Fiber firm Lenzing is releasing a sustainable denim capsule collection, “Midnight Blues,” at Kingpins Amsterdam on Oct. 24 and 25. The collection was previewed at New York Couture Fashion Week in September. Its capsule collection incorporates Tencel Lyocell, Refibra technology and is in collaboration with Pawan Kumar, an emerging denim designer, and Saitex, a “clean” denim manufacturer.

The capsule offers jeans, dresses, T-shirts, sweaters and jackets for women and men, as well as complementary knits and wovens, all produced by sustainable mills including Artistic Denim Mills, Artistic Milliners, Barutcu, Blue Diamond, Candiani, Cone Denim, Hallotex, Orta, Prosperity, Royo, Textil Santaderina and Tintex. Lenzing’s Refibra technology uses cotton scraps recovered from industrial operations by combining the upcycled cotton with responsibly harvested wood and converting it into Tencel Lyocell fibers through a closed loop process.

Tricia Carey, director of global business development for denim at Lenzing, said, “The ‘Midnight Blues’ collection proves just how beautiful, versatile and sustainable denim can be. Tencel Lyocell with Refibra technology brings circularity to textiles by using post-industrial cotton waste to make new Lyocell fibers. Initially launched in February 2017, we now have a wider range of mills and brands integrating Refibra technology into their collections.”

Photo courtesy of Lenzing. 

Kumar studied sustainable finishing as a designer at Jeanologia and is an advocate of industry-wide sustainability. The designer drew inspiration from “the natural splendor of his island origins in Mauritius and the urban sophistication of L.A. where he now resides,” which resulted in a blend of Fifties glamour and contemporary, minimalist style, he said. And the collection includes “sub themes,” such as “the charm of subtle flower designs in Floral Enigma, classic Fifties tones in Textured Blue, and the mid-century modern flair of Timeless Stripes,” according to the firm.

Kumar said, “Gorgeous, sustainable denim fabrics made with Tencel Lyocell with Refibra technology form a high-quality foundation for the ‘Midnight Blues’ collection. With these innovative fabrics, it was easy to attain the specific wash effects and visual textures I wanted for my designs, which embrace sustainability from fiber to finished garment. I am eager to present the ‘Midnight Blues’ collection at Kingpins Amsterdam and show the market that beautiful, sustainable denim is the future.”

And Saitex, the sustainable denim factory in Vietnam that manufactured the collection, has received Blue Sign and LEED certifications for its practices, such as recycling up to 98 percent of the water it uses and air-drying via solar and other clean power sources to reduce electricity dependency. Sanjeev Bahl, owner of Saitex, said its factory “is quickly becoming the mecca of sustainable manufacturing. We are drawing the highest caliber of design talent from across the globe to work at our facilities. In partnership with the innovators at Lenzing, we are proud to have provided the collaboration and expertise needed to bring Pawan Kumar’s vision to life in the most sustainable context.”

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