Preview: Le Souk’s Showcase of Sustainability

The ReMake pavilion will showcase a range of sustainable materials, uncovered by Le Souk, an online platform that allows designers to instantly search, sample and source from fine mills & tanneries around the world.

As an attendee, you will be able to view and explore materials from over 40 mills and tanneries – all of which have a demonstrated commitment towards sustainability. Read on for a sample of showcased suppliers and their unique stories, provided by LeSouk.

To explore these materials and more in person, register to attend here.


Dias Ruivo has been perfecting the art of leather making for over eight decades. The first records of the tannery date back to 1936, when the oldest production formulas were written by the hand of the current owner’s father – Antonio Periera Dias da Silva.

Today the company is run by Manuel Dias and his two sisters – who were born and raised next door to the tannery. Their intricate knowledge of the production process is just one of the assets that set Dias Ruivo apart from other European tanneries.

Dias Ruivo’s collections are the result of intense collaboration between designers, leather production experts, and sustainability specialists. With a permanent presence at the premier shows in Paris, Milan and Hong Kong, Dias Ruivo is always on the pulse of what’s taking place in the world of leather.

“Our most bizarre articles of the season tend to become classic bestsellers in 20 years time,” says Dias, showing the company’s history of being well ahead of the curve.

This family-owned tannery’s in-house testing laboratory, range of colors and patterns, and short lead times augment Dias Ruivo’s unique positioning in the market.

 

Avanti began working with organic cotton in the 1990’s when the term “organic” was not yet familiar to most people, and very few knew about anything about organic cotton. From the beginning we dedicated ourselves to importing organically grown raw cotton and to producing and selling yarn, fabric and finished goods of consistent quality.

People want the things that touch their skin everyday to be safe and reliable. This is such a key factor that we tend to forget, or find difficult to follow in modern life with all these new technologies that are able to produce lots of material very fast.

In our generation as well as our children’s we hope that a sustainable organic lifestyle will be the norm. It is vital that we use our common sense so that we can return to a way of life that is grateful for nature’s blessings. We at Avanti will keep this foremost in our minds and keep a promise that we will only produce the best quality materials.

 

Shimada Seishoku started 80 years ago mainly producing shirting fabrics for North America. With its success in the shirting market, by the 1980’s Shimada Seishoku expanded its business to many categories including pants, jackets and shirts for domestic elite brands.

In 1972, a carpenter headed the technique of “Nishijin Ori” from Kyoto City, and this is the origin of “Banshu Ori”. Nowadays, in the Banshu area, there are many kinds of factory for weaving, dying and processing. Located in Nishiwaki City, Japan an area known for its 200 yard history in dyed fabrics, Shimada Seishoku stands out amongst the saturation of mills in the region.

Sticking to their roots of shirting, Shimada Seishoku’s team members are capable of producing thin 100/1 yarns and many aspects of technical materials. When developing textile, first the yarn is selected, and then the process, color and the weave type. Each step may seem very mundane, but the care and precision each step required is revealed in the final fabrication of the textiles.

 

Toban Textile is located in the Nishiwaki District, and is the only mill in Japan which can integrate dyeing, weaving and finishing into a continuous production. The origin of ”Banshu Ori” dates back to 1792, when the technique was introduced from Nishijin, Kyoto.

Nishiwaki District is given a plenty of water from several valleys, and the rivers flow together into a wide one, Kakogawa River. One of the rivers, Sugihara River, has soft water and is suitable for dyeing. This resulted in the development of dyeing industry in the area. What is more, the area was cultivating cottons for house clothing in the past, by taking advantage of mild climate. Thus, “Banshu Ori” has kept evolving and been loved by the people around the world over more than 200 years.

 

 

Herbal Fab is a family run company whose vision as a company is to be sustainable – giving back to nature what they take from it in the same form, or if not the same then one, that is still useful and not harmful. This is the vision that they apply to all of their sourcing and manufacturing for their fabrics. They believe that they are reviving the chemical-free textile practice followed by ancestors 100 years ago.

