A fiber natural in origin coming primarily from eucalyptus trees, TENCEL™ lyocell is a fantastic material to work with. The eucalyptus trees are sustainably grown in South African forests, whereby they need 80% less water to grow than conventional cotton plants.
The trees are harvested from managed tree plantationas,and the wood is then made into a pulp. Using a non-toxic, organic solvent, the wood pulp dissolves into solution that then becomes a fiber – modern day magic! The whole process re-uses 99% of both the water and the solvent used, making TENCEL™ fibers one of the best examples of a closed loop process*.
At Kings of Indigo, we have been longstanding fans of the sustainable material. The current AW19 collection consists of 10% garments containing TENCEL™ fibers.
Found in dresses, skirts, blouses, trousers and even some jeans, the outcome is the softest touch and the silkiest feel. Garments made with TENCEL™ fibers are a guarantee of long-lasting quality pieces.
One thing that Kings of Indigo and TENCEL™ fibers from Lenzing Group have in common, is a love of recycling. To further the message, during our special collaboration with TENCEL™, we also partnered up with Dutch design duo, HackedBy__ consisting of Alexander van Slobbe and Francisco van Benthum.
These two creatives are known for their resourceful use of waste materials to make beautiful revived items. On this occasion, we donated them old stock of fabrics containing TENCEL™ fibers to create a capsule collection that was revealed in our home city of Amsterdam at a dedicated pop-up.