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Eco Denim: Industry of All Nations Debuts Clean Jeans For Men in Yellow


For Spring 2012, Los Angeles-based Industry of All Nations (IOAN) presents their Clean Jeans for men in yellow. As with all the clothes from IOAN, they employ local artisans in India who are experts in the dyeing process. Here’s a description of what you can look forward to:
“These hand-loomed selvedge jeans are made of 100% organic cotton and naturally dyed. IOAN’s dye house, located in Southeast India, employs a natural process with plant pigments and insect resins that eliminates the use of petrochemicals and offers no contamination to the soil and waterways. To achieve this sun yellow color, IOAN used the pigment obtained from the Terminalia Chebula plant. These jeans will not bleed any more than a regular pair of jeans. The buttons and rivets are also nickel-free.”



The Clean Jeans in yellow ($175) are available now at Industry of All Nations online.



—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Mar 29 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear

Are These The World’s First Air-Purifying Jeans?


What if your jeans could purify the air?  The team at Catalytic Clothing is proving that is indeed possible.   Catalytic Clothing is an ongoing research project which melds fashion with science.   In their second project entitled, “Field of Jeans,” jeans have been treated with a photocatalyst which breaks down contaminants once it touches the surface of these jeans, when it is exposed to light.  The contaminants can then be washed off.  Professor Helen Storey (who has worked with Valentino, among others) heads the team, which also include notable scientists and research fellows.  Professor Storey is currently Professor of Fashion and Science at the London College of Fashion.  Jeans were donated for the project, which was presented at Newcastle University (UK) in March.   Check out the air-cleaning jeans installation in the photo gallery here.

Field of Jeans: what if your jeans could purify the air?




Go to Catalytic Clothing online for more information.

Source: Ecouterre.

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Jul 15 2011 in Denim News

Earth Day Denim Facts: How Jeans are Made


We’re denim heads here at Denim Therapy.  And we don’t hide it, heck, we embrace it!  From the fabric’s humble beginnings in Italy, to the jeans’ current status as an international wardrobe staple–nothing defines American style quite like a sturdy pair of jeans.

This Earth Day, we’re taking a look at where your denim comes from. The manufacturing of a pair of jeans is a long and not-very-eco-friendly process, which involves using up to 11 gallons of water per jean! But the eco-conscious denim movement in is full swing. Between Levi’s recently launching their Water<Less denim line, to Nudie’s denim recycling program, we’re happy to report a positive shift in the business in recent years (see our recent eco-friendly denim roundup here).

Click here to watch the video: How Jeans Are Made

To find out a little bit more about the traditional manufacturing process of a pair of jeans, check out this interesting video on how jeans are made from the Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made.”  The 10-minute segment follows the production of jeans from their humble beginnings in the cotton fields, through to the manufacturing plants and distressing processes. Did you know your jeans were distressed using volcanic rock and lasers?

—Renee Sykes

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Posted Apr 22 2011 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy
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