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Denim developers, Martin Schaefer, Christina Agtzidou, Klas Dalquist, Josef Schindler and Niels Mulder

When you’re looking for new jeans suppliers, how do you know where to focus your attention, and what should you be looking for?

With the help of five business insiders, this article helps designers and developers navigate the list of exhibitors at shows like Munich Fabric Start’s Bluezone.

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The Story of Indigofera started with one natural indigo denim with an almost unbelievable price If you ask me, Indigofera is one of the most underrated denim brands in the market. The uniquely developed denims are amazing, the fits are spot on, and the details are subtle yet striking. However, prices are relatively high and some aficionados may question the “Made in Portugal” label, not to mention the missing chain stitched hem. Once you understand that the brand is all about fabrics that fade unbelievably beautifully, you forget all the snobbery and actually start to appreciate that these guys dare to do it different. Found the Fabric in Japan by Change While developing Indigofera back in 2007-2008, founders Mats Andersson and Johan Söderlund did a lot of researching and prototyping. At one point early in the process they came by one truly exceptional fabric milled at one of the small premium mills in Japan’s Okayama area. They ended up using it for their first production run. The Details of the Natural Indigo Fabric The weight of this special loom state denim is 16 oz., but more importantly it’s 100% natural indigo dyed. Using rope-dyeing techniques the dyestuff hasn’t penetrated to the core of the yarn. The result is amazing fades. Mats tells me that natural indigo-dyed denim has a tendency to over-bleed and saturate the entire fabric, but the rope dyeing means this doesn’t happen to this denim. He admits that launching the brand with a ‘kick-ass’ fabric like this it may have been a bit premature. “I do not think I have seen anything more beautiful before or after this fabric came our way. And there was only 100 metres done, how can anyone resist that?” To Mats’ knowledge, aside from those magical 100 metres, the fabric has not been produce…