28 August 2023
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics
Booth: 7.1H, H52
Date: 28-30 August 2023
Venue: National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai)
15 August 2023
Salvage Denim (Non Virgin Cotton Yarn)
In the ongoing effort to raise the bar on circularity Advance Denim announces a new addition to its “Salvage Denim” collection that uses a mixture of RCS certified recycled cotton and Lenzing’s Refibra to creat a denim with no virgin cotton yet has a plush soft hand and increased durability of your favorite premium denim. Salvage Denim means you don’t have to sacrifice quality to be circular.
25 July 2023
Traceability and Transparency Can Save Our Industry (J'N'C Magazine)
Chinese denim mill Advance Denim doesn’t just define its strengths by its innovative and sustainable products, but also by its close relationships with partners and clients. J’N’C sat down with Johan Van den Heede, the company’s Director of European Marketing, to talk about Vietnam as a production location and the future of the denim industry.
Advance Denim has been a leader in innovation and technology for over 30 years. When did Advance Sico start its operations in Nha Trang, Vietnam and why did the company decide to move there?
Although Advance Sico was established in 2019, we’re not aiming to ‘move’ our production from China to Vietnam. Before setting up our factory in Vietnam, we found that more than 90 percent of the denim fabric used by domestic garment factories was imported as the existing denim factories at the time could only produce very basic denim fabrics. We felt it was an opportunity and the right time to open a sustainable and innovative denim factory in Vietnam.
Just like its parent company, Advance Sico is highly committed to sustainable production methods and plans to use over 90 percent of sustainable fibres for its products by 2023. Where is sustainable production headed in the near future and what part will Advance play in this?
There are many ways to achieve sustainable production. We will continue to upgrade our equipment to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Advance Sico will install a photovoltaic system to maximise the use of green energy on the production line while reducing carbon emissions. Our existing effluent treatment plant will be progressively upgraded to the same water circularity system as our China plant, which cleans and filters wastewater from the production process through an advanced water treatment so it can be reused in the finishing process. We will continue to work closely with our machinery, chemical and fibre suppliers on sustainable developments and keep researching and seeking new sustainable dyeing and finishing methods. One of our sustainable indigo dyeing technologies already in use in Vietnam is aniline-free indigo, which is beneficial to the environment, as well as to the health of the workers and consumers and overall water consumption. Our aim is for Advance Denim and Advance Sico to continue leading the industry in sustainable production.
More and more brands are focusing on sustainable products, especially when it comes to denim production. Can you estimate how much demand has increased in the last two years alone?
Demand has indeed increased. Around 80 percent of our clients have asked for sustainable products or added sustainable elements to their collections. Our sustainable concepts have received a lot of positive feedback and we understand the strong desire for sustainable products. Advance Sico is the first denim mill in Vietnam to be certified with GRS, GRS, GOTS and OCS and has certain advantages in sustainable production.
Advance Denim will continue challenging the old methods of denim production and developing new ways to sustainably manufacture denim. But to what extent are pioneers dependent on the market?
We are all connected and depend on each other. With our constant innovations, we want to show customers possible alternatives and opportunities and encourage our suppliers to think ahead. Our aim is to keep pushing our partners to the next level because we believe in constant progress and hope that this positive and progressive way of thinking will inspire others, i.e. ‘the market’.
If you could change one thing in the industry right now, what would it be?
There should be a global denim standard for all denim fabric suppliers and garment manufacturers. As a first step, all denim and jeans suppliers and denim brands should sign the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and publish their performance against the Fashion Pact targets on an annual basis. Each denim garment should have a label showing a score and an explanation of how the score is calculated and there should be a different colour tag for each score. Traceability and transparency can save our industry and make consumers aware of what they are buying by keeping them informed about the products they choose.
