Candiani celebrated its 80th anniversary with Los Angeles-based denim family and friends Thursday with a preview of its limited-edition anniversary collection designed by Atelier & Repairs founder Maurizo Donadi.
The event, held at Candiani’s L.A. design center, offered guests a closer look at the mill’s newest innovation and anniversary fabric, Re-Gen Denim, and the world premiere of Candiani’s anniversary film.
Re-Gen Denim serves as the canvas for the limited-edition collection. The sustainable, “super-selvedge” denim is composed of 50 percent Refibra, Lenzing’s post-industrial cotton waste and wood pulp fiber blend, and 50 percent recycled fibers.
For Re-Gen, the mill uses Kitotex dyeing technology, which requires 30 percent less energy, 50 percent less water and 70 percent less chemicals. Additionally, the anniversary fabric employs Indigo Juice, Candiani’s water-saving dyeing technology that keeps indigo superficial on the yarn during the dyeing process. This process achieves vintage looks and authentic contrasts with just a fraction of water, energy and chemicals, reducing water and energy usage in the dyeing stage by 15 percent.
The anniversary collection includes 12 contemporary denim pieces inspired by the evolution workwear. The collection will be available for sale exclusively at Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam beginning April 18, the first day of Kingpins Amsterdam.
During Kingpins, the Italian mill will also present its new INK Collection. Short for indigo, nitrogen and Kitotex, INK combines Kitotex with the mill’s in-house developed dyeing technology N-Denim. The technology uses one dyeing bath instead of the traditional seven, which cuts chemical usage by 30 percent.
Additionally, the fabrics in the INK collection are made with high percentages of sustainable fibers, including BCI and Tencel and uses dyestuff that is 100 percent biodegradable sulfur and mineral dyes.