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Inside Candiani Denim’s Open Mill Day

Italian denim mill Candiani Denim capped off its 80th anniversary celebrations last week with an inside look at how it does what it’s been doing.

The mill hosted its first Open Mill Day with the purpose of showcasing the “realities of everyday production in the textile industry, inspiring questions and showing that there is a difference when a company commits to innovation and invests in sustainability,” Candiani said in a statement.

Supply chain partners, designers and media, among others, were given a behind-the-scenes look into the mill’s denim production process—from spinning to laundry.

The event began at Candiani’s cotton warehouse, located just outside of Milan, where guests toured an exhibition on denim’s evolution from workwear, to performance, to premium with a sustainable footprint. From there, the group visited each step along the denim-making process, including the mill’s spinning, dyeing, weaving, finishing and laundry departments.

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Alberto Candiani presenting at Open Mill Day. Courtesy of Candiani

Meanwhile, Candiani hosted a series of panels highlighting each department’s sustainable properties, such as water, chemical and energy savings.

A leader in sustainable innovations and technology, the heritage mill describes itself as the “greenest textile company in the blue world.”

Candiani Denim will reopen on May 4 after closing for more than a month due to coronavirus, owner Alberto Candiani confirmed on Instagram.
Touring Candiani’s facility. Courtesy

Through its development of chemical- and water-reducing technology, Indigo Juice, and its use of Kitotex, a technology using a natural polymer intended to save water, chemicals and energy, Candiani has set the bar high for innovation—both for itself and for the industry. Earlier this year, the mill launched Re-Gen, its 80th anniversary fabric with yarns made from regenerated material instead of virgin cotton.

Those who attended Candiani’s Open Mill Day received a bag made from Re-Gen fabric containing the mill’s sustainability report and three meters of Re-Gen fabric for guests to make their own sustainable jeans.