19 July 2023
Advance Denim Collaborate with the Godfather of Denim to Create an Exclusive Collection of Denim Bags
We are honored to collaborate with the Godfather of Denim, Adriano Goldschmied, to create an exclusive collection of denim bags! This extraordinary collection is a blend of our proprietary denim manufacturing techniques, innovative laser processes, and Adriano's incredible creativity. We are thrilled to offer these denim bags to all our fellow denim lovers. ENJOY!
13 July 2023
Supply Chain Partners to Add Character to Zero-Cotton Denim Fabrics
Advance Denim collaborates with Lenzing and Officina+39 to develop a collection of zero-cotton denim fabrics made with Tencel lyocell. The fabrics have a vintage look and drier hand feel akin to traditional cotton denim.
19 July 2023
KINGPINS SHOW IN NEW YORK
Booth: White Area 13
Date: 19-20 July 2023
Venue: Pier 36 / Basketball City
299 South St, New York, NY 10002
5 July 2023
A new route forward (Inside Denim Magazine)
FACTORY TALK: ADVANCE DENIM
Advance Denim’s general manager, Amy Wang, takes stock of the competitive advantages of the company’s latest factory, challenging the “common” misconception that Vietnamese-made denim is in any way “more basic”.
A new route forward
Advance Sico, the Vietnamese counterpart to China’s oldest denim mill, Advance Denim, commenced operations in 2020. As overseer of both sites, Ms Wang, who first joined the manufacturer’s headquarters in Foshan’s Shunde district, in Guangdong, upon completion of her textile engineering studies in 1993, deconstructed Advance’s full denim production process before work even started on Advance Sico, with the clear aim to “make it the most innovative and sustainable denim factory in Vietnam”. Located in the resort town of Nha Trang along the country’s south-central coast, the mill is outfitted with similar “cutting-edge” technologies as those installed at Advance Denim in China, with the added benefit of a site-specific, eco-tech water purification system and its own team of in-house Japanese rope-dyeing technicians.
Nha Trang’s situation also facilitates the more efficient shipping of Advance Sico’s fabrics, Ms Wang explains, as well as speeds up the supplier’s ability to fulfil orders placed by customers now manufacturing nearby or in neighbouring countries, such as Cambodia, due to relatively cheaper production costs and advantageous free trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and other partners. The beauty of the town’s natural environment only underscores the need to act responsibly, to mitigate working in a way that might inconvenience future generations, she adds.
In this vein, Advance has been working towards company-wide strategic goals around increasing the proportion of sustainable fibres used throughout its product lines for the past six years. Its target was for 90% of fibres to be derived from “green” sources by 2023. Capacity at Advance Sico is just under 1.4 million metres of denim a month, with room to grow with demand (its sister mill in China can make up to 36.6 million metres annually, nearly three times more). The facility has already installed 160 rapier looms by Picanol, in addition to two rope-dyeing ranges and two new pre-shrinkage finishing machines to support the sanforisation process. Thanks to their close ties, Advance Sico “inherits” the same “innovative spirit and ability” and access to the latest technologies which has served to benefit researchers at its Chinese head offices over the years.
Although neither manufacturing site has reached the threshold of 90% “green” fibres comprising its fabrics, the business is “very close” to doing so and expects to realise this ambition by midway through the year, Ms Wang tells Inside Denim. She shares that, across the board, Advance pays more attention to environmental impact criteria such as carbon emissions, water and energy savings and chemical usage when assessing a fibre’s sustainability. Lenzing’s biodegradable Tencel lyocell, made from wood cellulose, and lower-impact viscose EcoVero are considered two “good” options. Approximately 1,000 tonnes of Tencel were used by Advance’s Shunde denim-making facility in 2018.
Another such preferred fibre singled out by Ms Wang is Good Earth Cotton, a traceable and “carbon positive” regenerative cotton crop grown in Australia and, more recently, on in-conversion farms in India. Advance Sico announced its partnership with Good Earth Cotton last October and the first fabrics to come from the collaboration will be released during the first half of this year, she confirms. Over time, the Vietnamese mill will gradually increase use of this fibre in its denim fabrics “as conditions permit”. Advance Denim, meanwhile, was the first Chinese denim mill to be certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), it says, and 40% of the cotton it used in 2019 was sustainably sourced, according to its website. Advance Sico also works to GOTS’ specifications.
