We are a family business. We always stay true to our roots in traditional craftsmanship – and at the same time, we constantly come up with innovations. Currently we’re working ambitiously on becoming even more sustainable while upholding our high quality standards. Sustainability has always been something we care about. Even before it was a buzzword or a trend. And it always felt so natural to us that we didn’t talk about it all that much. We would like to change that – because such an important topic deserves more awareness. Our new goal is to communicate transparently what we’re doing already and what we’re going to do in the future, in order to produce our collections with less of an environmental impact. To let you know that we care. And to inspire you to become active, too. And it doesn’t stop there. Another thing we take for granted is social responsibility. It’s extremely important to us to be fair. Ever since our beginnings in 1978.
Our key values are part of everything we do. They are the reason we created an eco-friendly denim line, for example.
Let’s talk details.
Step by step,
taking Closed towards a
We are not an eco label. (And we feel that it’s impossible for a clothing company with quarterly collections to be 100 per cent sustainable.) That doesn’t stop us from continuously finding new ways to improve – because, of course, we care about our planet. Always have, always will. We’re continuously making our processes as sustainable as possible. Step by step, we’re taking Closed towards a greener future.
Our goal is to produce our collections with less of an environmental impact, while never compromising our high quality. Fortunately, these two values often go hand in hand. By making high quality our priority ever since the beginnings of Closed, a lot of our processes have been clean and green since the early 1980s. Long before the concept of sustainability became an (important!) trend. A good starting point, but nothing to rest on.
Step by step,
taking Closed towards a greener future.
more than 80 per cent of our products are made in Europe, keeping distances short. Something very special: our denim is made in Italy in our so-called ‚denim triangle‘ with three long-established partners – from weaving to dyeing and sewing. Our products are transported to our warehouses and shops by land, not by air.
A Better Blue:
for our eco-friendly denim line A BETTER BLUE, we use 50 per cent less water, 25 per cent less energy, and 65 per cent less chemicals, thanks to innovative dyeing and washing methods. We also use eco-friendly materials: sustainable denim from start to finish. Every season, we increase the volume of A BETTER BLUE products.
recycled cotton and recycled elastane are part of A BETTER BLUE, saving even more water and chemicals. For example, the special Lyocell fibre TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™, consisting of a wood component and 30 per cent recycled cotton waste. And our insulation material 3M™ Thinsulate™ Recycled Featherless Insulation contains 75 per cent recycled loose-fill fibres. Some of our jackets come with a Thermore® Ecodown® filling, made of 100 per cent recycled PET bottles.
we use an increasing volume of organic cotton. Starting with the Summer 2020 season, our Oxford Shirts for men and women as well as a lot of our essentials will be made of 100 per cent organic cotton.
Packaging & shipping:
we ship our online shop orders in 100 per cent recyclable boxes, made from 100 per cent recycled materials.
We ship our online shop orders in an environmentally friendly way with DHL Green within Germany.
Our products are packed and shipped in bags made of a material that degrades in 10–15 years (instead of 300 years). Made by the company Re.Ma.Plast, they contain the organic additive EcoPure for much faster biodegradation. (By the way: The reason we use poly bags at all is to make sure every product arrives in perfect condition. The reason we don’t use paper bags is that you can’t see what’s inside, which makes things a bit difficult at the warehouse.)
For the butterfly strips used to support the collars of our packaged blouses and shirts, we use paper instead of plastic.
we use paper from responsible resources for our hang tags and for our HARD COPY magazine (FSC label).
We no longer use hot foil printing for our printed media.
No disposal of unsold goods:
we would never throw away or destroy unsold Closed items. Products that didn’t sell at the end of the season get marked down for our sale periods. Remaining items have another chance in our outlets. The next step after the outlets is our bi-annual factory sale. We have been giving items that didn’t sell after these steps to a Chilean charity organisation for many years. The clothes are sold in Chile and the complete proceeds support a music school for children in need.
Where we produce our collections:
Little things (please do try them at home!)
we lease bicycles for our employees to encourage them to do without their cars. For all business trips, we work with AtmosFair to offset our carbon emissions by supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases. When taking the train is an option for business trips, we don’t fly.
we only use green electricity (provided by Lichtblick) at our headquarters, shops and showrooms.
we stopped using plastic bottles at our headquarters and showrooms but use glass bottles and water filters instead.
