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Target’s Universal Thread Collection Takes on Fit and Sustainability

Target’s new denim collection, Universal Thread, aims to be a one-stop shop for jeans with more than 100 pieces for sizes 00 to 26W under $40.

The collection is part of Target’s portfolio building initiative to roll out more than 12 new, Target-only brands with unique points of view.

Universal Thread answers a number of women’s fit problems with contoured waistbands, added back-rise coverage and slimming fabrics, while tackling the challenge of creating sustainable yet affordable denim.

Select styles are made from recycled cotton. Jeggings are finished using Kitotex, a technology that uses Chitosan in the dyeing process to help reduce water, chemicals and energy consumption. A portion of the jeans have pockets made with Repreve polyester made from recycled plastic bottles.

With the tagline “The denim collection that’s true to you,” Universal Thread employs a youthful and minimalistic aesthetic based on classics. Denim is paired with baseball caps, silk kerchiefs, tees and natural leather handbags—not unlike the accessible yet stylized looks that helped Madewell come into dominance.

The collection offers an encyclopedia of cuts including: skinny bootcut, mid-rise deconstructed skinny, mid-rise curvy skinny, mid-rise roll cuff boyfriend, high-rise skinny, high-rise jegging, high-rise wide leg, high-rise kick bootcut crop and high-rise wide leg crop.

Universal Thread’s adaptive collection offers medium and dark wash bootcut jeans with a high-rise back, wider leg construction and flattened seams to help reduce pressure points.

Washes in the collection span light, medium and dark indigo, to white, gray and black. Floral embroidery and pops of colored denim, like red, green and pale pink, add a summery feel to the line. The brand pays special attention to hems, offering released, split and raw hem finishes.

Blouse options include off-the-shoulder tops and button-down denim shirts. Railroad jackets and embroidered Trucker jackets offer a “borrowed from the boys” look. Midi and mini-skirts, denim apron dresses and shirt dresses round out the collection.

Universal Thread launches February 4 and will be available in Target stores and on