Examples of other eco-friendlier fibres now often requested by “significant” brands, bound by their own sustainability targets, include recycled cotton, hemp, recycled polyester and biodegradable polyesters and nylons, Ms Wang states. Yet, finding partners that share Advance’s enthusiasm for developing greener fibres, and are willing to invest in the appropriate processes, is an ongoing challenge. The company still managed to recently launch a new collection with a higher-than-before proportion of recycled fibre content thanks in large part to what Ms Wang says is an innovatively spun yarn whose “unique construction” limits fibres’ loss of strength and can thus deliver improved durability. Enhanced fabric softness and a greater “vintage” slub texture also result, she says, describing the hand-feel as comparable to that of a traditional denim.
Tools and trade
A sustainability goal that Advance Sico did tick off ahead of the new year, though, is 100% use of speciality chemicals supplier Archroma’s aniline-free, pre-reduced Denisol Pure Indigo 30 for “cleaner and safer” dyeing with “minimal” sodium hydrosulfite. Advance Denim originally adopted this process at Shunde not long after the liquid indigo initially hit the market in 2018. Researchers at the company further optimised the dye application process with the introduction of BioBlue Indigo technology in 2021, which enables the removal of hydrosulfite from production. BioBlue results in effluent with 70% lower chemical oxygen demand (COD) and 55% lower biological oxygen demand (BOD) than would typically be observed following use of the compound as a reducing agent, as validated by a third party. Similarly, the company’s in-house Bigbox is an inert gas system that dyes warp yarns and replaces the eight to 13 boxes conventionally used to dye denim with a single “very big” box. This results in water savings of up to 98% versus rope dyeing.
For the Nha Trang site, the team designed a reverse osmosis water purification system capable of processing up to 3,000 cubic metres of wastewater every day. The “state-of-the-art” circular water technology developed for Advance Sico biologically cleans the wastewater it generates by mixing it with air and bacteria after an initial screening treatment. Next, remaining organic matter is taken out of the water via ozonation, followed by an ultrafiltration process and reverse osmosis purification, which can “remove up to 90% of all COD”, prior to refiltration. Having passed through this system, water was found to be close to 50% cleaner than the national baseline standard for COD, helped by the mill’s relatively low hydrosulfite use, Ms Wang tells us. Clean water then circulates back to the denim finishing area, and the indigo filtered out is also recycled. Advance’s ultimate goal is to recycle 100% of wastewater generated in its plants, to truly close this loop.
Generally, today’s market is perhaps too focused on the eco-friendliness of different fibres, Ms Wang believes. The broader impact of the production process in full is still largely overlooked. “[Some brands and consumers] don’t quite understand or realise its importance,” she explains. With more education, transparency and traceability from farm to shelf, Ms Wang hopes customers will come to appreciate the multiple steps taken to produce sustainable denim, whether in Vietnam, China or elsewhere – and be willing to pay for it.
26-28 June 2023
Future Fabrics Expo in London
Booth: Zone 6, T1C
Date: 26 June from 12 pm - 6 pm
27-28 June from 9 am - 6 pm
Venue: Magazine London 11 Ordnance Crescent, London SE10 0JH
20 June 2023
Best Product of The ISPO TEXTRENDS Spring and Summer 2025
We at Advance Denim Limited are proud to announce that our groundbreaking product collection, the AIRLOCK Indigo Soft (Fabric Code: QJ893ZD0-6B), has been judged and selected by an independent jury of textile experts as one of the Best Product for the ISPO Textrends Award Spring/Summer 2025.
The AIRLOCK Indigo Soft collection is engineered by using special weaving technique, which creates a three-layer structure fabric that can keep warm and enhance freedom of movement.
