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Kings Of Indigo

"QUALITY WEAR FOR THE NEXT ERA"

We love Kings Of Indigo, this is our favorite denim brand
in term of style, environmental values, fairness and transparency. 
Of course we're also huge fan of their design!

KOI completely prove that it's possible to dress in a cool way without
harming the planet or the people involved in the production process! 
This is exactly the kind of fashion that Klow want to promote.
For us there is no need to sacrifice our style for our values and vice versa. 
We want to show that we can combine all of that.  

"Koi stands for luck, love and perseverance."

KOI has been created in 2012, in The Netherlands. 
Their designs are inspired by American classic with a Japanese eye for detail to produce quality denims and apparels. The items are designed to last long.
Every garment is made with a conscience; the Kings use innovative and sustainable production techniques where they can. For them, reusing old materials combine to innovative ones is the key in sustainability. They are always trying to improve their work conditions, social & environmental impact in the entire supply chain. Klow made the choice to showcase this brand due to their full transparency and strong engagements regarding common values! 

"The fact that we see people who tried a pair of Kings of Indigo jeans & come back for more is the best compliment. It motivates me to develop more innovative products, with a conscience! "
-
Tony Tonnaer, founder -

COMMITMENTS 


Kings Of Indigo stimulate people to be selective in what they buy and to wear their clothing for more than just a season or two.
To help customers enjoy their clothing longer, they have introduced a Triple-R philosophy (Recycle, Repair, Reuse). They try to take a leading role in this, inspiring other brands to follow them when it comes to sustainable production.
This is why Koi are 100% transparent about every step of the production chain.
Customers and other denim manufacturers can easily read where they buy their fabrics,
stitch their garments and wash their jeans.
KOI aim for 100% sustainable fabrics within three years, but for now they still need
to use a bit of lycra (max 2%) for stretch and polyester for recovery and strength (max 10%)

KOI Washing Advices:
the washing of the jeans is critical when it comes to a sustainable approach. Buying unwashed denim (the purest!) and washing them as little as possible is the most sustainable option!  

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

 Kings of Indigo’s collection is mainly made from environmentally preferred fibres.
Their products are made from materials consisting of (at least) 90% sustainable fibres such as organic cotton,
recycled cotton, recycled wool, organic wool, TENCEL®, MODAL ®,hemp and linen.
These quality sustainable materials we get from the best mills; TRC, Orta, Calik, Royo, Isko, Textile Santanderina, Unitin, Hempfortex, Northern Linen, Filatures du parc,
Morgado, Vilharinho, Kimtex and Hellas Cotton. TENCEL ® and MODAL® fibres are coming through Lenzing.

KOI are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to sustainable finishes.
They use more and more laser and ice blast for abrasion, ozone for a washed effect and eco chemicals instead of chemical sprays. Water waste is huge in denim production, therefore all water in their laundries is intensively cleaned and where possible recycled. Together with their laundries KOI are working towards a 90% recycling of water used for washing.

Organic Cotton

Cotton is fiber extracted from the cotton plant. This natural fiber is very soft, absorbent, and breathable. Cotton is relatively easy to wash, making this the most used fiber in the clothing industry.
Organic cotton is very similar to conventional cotton in terms of look and feel, however it completely grow organically. .
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
Organic cotton is completely free of destructive toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizer that are normally used to protect the cotton from being ruined by insects for instance. To keep away the insects, organic cotton is treated with organic fertilizer, instead of synthetic ones. Growing organic cotton helps to improve soil quality, prevents water contamination, and conserves biodiversity. Compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton ensures better health for both the consumer and the farmer. For example, the use of organic cotton causes fewer allergies compared to conventional cotton.
Kings of Indigo uses organic cotton in jeans, jackets, sweats, t-shirts, pants, skirts, shorts, shirts, overalls and woven tops.

Recycled Cotton

Mechanically recycled cotton can be made from both pre-consumer cotton waste and post-consumer cotton waste. To be able to create a recycled cotton yarn from post-consumer cotton the collected fabrics are shredded and spun into new yarns. Pre-consumer cotton is created from factory cutting waste.
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
Recycling reduces waste, energy and water because there is no need to plant and grow virgin cotton fibers.
Kings of Indigo uses recycled cotton in jeans, socks and knits.

Veggie Denim DYED

This is the first natural dyed denim collection produced on industrial scale.
The difficulty of working with natural dyestuff has always been that it was hard to create the right color intensity and shade consistency. 
This is now a problem of the past thanks to intense research and development.
Denim manufacturer Orta (Turkey) succeeded in creating an effective technique that overcomes the initial problems and that is 100% sustainable. Veggie denim fabric is 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The veggie denim dyeing process uses up to 70 liters less water per kg fabric, no chemicals and 30% less energy.
Of course Kings of Indigo is part of this sustainable innovation and offers several Veggie Denim items in the collection.

Modal

Modal is a type of viscose, a fiber made from the pulp of a beech tree that grows in Europe. Modal is known for its extreme soft hand feel, also it is an exceptional ecological alternative.
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
The way beech trees grow is truly special, they multiply by rejuvenation which means that the trees actually propagate by themselves. No artificial irrigation or planting is required. This means beech wood forests are a completely natural and sustainable source of raw material.
Kings of Indigo uses Modal for women’s pants and a men’s track suit.

