Part 1: Debunking

Part 1: Debunking

We feel our job in this industry is to help you and your friends develop a wardrobe that allows you to look good, feel good, express your style and your values on a relatively similar budget to how you are shopping now. Ethical fashion brands are one avenue, but only the tip of the iceberg in creating more thoughtful and eco-friendly shopping habits. This is Part 1 in our 10-part series on a path to develop earth-friendly, self-respecting wardrobes together.

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Rebuilding, Together

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Privileged to choose

Nearly three years ago, I chose to rebuild my life. Changed career paths, gave up my much-loved apartment in Brooklyn, donated, swapped or sold most of my wardrobe. Made new friends and deliberately reconnected with some I'd fallen out of touch with. I joined professional groups, created more, wrote more (and deep-sixed more). Experimented on projects and with people from all backgrounds, joined only by our desire to make things that mattered. My eyes opened and my plate was full.

During this prolonged time of rearrangement, a side project I called material morphed into VICENZI. Informal, disjointed peer groups became the first Sustainable Fashion Circle community. I could not have gotten through this uncertain period without the support from across the web of warriors, showing up in myriad ways. Social impact was the goal, but sentience and fellowship were my rewards.

Over these same three years, horrific natural disasters and societal discourse began to strike me differently. You might agree social media enables all of us to empathize more fiercely and immediately with those facing danger. With the fires spreading across California, I could not stop thinking how these people will have to rebuild. As individuals, as families, as communities. What would that feel like? Certainly not the exciting freedom I felt when I chose to rebuild. We are often told that change is necessary and for the better. But when change is thrust at you on a random Thursday in November, banal platitudes fall short. Rebuilding is not always a choice, and our friends across the coast need our support to get through.

I wanted to be a business owner since I was a tween. I knew I wanted to engage with people and communities on a more personal and direct level. I simply yearned to learn, create and share while using business for good, in a way that still made sustainable sense as a for-profit venture. And clothing was my chosen medium. This past year in particular drove me to question when VICENZI LLC would be strong enough to start giving back more deliberately. I've been dreaming of the someday I could make an actual, measurable difference through our product and platform.

Someday does not exist.

Every move matters. We must move to what moves us. We all need thoughts and prayers, and our friends across the coast also need action. VICENZI is in the business of consumer goods. It’s clear that the resources we can give to maximize impact today are not goods but money. So we will do that. Until our stock runs out, $100 USD from every Blazer Nº1 sale will go to community relief funds. All donations will be tracked and ensured and shared. Thanks for doing what you can. We cannot all give to every cause. Imagining the slow and painful rebuilding process and dreaming of ways to make it a little bit less painful, a little more communal helped move me to try this. Not in the future, in the now.

Allison M. Vicenzi

A Note on Beginnings

Note from Our Founder:

In 2011, Yvon Chouinard taught me secondhand materials and objects are the most sustainable, and if you see a problem with the way something is done, you can (and maybe even should) be part of the answer.

In 2013, my stylish mom handed down a gem from the back of her closet. A double-breasted blazer with a fit like none I'd experienced before. From 2013-2015, I wore it for countless important moments, until threadbare and too costly to fix. I wanted to recreate and improve this design for myself, and figured I'd offer it to friends and peers as well. With no idea how to get clothes made, I set out on a series of misadventures around the world in search of a viable solution.

In 2015, I started wondering what happened to the stuff we donated. I quickly discovered the clothing industry was the world's second most polluting industry, and 85-95% of discarded clothing could have been put to better use. I learned systems are in place for sorting and recycling, yet clothing is seen as consumable and disposable. Consumer awareness was the #1 problem. Convenience was #2.

My longtime dream to start a mission-driven clothing brand now morphed to combine these ideas and create a better fashion system, and a better blazer in particular. After a year and a half of open experimentation, here is where we begin again. 

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VICENZI is an independent womenswear label based in New York City founded on the simple premise that women should feel good in, and feel good about, the clothes we choose to wear.

We want to help women express their most unique and brazen selves through distinctive, flattering, and long-lasting garments. Garments that hold value, in more ways than one. We currently specialize in the quintessential wear-everywhere blazer, made from fine Italian wools and other exquisite natural materials sourced from top mills and factories across the globe.

All VICENZI garments are masterfully tailored, cut and sewn in limited runs at a family-owned factory in NYC, then sold directly to clients through a sustainable, closed-loop system.

Thank you for visiting our site. Thank you for joining in the vision. We look forward to servicing your wardrobe for many years to come.

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allison vicenzi
October 2017

 

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