A call back to Levi’s 1970s collection aptly called Fresh Produce was originally inspired by… you guessed it… produce. The team at Levi’s decided to bring it back with a fresh modern twist for their Autumn/Winter 2022 collection. The result is a range filled with beautiful dyes from natural sources including plants and botanicals.
“We are excited to debut our Levi’s Fresh collection, a vibrant mix of super soft tees, fleece, and denim made with natural dyes and water saving techniques,” said Karyn Hillman, Chief Product Officer at Levi’s Strauss & Co. “Taking inspiration from our archives, we infused each piece with youthful energy borrowed from the original ‘70s Levi’s Fresh Produce line. It’s a fun, plant and mineral based, planet friendly collection rooted in essentials and infinitely covetable.”
Traditionally, natural based dyes tend to produce more earth-tone colors, but they applied new dyeing methods that were able to produce vibrant, icy shades of peach, lavender, pink, and yellow. And all in a mix of both yarn and garment dyed pieces.
The dyes in the Fresh collection come from one of three natural sources, including non-endangered or non-threatened plants—like madder root extract and natural indigo—agricultural byproducts—like food waste—and minerals like clays, carbonates, and natural oxides. These dyes were specially formatted to require less auxiliaries, without compromising color fastness or aesthetic, resulting in an innovative, sustainable dye process. All dyes in the collection feature a minimum of 50 percent plant or mineral content.
Another sustainability feature of Levi’s Fresh is that we used multiple water-saving dye techniques. Fabric mills used reverse osmosis to recycled water used in wet processing. Tops were garment dyed at laundries using recycled water and energy efficient equipment. Other water saving techniques included ultrasonic fiber dyeing and direct pigment dyes.
The collection features; a 551Z Straight Crop jean, a Type II Trucker, a soft, oversized anorak with kangaroo pocket, 501 Crops for her, and a lineup of Red Tab Vintage Tees.
To complete the head-to-toe look, hats are also included—in the form of a cotton twill bucket hat and a knit beanie. And just to add a little extra bit of quirky fun, and give a nod to the 1970s Fresh Produce collection, the whole range includes special tabs featuring various fruits and vegetables, a take on the carrot tabs included on the original.