Over the last 90 plus years there have been many changes, not the least of which was the pressure to move the manufacturing outside the United States. Even when times got tough, not once did they flinch in the approach and commitment. They are proud of their company, employees and their continued resilience over so many years in business. Dehen refuses to compromise on the methods and ideals honed over the past 96 years, while accepting the challenge to keep moving forward.