How we work


 Design Ethos

VICENZI explores ways to make beautiful and thoughtful things, to help humans and nature connect and live as one. We are proud to be in the vanguard of the circular design economy. Sustainability is a philosophy; circular design is a method and a system.

Our directive is as follows.

Design:

We create best-in-class essential belongings, made from earth-friendly renewable materials. 100% of materials are reusable, at least 95% of materials used are regenerative and biodegradable, and the remainder is deadstock (overrun materials sourced from luxury designer production lines). All garment samples are tested to last at least 100 wears and photographed after the testing.

Elegance is beauty from simplicity – we simplify our garments to streamline care, tailoring, mending, and ultimately disassembly for re-cycling through the system.

Production:

To minimize the carbon footprint of our garments and their individual components, we minimize resources required to produce, produce in small batches, and monitor production to save any excess materials and scraps for reuse (zero-waste design). Even the smallest scrap has potential for a creative and useful purpose. We work diligently to ensure materials aren't sent to landfills. Learn more.

Wear, Care, Repair:

To extend useful life spans, we educate about care and maintenance of garments (mending and clothes tending) and share ideas among our community to promote continued use and reuse of garments. We offer service and repair for garments we produce and sell.

Reuse & Recycle:

We take back, restore, and/or resell garments at fair market rates when customers no longer need them. We reuse raw materials to rebuild new garments when repair or resale are no longer viable. We work to ensure finished garments are not sent to landfills.

Experiment:

We will continue learning, playing, creating, and sharing in perpetual pursuit of solutions – for ourselves, and for the industry as a whole. We're always seeking new ways to celebrate the natural world and the interdependence of all living things.

 

Monet’s water lilies in Giverny, France. © AMV, July 2018.

We believe in asking questions and finding answers. We believe in seeing for yourself. We believe anything is possible.

 We design to clarify what's possible to achieve. We intend for fellow brands and designers of any size or stature to borrow and apply methods that have worked for us to improve their own business sustainability. We're in this together, and we're in it for the long haul.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou. Big Sky Montana brainstorming by Allison VicenziDesign thinking practice in Big Sky, Montana. © AMV, September 2015.

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." – Maya Angelou

 

We think the strongest solutions come from unbounded exploration, when we allow ourselves to believe our boldest, wackiest ideas just might work.