Hand crafted denim fabric and jeans are the antithesis of mass manufactured denims and their pollution caused in the cause of our mass consumption. This SLOW DENIM movement is motivated by the lack of true sustainability in our denim industry which is fuelling the desire for individuality and longevity rather than just ordinary clothing. This is the opposite of fast fashion - we will keep SLOW DENIM forever we will not throw it away when worn out, we will just re-work and re-wear hopefully being more creative in the process.
We want itens to love, to keep and to pass on. Not to be thrown away. We respect the hands that make what we wear. Make your soul and hands blue.
Handmade - Blue Hands
Hand dyed indigo with plant derived dye achieves the most iconic hue and unique cast to this romantic shade. Unlike synthetic indigo natural plant dye washes down super fast achieving the most natural worn in effects. The natural dye disappears over time and many washings and exposure to sunlight eventually creating an off white indigo.
Combining this natural dye with coarsely spun cottons facilitates loose open constructions that breathe with the wearer folding easily around the body.
Fuzzy and fluffy tactile textures to entice. Hand pleated shapes create dimension and drama. Controlled fringing and fraying creates an impression of living clothing.
Think of art clothing, clothing as art.
Shapes are bigger and baggier supporting the hand crafted weaves. Xu Zhi, a talented graduate from Central St Martins, combines geometric shapes and hand picked textures for his living fashion.
Key designers in this arena is Faustine Steinmetz and 69 who create indigo wearable art as installations with massive textures and metallic threads.