Staying awake & happy:
we ditched coffee machines with aluminium capsules, using an eco-friendly alternative. We don’t work with catering companies that deliver food with a lot of plastic packaging.
eco-friendly packaging is now available as an additional option for our online shop customers.
we’re currently working on a detailed sustainability report – download it here by the beginning of 2020.
there will be eco paper bags in our shops soon.
A BETTER BLUE
Denim is our greatest passion. And as traditional methods of producing denim leave a lot of room for improvement (mainly in regard to water and chemical consumption), we came up with an eco-friendly denim line in 2018: A BETTER BLUE.
We developed this line with our Italian denim partners Candiani, the so-called greenest denim mill in the blue world, and the Everest laundry to set new standards. Innovative ecological washing and dyeing methods are at the centre of A BETTER BLUE. And 40 per cent of the cotton Candiani uses for the denim comes from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Overall 50 per cent less water, 25 per cent less energy, and 65 per cent less chemicals are used for A BETTER BLUE products (compared to conventional means).
Every season, we increase the proportion of A BETTER BLUE products in our collections. We started with women’s and men’s jeans, and now there are also jackets, shirts, dresses, skirts and accessories. And for our Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, we’re introducing more sustainable materials to further decrease the consumption of water, chemicals and electricity: for example, recycled cotton, recycled elastane and REFIBRA™. Plus, all of the jeans in our menswear Spring 2020 collection will be made from organic cotton – and the majority of them are produced with eco-friendly washing techniques. Quite a big step, but we’re only getting started!
Traditional craftsmanship benefits from modern expertise.
Traditional craftsmanship benefits from modern expertise. That is why we push things forward with new technologies for sustainable and advanced production. We’re especially proud of our eco-friendly denim line A BETTER BLUE – but have a look at the other innovative technical fabrics we use to produce our collections.
Traditional craftsmanship benefits from modern expertise.
- Thinsulate™ Recycled Featherless by 3M™:
- In 2015 we raised the bar by using the down substitute Thinsulate™ Featherless by 3M™ (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing), a leading producer in their field of technology based in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the USA. We were one of the first German companies to process the synthetic, animal-friendly material as insulating padding for our jackets and coats. Starting with our Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, we’re using 3M™ Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation. It’s made with 75 per cent recycled loose-fill fibres.
- TENCEL™ & Lyocell:
- Lyocell is a natural fibre produced from renewable raw material wood. Its production has a low ecological impact – and it’s completely biodegradable. The most well-known Lyocell producer is the Austrian company Lenzing. Its high-quality Lyocell goes by the name TENCEL™. It’s certified by the EU Ecolabel as being a product with a significantly lower environmental impact across its entire lifecycle.
- TENCEL™ REFIBRA™:
- This pioneering technology involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps, e.g. from garment production, which would usually go to waste. The recycled cotton is mixed with wood pulp from sustainable forests to produce new virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres for fabrics and garments. We use REFIBRA™ for our A BETTER BLUE denims.
At Closed we are loyal. Many of our manufacturing partners have been with us for decades, and we see them as part of the family. These relationships are built on trust and form the basis for everything we do. For us, sustainability also means creating the same conditions for all workers. Today and tomorrow.
Our managers, designers and apparel engineers regularly visit our production sites and are in constant dialogue with our suppliers. These long-standing partnerships have resulted in a Code of Conduct for ecological and social guidelines – one based on mutual trust and followed as a matter of course. It is signed bi-annually by all our partners.
A fair price
We believe in openness and clear communication. Even when it comes to money. Closed products come at a certain price. But what we charge is calculated honestly. There are cheaper providers – but they do not deliver the same Closed quality. There are comparable products from other suppliers – but at a much higher price. How much is a pair of jeans worth that is handmade in Italy? What price do you put on the fact that we produce almost 80 per cent of our entire range in Europe? We choose to be honest and transparent because we want our pricing to be clear and understandable. We believe this is fair.
As a company, we draw heavily on our own European heritage – French imagination, Italian craftsmanship and German tradition. Our roots keep us grounded. Our experience is the basis for our constant innovations. And speaking of roots: denim is a huge part of our DNA. After all, we did start as a denim brand. We have been producing jeans since 1978 and understand the importance of every single detail. The signature details of our heritage styles keep on inspiring our design teams. They will always play a role in our collections. Just as our experience of designing and producing fashion has for more than 40 years.