Founders: Miles Chinn, Nick O'Donnell, Hill Law
Based In: London, Hong Kong, & Shanghai
Getting to Know Akka Denim's Missions with Co-Founder Miles Chinn:
"Our philanthropic call to arms was in 2013 with the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh. Being advanced manufacturers, this atrocity was too much for us to process professionally moreover personally." -Miles Chinn
The Rana Plaza Disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh took the lives of 1,132 people while injuring more than 2,500. These people were taken too soon because the factory building, which did not meet safety regulations due to a poor foundation and illegal construction, collapsed. This atrocity is not an outlier either in the garment industry, as there have been more incidents reported in Bangladesh alone since 2013.
"Akka was created that very same week (of the Rana Factory Incident) with our vision is to support children's charities. These charities have been created to support people and local communities whose lives have been significantly affected as a consequence of today's global thirst for fast fashion."
The knowledge and teamwork of Akka Denim has really helped push their mission forward. The founders of the brand have been together since 1994 and have done everything in the fashion world: from distribution of luxury brands to founding big name streetwear companies (Evisu anyone?!).
Currently, the Akka Denim Team has launched their 2020 #OurchivFutur collaboration series by giving away the last of their fourth generation upcycled, selvedge denim to artists. They don't just leave the creativity up to others though, in 2016, Akka entered into the 2015-2017 Denim World Championships with the first ever, handwoven denim jeans! The jeans, which weighed in at 32 oz. (plus they did an unreleased 48 oz.), were truly one-of-a-kind! Watch the video below to understand how they made the (beautiful) monster!
"Akka is a next generation brand solely about helping others in the face of adversity, not just those living in poverty but equally supporting creativity and the arts. We are very proud of our ethos which is reflected in our strong denimhead community around the world."
The future is exciting for denimheads if companies like Akka Denim keep popping up to not only innovate, but to make the world a better place. The drive behind Akka is truly incredible and may they continue to have success and grow! Check out some of their current releases below:
*Photos from Akka Denim