Throughout our exciting cooperation with Parsons New School, the Denim Department was included in the university’s curriculum in the academic year of 2017. This cooperation, which started in 2017, had its first ever graduates in the same year and its second group of graduates in 2018. The curriculum of the 2019-2020 was prepared focusing on sustainability, incapsulating a module on ‘sustainable denim design’. With this module, we offer students who wish to specialize in denim, the opportunity to learn all about denim, from fabric production processes to design and even to washing techniques. Our fabrics are used in all design works carried out by the school. The expert team of Calik Denim supporting the program is taking the students to customer visits, enabling them to expand their visions and experiences. At the end of each season, we proudly showcase the designs of top 5 designers; whereas top 3 designers are given the opportunity of doing internship at our factory, experiencing our industry at work. We excitingly plan to nurture this cooperation in the upcoming periods, always expanding our passion to move forward.
Being the trusted solution partner of our customers, we established Denim Anatomy in 2015, which combines theoretical and applied training in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University. Through this empowering initiative, we passionately aim to support the development and growth of industry professionals. We offer a two-day program to the executives and employees of denim industry brands, where the indispensable core element of fashion, namely denim, is examined and explored in all stages from cotton to production. Following the theoretical information regarding denim provided by the ITU academicians who are experts in their field, practical information is presented by through actual denim production processes in our Malatya Factory. Program offers certification by ITU to the brilliant and exploring minds who participate.
We establish academic collaborations to support the professional development and growth of our employees. In this context, we have designed a well-framed training program with Mimar Sinan University Textile Fashion Design and Research Center. Our employees from R&D and Product Development teams attend a training by trainers from Mimar Sinan University, consisting of ten different modules including fashion-style history, innovative developments in design, technical drawing and pattern preparation in clothing design, computer-aided clothing expression methods. One of these modules is specifically focus on and addresses ‘sustainability in design’. In addition to the theoretical trainings within the scope of the program, product fittings and model mold studies are generated to be turned into actual products. Along with all these exciting initiatives, we carry out collaborations with universities abroad and in Turkey R & D center and. We aim to diversify our efforts to create value on a larger scale for both the denim industry and the society.
• Functional Textile Studies in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University, Textile Engineering Department.
• Sustainable Product / Process Development Studies in collaboration with Dokuz Eylul University, Textile Engineering Department.
• Sustainable Product / Process Design Studies in collaboration with Süleyman Demirel University, Textile Engineering Department.
• Design-Oriented Studies in collaboration with Mimar Sinan University, Textile and Fashion Design Department; Autonomous Logistics Systems in collaboration with İnönü University.
• Sustainable Product / Process Development Studies in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck.
Within the scope of our sustainability commitment, we train all our employees in our factory for a borader vision. We believe that we make a difference and create change for a better life as ‘one team’ and and below are our objectives to make all our workers a committed member of our vision and mission:
o Understanding the concept of sustainability
o Adopting the sustainability goals of the United Nations Development Program
o Increasing the awareness around sustainability
o Adopting Çalık Denim sustainability goals
We are committed to guide our team on how to truly integrate sustainability into their lives at all levels including the work environment and beyond. As of 2020, our goal is to provide sustainability trainings to at least 60% of our factory employees.