- Soft and comfortable
- Locks the air & keep warm
- Move freely
1 June 2023
Booth: Hall4 - F15
Date: 4 - 6 June 2023
Venue: MOC - Event Center, Messe München
28 May 2023
DENIM PREMIÈRE VISION SHOW IN BERLIN
Date: 31 May - 1 June 2023
Venue: Arena Berlin, Eichenstraβe 4, 12435 Berlin.
18 May 2023
Advance Water Circularity
Advance Water Circularity is used to clean and reuse the water from our dyeing and finishing process.
Residual indigo and harmful impurities in wastewater are converted to clean water after filtration and reused in our production process. We are committed to being an industry leading on clean water technology through continuous improvement of our wastewater treatment techniques.
8 May 2023
Advance Sico × Crystal Group
Advance Sico is pleased to collaborate with Crystal in generating the next phase of 100% recycle in Vietnam.
In the collaboration, we have integrated fully recycled with Crystal Infinity Blue Wash to make green jeans with more fabric characters and shades.
Apart from 100% recycled materials, sustainable washing methods such as waterless enzyme, laser and PP replacement are applied to create green jeans from head to toe.
14 April 2023
Advance Denim utilizes Finespun Recycled which is a laser-friendly eco-denim product that uses recycled cotton combined with patented multi-twist technology to promote circular economy, environmental friendliness, and optimised customer wearing experience.
12-13 April 2023
KINGPINS SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
Booth: White Area #10
Date: 12-13 April 2023
Venue: SugarCity, Amsterdam
11-12 January 2023
KINGPINS SHOW IN NEW YORK
Booth: Yellow Area #4
Date: 11-12 January 2023
Venue: Pier 36 / Basketball City
299 South St, New York, NY 10002
13 Dec 2022
TOP 10 of the ISPO Textrends Fall Winter 2024/25
We Advance Denim Limited are proud to announce that our product collection Kyorene have been judged and selected by an independent jury of textile experts as one of the Top 10 innovations for the ISPO Textrends Award Fall/Winter 2024/25.
Kyorence collection utilize the latest yarn technology with graphene, which provide fabric with antibacterial, antistatic, anti-ultraviolet, and far-infrared heating features.
28-30 Nov 2022
Booth: Hall A1-536
Date: 28-30 Nov 2022
Venue: Trade Fair Center Messe München, Munich
22 Nov 2022
DENIM PREMIÈRE VISION SHOW IN MILAN
Date: 23-24 Nov 2022
Venue: Superstudio Più, Milan
18 Oct 2022
Kingpins Show in Amsterdam
Booth: Blue Area-05
Date: 19-20 Oct 2022
Venue: SugarCity, Amsterdam
25 Oct 2022
Functional Fabric Fair in Portland U.S
Date: 26-27 Oct 2022
Venue: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, U.S
20 Sep 2022
Denim Futures Conference & Showcase
Date: 21-22 Sep 2022
Venue: The Mills Fabrica 4/F, The Mills, Tsuen Wan, HK
30 August 2022
Blue Zone Denim Trade Show in Munich Germany
Booth: H6 C4
Date: 30-31 August 2022
Venue: Zenith Areal Lilienthalallee 29 Munich Germany
8 August 2022
Kingpins Stories: Amy Wang-The Limitless Possibilities of Denim
When I was a teenager, I was deeply attracted by the ever-changing beautiful world of fashion. But my parents were engineers and it was their influence that made me want to be an engineer, as well. So when I had the chance to choose my major in university, I combined my passion for fashion and my love for engineering and studied textile engineering.
It was a rigorous and complete education in fabric formation, chemicals, textile machinery, colors and every aspect of textile production. I also loved my classes in fashion research that again made me want to combine factory knowledge with the world of fashion. It was this combined love and lots of hard work that enabled me to graduate with first honors in textile engineering.
