Artistic Milliners Joins Apparel Impact Roundtable
10 August 2021
Aii is pleased to announce that Artistic Milliners, a vertically integrated denim manufacturer from Pakistan, has joined the Apparel Impact Roundtable, bringing an experienced supplier voice to this advisory group. The Apparel Impact Roundtable comprises a group of leading brands, retailers and manufacturers, who help drive and engage Aii’s strategic programming.
“Artistic Milliners has been a long-time leader in producing sustainable products,” said Lewis Perkins, president, Aii. “I have known this team for many years and have worked with them on sustainability initiatives in the past. Joining the Roundtable demonstrates Artistic Milliners’ ongoing commitment to excellence by furthering their dedication to positive impact through scaling proven solutions.”
Launched in Pakistan in 1949, Artistic Milliners has grown from a small retail store to become one of the top denim manufacturers in the world. Since its inception, the company has been a forerunner in the global textile industry and has spearheaded denim innovation and sustainability, working with brands like Target Corp., Gap Inc., PVH Corp., Levi Strauss & Co. and H&M Group. Artistic Milliners recently acquired a laundry and finishing facility in Los Angeles.
Artistic Milliners is the first and only company from Pakistan to sign up for UN Business Ambition for 1.5C. The company has committed to reach net zero emission no later than 2025 and is working on a climate strategy in line with SBTi. CEO Omer Ahmed was invited as a speaker in the UN Climate Ambition Summit 2020 as a Climate Champion from Pakistan.The Summit brought together leaders who are ready to make new commitments to tackle climate change and deliver on the Paris Agreement, five years after it was adopted on Dec. 12, 2015.
Currently, Artistic Milliners is working on regenerative farming of cotton, as traditional farming practices make a sizable contribution to GHG emissions, recycling 85% of water, and has committed to achieve zero liquid discharge by 2025. Artistic Milliners is the only denim company with a dedicated renewable energy setup. The company’s wind farms have been scaled up to 100MW in 2021 and will supply clean energy to more than 50,000 households. Furthermore, Artistic Milliners has plans to invest in solar and hydro energy plants.
“This decade is all about people and the planet,” said, Murtaza Ahmed, managing director at Artistic Milliners. “We are thrilled to join Apparel Impact Roundtable to help drive the strategic scale and implementation of sustainable initiatives. Our common goal is to advocate for a green supply chain and work together to foster an inclusive ecosystem contributing to climate positive actions and social fairness.
“At Artistic Milliners, we aim to integrate sustainability in everything we do as we continue to evolve our processes to achieve science based targets. Through this platform, we hope to lead the industry with best practices that will guide us into a clean future.”
The Apparel Impact Roundtable (AIR) is an advisory body that comprises brands, retailers and manufacturers responsible for driving the strategic scale and implementation of Aii sponsored impact programming. Founded in 2018, AIR partners include Arvind Mills, Gap Inc., PVH and Target Corp. and Artistic Milliners.