Tencel® (Lyocel)

TENCEL® Lyocell is a natural, man-made fiber made from wood pulp. A non toxic solvent is used to transform the wood pulp into a fiber. TENCEL® Lyocell is highly water absorbent and very strong. When made into textile, it is very soft and has a beautiful drape.
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
Without the use of any chemicals, fibers are made from wood pulp from the eucalyptus tree. This process in done in a closed loop which means that 100% of the solvent is re-used, and requires almost now water.
Kings of Indigo uses TENCEL® lyocell in dresses, shirts, jumpsuits, women’s jeans, and a men’s jacket.

Organic Wool

The bio wool comes from sheep that are bred in organic farms. The sheep are fed and sheltered with consideration for their wellbeing.
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
Organic farmers hold back on the use of antibiotics, wormers or pesticides. The animals are raised on organic feed, grazing on organic land and are free to move
Kings Of Indigo Bio wool is used in a knitted women’s kimono.

Linen

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is very absorbent and conducts heat well which is why it’s a suitable fiber for summer clothes. Linen is the strongest off all natural fibers. Natural linen wrinkles, but is also dirt resistant. It has a beautiful natural slub effect.
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
Linen is grown with little or no chemical fertilizer, and all parts of the plant can be used after harvesting to create multiple products, so nothing is wasted.
Kings of Indigo uses linen in jeans, jackets, dresses, skirts, shorts, shirts, women’s coats and knits.

Recycled Wool

Wool is a textile fiber obtained from sheep. This natural fiber will keep you warm in winter, and is water repellent. 
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
Wool can be recycled by shredding it and spinning the collected fibers into new yarns. The recycled fibers are often blended with virgin wool fibers to ensure good quality. Recycling wool saves raw materials and reduces waste chemicals usage and energy.

Recycled wool is used in coats, knitwear and men’s shirts.

Hemp

This versatile fiber can grow in many different types of climates due to the little water that is required. Hemp fibers are very durable and keep shape. Like other natural fibers, hemp is very breathable and water absorbent. Because of its strength, the hemp fiber is very stiff which is why this fiber is mostly blended with other natural fibers to create a more comfortable fabric.
WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
No pesticides are used in the growing process, also there is little water required to grow the plant. Growing hemp can even improve soil conditions.

Kings of Indigo uses hemp in shirts and dresses.

CERTIFICATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE PLATFORMS

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*AT KLOW WE MAKE SURE TO SIMPLIFY YOUR RESEARCH AND GIVE YOU ACCESS TO THE PRODUCT THAT PERFECTLY MATCH YOUR PERSONAL VALUES, 
OUR TEAM TAG EACH PRODUCTS FROM EACH BRAND WITH THE RIGHT LEGEND & LABELS. 
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THE DESCRIPTION ON OUR PRODUCT PAGES FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EACH CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES.

SUSTAINABLE REPORT

Kings Of Indigo answers eight principles of the “Code of Labour Practice": 

Employment is freely chosen
No discrimination in employment
No exploitation of child labour
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Payment of a living wage
Reasonable hours of work
Safe and healthy working conditions
Legally binding employment relationship

Kings of Indigo never uses sandblasting which is very harmful for the workers.
Instead Kings of Indigo focuses on more sustainable techniques such as laser,
ice blast and ozone that are used to substitute manual scraping, stonewash and bleach finishes.

Kings of Indigo does not use any of the chemicals mentioned on the REACH list in our production,
which means amongst others no chlorobenzenes, azo dyes or heavy metals.
Kings of Indigo can offer new and most of all cleaner products every season.

WHERE IS IT MADE?


To create garments that are made to last, Kings of Indigo works with high quality sustainable materials.
To help turn these beautiful materials into quality wear for the next era,
Kings of Indigo carefully selected its production partners.

The Kings of Indigo collection is mostly made in the Mediterranean.
Fabrics come from Europe and we get a special hemp fabric from China,
an organic cotton.
And of course selvage from Japan, where their inspiration is partly from.
Find Kings Of Indigo map above as well as a complete overview of their mills,
fabric suppliers and stitching units.

Repair - Reuse - Recycle 

Triple-R (Repair, Recycle and Re-use) is a big part of Kings Of Indigo philosophy.
Of course they want you to wear your jeans as long as you can.
When the time has arrived that your blues cannot be fixed with a little T.L.C.,
there are other options than just throwing it away:


The clothing industry is a very complicated business and each step of the supply chain
from raw material to finally disposal of garments after wearing them puts big pressure on the environment.
Kings of Indigo is trying to produce with having as less impact as possible
by using sustainable materials and production techniques and producing close to home.
Kings of Indigo even takes it a step further with the use of recycled materials,
which not only saves a lot water that is used for growing cotton.

But also saves resources since the fabric waste of disposed worn clothing
as well as the factories’ cutting waste is used.
The old fabrics and clippings are cut into fibres. Afterwards these fibres are spun into yarns, and finally
these yarns are woven into fresh new fabric for Kings of Indigo’s jeans and knitwear.
The maximum percentage of recycled fibres in a fabric is not 100% yet.
Kings of Indigo and its suppliers keep innovating and try to increase the percentage
constantly without losing quality of the fabric.

All Kings of Indigo’s hangtags and pocket flashers are made from bio carton,
in 2018 all paper and carton used will be made from recycled carton.
Additionally 50% of the energy used at the Kings of Indigos HQ is generated by solar panels.

The name K.O.I came from founder Tony Tonnaer’s favorite tattoo, a koi fish on his right shoulder in remembrance of his mother. Koi fish are intelligent creatures and they tend to swim against the stream which is a strong metaphor for the rebellion that comes with a denim lifestyle.

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