JOINING THE JOB MARKET
After graduation in 1993, I interviewed at Advance Denim. At that time, Guangdong was the fastest-growing coastal province in China and Shunde was one of the fastest-growing cities within Guangdong. There were countless opportunities for young graduates of textile universities but I was so impressed with Advance Denim that it was the only job interview I attended. I was lucky enough to join the company — and I am proud to say that it is the only company that I have worked at and it is where my long journey with denim began.
I still vividly remember the day I went for my interview like it was yesterday. I was so genuinely captivated by the overall company culture and specifically the harmony of the workers and the impressive chairman. It was also very important to me that Advance Denim was the first denim mill to be established in China and was a dynamic, inclusive and innovative company with many opportunities to learn and grow as an employee.
DIVING INTO DENIM
After joining the team I started on the mill floor as a machine operator and a maintenance worker. I worked my way up to become a technician, craftsman, supervisor, then factory manager and director of R&D. During these years of hard work and training, I steadily learned that denim is a special fabric that not only has character and soul but limitless possibilities. I also learned that, even though we should respect the beauty and history of vintage denim, there are also opportunities to create denim that is more innovative and sustainable.
I am a very persistent person and I enjoy a challenge. I believe that no matter what your job is, you should strive to do your best. There have always been challenges and difficulties on my career journey — from school to the denim production floor, from a beautiful learning environment to the night shift at the factory. It was difficult for a young female graduate to adapt, but I always believed in what I was doing and loved the fact that I was learning a real craft.
In order to be an expert at your craft, you must devote yourself to learn every single element in the manufacturing process. It is hands-on experience, training and learning over a long period of time that makes you an expert. I embraced the challenges and training that were offered to me and that effort was recognized by the company. I also established a strong bond with my coworkers and supervisors as we faced these challenges together.
THE SALES CHALLENGE
In 2009, I was appointed to take on a new challenge with the company: Sales and Marketing. This was an even greater challenge given that the global financial crisis was affecting sales negatively and there were very few orders. Since I did not have any sales experience, my strategy was to learn as much as I could and work harder than anyone else.
In my previous responsibilities, I did not have to deal with people outside our manufacturing teams, so I found the outgoing nature of sales difficult and I started out very nervous and shy. I was also used to getting results right away in the mill. But within the first three months of hard work in sales, I saw little results and started to doubt if I could master this latest challenge.
However, I never gave up and my persistence started to pay off in the fourth month and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was truly a team effort and I was fortunate that my team was very united and supportive. Together, we developed many new products according to the needs of different markets and specific customers, using the newest innovations in fiber, dyeing and finishing. These efforts were ultimately recognized and validated by our customers and generated an extremely positive growth in overall sales.
NEXT STEP: EXPANSION
As a result of my hard-won sales success, I was promoted to General Manager by the board of directors in 2012.
After laying a solid foundation in the domestic market in China, it was time for a new challenge and we decided to expand our sales internationally. Since Hong Kong is an international hub for garments and textiles, it was our first stop to look for international business opportunities. It seemed that yet again I and my team were starting from scratch in an unknown market — it was daunting to say the least.
I implemented the same strategy of determination, teamwork and striving to be the best while being customer-focused to meet the challenges of international expansion. In time, we successfully set up export offices in Hong Kong, Amsterdam and New York to meet the different demands of each region. We also have participated in many international trade shows. The name Advance Denim is now well known by renowned global brands as a leader in innovation, quality and sustainability.
Driven by continuous self-improvement and customer support, we have maintained double-digit growth year-over-year. More important than the growth is our improvement in green manufacturing, employee welfare and enterprise scale. I am also extremely proud that Advance Denim has become one of only two mills in China to be a certified “The Green Mill” and the only denim mill in China that is a certified “Role Model of Printing and Dyeing Company.”
They say that when you find a job that you love you never work a day in your life. I love my job and I don’t find it tiring but endlessly exciting and fun. My greatest joy is seeing my team have breakthroughs and success with customers after working hard to gain their confidence and recognition. It is at these points that I see the growing confidence and joy in their work that make me realize that they enjoy work and life as much as I do. I am happiest when I can be a role model for their joy and, at the same time, be inspired by their hard work and dedication.
