“Images of the plastic bottles in the world’s oceans have increased our desire for sustainably produced textiles and inspired us to go down this path,” says Lincoln Chan, Managing Director at Halo Creative Design. The British company, with headquarters in China, originally manufactured wooden and upholstered furniture; this year, they are introducing their new denims for the first time at Heimtextil. These have been made, for the most part, from the waste materials of jeans production in Guatemala – an exemplary instance of creative and sustainable upcycling.
For this, the left overs of jeans manufacture are cut up into small pieces, processed, spun into yarn and re-worked afresh. The look & feel is remarkably pleasing, and it is not only because of the philosophy behind them that the fabrics appeal to us. The colours are muted; their impact discreet and harmonious.
“We use plant dyes to colour the fabric. The delicate red is extracted from the cochineal beetle, for example,” explains Lincoln Chan. ‘Botanicals’ is what they call the selection, made principally from hemp and linen, that they treat with natural dyes. Another line, manufactured from PET bottles and particularly suited to use outdoors, is available in six colours. “Of course, we also use many of our fabrics in the production of our own furniture,” continues Lincoln Chan. And Halo Creative Design is known, above all, for its leather processing. Altogether, the company operates 40 shops worldwide. With their naturally dyed and recycled textiles, Halo Creative Design occupy a niche in the market, but the team at the show emphasise that the business is being built up and they will be exhibiting more sustainably produced products at Heimtextil in 2020.
Halo Creative Design are exhibiting in Hall 4.2, Stand C84.