ITALIAN DENIM vs JAPANESE DENIM
We believe that in order to craft the perfect pair of jeans, you need to start by having the best foundation. This is why DENHAM works with the finest, most sustainable denim mills in the world, to source the most premium materials and ensure its products are as perfect as they can be.
ITALIAN DENIM: CANDIANI DENIM
Founded in 1938 near Milan, Italy, Candiani Denim is one of the most well-respected fabric mills in the world. Today the company is renowned for its premium fabrics, expertise in artisan textiles, and innovation in sustainability, which is why it is known as one of the ‘greenest’ textile companies in the Blue world.
Over the past 10 years, DENHAM and Candiani have created and nurtured a close collaborative relationship. We can proudly say that we share a passion for authenticity, quality and pushing the boundaries for sustainable innovations within the denim industry. Amongst Candiani’s many accomplishments, it has developed premium quality Italian selvedge denim, signature golden rivets and new dyeing processes. Each pair of DENHAM jeans that are made with Candiani fabric is finished with these golden rivets, as a seal of superior quality.
JAPANESE DENIM: KAIHARA DENIM
Sukejiro Kaihara founded Kaihara Textile Mills Ltd. in 1951 with just an investment of 1.800.000 yen (approximately $5.000 at the time) 34 looms and a vision. Today Kaihara is known across the globe as the largest supplier of denim fabric in Japan, with decades of experience in both heritage Americana denim production and traditional Japanese dyeing techniques, as well as an eye for sustainable developments.
Its unique knowledge, paired with innovative technologies and cutting edge machines ensures the company remains one of the leaders in its category. Over the years DENHAM and Kaihara Denim have developed a close working relationship, as the two share a strong passion for authentic, traditional and sustainable denim. Paying the highest level of attention to artisan detail, all DENHAM jeans that are made in Japan are sealed with unique red rivets – a homage to the Japanese flag.
VIRGIN TO VINTAGE
Perhaps one of the most green philosophies that DENHAM holds close to its heart, is its "virgin to vintage" concept, which promotes the use of unwashed jeans. By purchasing an unwashed pair of virgin jeans, not only do you save on both chemicals and water from the washing process, but you are also able to see first hand how fabrics transform from raw, new denim into well used and love-worn pieces.
What is virgin denim? Virgin denim, also known as “raw” denim,” is denim that has been dyed and woven, but hasn’t undergone a pre-wash. Simply put: when the denim comes off the loom, it is immediately cut and sewn into jeans, without any distressing, washing or finishing processes.
It all starts with purchasing a pair of raw denim jeans. When you first purchase virgin denim jeans, they are like a blank canvas. As the denim has not been washed, it is one deep indigo, monotone shade with no wear effects like the whiskers, fading or other effects.By gradually wearing them in, with time you slowly create your own one-of-a-kind wear pattern that’s fully unique to you. If you choose to hand-wash them, you further extend the life, and beauty of your exceptional jeans. SHOP YOUR VIRGIN DENIM