Low-key or opulent, accessories channel sustainability in all their styles. The pursuit of low-impact raw materials and water and chemical-saving finishings is coupled with ingenious developments made to be repaired or recycled, where the perfectionism of virtuous initiatives matches the bold edginess of the looks.
Origins of excellence
Premium qualities are backed by traceability guarantees. The long fibers of Egyptian cotton – fine, soft and resilient – offer real added-value to trims. Zips and ribbons in certified European linen, whose cultivation and transformation methods are carefully monitored, testify to a high environmental value. Excellence is not confined to raw materials and extends to the manufacturing processes. Accessories bearing the France Terre Textile and Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) labels highlight rare and exceptional artisanal and industrial know-how.
Plastic and synthetic fiber components reduce their dependence on fossil resources by relying on plant-based polymers, derived from agricultural co-products such as corn, sugar cane and beets. Chain links, zipper sliders, and synthetic tapes are produced using biomass processing technologies.
There are many environmental benefits to using hemp and nettle – both zero waste materials. Their long fibers are ideal for ribbons, cords and zips, while their short fibers are used for paper for labels. Bast fibers combine performance, strength and a lowered environmental impact.
To reduce impacts throughout the life cycle, accessory components carefully limit chemical substances used in dyes and finishes. A global approach is paramount, including compliance with stringent specifications. Finishes are solvent-free, water-based, or tested for safety. Colors favor a commonsense approach, preserving the natural shade of the fibers or retaining the initial color of the recycled textile batches. In metals, low-impact finishes are ensured using processes with minimal chemistry. This facilitates the treatment of effluents.
Innovative materials capitalize on recovered resources to develop new generations of virtuous accessories. This is an ingenious way to take advantage of vegetable waste and textile production scraps. Pineapple fibers and leather compressions give birth to innovative flexible materials. Papers make use of decontaminated algae from the Venetian canals to develop new qualities. Papers also feature colors extracted from the chlorophyll of nettle residues or gain chiné aspects by reusing wool or cotton remnants.