We spent the last two days in Paris at Denim By Premiere Vision, one of the most important events in the denim calendar. The show was the usual mix of inspiring wash, weave and finish innovation, and we’ll be bringing you the highlights in a special blog post later today, plus a full report in about a week with all the key trends, news and inspiration for F/W 13 fabrics. Today, however, we are blogging about one of the coolest collaborations we saw at the show: Turkish mill Orta with L.A based denim label, Thvm.
The pieces on display were created to showcase Orta Anadolu’s fabrics and wash performance using minimal water, no chemicals and all natural dyes. Brian Kim of Thvm chose three historical periods to showcase the overriding theme of Vintage Nature using Air Wash technology by Denim Tech in Los Angeles.
The fisherman collection was inspired by 1800s Japanese fishermen and the distress and repair of that era. Kimono-inspired jackets and pants were transformed with Boro repair work and sashiko stitch to turn the garments into museum pieces.
The Eco Punk story tapped into 90s punks and showcased patched, embellished, studded and hand-customized denim that would not look out of place on the streets of Camden, London.
The third and final story, named the Berry Picker collection, was inspired by 1900s Russian berry harvesters and the sun-faded and berry-stained garments they wore. A perfectly laundered circle skirt sat with coveralls and a peasant blouse in dusty purple cast indigo.
Orta Anadolu sees the sustainability movement not as a trend but rather a long term commitment towards a better denim future. With environmentally friendly procedures and technologies implemented at the mill, Orta develops fabrics that complement new eco-minded finishing techniques sought after by today’s top laundries and designers.