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Global Denim Awards by e3 Announces Designers, Mills, Jury

PRESS RELEASE: AMSTERDAM When it debuts on October 29, the Global Denim Awards 2014 will be the first-of-its-kind runway show/competition that spotlights the latest / greatest innovations by the world’s top denim mills as imagined by six emerging designers. The result is an unprecedented collaboration between talent and industry that creates a directional platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.

Sponsored and made possible by e3, the Global Denim Awards will take place at Denim City – Amsterdam’s brand new denim innovation campus.

A truly collaborative initiative, the six selected designers were each paired with a progressive mill and given the opportunity to visit their designated mill to develop an in-depth understanding of fiber, fabric, wash and denim development. Armed with these new skills as well their mill’s best fabrications, each designer has developed a 5-look collection which will be judged on the merits of the design and the innovative nature of the denim fabrications.

The Mills + Designers:

Bossa (Turkey) + Gizzem Turan (Istanbul)

A top mill in Turkey, Bossa has 63 years of experience in the textile industry and offers a wide range of high-quality denim and non-denim formal and smartwear fabrics, with an annual total production capacity of 84,5 million meters in spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing.

Designer Gizzem Turan will showcase Bossa’s denim textiles in her presentation. Born in Turkey, Turan received her training at Istanbul Technical University and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After graduating in 2013, Turan cut her teeth while working for several brands in New York, including Rag & Bone, Marchesa and Bergdorf Goodman. Now back in Istanbul, Turan is designing and teaching sewing at the Istanbul Technical University.

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Candiani Denim (Italy) + Stefano Ughetti (Milan)

The 75-year-old, vertically-integrated Candiani Denim mill is Europe’s largest denim mill – but it prides itself in being what it calls the world’s most sustainable denim mill. Candiani innovates constantly developing and patenting new technologies, which allows the mill to improve its products and increase its sustainability. Very often, Candiani’s new technologies have been adopted by the rest of the denim industry.

Designer Stefano Ughetti has been active in the Italian fashion industry since 2005, when he started as a retailer before transitioning to design. Ughetti’s work has been showcased in Italy, France and China.

ITV Denim (Italy) + Jonathan Christopher (Rotterdam)

A 42-year-old vertical denim mill, ITV Denim currently produces 16 million square meters of denim fabric and similar items ranging from 5 to 14,5 oz. weight. With a focus on new technologies and techniques in spinning, dyeing, weaving and finishing, ITV has invested in modern systems while maintaining its rich heritage of high quality and stellar service.

Designer Jonathan Christopher is a recognized young designer and stylist, with notable awards and clients to his name. His work has been showcased in Brussels, Hong Kong and Germany. Currently, Christopher designs his own collection and freelances for clients such as Karl Lagerfeld.

Orta Anadolu (Turkey) + Bhavesh Samji (London)

Established in 1953 as a spinning and weaving company, Turkey-based Orta Anadolu shifted to denim production in 1985. Since then, Orta has established two denim mills in Turkey and Bahrain as developed a global presence with its offices and showrooms in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Colombia, Japan, Australia and Istanbul. In 2009, Orta used 3% of organic cotton in all of its production without quoting an extra cost. Currently, Orta uses 5% better cotton in all its production.

UK-based designer Bhavesh Samji is influenced by craftsmanship, functionality and simplicity. Workmanship has become an integral principle of his design process and would like to merge sustainability with durability, emphasising the authenticity of natural materials.

Prosperity Textile (China) + Anneloes van Osselaer (Beijing)

Founded in 1995, Prosperity Textile (H.K.) LTD. is a fast-growing international textile company, providing R&D, design and manufacturing services to global garment clients. Prosperity specializes in the manufacture of denim fabrics, with a state-of-the-art production plant located in Shaoguan, China, and the marketing centers in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The company’s annual capacity is over 50 million yards, and with 19 offices in countries around the world, Prosperity provides global production capabilities supported by local customer service.

Designer Anneloes van Osselaer was born in The Netherlands and studied fashion in both Milan and Berlin, after which she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Fashion Design from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in 2008. Her work experience includes design stints at brands such as Amsterdam’s G-Star RAW and ONLY, the Danish womenswear brand she now works for while based in Beijing.

Tejidos Royo (Spain) + Fernanda Fernandes (Amsterdam)

A Spanish textile company founded in 1903, Tejidos Royo has grown to encompass the entire production cycle, from cotton to ready-made fabric, thanks to its yarn, weaving and finishing divisions. To maintain its position on the cutting-edge of denim, Royo maintains Color and Laundry Research and Development divisions to investigate new ways to finish and dye fabrics as well as innovative washings + dyes and bio-enzimatic washings to be more sustainable each new season.

Amsterdam-based Brazilian designer Fernanda Fernandes is a recent graduate of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, but comes from a family of artisans and craftsmen. Prior to pursuing her fashion education abroad, Fernandes worked in a jean factory. During her training Fernandes participated in a 6-month internship at Hussein Chalayan in London. In her own work Fernandes relies on a blend of old-world tailoring techniques and new-world innovation.

The Jury:

Adriano Goldschmied – The godfather of premium denim, founder of Diesel, Replay, Gap 1969, Adriano Goldschmied AG, and Goldsign.

Rene Strolenberg – Co-founder of Tenue de Nîmes.

Norma Quinto – Fashion journalist

Jason Denham – Founder, Denham the Jeanmaker

The winning designer will be awarded €10,000 and have his/her winning designs displayed at the Kingpins shows in Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and at the Amsterdam Denim Days 2015.

Global Denim Awards will be preceded by Kingpins’ After Party event and the Denim City pre-opening.

Doors open at 18:30 for open bar & tasty treats; the Global Denim Awards show is to begin at 21:30, followed by our after-party.

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About Kingpins

The Kingpins Show is an invitation-only, boutique denim sourcing show featuring a highly-edited selection of vendors that include denim and sportswear fabric mills from the US, Japan, China, India, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, Spain and Mexico; wash houses; full package manufacturers; trim providers and makers of technology, wash chemicals and business solutions. Kingpins, which launched in 2004, produces biannual shows in New York, Hong Kong and Amsterdam and an annual show in Los Angeles.

About e3

e3 is a transparent, environmentally responsible, economically viable and socially equitable program that provides stringent guidelines for farmers in the United States who grow Certified FiberMax® or authentic Stoneville® cotton. e3 takes to the next level the Certified FiberMax and authentic Stoneville programmes, which allow buyers to identify where their cotton was grown utilizing a certification database maintained exclusively by Bayer CropScience.

About House of Denim

The Amsterdam-based House of Denim Foundation is a platform for craftsmanship, sustainability and innovation in the denim industry. Through the development of education, innovation, enterprise and networking projects, it strives to make the world of jeans dryer, cleaner and smarter.

About HTNK

Known for its in-depth denim expertise, Amsterdam-based HTNK is a progressive recruitment & consultancy firm. HTNK’s core values centre on creating business by collaboration and quality match making. HTNK was founded by Mariette Hoitink in 1997.

About Denim City

Denim City is Amsterdam’s denim innovation campus of the future. It’s currently being realized in a redeveloped old tram depot and is set to debut in late 2014. Denim City is the home of House of Denim.