Is heavy denim the future of eco-friendly fashion? It’s hard to predict, but some insiders firmly believe that thick jeans could be a more valid and sustainable alternative.
Lennaert Nijgh, co-owner of authentic jeans brand Benzak Denim Developers, is constantly involved in the development of new jeans and uses materials developed in conjunction with denim manufacturers.
Among one of Nijgh’s most recent projects is a selection of jeans made with Candiani Denim’s 15.5 oz RCI edge denim.
“The name RCI stands for Robecchetto the Induno that’s where the Candiani Denim Factory was born,” explains Nijgh. “We think the combination of weight, structure, and indigo dye, makes this true classic molded red denim that will evolve into a bright blue over time. To do this, we have developed a collection of 15.5 oz RCI hem jeans that are available in slim and tapered versions.”
Benzak jeans made of RCI denim denim fabric
For Nijgh, the core line now includes six Candiani border denim fabrics, which aren’t particularly heavyweight as they are for the company he co-owns with his brother Eduard, who founded Benzak, a 15-foot denim fabric. .5 oz is pretty average. Nijgh continues: “We also have 18 oz fabrics in our current line and have previously used fabrics that weigh up to 22.5 oz.
The company supplies most men’s jeans, which are almost always unprocessed denim, and has also begun offering women’s jeans in 13 to 15 oz weights, such as actual 13 oz denim jeans. is a lightweight fabric, among other designs. , gabardine and workwear-inspired items.
“Our customers are used to wearing 15 oz denim. That’s what our customers are used to,” continued the jeans specialist, emphasizing that they offer unwashed and untreated jeans that gradually adapt to a person’s body and mold on the top. there. “It takes time, dedication and patience, but it’s worth it and it’s what we recommend you do to get the best out of these jeans.”
Benzak also offers other jeans made in Japan in select Japanese fabrics from Kojima, an iconic city for denim production, another authentic denim fabric, often made with denim. 100% organic cotton.
Made in Japan Benzak Jeans
“We work with a small number of fabric mills and want to operate in a very transparent manner. We use both organic and conventional cotton and our jeans are made in Europe or in Japan,” he commented.
“We want to provide raw jeans that are the right age for your body and because they take time to age, they can last a long time,” he explains, implying that rough jeans have longer durability and – eventually – will be discarded after many uses. five.
Benzak’s offers two distinct jeans options – European-made jeans for between €180 and €250 and Japanese-made jeans from €300 to €400.
“Jeans made in Japan have much more detail and a much more complex construction, plus manual labor is much more expensive than in Europe. Therefore, their prices are higher.”
Take care of leftover stock fabric
As part of the brand’s concern for the environment, there is also a careful approach to leftover fabrics.
RCI denim, Candiani Denim and Japanese duvet fabric
“During the development of our f/w 2022 collection, we realized it would add a few meters of our 15.5 oz RCI select fabric. Knowing we also had a leftover roll of Japanese duvet, we decided to put the two together and reuse these fabrics that would otherwise have been discarded,” explains Nijgh.
When combining ribbed denim with quilt fabric, the result seemed pretty obvious and they created a denim jacket with fabric lining. It’s a direct nod to Lee Storm Rider, who introduced this lining fabric back in the early 50s when they started using saddle blanket fabric as a lining for jackets, giving wearers the ultimate in comfort. roof and warmer.
Along with the jackets they produce in a truly exclusive limited edition series, there are still a few meters of blanket fabric left over. They also decided to use them and produced a number of pillowcases that are currently on offer and purchasable.
Benzak jacket with blanket
“The lined jean jacket can’t really replenish, as we literally used every last piece of fabric needed to make it. The pillows are now available for pre-order and will be available until Friday, January 6, 2023. We’re happy to end this year sustainably and with as little beautiful fabric as possible going to waste. ,” Nijgh commented.
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