PARIS — On the sidelines of the recently wrapped Première Vision Paris textiles fair, a group of experts from the denim world gathered for a panel hosted by leading Turkish denim mill Isko on the “Unlimited Possibilities of Responsible Denim.”
Ebru Ozkucuk Guler, CSR executive at Isko; Miles Johnson, a designer at Stan Ray denim who has worked at companies including Patagonia and Levi Strauss & Co.; Rachel Pearce director of denim consultancy Denimhand, and François Girbaud hashed out the topic.
Isko’s sustainable denim panel in Paris.
Girbaud, who at the intimate event also presented his third sustainable denim Eyether capsule for Isko, said he’d experienced an epiphany about the harm denim was doing to the planet after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when he saw “all these people from the communist countries arriving in acid wash jeans.”
Among the takeaways, for Johnson, who sees food industry trends as “a good indicator for where the clothing industry is headed,” the way forward for any company looking to become more sustainably conscious is transparency. “They just need to open their doors and their information up, and naturally what happens is people start to clean up their act. Because the consumer now starts