Our Denim –
Made in Italy
Here in Hamburg, we generally shy away from overstatements. But even we can objectively say that partners don’t come any better than our Italian collaborators, who have been with us for years: three long-established companies that practice their craft with modern expertise, work sustainably and care about their staff and the environment. Our jeans wouldn’t be the best without our close cooperation and collective know-how.
Made in Italy –
The Closed Denim Triangle
It’s amazing how green blue jeans can be. The Italian family business Candiani, based in a conservation area near Milan, has been producing denim for 80 years and sets extremely high standards for its work. In addition to quality and workmanship, these benchmarks apply to environmental protection. Cutting-edge technology ensures that Candiani uses 15% less water and energy. Thanks to its sustainable, innovative inventions, it is also known as the greenest denim factory in Europe.
All of this makes Candiani the perfect long-term partner for Closed. Although we are not a certified eco label, environmentally friendly production is a matter which is very close to our heart. We consistently strive to minimise environmental impacts with A BETTER BLUE and collaborations with partners like Candiani. Forty per cent of the cotton in A BETTER BLUE denim is sourced from sustainably managed plantations. Eco-friendly growing methods are just as important to us as fair working conditions for farmers.
„People also call it the greenest mill in the blue world.”Gordon Giers
- Any waste thread created during the production process is recycled.
- 35 percent of the cotton used comes from partners in the Better Cotton Initiative.
- Candiani has been awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard and the Global Recycle Standard.
Our first Pedal Pushers were sewn by Paul all the way back in the 1980s. The processing of each of our jeans’ components is overseen by one of the 70 experts working at this family business near Ancona. The company has been run by Paolo Galassi, who took over the reins from his father, and Mario Ceccarelli for almost 30 years. They nurture their trade by investing in creativity and sustainability.
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Paolo and Mario – company managers.
Rosanna – responsible for our triple stitching.
Marina – sews the fly label onto our Pedal Pushers.
Carlo – cutter for our jeans.
Francesca – Mario’s daughter, in charge of handling orders.
Angled at 33° to allow for easier access to the front pocket. Not only are they our trademark, they also embody the Closed philosophy, defined for the brand years ago by our founder François Girbaud: form follows function.
A small, clever adjustment expertly made to the rear part of the jeans in line with the sacrum. Ensures a perfect, comfortable fit.
Positioned on the front of the fly. Hand sewn by an expert. Another hallmark of Closed jeans.
Our renowned triple stitch for extra style and stability. Developed by François Girbaud. A trademark feature of certain jeans, like our Pedal Pusher.
Ever since Closed founder François Girbaud developed the stonewash technique in the 1980s, our brand has been synonymous with special washes and used effects. The Everest laundry has been helping us achieve these looks since 2007. Based in the small town of Piombino Dese, they apply the most innovative and ecological finishing techniques.
- Eco-friendly washing: Everest uses various eco-friendly treatments and achieves used-denim looks with laser or ozone gas to minimise water consumption and the use of chemicals.
- Stonewash alternatives: Everest uses environmentally friendly alternatives to the classic stonewash process. The company works with artificial stones or achieves the typical effects by inserting an abrasive drum into the washing machine.
- Handmade in Italy: Many used-look details of the denims are created entirely by hand, for example with sanders or sandpaper.
- Water treatment: The company's 1,000 square metre wastewater treatment plant treats 1,200 cubic metres of water every day, for which Everest uses a sophisticated bacterial system instead of chemicals.
- Ozone washing: To achieve a faded look, Everest washes denim with ozone gas, a strong oxidising agent. It leaves no residue and water consumption is minimal. Washing takes only a few minutes, so little electricity is needed. No chemicals are used.
- Laser: Laser has the power to produce very different shades of blue. With lasers you can achieve patchy as well as flat effects in a vintage look. Conventional washing processes are accelerated or even completely replaced by the use of lasers – which reduces the use of water and chemicals.
- Artificial stonewash: With conventional stonewash procedures jeans are washed with pumice stones. These wear out quickly and must be disposed of after two washes. In addition, a lot of water is needed to remove the residues. Everest uses an innovative alternative: artificial stones. They can withstand up to eight wash cycles and minimise water consumption due to their reduced wear.
- Abrasive drum: Another process Everest uses for stonewash effects is an abrasive drum – a grinding insert for conventional washing machines to achieve the typical look with lower water consumption.
- Fog-Wash / Low Impact Oxidants: The so-called Fog-Wash method saves up to 80 percent water, compared to conventional washing processes. Degradable bioenzymes or low impact oxidants lighten the denim. They are an eco-friendly alternative to conventional bleaching agents, which usually contain chlorine or potassium permanganate and require high washing temperatures.