Established in 2003, Citizens of Humanity captivated us with a commitment to cutting edge denim, comfort and fit, without compromise.
Los Angeles-based premium denim label Citizens of Humanity was founded by Jerome Dahan and his business partner Michael Glasser. Dahan and Glasser had founded ‘7 for All Mankind’ three years prior with Peter Koral and then branched off on their own after a fallout with Koral. Following litigation, Koral was ordered by an LA court to pay Glasser and Dahan $55 million with which the duo launched Citizens of Humanity in 2003.
The brand commits to designing quality denim, without compromise. Being one of the few vertically integrated denim production operations allows products to be manufactured within its sewing and laundry facilities in LA and Turkey, as well as select production partners, giving the management control over quality. With sustainability at the heart of the brand, the team cuts denim on automated machines to minimize fabric waste; two hundred and fifty sewing experts handcraft each pair of jeans; and techniques such as laser technology, ozone process, and high-efficiency washers are used.
Citizens of Humanity owns several brands including ‘Getting Back to Square One’, ‘Agolde’, ‘Goldsign’ and Japanese label ‘Fabric Brand and Co.’ Recently, the brand bought back the company from its investors Berkshire Partners and Jerome Dahan, its co-founder and chief executive.Per BoF, “While Citizens of Humanity declined to disclose specifics of the transaction, sources indicate that it bought back Berkshire Partners’ forty percent stake in the company, acquired in 2006 for an estimated $250 million including debt. The company also acquired co-founder Jerome Dahan’s remaining stake. He will stay on as a consultant to the brand…”
Sustainability is the base of everything the brand does, “Built upon a foundation of commitment to quality and uncompromising standards, we work to maintain our core values in everything we do. Much of our product is developed in Los Angeles and Turkey, most often at facilities that are owned by us; this allows us to have maximum control of our quality and an enhanced focus on sustainability efforts. We continue to cut to order to let the demand of our products drive our production and supply to minimize any excess products. We are committed to being thoughtful in the creation of our denim and are continuously working to lower our environmental impact. We are working with a select and innovative group of partners to consistently evolve every aspect of our process to be as sustainable as possible. We are proud of the steps we have taken, but our excitement and focus is set on the future,” per the official website.
Further, Karen Phelps was named creative director for all brands. “…when we thought about the best long-term structure for us, it was important that we maintained a private ownership structure without any specific requirements for excessive growth,” Amy Williams, chief executive of Citizens of Humanity told BoF. “…we ultimately felt that the brands, our accounts, customers and the team at the company would be best served, in the long term, with the management-led buyout. The company’s business and brand equity is growing nicely during difficult times and we have done so with a very thoughtful and disciplined approach… we have a portfolio of five brands that are all appropriately distributed in the channels that they serve well. From there, they will continue to remain extremely profitable.”
Devoted commitment to producing the highest quality denim, without compromise.
Creative Director: Karen Phelps; CEO: Amy Williams