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Roy Slaper Designs for Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries

Denim designer Roy Slaper and Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) continue to lead by example.

Slaper, the Oakland, Calif.-based designer best known by denim aficionados for his meticulously crafted jeans made with vintage sewing machines, developed an exclusive collection with AFGI at its factory in Karachi, Pakistan. The Roy x AFGI Collection was designed and created to showcase the mill’s new fabric developments and garment-making capabilities.

Items from the exclusive collection will not be for sale, however the line is currently on display for inspiration at Kingpins Amsterdam and it will also be presented in its entirety at Kingpins New York and Denim PV in Barcelona.

“We have always respected Roy’s work and are really excited to share what we have made with the world,” said Henry Wong, AFGI director of product development and marketing, in a statement.

The line features authentic American fits and washes with details like back knee whiskers. At Kingpins Amsterdam, AFGI Director Hasan Javed said the line is more American than the rest of the mill’s collection which tends to skew European. Javed added that it was important for AFGI to have someone like Slaper help show the the rest of the industry what its fully-vertical facilities can achieve.

Wong added, “The collection includes men’s and women’s jeans he designed here to highlight our extensive fabric range. He worked with denims that have authentic character and finishes, in both stretch and non-stretch, as well as fashion super-stretches that are suitable for activewear styles and skinnier silhouettes. There’s even an indigo ‘Judogi’ uniform that Roy designed as a playful nod to the martial art. The successful exchange of creativity and culture made this possible and the work became something fun.”