I must say also that I am lucky to have a family that supports me and I am grateful for their encouragement and understanding. I live together with my parents and my husband’s parents in the same house and I love cooking so much that I will cook for the whole family during the holidays and birthdays. My favorite part of the day is my evening walk with my husband when we discuss the day’s events. My daughter is currently at University, but we talk on the phone every day and are very close friends. I think it is important to put your family and friends in your heart, they will feel that love and support and give it back to you unconditionally. My family is, without a doubt, my motivation to move forward and continue my denim journey and it would not be possible without their support.
20 July 2022
Kingpins Show in New York
Booth: Red Area 9
Date: 20-21 July 2022
Venue: Pier 36 / Basketball City
299 South St, New York, NY 10002
28-29 June 2022
10th Future Fabrics Expo
Date: 28-29 June 2022
Venue: Magazine London 11 Ordnance Crescent, London SE10 0JH, London, United Kingdom
8 June 2022
Outdoor Retailer Summer 2022 - Denver
Date: June 9-11, 2022
Venue: Colorado Convention Center
26 May 2022
Advance Denim X Vivienne Tam
Advance Denim X Vivienne Tam 2022 Cloud Graffiti Dragon Patch Jacquard Denim
It is our honor to be one of denim supplier for Vivienne Tam. Designer reconstructed in jacquard denim and combines denim with cloud dragon jacquard and mysterious Chinese elements.
21 May 2022
F/W 23-24 in Season Denim Look Book
Most sustainable fabric: The newest eco-friendly style is composed of 70 percent recycled cotton and 30 percent Refibra-all packaged in one durable fabric. It is remarkable to have such a high content of recycled fibers and still exceed strength requirements, but our most sustainable fabric combines a mixture of new innovations. Our botanic dye collection, which uses Bigbox dyeing technology, is a clean natural dyeing solution that uses 94 percent less water than conventional dye methods. Botanic dyes are extracted from natural roots, stems, leaves and fruits. Cleaner natural dyes and sustainable, low water dyeing is just the start. Then we add sustainable fibers such as recycled cotton, Refibra and cottonized hemp.
Most versatile fabric: Freecross is Advance Denim's cutting-edge bi-stretch technology that will change the way you feel about bi-stretch. In comparison to traditional bi-stretch, it has a super soft hand and clean bright wash down. It also has a balanced stretch in both the warp and the fill that is created by low shrinkage in both directions. Low shrinkage not only makes it easy to manufacture but it gives the appearance of vintage non-stretch denim. This stretch technology mixed with both recycled polyester and recycled cotton in a durable 12.3 oz. weight is a versatile mix of both sustainability, comfort and performance.
On fashion trends: It is an exciting time in fashion and a great deal of trends are fighting for attention. The importance of texture and constructions that nod to the late '90s and early 2000s are celebrated in our Y2K line. Enhanced crosshatch looks and multicount warps in comfort stretch constructions were the foundation of denim in Y2K and Advance has updated these looks with sustainable fibers and dyes. Advance is also expanding its range of coated fabrics that blend smooth leather-like stretch fabrics that don't crack with bright metallic shades that add a pop [of color], Color and texture will not only be evident on the face of the fabric but will be hidden on the back with printed multicolored fillings that add a layered wash down and a fun cuff.
On technology/investments: Advance Denim is continuing to take a deep look into all production methods to make sure that they are as sustainable as possible, and if they are not that we make the necessary improvements and upgrades. In some instances, we must totally change the traditional machinery as we did with Bigbox dyeing and revisit natural dyes. Our goal this season was to rid the dye process of the harmful chemical sodium hydrosulfite. This chemical has been used to reduce indigo since 1869 but it is highly flammable, toxic and polluting. After three years of development, we introduced BioBlue indigo, a clean and safe indigo reduction system that does not increase your carbon footprint while producing high quality, deep dark true indigo dye.