Two brothers, originally electronic engineers, started Herbal Fab; they started Herbal Fab in order to join the family business involved with conventional cotton textiles. However, from seeing the repairable damage done by the hazardous chemicals used at each stage of conventional textiles processing they decided to make a change. This was where the idea of Herbal Fab was born. The main issues they are concerned with is the amount of air, soil, and water pollution created as a result of production and processing, and how much employment that their work generate. Herbal Fab works with organic cotton-based fabrics in both woven and knits and other sustainable materials like organic denims, organic corduroy, KHADI, peace silk, wood-based fibers, and linen. 

 

Sojitz Fashion responds to the rapidly changing environment in the domestic apparel business through OEM supply of products to SPA, a leading domestic retailer, as well as the sale of brand products through subsidiaries and sale of fabric stocks. It conducts wholesale catalogue sales of fabric and strives to establish trends through its involvement in all aspects of fashion from textile color, pattern, and material planning to sales.

Benshidai in Shanghai, China supports customers from Japan and all over the world by providing small-lot, high-quality fabrics with simple settlement through its original inventory operations system. Sojitz Fashion seeks to be a global textile converter that grows with its customers and contributes to the development of an enriching society.

 

Naturtex, located in Lima, Peru, is among the most renowned suppliers of organic cotton in South America. A pioneer of the production of organic and fair-trade cotton, the company is a vertically integrated manufacturer of some of the finest cotton and alpaca fabrics available on the market today.

The American anthropologist James M. Vreeland Jr. founded the company in 1977 as a commercial representative for the Native Cotton Project of Peru. Naturtex offers an incredible array of organic cottons. The fabrics are made from start to finish in-house, where specially trained employees knit, weave, and dye raw cotton and wool in a full spectrum of eco-friendly hues. Naturtex combines history, quality, and a commitment to sustainability and ethical business practices to provide their customers with the very best organic cotton and wool fabrics.

 

Premium Bishu Japan – The Ichinomiya Fashion Design Center Foundation (FDC) was established to promote textile and other industries in the BISHU regions in 1984 in Ichinomiya City.

While producing textiles, the BISHU textile industry with its highly developed technology, consists of various production lines from spinning, thread-playing, dyeing, weaving, finishing and processing to home wholesale and needlework.

The strong point of BISHU, compared to other textile regions, exists in the fact that BISHU has a consistent system which allows it to create textiles from thread to the final product. This is especially vital to the production of woolen textiles which attaches great importance to material, color, pattern, texture and quality. As a result of its consistency, BISHU has developed a superior technology in the production of woolen textiles. This technology is best when used to produce new, high-value-added products. BISHU textiles continue to meet the challenging demands of its customers with new diverse and quality products.

 

Oratex is a premium manufacture of circular knit stretch fabrics. They are a performance-based manufacturer who supplies fabrics that are designed for activewear and a selection of apparel items. They supply fabrics that are specific to certain activities or genders, for example their Dolce collection. They also have an eco-friendly element to their company, acting to protect the environment.

Oratex Inc. was founded in 1989 as a commission knitter serving the garment industry in Canada. Over the past two decade it has proven to be both flexible to changing tines and consistent in quality. Oratex has grown from strictly a commission knitter to a high-end fabric supplier. Their fabrics are sold worldwide and are at the forefront of quality standards.

They supply fabrics that are comprised of a combinations between bamboo, organic cotton, nylon, spandex and micromodal. These come in a jersey weave and are available in black and white as well as other custom colours. The fabrics are soft and comfortable. They are best suited to producing items such as active wear and apparel like blouses and tops.

Oratex is a leading brand in textile production. They are an environmentally aware company bearing the effects of manufacturing in the future in mind. Creating innovative, high quality materials they have grown over the last decades to establish a reputed reputation and become a well known global textile supplier.

 

Meet these suppliers (and many more!) at the ReMake Pavilion. Register to attend here.