A third generation family business moving far beyond flannel.


Founded by Ben Wachter in 1952, BWA, Inc. pioneered the market for premium cotton flannel, quickly becoming the first company to manufacture apparel exclusively for Private Brands. Our unique relationships with the flannel mills of Portugal dates back to 1955, when Mr. Wachter placed the first fabric order for the US market. Since then, BWA has maintained a constant presence in Portugal, working closely with leading flannel mills to continually develop new products and improved finishes.

From its start in 1952, BWA has evolved as a third generation family business moving far beyond flannel. By leveraging our experience in luxury woven fabrics from Europe, we diversified our product line and capabilities to include a broad spectrum of woven and knit fabrics never relinquishing our commitment to superior quality, performance and handfeel.

Today, BWA is a fully integrated apparel manufacturer with strong mill partnerships in Europe, China, South Korea, and Taiwan. These close relationships allow us to offer our clients the world’s finest fabrics at competitive costs. We also offer exclusive textile and garment design and development services to better meet the unique needs of our clients’ Private Brands. Our value-added merchandising services include seasonal market analysis, CAD design, color and trend forecasting.

2019 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Authentic Portuguese Flannel Shirt by Roundtree & Yorke at Dillard’s.