Two Special Edwin X Jean School Collaboration Jeans

Edwin teamed up a while ago with the world’s first Jean School and the Denim City Lab in Amsterdam. The second-year students were asked to create an original denim wash using the most sustainable process possible with the help of the washing machines, dryers, ozone, laser, scraping and spraying units available at the Denim City Lab. In the previous article you can read more about the outcome of these 14 students.

The denim which was chosen for this special project is a 1963 pair made with the typical rainbow selvage by Edwin jeans. The fabric is 12.8oz selvage and specially woven for the brand by the Japanese Kuroki denim mill in Japan.

Each student was given two pairs of jeans and 1.5m of test fabric to work with during the process. After seven months of research and development, the students submitted their work and it was up to the Edwin team to select just two to be put into production. The two winners are Suzanne Boymans and Lieke Koen, their pairs are now available in the Edwin denim collection for Fall Winter ’19.

63 Rainbow Selvage Denim – Water Lazer Wash

The first special Edwin X Jean School jeans is created by Suzanne Boymans.

“My inspiration for this wash was based on the amount of water used in the production of a regular pair of jeans. I wanted to design a wash that showed how much water is usually used to wash denim.

The first pair of jeans I tested were washed once with one litre of water, then I opted to use a laser treatment to create the final appearance. After some experimentation, the final pair of jeans were placed in the washing machine with little balls to soften the denim, meaning that no water was used in the final washing process.” – by Suzanne Boymans.

63 Rainbow Selvage Denim – Rising Sun Wash

The sunrise that features in this Edwin X Jean School wash by Lieke Koen is a tribute to their culture, tied in with the latest European fashion trends such as over dyeing and statement colours.

“Inspired by the EDWIN manifesto, I wanted to create a blend of Japanese craftsmanship with a European contemporary flavour, vision and attitude. In the history of Japanese culture, you find many references to the sun including their flag, the sun goddess, Amaterasu, the paper windows and even the name of the country means ‘land of the rising sun’.

The sunrise that features in this wash is a tribute to their culture, tied in with the latest European fashion trends such as over dyeing and statement colours. The wash comes to life by using a water spray and the Ozone machine to create the dip-dye bleaching effect. Using the spice that comes from the turmeric plant, the vivid yellow represents the Japanese sunrise.” – by Lieke Koen.

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.