Jul 20, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Oct 30, 2014
Denham the Jeanmaker releases two one-of-a-kind pure indigo-dyed shetland wool coats made of yarn woven on vintage looms at London Cloth’s East London mill.
Each season Denham celebrates “the attitude of pure indigo” in a special collection-within-the-collection on what the brand calls its collaborative “Collisions” project. For fall 2014, the Amsterdam-based label worked directly with Daniel Harris from the remarkable London Cloth Company in East London on a bespoke ”Union Cloth” fabrication. Woven slowly on vintage looms the quality is a blend, or union, of Shetland wool and cotton coloured in rich indigo dyestuff and used to produce a unique twist on the classic crombie.
Made from 43.4% British wool Shetland and cotton 56.7% twill, the Union Crombie is a warm, mid-weight wool-blend coat. London Cloth’s weaving technique, creates a felted effect. This gives the cloth the appearance of a cotton but with the handle of a woollen suiting.
The London cloth Company is the only mill in London and the first to have opened for 100 years. They work on a loom dating from the 1940’s / 1950’s . Sourcing parts all over the country, it took the company at least two looms to build one. One loom weighs nearly 3 tons.
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