British men’s wear designer Bianca Saunders tapped Isko for a second helping of its sustainable denim fabrics.
The Spring/Summer 2022 collection includes indigo and ecru denim jackets and loose-fitting jeans featuring Saunders’ signature twisted seams. Standout looks include a two-tone denim jacket and an ecru denim zip-up jacket with matching jeans for both.
Isko’s fabric is used in seven looks, all of which include the mill’s innovative production methods, including its R-Two platform which uses recycled fibers as well as reused cotton that comes from its own production loss, and EFD—known as “eco for dye”— which skips the pre-bleaching process and saves energy, chemicals and water.
Saunders has become a designer to watch, and in July earned the prestigious Andam award, a recognition awarded annually to young designers who are then connected with fashion experts to help move their career forward. Since 1989, the award has helped nurture some of the industry’s biggest names, including former recipients Martin Margiela and Anthony Vaccarello.
The relationship between Saunders and Isko was forged in 2020 when the designer used the Turkish mill’s fabric in her Fall/Winter 2020 collection. “We take pride in supporting designers like Bianca who have a passion for responsible production and promoting sustainability in the fashion industry,” said Keith O’Brien, Isko marketing and business development manager.
The partnership, he added, is an example of Isko’s “dedication to supporting emerging designers who want to integrate denim into their innovative collections.”
In May, the mill gifted premium denim fabrics to three Savannah College of Art and Design students to support the development of their final year collection. It’s an avid supporter of the Isko I-Skool, the annual student design competition that encompasses design, sustainability and marketing strategies.
More recently, it partnered with globally recognized fashion school Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) and Kering, the luxury group that owns labels such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga, to develop a 10-week course dedicated to sustainable fashion. Led by Andrée-Anne Lemieux, sustainability professor and head of the IFM-Kering sustainability chair, the “Fashion Sustainability: Shaping Fashion’s Future” course garnered participation from both young students and experienced fashion professionals looking to create a brighter future.
Isko also recently formed a partnership with U.K.-based denim brand Hiut, which connected the label with its new low-impact wash technology and wash development center in London to create a low-impact Made in the U.K. jean.
The jeans were washed using Isko’s nanobubble technology, an eco-efficient process that saves eight to 10 times the amount of water used in conventional wash methods. Using air from the atmosphere, G2 technology generates ozone to treat garments by reacting with fiber dyes, creating a naturally distressed look. The zero-discharge process is void of harmful chemicals.
The Hiut range includes the Rosie slim-fit utility jean, a 13-ounce high-rise straight leg, and the Betty taper jean, a 12.5-ounce high rise cropped jean. Both are available now on the Hiut website for $265.