What’s old is new again, and as Twin Dragon tackles the hot vintage trend of soft, distressed and faded denim, the manufacturer is turning to new techniques with cleaner production and less environmental impact to get there.
Los Angeles-based TDMI recently launched its sustainable vintage collection, capturing a “very on-trend” look in the market.
“We start by using eco-essential fibers, using spinning techniques, using engineered comfort constructions and an eco-friendly finish to achieve a vintage aesthetic that’s both modern and classic,” said Stephanie Poon, Director marketing and merchandising at TDMI.
Using this new eco-finishing technology developed in 2017, TDMI used approximately 30% less chemicals, water and energy compared to conventional washes. The company also introduced durable washes without the use of stones, potassium permanganate, bleach or hand sanding. This is essential for popular vintage washes, which require a significant amount of slippage. Low impact washing is imperative during this time, especially with the extreme weather conditions occurring around the world.
Shade also plays a key role in creating the vintage vibe, as “the right” depth and cast are “meaningful” in producing “distinct” highs and lows in the trend. The collection also includes green fibers like lyocell and recycled cotton.
“Most of our eco-finish denims and eco-washes range from 16 to 26 in the EIM rating classification (0-33 is low impact, 34-66 is medium impact, and 66 plus is high impact)” , said Poon.
“Vintage denim” should not only have a vintage look, it should also have a vintage feel, i.e. softness.
To this end, one of TDMI’s latest yarn developments is Smart Soft 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0, all of which are a “special type of yarn spinning” that creates the “softest and most luxurious hand in the industry,” said Poon, adding that smart soft 2.5 differs from 2.0 and 3.0 because it incorporates lyocell fibers into its spinning to produce a “spongy, cool hand.”
“Our goal is to increase the use of lyocell in our fabrics to reduce the overall water consumption needed for cotton production. We have also introduced recycled and biodegradable poly blends for the stretch weft yarn,” added Poon. “TDMI remains committed to producing the greenest, cleanest denim in the world for a better tomorrow.”
Founded in 1980, TDMI has grown into a “responsible global multicultural denim textile solution”. In fact, by expanding yarn production across China, Mexico, Vietnam and Taiwan in 2018, TDMI has “further expanded its strategic vertical advantage.”
“By integrating yarn production in different countries, we have been able to support our customers by strengthening their manufacturing logistics, which means that with a single development, they are able to produce garments in all regions,” said Poon. . “Our sustainable production mission is managed every step of the way, and spinning is part of that.”
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