FABRICS & INNOVATIONS
« Cotton is an important raw material in our collections, but we endeavor to replace conventional cotton with organic alternatives. We are committed to continuing to increase the amount of certified organic fiber, ensuring that we are sourced from suppliers committed to environmental and social responsibility criteria at every stage. »
Today, 80% of the cotton we use in our collections is certified organic. We choose to use non-genetically modified, organically grown seeds from India, grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and certified by the GOTS label, Global Organic Textile Standard. Organic farming practices contribute to mitigating climate change and enhancing biodiversity by preserving the entire ecosystem. The water consumption needed for its cultivation is reduced by half compared to conventional cotton due to the fact that it is mainly rain-fed instead of irrigated. Organic cotton is also beneficial for the health of farmers by eliminating the need to use chemicals that are harmful to their well-being.
The GOTS certification, Global Organic Textile Standard, is the most recognized global standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It guarantees that the cotton fiber is grown without GMOs and chemicals, and offers traceability from the cotton fields to the final customer.
« We are sourced from Scottish farms that have been carefully selected for their commitment to animal welfare and environmental stewardship. We believe that wool can only be truly sustainable if it does not harm the planet, animals or people. »
The virgin wool is particularly soft and qualitative as it comes from the very first shearing of the sheep. It is naturally breathable, water-repellent, durable and insulating, and unlike synthetic materials, it contributes to preserving the environment.
We collaborate with Luigi, our Italian weaving partner, specialized in wool processing. From spinning to finishing, all fabrics are studied, developed and produced in Italy, which guarantee a “Made in Italy” quality. All our weavers’ animals are raised in the open air in Scotland. With over 150 years of experience, expertise and excellence, the enterprise collaborates exclusively with farms certified as mule-free. Mulesing is the surgical practice of removing part of the perianal skin of sheep to prevent fly larvae from settling in. A horrible and cruel act against animals that we cannot tolerate. This is why we use a certified No Mulesing wool.
The spinning mill is SustainaWOOL™ accredited, guaranteeing standards for responsible farming management, work, health and safety practices, as well as the facilities standards through which the sheep and wool pass.
« We believe that the circular economy offers many opportunities to generate positive change in the world. It will be restorative and regenerative by conception because thousands of tons of fabric will not be disposed of as waste, but will be reintroduced into the production process. »
The recycled wool we use comes from spinning scraps and retains all its properties. We collaborate with Mario, an Italian partner specialized in woolen fabrics made of carded yarns, a typical and traditional product of Prato. Founded in 1944 by two brothers, the enterprise favor the use of recycled fibers (80% of its production). We use recycled wool to extend the lifespan of fibers already produced, so the process does not produce any CO2 emissions into the environment as compared to the production of new materials. 100% of the recycled wool we use is traceable, from RWS certified scraps, Responsible Wool Sourcing. The wool is itself certified GRS, Global Recycle Standard, aiming at the well-being of the sheep, the respect of the best practices in terms of management and protection of the land.
GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certification guarantees distributors and end consumers a product made from a percentage of recycled materials. All the supply chain is certified to guarantee traceability and the presence of recycled materials in the finished product. The certification also includes commitments for each company regarding social and environmental criteria.
« We are agents of change. We challenge and push the limits to make luxury products in a way that is appropriate to the world we live in today and the world of tomorrow: beautiful and sustainable. No trade-offs. »
Merino wool comes from the merino sheep, a breed with a very abundant fleece. Their wool is recognized for its quality, thermoregulatory properties, softness and fineness. We collaborate with Luigi, our Italian weaving partner, who is one of the players in the sector due to a structure that integrates all the stages of the supply chain: from the yarn production to the finished product spinning. The yarns are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified, which means that the raw materials are tested to ensure that the products used are environmentally friendly.
We believe that respect for nature means respect for animals, that’s why our farmers’ sheep are raised outdoors in Australia. Our suppliers are selected
according to their values and production methods not endangering or harming the ecosystem, human and animal life.
The yarns are certified RWS, Responsible Wool Standard, aimed at the well-being of the sheep, respecting best practices in land stewardship and protection. The certification ensures traceability as well as the monitoring of the breeders and their flocks.
« For more than 10 years, we have been working on subjects such as craftsmanship, the expertise of ancestral houses invested on the ethics and sustainability issues. Our partners are carefully selected for their animal-friendly methods and their high quality alpaca wool whose production generates jobs and added value. »
The Alpaca wool we use is from Peru. The silky fibers are long and thin, which gives it a softer and more resistant quality than other fibers. The alpaca is an “ecological” animal as its farming produces very few greenhouse gases.
Our weaving partner, Ilaria, is specialized in the production of high quality combed, carded and blown yarns, weaving and needlework, characterized by a fully Made in Italy production process. The yarns are certified OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, guaranteeing the absence of harmful substances and minimizing environmental and chemical impacts.
