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XDD Denim Takes ‘Vintage-Friendly’ Approach to Manufacturing Jeans

The Rivet 50 is calling for nominations for leaders in the denim industry in 5 categories: design, influencer, leadership, sustainability and supply chain. Nominations close on May 23.

At XDD Denim, a division of XDD Textiles, it’s all about developing sustainable product, cutting waste from the manufacturing process and giving wearers the “vintage” feel that is trendy for all seasons.

The purpose of vintage-friendly products from XDD

XDD Denim’s “vintage-friendly” fabric is designed and manufactured for brands such as Levi’s as vintage denim gains popularity and consumers want an authentic product style. Wearers can experience firsthand how this vintage/marble effect impacts quality and also has a long shelf life.

XDD says that vintage, worn-out denim is a strong cultural symbol with close association to hard workers, young people and free expression. Every sign of wear, and every inch of stitching on classic denim can make them iconic. In the eyes of the denim manufacturer, every wardrobe should have at least one pair of vintage denim jeans.

“To have real vintage jeans, what you are spending is not only about money…the real cost is the time,” Kelvin Wan, chief of design and marketing executive, XDD Textile, told Rivet. “Therefore, our fabric can provide you an easy way to have this vintage feeling. We would like to offer this timeless product to our customers.”

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Wan credits the denim’s vintage aspect as a chief reason the company has developed successful growth in the market.

Sustainability of XDD

XDD Denim is a true vertical spinning and denim mill factory based in Vietnam. The company's spinning and denim factories were respectively launched in 2013 and 2019. Combined, the factories have 3 million yards of yarn capacity in 2022.

XDD Denim is a true vertical spinning and denim mill factory based in Vietnam. The company’s spinning and denim factories were respectively launched in 2013 and 2019. Combined, the factories have 3 million yards of yarn capacity in 2022.

The company has also made it a point to purchase 100 percent BCI-certified cotton from different countries. XDD has been spinning a high yarn count since 2013, notably spinning for brands such as Supima. All cotton bought from the U.S. has received certifications from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and Higg Index, making the fabric traceable and transparent.

On the other side, XDD is purchasing organic cotton from Turkey and India. Despite the current global cotton shortage, XDD can ensure that it preserves a stock keep of over 20,000 tons, and can be ready for any order size to meet buyer demands.

As sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices have become top concerns across the industry, the Vietnamese denim mill prides itself on its water recycling capabilities with their water leadership program, which successfully enables XDD to be the mill which can achieve 50 percent reverse osmosis within the wastewater treatment process.

XDD anticipates that its new waste reduction system will be completed in 2022. The company recycles cut waste from its own production by collecting garment waste and stock from local factories, dissolving and regenerating it and then re-spinning the yarn.

In the fabric production process, the company regenerates 10 to 15 percent of waste collected. The key to regenerating the denim, XDD says, is to apply the denim waste to similar products to maintain the quality.

As it prioritizes waste reduction, XDD Denim is certified in both the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and Carbon-Zero programs.

In 2021, XDD recycled approximately 200 tons of cotton. The producer currently works largely with pre-consumer cotton waste, but plans to leverage more post-consumer cotton waste in the future.

Latest innovations

XDD Denim also incorporates Lenzing materials into its denim fabrics, including TENCEL™ Lyocell, Ecovero and Modal, as well as TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™. Bringing these fabrics to life helps the manufacturer create sustainable denim with a soft hand feel.

The fabrics have been significant pillars for XDD’s newer product launches. For example, the mill recently debuted Ecology Denim, a fabric that contains 15 percent TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™, 10 percent GRS-certified recycled cotton, 64 percent organic cotton, 1 percent Hyosung’s Creora bio-based spandex and 10 percent textile waste.

In combining its commitment to sustainable fabrics with vintage inspiration, responsible manufacturing processes and waste reduction, XDD Denim aims to further develop collections that can benefit both the consumer and the environment alike. As XDD increases their capacity, the firm aims to keep the quality stable and to maintain the vintage-friendly fabric’s strength.

To learn more about XDD Denim and its parent XDD Textiles, click here. To follow XDD Textiles on Instagram @xdd_textile, click here.