Back in the 1970s, Levi’s® released a collection called Fresh Produce, inspired by, well, produce. And since we all love fresh fruits and vegetables, Levi’s® figured, why not bring it back, only with a fresh (pun intended) 21st century spin. Introducing Levi’s® Fresh for Spring/Summer 2022, a beautiful range of dyed favorites featuring dyes derived from natural sources, including plants and botanicals.
Fresh Produce is back for Levi’s Spring/Summer 2022
Traditionally, natural based dyes tend to produce more earth-tone colors, but with Levi’s® Fresh, we 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.
Keep it monochromatic, or switch things up: your choice
Designed to be worn in monochromatic head-to-toe looks or mixed and matched, the collection features a 551Z Straight Crop jean and a Type II Trucker in all four of the colors. Also included is a soft, oversized anorak with kangaroo pocket, a Levi’s® XX Chino pleated twill short, a Utility High Loose short, a cotton patch pocket chore coat, a calf length denim overall dress, and a lineup of Red Tab Vintage Tees.
“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. 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. ” said Karyn Hillman, Chief Product Officer at Levi’s Strauss & Co.
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.
The Levi’s Fresh collection is now available at levi.com.my, all Levi’s stores, and department stores nationwide.