Our partner is a member of the International Alpaca Association, AIA, committed to the promotion and protection of alpaca fiber, animals, breeders and Peruvian territory. The association promotes sustainable production emphasizing on wool produced in natural grazing conditions and with maximum respect for the environment and the animal. The alpaca shearing takes place every year between April and June and the wool is certified No Mulesing guaranteeing the respect of the animal.
The viscose is a material produced from the wood cellulose. The resulting fabric is very resistant, fluid, shiny and soft.
We use viscose from sustainable forests in Europe, certified FSC, Forest Stewardship Council, to protect the forests and species that live there.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global organisation guaranteeing forests are managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring economic viability. Products from certified forests are monitored from their origin, throughout the manufacturing process and up to their distribution.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global organisation that ensures that forests are managed in a way that preserves biodiversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring economic viability. Products from certified forests are controlled from their origin, through the whole manufacturing process and up to their distribution.
« The shoes in our collections are developed in our Parisian offices and then manufactured in the family workshop of my partner, a fourth generation boot maker. We work together on the notion of comfort and flexibility, always considering the essential need for longevity that is specific to quality men’s shoes. »
Vegetable tanning is an ancestral and natural technique. The process consists of immersing the hides in vegetable substances, called tannins, such as wood, chestnut, oak, walnut, sumac, bramble and berry bark. Vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any harmful toxic substances and the use of natural tannin ensures a low impact on the environment. It is breathable, insulating, stretchy, tear and abrasion resistant, and absorbs humidity.
We collaborate with Arnaud and his family, craftsmen bootmakers for four generations specialized in the manufacture of shoes. Each model is sewn by hand, and the leathers used come from France, Italy or Spain, by suppliers who respect an environmental charter and favour vegetable tanned leathers. The shoes are assembled in a traditional way following an ethical and social approach in the historic province of Albacete, historic region from which represents more than 200 years of know-how.
The colors can be patinated by hand at their Parisian workshop located in the Haut Marais. Each piece is unique and is the result of a craft work inspired by ancestral tradition.
Tencel is a soft and elastic fabric, its touch is akin to silk. It is a breathable fabric that also allows better filtering of bacteria which develops 2000 times slower on Tencel than on synthetic materials.
Tencel Lenzing ™, also known as lyocell, is a biodegradable cellulosic fiber made from eucalyptus pulp produced in FSC® certified forests and dissolved in an environmentally friendly solvent. The trees needed for the Lyocell production do not require irrigation or pesticides.
Its manufacturing process is therefore environmentally friendly because 99% of the solvents are recycled, purified and reused in a closed circuit. The manufacturing process of lyocell is short. It takes about two and a half hours from cutting the wood to spinning. Thus, compared to the production of other synthetic fibers, it uses less water and energy.
With over 350 years of experience, know-how and excellence, we collaborate with one of the oldest woollen mills in the world. Alessandro, our Italian weaving partner, sources its wool from certified museling free farms in Australia. The farms follow strict specifications: living conditions of the animals, soil analysis and management, prohibited mutilating practices, qualifications and training of the workers, transport… Respect for the animals is essential, which is why the technique of muzzling is prohibited on the farms, favouring health and respect for the animals. From yarn spinning to finishing, all the fabrics are studied, developed and produced in Italy, guaranteeing a “Made in Italy” quality.
The virgin wool is particularly soft and qualitative as it comes from the very first shearing of the sheep. It is naturally breathable, water-repellent, durable and insulating, and unlike synthetic materials, it contributes to preserving the environment. The classification “super 100s” refers to the fineness of the fibres used, i.e. their average diameter.
The spinning mill has SustainaWOOL™ accreditation, which guarantees standards of good farm management, labour, health and safety practices, as well as standards for the facilities through which the sheep and wool pass.
The silk bourrette is the first thread that surrounds the cocoon of the insect Bombyx Mori or Bombyx of the mulberry tree which gives it this aspect at the same time irregular, soft and supple. It is a 100% natural durable, biodegradable material, thermoregulating and environmentally friendly because it comes from organic farming.
We use an Ahimsa silk, which is Buddhist, a non-violent silk. This process allows the completion of the silkworm towards its butterfly stage.
The organic cotton we use for our denim is GOTS certified, guaranteeing that the fiber is grown without GMOs and chemicals, providing traceability from the cotton fields to the end customer. Our cotton comes from Turkey where irrigation is reasoned. Organic production systems allow to restore and maintain soil fertility and to implement a biologically diversified agriculture.
The cotton yarns are then immersed in indigo baths, first coming out green before the blue color appears, in dyeing plants equipped with purification installations in compliance with European standards.