On raw material costs: Rising costs are problematic in every part of our economy right now, and denim production is certainly not immune. Cotton is the lion share of costs in denim and its price has skyrocketed in the past year and shows no signs of retreating soon. Historically when cotton prices have spiked producers have introduced lower-priced fibers but prices of all raw materials have spiked so there is no safe haven. Advance Denim is working closely with its customers to try and market time purchases to mitigate the impact of these inflationary raw materials. Advance Denim is continuing to produce the high quality, innovative denim that our customers have grown to love, and we feel that our F/W 23-24 line will be focused on market right fashion.
18 May 2022
Advance Denim × TENCEL™ LUXE
Advance Denim is always excited to work with our long-term partner Lenzing to bring the newest innovations to life.
It is an honor to once again collaborate with Lenzing in introducing conscious luxury denim with TENCEL™ LUXE to the denim world.
The luxury market has a strong demand for eco-friendly fashion denim, combining denim with sustainably manufactured TENCEL™ LUXE is the perfect innovative idea to meet this need.
TENCEL™ LUXE is an innovative eco-filament yarn with botanic origin that is derived from renewable wood sources in a highly efficient closed loop process that recycles water, recovers and reuses more than 99% solvents. TENCEL™ LUXE filaments yarn are certified as biodegradable and compostable, creating the possibility for fabrics to fully return to nature.
Denim fabric made with TENCEL™ LUXE filament yarn is soft to the touch, has a liquid-like drape and a silky sheen. It enhances the sustainable element and luxurious aesthetic of denim for high-end fashion apparel and elevates denim to the next level. The sleek texture and smooth gives the textile a luxurious lustre.
Stay tuned to learn more products made with TENCEL™ LUXE and feel conscious luxury with its silky smoothness.
14 May 2022
Denim Première Vision Show in Arena Berlin
Date: 17 & 18 May 2022
6 May 2022
Advance Denim and Advance Sico introduce a sustainable and circular collection of Salvage Denim.
Salvage Denim is allied to the concept of THE JEANS REDESIGN with 100% Recycled Cotton.
23 April 2022
The Best Style is Circular Fashion
It is an honor to partner with Eastman in introducing Naia™Renew to the denim world.
Naia™Renew is a cellulosic acetate fiber produced from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% certified recycled waste materials. Created with circularity in mind, it has a low carbon footprint, taking hard-to-recycle waste plastics that would otherwise be destined for landfills, and using them to create high quality products at scale without compromising your creativity and our planet’s resources.
Naia™Renew is certified biodegradable and compostable, creating the possibility for fabrics to safely return to nature at the end of their usefulness. It is definitely a stylish and sustainable choice.
20 April 2022
Kingpins Show in Amsterdam
Advance Denim is coming back in Amsterdam for the greatest denim Kingpins show. Advance Denim has brought the brightest ideas for all denim enthusiasts. This majestic display will be held from 20th to 21st April 2022 in Sugar City.
1 October 2021
ADVANCE DENIM ESTABLISHES 10-YEAR CARBON REDUCTION PLAN
Established in 1987, Advance Denim Limited is using its experience and history to create styles that honor true vintage denim, while also taking the fabric’s manufacturing methods forward. In this spirit of continuous improvement, the China-based denim mill has outlined a 10-year carbon reduction plan designed to continue lowering its carbon footprint year over year.
Over the past five years, Advance Denim has become an innovator in sustainable manufacturing, first launching the Bigbox dyeing process, which is designed to save 95 percent of the water needed to dye aniline-free liquid indigo. Shortly after, the denim mill took another responsible step by debuting an alternative eco-friendly dyeing method, BioBlue indigo, an innovation aimed at replacing the harsh chemical sodium hydrosulfite in the indigo dye process for a cleaner, safe dye.
