Calik Denim is still riding high after the year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2017.
The Turkish mill, which produces 44 million meters of denim a year in its 191,080-square-meter facility, used the occasion to fete the future of denim through a series of exhibitions dubbed Denim Loves Art. Through the events, which took place in Istanbul, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, Calik put a spotlight on the work of 30 young designers from around the world selected from an open call promoted thorough leading design schools like the University of Edinburgh, Central St. Martins, FIDM, Parsons, Jean School Amsterdam, Amsterdam Fashion Institute and Mimar Sinan University.
Calik commemorated the occasion with a coffee table book entitled “30 Years, 30 Talents” which features the designers behind the top 30 looks as well as their process. It also presents profiles of the selection panel, including fashion designer and denim expert Lucia Rosin and director of denim at WGSN Dio Kurazawa.
Additionally, Calik teamed up with Parsons School of Design, the No. 1 design school in the U.S., on a course entitled “Fashion Materiality.” The denim-centric class explores design, construction, history and influence and culminated with students creating their own denim designs. As part of the final project, all students designed their own collections. The top five designs chosen by jury were invited to submit their looks at the trade shows. Then the top three designers have a chance to intern at Çalık Denim for the summer.
The brand’s support of emerging talent exemplifies Calik’s commitment to innovation, which is apparent in its Fall/Winter 19-20 collections.
Weaveland launches this season with classic velour and cord which are key trends in the fashion industry. In addition to these, the concept includes PFD fabric family which help garment makers to dye fabric any color they choose. Following Calik Denim’s Red Carpet concept, a contemporary take on 80’s disco pants, Weaveland is another great innovation uniting denim with on-trend textures.
With Rinstate, Calik focuses on raw denim that’s ready to wear after rinse washing. Offered in two colors and three silhouettes, the grouping saves energy, time and water and reduces chemical usage—all with color fast characteristics.
Calik is also extending its Smart Stretch concept, which launched for women for Spring/Summer ’19, to its men’s collection. The mill also continues to embrace bodies of all shapes and sizes by adapting new technologies that allow for stretch and recovery. Using new technologies to increase its holding power and help it keep shape, Smart Stretch works to enhance both slim and curvaceous figures. Before, the waist and knee areas were compressed but now with the new added Smart Stretch technology, the fabric knows exactly where to stretch and where not.
For those for whom athleisure is the height of comfort, the company continues Fly Jean.
The Fly Jean concept, which was originally launched at Liberty Fairs, features stay-black and bi-directional stretch and a super soft hand, allowing for lightness and flexibility.
Calik Denim introduces its eco-friendly concepts in AW 19/20 Collection:
The company’s Oxygene, which is developed specifically to reduce washing time, saving both the industry and our valued customers time and energy while also protecting the environment. Calik is pushing the concept further with over-cracked, natural slub and cross hatch options.
Through Re/Light, Calik answers two of consumers’ top concerns: sustainability and comfort. Made from cotton blended with 80 percent polyester made from PET recycled bottles, the result is a buttery soft and light fabric.
Learn more about Calik at calikdenim.com.