A crucial aspect of our business model is a commitment to sustainability, which we define as environmental and social responsibility aimed at minimizing the negative externalities of our production and promote the wellbeing of the people involved in our supply chain.
We are taking serious action to ensure that our environmental and social footprint is reduced to a minimum:
- We focus on creating a supply chain as short and local as possible. Following an effort to consolidate our supply chain, we now work with only 5 producers and 10 suppliers all located within 270km of our home base in Como; with a majority of them being located within 50km. Having a local supply chain plays an essential role in reducing our overall carbon and transport footprint by limiting the distance travelled by our products between each step of production.
- We value the use of artisanal production techniques as a way of reducing our energy consumption throughout manufacturing. Our products are handmade to the highest degree possible, making sure that the main source of energy used in our production comes from the hands of our artisans instead of non-renewable sources.
- We print all our fabric with an Inkjet system which relies on water based ink. This solution, which uses the same technology as home printers, ensures that limited amount of dye is wasted and dispersed during the printing process.
- We use natural fibers to craft our accessories, making sure that they are grown or raised sustainably. We started using organic cotton certified by BioRe which is grown from non-genetically modified seeds and without the use of fertilizers and pesticides. We also selected our wool supplier carefully, ensuring that the sheep-raising techniques used at source are up to the highest standards of animal welfare.
- We ensure that no hazardous chemicals are used in the dyeing and treatment of our yarn, as well as in the printing of our fabrics. All the materials used in our production have also been successfully tested for harmful substances to human health according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
- We invest in green building infrastructure. We recently installed solar panels on the entire roof of our own workshop, which is now powered with renewable energy coming from these solar panels.
- We use sustainable solutions for our packaging and retail. Our packaging boxes are made of 100% recycled cardboard, while the sleeves that we use to store our products are made of 50% recycled plastic. We also looked around for sustainable solutions to furnish our London boutique and started a collaboration with an innovative Italian company, Nardi Mobili. The entire furniture is now made of recycled cardboard, giving our boutique that unique look that we love so much.
- We invite our customers to dry clean our products instead of washing them. Since the majority of water consumption takes place during the use phase of a garment, relying on dry cleaning instead of washing is a great way to minimize water use throughout the whole life-cycle of our products.
- We are committed to waste reduction and recycling throughout our supply chain. We developed exclusive patterns that allow us to reduce offcuts and, consequently, the overall waste generated during our manufacturing process. We also found ways to ‘upcycle’ our leftovers: small leather cuts are used to create the leather details in our braces while left-over fabric is converted into travel bags which are currently sold exclusively in our shop (we even create patchworks if the cuts are too small!).
- We closely monitor our suppliers’ social conduct, focusing on ethical treatment of employees and promotion of safe and healthy working environments where workers are paid a living wage.
- We promote fair workplace practices and we value initiatives that are aimed at improving the economic status of women and other underrepresented groups. Today, 75% of the artisans working in our family owned factory are women.
- We seek to source the raw materials used in our production from responsible farms that comply with our social standards. Where possible, we also try to go one step further by promoting community support and improvement of infrastructure at source, such as in the case of our organic cotton.