As a business, we are very much customer-focused. We strive to offer our clients products of the highest quality at the best value. We define value by combining our efforts in ensuring a sustainable supply chain and incorporating customer feedback.
"I had never fully acknowledged the importance of having control over one's supply chain until I started our business with Marta. I have ever since learned what it truly means to care about what you create in order to be confident that you are delivering the best value," co-founder Lucia said.
As a matter of fact, that is exactly the case. Since we founded our business, our mission has been: to offer products with the best possible value. In order to do that, we decided from the very beginning, to invest in having our own facility and having full control of our entire supply chain.
From sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, distributing to re-purposing "waste" and unsold products - the chain is 100% vertically integrated, leaving no space for uncontrolled value creation.
Control of the supply chain means being able to monitor what we waste along with what we can reuse until we reach a zero-waste capacity. This helps to reduce environmental impact and to increase the investment in product/raw material circularity.
What we really love about this process is that it enables us to respect and honor craftsmanship, treat workers well, pay them fairly and embrace modern technology to make production cleaner and more efficient.
"We have a personal relationship with each and every one of our seamstresses. Slow Fashion is directly correlated to the concept of slow life. A concept that embraces the opportunity of being present and mindful of what you are doing and with who you are doing it with," co-founder Marta told us.
Fabric is where everything starts. We source fabrics with different strategic points in mind:
- The mill where it is produced: We have a strong relationship with our fabric mills. We know how they responsibly and sustainably source and produce, their eco certifications and their care for the way they work - from worker's safety to the reduction of waste.
- The geographical proximity: We aim to work with mills that are geographically close to us in order to sustain the regional/local community work. This proximity also enables us to work with them on ordering less quantity per order but more times a year. Thus reducing inventory excess for both of us.
- The various ways we can use and reuse that fabric: We do a lot of research so that we can find materials that can be used in different life cycles. We also source fabrics that have already been made and can be used to create wonderful and unique pieces (some of these amazing "leftover" fabrics would go to waste if they were not given a new purpose or life).
Once the fabric is sourced and it arrives at our Atelier (our production facility), everything is categorized and work is organized. We take orders from our clients on a made-on-demand basis because we do not want to generate unnecessary excess waste from having an inventory on standby.
In fact, our assets are the fabric meters we get in from our mills and that is why we choose them so carefully. We need to make sure that it either turns into a garment for a customer's order or it eventually becomes something else thanks to the fact that we are not overproducing unsold items.
Another important factor is that waste does not only come from unsold inventory but also from the leftovers when cutting patterns to create a piece of garment. We collect the scraps and are constantly re-creating new practical products with them; some examples include headbands, scrunchies, etc., and now face masks, too!
This year, Lucia has initiated a great partnership with Cleverstein, a British brand that produces shoe accessories out of fabric waste found in production facilities. We send over our excess fabrics from our capes and blazers, and they create wonderful shoe accessories with them! We will be launching the collection this fall; more information on this partnership is coming soon.
The beauty of owning our own facility, where we cut patterns and sew garments, is that we can offer our clients an additional private service of tailoring the garment to fit their personal needs and preferences. It also allows us to create wonderful limited-edition and unique pieces by reusing and assembling different pieces with vintage clothing and fabrics. (Stay tuned for more details on this future project.)
We are simply captivated by the idea of passing on heritage and old traditions to help new generations understand the history of how everything started and how we got to where we are today.
"Critical knowledge has been lost with new generations, especially the understanding of how clothes are made. That is why we believe education is key and the basis for our future projects," Marta said.
Our mission is to preserve traditional skills as it is a great way to understand that work is much more than just a way of making a living. The uniqueness of something that is handmade, and not mass-produced, is very powerful and knowing how it is made creates an emotional connection between the item and the owner.
Customers are where the final product ends up with. For this reason, we have the desire to create a personal connection with all our customers. We constantly create and design pieces with our customer's feedback in mind; there is no greater happiness than having our clients thank us for providing them with garments that make them feel confident and self loved.
It takes a village to obtain all of this - and for us, every single person that plays a part in our supply chain is considered a member of our wonderful village. A great community of people that enable us to create a special "value" to every garment we create.