House of Denim
Project Update - 31st of August 2009
An initiatieve to explore the feasibility, viability and optimal set up of a sustainable denim
production platform in the Netherlands.
‘House of Denim’ - Project update August 2009
Earlier this year, we launched a project to explore the feasibility, viability and optimal set up of a
sustainable denim production platform in the Netherlands. After interviewing industry experts and
setting up hypotheses, we invited professionals on Linked-In to comment and offer input. Many of
you did, for which we are very grateful.
Your input has been both encouraging and inspiring; many of you emphased the importance of
combining knowledge with the opportunity to experiment. Also, we were pointed in the direction of
yarn developments based on alternatives such as hemp and nettles, as well as recycled post-
consumer ﬁbres (recycled jeans).
We have incorporated much of your input and will be discussing next steps in the project soon. First
up is a meeting with project partners at the City of Almere, most likely followed by the development
of an in-depth business plan and identiﬁcation of partnership opportunities.
You will ﬁnd our updated concept on the next page. As before, we welcome your input and
suggestions - and commit to keeping you informed of developments.
House of Denim
Updated ‘House of Denim’ Concept (August 2009)
After input from international experts and professionals (thanks, LinkedIn group members), the
original 5-point House of Denim concept has been enriched to include 9 elements.
0. Sustainable Yarn buying/co-
development expertise. Aim is to
8. Dutch Sustainable Denim Store stimulate the development of yarns from eco-
Retail outlet specialising in Dutch and friendly alternatives to cotton, like nettles or
Sustainable denim brands, potentially run hemp, potentially also using post-consumer 1. Artisanal Mill. An crafts facility that
by retail education course. ﬁbres (recycled jeans), sustainably dyed. makes high-grade artisanal selvedge denim,
using traditional looms (as well as potentially
more modern machines too).Makes different
7. Denim Master Atelier Top-level sewing grades/weights of denim, for sale or use by
shop that specialises in the production of own sweatshop & other brands.
samples, complicated denim garments/show
pieces. Also produces the House of Denim’s own 2. World of Denim. A museum-exhibit style
jeans for sale. craft display installation that shows the steps
necessary to get from a plant to a pair of jeans.
For education of students, denim loves, shop
6. Denim College Facility for crafts education: staff etcetera. Also shows the environmental
sewing shop that trains students in the impact.
techniques and craft of sewing & making jeans
and other (simpler) denim products.
3. Denim Archive A reference &
inspiration library for denim developers
5. Denim & Sustainability and -lovers. Library of books, magazines
Knowledge Center Center for and objects relating to denim production
development & exchange of and collection of vintage jeans, focusing
knowledge on matters of denim & 4. Blue Lab R&D facility for designers and on fabric, wash, treatments and styles of
sustainability. Possibly a university participating brands to experiment with denim.
chair. (preferably sustainable) yarns, fabrics, dyes,
weaving methods, washes and treatments.
House of Denim
1015 DX Amsterdam