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Lenzing Teams With Saitex for a Sustainable Denim Capsule

Industry leaders have come together to create a capsule collection that reveals new depths in denim.

Lenzing will present “Midnight Blues” at Kingpins Amsterdam Oct. 25-26, a men’s and women’s collection made in partnership with sustainable fashion designer Pawan Kumar, denim manufacturer Saitex and more than a dozen global mills with sustainable initiatives.

“The ‘Midnight Blues’ collection proves just how beautiful, versatile and sustainable denim can be,” said Tricia Carey, director of global business development for denim at Lenzing.

The collection boasts denim fabrics made using Tencel lyocell and Refibra technology, Lenzing’s effort to build a circular economy. The Refibra technology upcycles cotton scraps recovered from industrial operations that would otherwise be discarded. Through a closed loop process, the cotton scraps are combined with Tencel made from responsibly harvested wood to make a new Tencel lyocell with Refibra fibers.

The technology, which Lenzing launched in February 2017, offers denim brands an immediate option for enhancing the sustainability of their products.

Vietnam-based Saitex produced the garments at its factory, which has been awarded Bluesign and LEED certifications. Saitex has invested in industry-leading equipment that makes washing a more resource-efficient process compared to the inefficient “belly” washers used in traditional manufacturing. The factory’s electricity dependency and carbon footprint have been reduced with air-drying, as well as by using solar and other clean power sources.

“Saitex is quickly becoming the mecca of sustainable manufacturing,” said Saitex founder Sanjeev Bahl. “We are drawing the highest caliber of design talent from across the globe to work at our facilities. In partnership with the innovators at Lenzing, we are proud to have provided the collaboration and expertise needed to bring Pawan Kumar’s vision to life in the most sustainable context.”

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The fabrics were an ideal canvas for Kumar, who culled inspiration from the “natural splendor” of his native Mauritius and the “urban sophistication” of his current home, Los Angeles. “With these innovative fabrics, it was easy to attain the specific wash effects and visual textures I wanted for my designs, which embrace sustainability from fiber to finished garment,” he said.

For the collection, Kumar blended a contemporary style with the glamorous attitude of the 1950s. “Midnight Blues” comprises three sub themes: subtle flower designs in Floral Enigma, classic ’50s tones in Textured Blue, and Timeless Stripes, a nod to mid-century modern design.

The capsule includes jeans, dresses, T-shirts, sweaters and jackets for both women and men. In addition to the core denim styles, complementary knits and wovens were produced by other sustainable mills, including Artistic Denim Mills, Artistic Milliners, Barutcu, Blue Diamond, Candiani, Cone Denim, Hallotex, Orta, Prosperity, Royo, Textil Santaderina and Tintex.