The changes haven’t stopped there. In 2020, Advance replaced a coal boiler in its 120,000-square-meter facility in Shunde, China, with a clean-burning natural gas boiler. One year later, the denim producer also replaced the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used in the jean-singeing process to clean, natural gas.
In 2021, the manufacturer installed the first phase of a new photovoltaic solar generation system, which is expected to generate 3,000 kWh per day and will account for 5 percent of the business’s total energy consumption.
Advance Denim is also replacing the refrigerant in all air conditioning systems, instead using R32, a refrigerant specifically produced to use less energy and prevent ozone depletion, thus further lowering the company’s carbon footprint. In accordance with this plan, all company vehicles are being switched to renewable fuels such as ethanol. To further reduce water usage and wastewater, Advance Denim will extend the Bigbox dyeing capacity across its entire operation.
“There is a lot of hard work and capital investment in lowering our carbon footprint year after year,” said Amy Wang, managing director, Advance Denim. “The innovations are not always visible to a person touring a factory and certainly have an effect on the cost, but we feel that it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to make denim one of the world’s most environmentally friendly fabrics. We are also working with our industry partners as a founding member of the zero-carbon initiative in China to build a supply chain that practices low carbon production as a whole. Advance will lead by example and help create a cleaner industry and environment for future generations.”
While Advance Denim has embraced the many sustainability efforts gaining traction in fashion, it couldn’t accomplish its goals without collaborating with other parties. The manufacturer has joined numerous programs and coalitions to develop and follow through on carbon reduction plans.
Advance is one of the founding participants of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign project, a member of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, and aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of its progress towards supply chain transparency goals.
The mill also partners with global sustainable services and programs such as ISO, Bluesign, Cotton Leads, ZDHC and Oeko-Tex to certify its manufacturing facilities, both in China and in Vietnam. Thus far, the firm’s production processes are certified for the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Organic Content Standard (GRS) and the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS). Advance Denim has also been a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition since 2016 and received a third-party verified HIGG score of 88 in 2020, well ahead of the industry standard score of 57.3.
With the support of partners that are committed to improving the sustainability of its manufacturing operations, Advance Denim is even more encouraged that it can achieve and exceed its 10-year carbon reduction goals.
2021 March 19
ADVANCE DENIM x DENHAM collaboration
ADVANCE DENIM x DENHAM
High Performance Stretch
Powered by Advance Denim
- Knitted Fabric
- 360 degree Stretchability
2020 July 2
When creativity merges with technological innovation
A new era is born in the world of denim, Advance Denim and Italian denim specialist Paolo Gnutti are set to combine their skills to create Advance Denim by Paolo Gnutti, a selection of special fabric capsule collection aimed at the US and Asian markets.
This collaboration will combine Paolo Gnutti’s artistry and Advance denim’s technological innovation to create “magical” inspiration that are with the reach of all brands.
Gnutti, who has been dedicated to denim innovation and creativity for his whole career, is expert in reinventing indigo bases by completely transforming them thanks to the use of flocks, 3-D prints, colored foils and metallic effects while adding funky touches of fashion-driven ideas to denim.
Gnutti explained how he developed this collection: “For this collaboration I selected a series of specific cotton and yarn types with high quality characteristics as my aim is to develop high quality products at superior price-quality ratio, though meant to reach different customers, from premium to the mass market.” And continues: “I liked to mix different inspirations in this collection – just like in “fusion” cuisine – mixing different aesthetics and fashion elements with research and quality.”
“We are looking forward to Paolo bringing his Italian artistic aesthetics to our denim,” commented Amy Wang, General Manager, Advance Denim. “We believe it is the combination of Eastern and Western design and culture that we have never offered to our customers before and will take Advance Denim to a whole new level.” added Wang.
A new era begins, Advance Denim by Paolo Gnutti capsule collection meeting the new needs that the market requires, the urge of innovation, inspiration and high technical performance.
WELCOME IN THE NEW INDIGO ERA AND STAY TUNED FOR THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH!
2020 September 23-25