Artistic Milliners acquires LA based Denim Facility

Published by Sourcing Journal
16 April 2021
Author Angela Velasquez

The Karachi, Pakistan-based denim manufacturer acquired last year a denim factory in Commerce, Calif. The new venture, called Star Fades International (SFI), is an integral part of Artistic Milliners’ vision to offer clients supply chain 4.0 principles and 360-degree design in the U.S.

Powered by the facility’s existing expert team, SFI will provide turnkey and custom wash and finishing services to a customer roster that ranges from large international retailers to specialty premium labels. The facility’s capacity currently stands at 100,000 units a month. Additional investments, however, are in place to increase capacity to 300,000 units a month.

Many of the laundry’s longtime staff have been retained, including Tony Rodriguez, who has been named chief operating officer of SFI, the company stated.

The allure of L.A. adds a new dimension to the company’s portfolio. “California has historically been an important cornerstone for the international denim industry,” said Murtaza Ahmed, SFI founder and Artistic Milliners executive director.

An L.A. laundry was part of Artistic Milliners long-term strategy, but the plan was fast-tracked when an established facility equipped with industry-leading wet and dry process technologies, including lasers, ozone and e-flow machines, was put on the market in early 2020.

“The SFI acquisition serves as a major leap in Artistic Milliners’ evolution as a truly global denim company as it adds multiple dimensions to our operating model,” said Omer Ahmed, Artistic Milliners CEO and SFI cofounder. “Not only does it give our brand partners a U.S.-based manufacturing option but also serves as a nucleus for co-creation and collaboration from fiber to garment at a scale and depth never witnessed before in our industry.”