There's nothing better than great denim, and that's why our denim pieces are extra special to us. Denim is one of those special fabrics thats meant to be worn at all times of day, doing any and all activities. We wanted to give you the best assortment of denim statement pieces to add to your wardrobe that all work from day to night, shopping to dining. Here's how your new denim Recommence style was made, with you in mind.
Design and Fabrication
Every garment starts with the design process. Once we find our inspiration for a style, our designer draws the silhouette and sends it to one of our Fair Labor Certified factories. Each of our factories specializes in a type of fabric, so this design is headed to our denim specialists in India. We have all of our fabrics custom made for our collections, and our factory is one of the best in fabricating super-soft denim. Having fabrics custom made adds time to the design process, but ensures the fabric has the perfect feel.
The Denim Dilemna
We believe full transparency about our sustainability efforts and practices is the only way to make a real difference in the fashion industry. Denim production is responsible for a large amount of fashion pollution because of the chemical intensive manufacturing process that includes not only cotton production but also multiple dye treatments. To cut back on dye, we use a flat wash with no distressing so there's only one dye treatment and there's much less particle runoff. We are currently searching for a suitable sustainable alternative to traditional cotton denim production, but for now we are using one of our Fair Labor factories in India to produce our denim garments.
What's so bad about denim? Denim is traditionally made from cotton which uses 2.4% of the world's crop land and 24% of its insecticides in production. Up to 2,000 gallons of water are used to make a single pair of jeans, which is enough to fill 20 bathtubs. About half of that amount is just to grow the cotton. Fifty thousand tons of indigo dye are made yearly, and more than 95% is used in denim production. Runoff from denim factories pollutes nearby rivers in areas that produce large amounts of the world's denim, like China.
Now to You
Did you know that deadstock (leftover inventory from past seasons) is a huge problem afflicting much of the fashion industry right now due to the rise in fast fashion? We don't want any Recommence garments to go to waste so we produce very limited quantities of all of our styles. Once our finished garment leaves our factory, we carefully pack it to get it ready to head to you. This includes our hang tag, which is made from recycled cement leftovers, and our biodegradable bag. Each Recommence garment gets extra love and attention during our entire process, so make sure you cherish it always and keep up the care, because clothes are meant to last longer than one season. For denim, the best thing you can do is wash sparingly, and consider bagging and putting it in the freezer for a day or two - this will kill bacteria and odors, keep your jeans in better shape, and is just a fun way to do laundry.