Indera Mills® was incorporated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1914. Francis Henry Fries, the company's founder, was a successful entrepreneur. He also started Washington Mills, Arista Mills, and served as the first president of Wachovia Bank & Trust Co. Mr. Fries named the company after an attractive Indian princess named Indera whom he met while on vacation with his family in Egypt in 1907.
From the beginning, Indera Mills was a vertically integrated apparel manufacturer, specializing in circular knitted underwear garments. Early products included knitted slips and vests, union suits, knee warmers, and bathing suits. Over time the company refined its product offerings and today focuses primarily on winter weight products. The Indera Mills mission is to be the premier thermal underwear supplier in the U.S. by offering the best product value: style and quality at a very competitive price.