The style of a garment is key to its durability. Our approach is influenced by industrial design and its principles of technicality and functionality: pure lines that last through seasons, focusing on materials, and working on manufacturing details. Our goal is to make the garment qualitative enough to last in time, also ensuring its marks of use give it more character.
We work with a selection of natural fabrics, mainly cotton, linen and wool for main fabrics, and horn, corozo and mother-of-pearl for accessories. Some metallic pieces are used for zippers and buckles. We are constantly looking for alternatives to viscose for our linings, that we use as little as possible, preferring pure cotton pattern maker canvas.
We implement different types of actions to improve or ecological and social impact.
We limit the environmental impact of dyes by working with natural dyes or undyed material on limited editions.
We use organic cotton as often as possible, preferably GOTS-certified.
We favour mulesing-free wools, particularly for merino wool. Indeed, this practice of animal cruelty is widespread among merino wool sheep farming.
PFC FREE FABRICS
We indicate when our water-repellent fabrics are without PFC, a carcinogenic product that is used in most water repellent coatings.
Provided the quality is equivalent to a new fabric, we work with natural recycled fabrics.
We can work with leathers with chromium, vegetal or mixed tanning. We favour tanneries certified for their environmental commitment.
Attention to production is at the core of our philosophy. The choice of our ateliers for their manufacturing specialties in industrial areas with proven culture of craftsmanship preserves know-how on territories that are strained by outsourcing. It is a social aspect of sustainable development that contributes to society and economy, by connecting territories, industries, and people. The approach of “made by” in which we are engaged is born from this philosophy: on every piece, the name, locality and history of the atelier that made it is mentioned on a hangtag.
Our commitment to traceability in our supply chain translates by information requests as systematically as possible towards our fabric suppliers. The transformation steps between the cultivation of the plant, in the case of cotton or linen, or the farming of the sheep, in the case of wool, and the finished fabric, are numerous and complex. We gather the most information we can to develop an enhanced traceability of our raw materials. Some certifications we work with, like the GOTS standard, ensure a good traceability of transformation processes, both on environmental and social issues.
The way a garment is cleaned and maintained has a measurable impact on its lifespan and ecological footprint. We encourage our customers to wash their clothes only if necessary, favouring washing at the lowest temperature possible according to the care instructions, and for dry cleaning, to go to ecological dry cleaners if they can. The advantage of the natural fabrics we chose to work with is that they do not reject microfilaments of plastic in used waters when machine-washed.
Quality garments are meant to be passed on, giving them to a person who is dear to you, or to someone who may need them.Read our Patina stories
We encourage our customers to repair and mend their garments, by going to their local specialist or learning to make small alterations by themselves.Contact us for any advice