Founded by William Peter Dehen in 1920, Dehen Knitting Company produces classic and traditional U.S. heavyweight apparel. Keeping true to our humble yet pioneering beginnings in Portland, Oregon, we are a family business known for long-lasting quality, workmanship and rugged styling.
In the 1920's we began knitting varsity and collegiate sweaters for student athletes. In the 30's we started supplying local motorcycle clubs with riding sweaters. In the 50's we added the Varsity Jacket to our repertoire, making each jacket by hand to the specification of each individual lucky enough to letter in his or her sport.
Today, well into our tenth decade, Dehen continues a tradition of heavy duty, quality manufacturing while actually producing our 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 our manufacturing outside the United States. Even when times got tough, not once did we flinch in our approach and commitment. We are proud of our company, our employees and our continued resilience over so many years in business. We refuse to compromise on the methods and ideals honed over the past 96 years, while accepting the challenge to keep moving forward. Launched in 2011 our Dehen 1920 line combines the best of our past with an eye on the future.
We hope to share with you the “Heavy Duty, Old School Truth” that is Dehen 1920.