Elif Karahan, Marketing Executive of Kilim Denim
Tell us about your business, how long has it been running and what’s the story behind it?
Kilim Denim is building on its heritage to move its values forward for 40 years in the denim industry. Driven by producing qualified and sustainable denim and woven fabrics with strong partners for prestigious brands worldwide. Kilim Denim is proud to be a part of a green economy by putting effort through its sustainable innovations and being part of a positive transformation for earth and humanity.
Are you an integrated mill? NO Do you produce the fabrics as well as the finished garments?
Yes, we compound features an integrated mill with spinning, indigo dyeing, weaving and finishing departments.
What sort of denim do you specialise in?
Kilim Denim’s characteristics globally accepted by other brands and rivals alike the special finishing touches on fabric.
The finishes applied on fabric with the mercerizing machine, developed exclusively for Kilim Denim in 2014, are patented.
Besides special coating, overdye, brushing and printing, they also provide nano-technological finishes.
Do you specialise in any dying techniques, washes or finishes?
Indigo dying process that brings life to denim material is carried out by using the “rope dying process”, accepted as the best system in the world. MORRISON brand machinery that has 30 million warp dyeing capacity annually.
There are strong, flexible finishing lines that belong to Kilim Denim such as SPARK, FLATEX, SUNSET, FOX, ELEGANT, BETA, INPUT, MASTER, RAİNBOW, ICEBERG, LEO, XENA and HARDFLAT, each of which have been specially designed for providing the best reaction to washing and that give spirit to the Denim Material.
How are you dealing with the sustainability issues surrounding the denim industry?
The awareness for sustainability and the environment requires a brand to be cautious and meticulous not just in terms of manufacture but in all steps of the process. Kilim Denim maintains this consciousness even when it’s purchasing raw materials, and uses eco- and human-friendly, recycled or reused fibers that protect the manufacturers. The dyes used in all fabrics are also selected in harmony with this vision and so as not to harm human health. In the last phase, the manufacture waste is treated, separated or recycled without causing harm to nature.
How do you see denim moving into the future?
Eco-technologies will rule the future of fashion. And denim fabric has always been able to adapt itself to new trends.
Kilim Denim is currently working on another significant sustainability project.There will be no hydrosulfide in new-generation indigo dyes we use; therefore, we will completely stop producing sulfide salt which collects in water, biologically cannot be melted, and is preserved in nature to some extent. This will prevent the emission of toxic ingredients in nature.
Moreover, in 2019, we will also initiate a project about transferring to solar power.
Have customers become more demanding of suppliers and what have the core changes been in this relationship?
Yes they have. Especially more sustainable products, faster services and innovative product developments…
What advice would you give sourcing professionals looking for a manufacturer?
We recommend them to choose products that can add value to their brands and products
How can manufacturers and sourcing professionals improve their relationships?
Communication is the key to any healthy relationship. When both parties can speak the same language, the relationship will be stronger. And it’s important that your employees can carry out tasks quickly and proactively.
Create transparency though technology. Trust is critical for a constructive manufacturer-sourcing professional relationship, and the best way to build trust is to establish transparency.
What are your minimum and maximum order quantities?
Minimum 2000 m. And there is no limit for maximum. We provide convenience for special demands.
How do you think Brexit will affect your garment manufacturing business?
We think there will not be many changes for us.