Italian denim industry has triumphed at the second edition of the Global Denim Awards in Amsterdam. A jury of international denim experts selected Sartoria Diletto and Italian mill Candiani Denim as the winning collaboration for this year’s Best Collection. A prize of €10,000 went to the designer. Over 750 denim professionals from around the globe were present at the runway show, while eight selected designers were linked to eight denim mills to showcase capsule collections at the Zuiveringshal of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The teams combined their combined craftsmanship, original designs, and denim innovation.

Denim mill Berto Industria Tessile (Italy) won the honorary Best Fabric award, as a recognition for its innovative denim fabrics.

Berto Industria Tessile
Berto Industria Tessile


Mariette Hoitink of HTNK Fashion Recruitment & Consultancy expressed the uniqueness of having the world of denim –which included visitors from Japan, Colombia, India, United States and many other countries– gathering together to preview the future of denim.

Sartoria Diletto, winner of the Global Denim Awards presented an impressive collection inspired by Italian heritage and tailoring. Diletto commented: “I wanted to discover a new world, a blue world. A combination of heritage from Italy, and a new perspective on denim in tailoring.” Simon Giuliani of Candiani Denim added: “Global Denim Awards always tries to do something new. That’s what we also wanted to do with this collection. We wanted to embrace our heritage by using old shuttle looms to weave the fabrics, combined with hemming and brushing treatments which perfectly match lasering, one of the most sustainable finishing techniques.” Master-tailor Andrea Diletto was born and raised in Germany. He moved to Milan at the age of 18 to start bespoke tailoring concept Sartoria Diletto.

Italian denim mill Berto Industria Tessile was recognized by the jury with the Best Fabric award. With this honorary award, Global Denim Awards places denim mills in the spotlight.

Besides Diletto being awarded with €10.000, the winning collection will be exhibited during Kingpins shows in Amsterdam, New York and Hong Kong, as well as during the Amsterdam Denim Days (11-17 April 2016).

The collections were judged by an international jury of denim industry experts comprised of Pierre Morisset (head designer of G-Star RAW), Menno van Meurs (co-founder of Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam and Tenue de Nîmes), Amy Leverton (author of the book Denim Dudes) and Adriano Goldschmied (denim expert and founder of Diesel, Replay and Gap 1969 and founder of Goldsign). Unique design, innovation, craftsmanship and sustainability were key factors behind selecting the winning capsule collection.

Sartoria Diletto and Candiani Denim, awarded as best collection
Sartoria Diletto and Candiani Denim, awarded as best collection


From left to right: Menno van Meurs, Amy Leverton, Adriano Goldschmied and Pierre Morisset
From left to right: Menno van Meurs, Amy Leverton, Adriano Goldschmied and Pierre Morisset