At White Goes Green, Kreisi Couture impressed us with its playful and elegant hats. Hungarian designer Krisztina Reisini, who’s inspired by the great Parisian couturiers and cinematographers of yore, crafts her toppers by hand at her Milan atelier. Made from recycled and organic materials such as paper, straw, Visca (a soft, manmade straw used for weaving in Japan), and sisal, each hat is a form of wearable art.
DesMode demonstrates that natural or recycled materials can still satisfy a woman’s desire for elegance. By combining traditional Italian craftsmanship with luxe materials such as untreated linen, silk, and vegetable-tanned goatskins, designer Luca Bettaglio creates one-of-a-kind bags that are as beautiful as they are kind.
A favorite of actor Colin Firth’s missus, Rizieri hand-cobbles its sky-high pumps in Italy from chrome-free, vegetable-tanned Nappa leather. Each model is produced in limited quantities and supplemented with off-cuts and end-of-roll fabrics that help eliminate waste.
A favorite of actor Colin Firth’s missus, Rizieri hand-cobbles its sky-high pumps in Italy from chrome-free, vegetable-tanned Nappa leather. Each model is produced in limited quantities and embellished with off-cuts and end-of-roll fabrics that help eliminate waste.
COSI NERO QUASI BLU
Created by Federica Martin Wedard in 2010, Così Nero Quasi Blu is characterized by its excellent craftsmanship and naturally hand-dyed fabrics. In addition to organic cotton and silk, the Italian label also uses crabyon,
a biodegradable fiber made from waste crab shells.
Stefania Masotto’s eponymous collection is more than luxurious eco-textiles and refined tailoring. Masotto also takes pains to source her materials from socially responsible quarters. Fairly stitched in Italy from GOTS- and ICEA-certified organic textiles, her womenswear honors both the planet and its people.
Mexican designer Luis Chaylian founded QuitAndMove on the principles of good design, ethics, and fun. Launching in 2012, the label uses GOTS-certified organic cotton dyed with natural inks. No detail was left unattended: Fabric labels are made from off-cuts, embroidery thread comes from sustainably harvested pine, and everything is cut and sewn within 120 miles of the company’s headquarters.
SOFIA RETRO BAZAR
Sofia Retro Bazar offers a flirty and romantic line of lingerie and swimwear derived from vintage 1970s scarves. Based entirely in Italy, the label also transforms recycled plexiglass and fabric remnants into stunning statement jewelry.
We’ve seen recycled seat belts on bags before, but 959 takes the concept to the next level. With a background in product design, founder Paolo Ferrari gives this indestructible material new life as stylish yet utilitarian accessories. Ferrari has also taken company beyond bags with a line of modern furniture that’s equally chic.