Anyone interested in sustainability knows that the clothing and textile industry is one of the largest contributors of pollution and waste. Spanish brand Sophie et Voila has set out to change that particular trend with a line of wedding dresses that are all custom-made from 100% recycled fabric.
Designers Sofia Arribas and Saioa Goitia said, “Sustainability is not only a concept, but the legitimate philosophy upon which we have built Sophie et Voilà.”
Brides can work with the designers to develop a full range of traditional or modern looks to celebrate their day and rest easy knowing their dress selection carries a low environmental footprint. Growing up in Basque Country, an autonomous community in Spain, both designers know something about slow living. Based on a culture of local food and a focus on connecting to nature, their home instilled in Arribas and Goitia the importance of incorporating eco-consciousness into their work.
The needs of modern brides have also facilitated a growing awareness of environmental impact. “The bridal industry is slowly improving sustainability-wise as consumer’s values are changing when they are looking for a wedding dress,” the founders explained. “Brides want to look beautiful on their wedding day, but not at any price. We believe that the values behind the garments are becoming increasingly more important as it is a representation of what we stand for.”
Deciding on 100% recycled polyester fabric was a long process for the duo, who admitted it was challenging to find recycled materials that offered the luxurious look and feel they sought for the finished product along with the quality they insisted upon. In addition to offering elegance while eliminating virgin materials, Sophie et Voilà emphasizes sustainable manufacturing processes. All dresses are sewn locally in Spain in a certified fair-wage factory. In addition, dresses are only manufactured on a made-to-order basis to eliminate excess material consumption and waste. This is in alignment with an awareness that, “We must try and be sustainable in all practices as waste stems from mass consumption.”
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