Armani: Stop the Killer Jeans
  • Petitioned Giorgio Armani Beauty

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Giorgio Armani Beauty
Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani Spa – International Press
Amee Boyle
Board of Directors
Gianni Gerbotto
General Manager, Giorgio Armani S.p.A.
Livio Proli

Armani: Stop the Killer Jeans

    1. Petition by

      Clean Clothes Campaign

September 2011


Following the lead of major clothing brands like Gucci, Versace, H&M and Levi, Italian Fashion House Armani announced on September 2nd that they have eliminated the practice of sandblasting from their supply line, starting with their autumn/winter 2011-12 collection after a petition started on collected 161 signatures.  Sandblasting, a process that involves workers fire sand under high pressure to give jeans a ‘worn’ look, is known to cause silicosis, a deadly disease, among workers.

Armani announced their decision via Facebook and Twitter that:

“In regard to the sandblasting finish applied to certain garments, the Armani Group wishes to make clear that this technique has been eliminated from our production processes starting from the autumn-winter 2011/2012 collection that is currently available in the stores worldwide.”

This campaign was created by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) which is an alliance of organisations in 15 European countries that is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries.  It follows similar campaigns started by the CCC which targeted Gucci, Versace, H&M and Levi.

The CCC is running a mirror campaign against Dolce & Gabbana which has collected more than 38,400 signatures.  Dolce & Gabbana has been less responsive however, refusing to commit to ban sandblasting from their product line.  The CCC will continue their fight to eliminate this deadly practice.


Sandblasting, which gives jeans a 'worn' or used look, is known to kill workers in garments producing countries like Turkey and Bangladesh where jeans sandblasting is done manually. The process involves workers firing sand under high pressure at jeans. Dust then enters the environment, exposing workers to silica, which causes silicosis in the lungs. Eventually, workers die because they cannot breathe properly anymore. There is no known cure. Some major brands, such as Levi's, H&M, C&A, Gucci, and most recently Versace have already abolished sandblasted jeans in their collections. But in the 'global center of fashion', Italian luxury brands like Armani have yet to publicly ban sandblasting from their supply chains! Thousands of lives are at risk... Join us in calling on Armani to ban sandblasting.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • siamak milani STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
      • about 3 years ago

      fashion should be means of having fun in daily life of people and when there is a sign of death in a fashion product it would go out of style.

      there are two ways for this:

      1. the company put is out of its collection.

      2.people make the firms to do so by their right to choose from other brands...

      the first way is cheaper for both.

    • Angelika Dornhöfer 28213 BREMEN, GERMANY
      • about 3 years ago

      Armani: stop selling Jeans which are produced

      unter sandblasting circumstances, please.

      I dont want to wear them und i dont wont to know, that anybody has to do this unhealthy job.

      Angelika Dornhöfer


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