Frequently Asked Questions
As a self-taught designer, I knew I should start with one piece in my collection. A single, rock-solid foundation garment to set the tone for what VICENZI could become.
I asked myself “What would the most powerful and beautiful woman in the world show up wearing?”
This blazer is not reserved for those working in an office with a formal business dress code. This is a piece to bring you from the boardroom to the dance floor to dinner at your grandmother's house. My original production sample has seen me through my best and worst moments – fashion week, Broadway shows, first (and last) dates, street fairs, traffic violation hearings, Easter Mass, tennis stadiums, rock and country concerts, coffee meetings, ER visits, girls’ nights out, podcast recordings, dentist appointments, photo shoots...even to sleep.
You get the point. This is a blazer for going places and a blazer for the everyday woman.
It is structured, flattering, and most importantly, comfortable. We can all address our thank you notes to Mother Earth, as the fine materials in Blazer Nº1 are wholly natural, durable, and renewable.
What is the circular economy? Why is it important?
The circular economy's primary aim is to design out waste. This means that, for something to qualify as circular, attention must be paid to the sustainability of the design process, which includes things like pattern making, raw materials sourcing, and the environmental costs of production. The item would be expected to either biodegrade or be fully reintegrated into the business model. If a business does not consider the end stage of the garment - even if they emphasize reuse - they are not properly adhering to the ideals of the circular economy. Read about how we design for circularity.
Is there anything I should have in mind when I buy clothes to make them easy to recycle?
Recycling is a misleading buzzword; unfortunately due to the production process and rise in synthetic/blended materials, most clothing can only be down-cycled as rags or insulation (but more likely ends up in a landfill despite how we try to recycle it).
To increase the likelihood of your products seeing another life, start by choosing pure materials, preferably 100% wool or 100% linen or hemp and no blends (like cotton/polyester). Look for quality in stitching, zippers, hemlines. Maybe the brand shares if their clothes are dyed naturally (sans chemicals) or garment-dyed (instead of in bulk). Does the company offer a takeback or buyback program?
The best case donation scenario is finding a community or individual actually in need of what you're letting go of at that time. Does a local church need jackets, or gently worn socks and shoes? Dumping bags at mass-market donation centers is generally not the best way to "recycle" and often leads to storage issues, middlemen, and incineration or landfills. OK that's enough Debbie Downer talk. Let's discuss something happier!
What else should I consider before purchasing or taking home a garment?
Look for quality (see notes in question above). Country of production doesn't matter as much as the quality of the piece and the conditions under which it was produced. Every brand is responsible for setting a standard of production and monitoring quality to ensure the standards are upheld. Send messages to brands asking them to share their practices and policies. Check out Fashion Revolution for more guidelines and templates.
Which suppliers and producers do you work with?
We only work with textile producers who share a sincere desire to make fashion sustainable, and make local, supervised production viable now and in the future. FPS is a family-owned factory cutting and sewing our blazers in NYC's garment district. Wool is sourced from the Tollegno family mill in Biella, Italy.
More information is highlighted on our PROCESS page.