The ongoing Levi’s x Outerknown Wellthread collaboration features a revolutionary disguise in its spring collection. The denim garments — a trucker, a Western shirt and jeans — aren’t solely made with cotton and feature a large percentage of cottonized hemp.
The Wellthread program partnered with fiber specialists to create a process to “cottonize” hemp. Using little energy or chemical processing, the substantial fibers are transformed to look and feel nearly indistinguishable from cotton. In the Outerknown collection, the garments include 30 percent of this under-the-radar sustainable material.
The use of hemp is incredibly important with regards to sustainability. The plant is resistant to pests, requires little water and has a very short growth cycle. In fact, it’s so easy to grow that it doesn’t even have an organic certification process. And the hemp used in the Levi’s x Outerknown Wellthread collection is rain-fed, utilizing no conventional irrigation.
What’s more, each of the garments from the new collection is fully recyclable. The trucker and jeans have easily removable metal hardware so after they’ve been worn out, they can be processed into new usable materials.
So if you’re looking to give your wardrobe some new life this spring, consider picking up one of these pieces — they not only look great, they’re also revolutionary.
Wellthread 511 Slim Fit Jeans by Levi’s x Outerknown $128
Wellthread Western Stitched Yoke Shirt by Levi’s x Outerknown $168
Wellthread Embroidered Trucker by Levi’s x Outerknown $198
Gear Patrol also recommends:
Levi’s x Outerknown Pocket Tee (Recycled Denim) ($40)
Levi’s x Outerknown Pocket Tee (White) ($40)
Levi’s x Outerknown Boardshort ($98)