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Stella McCartney To Release Eco-Friendly Denim In Spring 2014


Denim has always been a staple of the Stella McCartney collections and has been featured on the runway in previous seasons. For Spring 2014, the range is expanded into an offering of up to 10 styles in 20 washes including prints and colors that complement the designer’s ready-to-wear collection.

The increase in styles this season focuses on jeans and shorts in either skinny leg, wide leg or boyfriend fit with a low, high or mid-rise. Washes including over dyed, faded and degrade come in classic shades of indigo, white, grey and black; while a fresh spring palette consists of rose, lipstick and chamomile. Prints are playful in a black and white heart print and subtle in all black subtle leopard.

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The range features a new denim technology including high recovery fabric that reduces stretching due to wear while also shaping the body. Continuing the designer’s commitment to sustainability, 8 styles are 100% organic cotton, farmed using a water efficient process that does not involve harmful chemicals, restores and maintains soil health.

Additionally no sand blasting has been used, a technique commonly used in denim which is harmful to workers due to the high exposure toxic silica in the air. All the denim styles are 100% made in Italy.

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The denim range will ship 3 times a year and is available to retailers at market starting tomorrow for a November delivery with a retail price range from $350 to $595.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jun 14 2013 in Denim News

Nudie Jeans’ Organic Experimental Denim Washes: A Twist Of Black


It’s time to refill your wardrobe with new items from the Nudie Jeans Fall/Winter 2012 Injection: A Twist Of Black. It just launched on the webshop and select retailers in the US. There are three new organic denim fabrics avail­able only at Nudie Jeans and used exclusively for this Injection collection. All three washes are experimental with the mixology of black and indigo. Washing, bleaching and tints have transformed the indigo denim into distinctive different shades, all sharing a signature streakiness. Denim shirts are made in 13,5 oz. rigid denim washed and bleached. Knitted sweaters with intertwined yarns and over-dyed, printed tees. The collection reflects its namesake – twisted, streaky and dark.

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See the full collection below, and shop your favorites on the webshop.

 

—Michelle Christina Larsen

 

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Posted Nov 15 2012 in Denim Menswear

Nudie Jeans Gets Ancient: The Limited Edition ‘Woad/Guado’ Collection


Nudie Jeans‘  limited edition ‘Woad/Guado’ collection hits Nudie Jeans House LA and Atrium NYC Friday. The exclusive 100% organic 6-piece line dyed from the ancient ‘Woad’ plant is available exclusively at Nudie Jeans House, Los Angeles and Atrium NYC. Only 700 pieces will be made available. The color is absolutely freaking gorgeous. nudie-jeans-woad-1 nudie-jeans-organic-exclusive-3

 

Extended information on the dye process:

Woad, or more commonly known as “Dyer’s Woad”, is a flowering plant with a cabbage like appearance, and has been cultivated since ancient times to produce blue dye. The green leaves can be harvested six times in a year, but it is only the first year the leaves can be used for dying.

The dye extraction process is extremely labor intense, with 1000 kilos of leaves producing only 1 kilo of blue dyestuff. The development of dye involves extracting the pigment from the leaves which leaves a green liquid. Reducing the green liquid forms a blue sludge, which is then in turn dried resulting in rock hard lumps of intense blue dyestuff.

To turn the hard dyestuff to dye, it is dissolved in a mixture of soda and water. Each garment is then slowly lowered into the dye bath and left to work its magic, timing depends on the thickness of the fabric. Nudie Jeans acquiredall the dyestuff an Italian Guado farm could produce in a year to dye the entire ‘Woad/Guado’ collection.”

The collection includes a Grim Tim jean style, High Khaki, Chambray shirt, Jacket, long-sleeved Henley and short-sleeved tee-shirt, all in the signature blue shade. Each garment is uniquely customized with a ‘Woad/Guado’ stamp and individually numbered from 1-700. The ‘Woad/Guado’ line is available exclusively instore this Friday at Nudie Jeans House, 710 N. Edinburgh Ave, Los Angeles, and Atrium NYC, 644 Broadway, New York.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 21 2012 in Denim Menswear
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