Caring about environmental and labor ethics
A business should be a reflection of who you are and I believe in pursuing my passion in accordance with my personal values: that is, in a socially and environmentally conscious way.
Doing fashion ethically is a multifaceted endeavor. It involves mindful production practices and designing clothing that fosters thoughtful consumption patterns.
MINDFUL PRODUCTION PRACTICES
Using renewable resources
All of the garments in the line are made of natural, renewable fibers such as silk, wool, and Tencel. One of the important advantages of natural fabrics is that they are renewable and biodegradable. I am particularly excited about the introduction of Tencel in my Spring ’17 collection. It is a renewable fabric made of wood cellulose from sustainably grown trees. Similar to cotton, it nevertheless surpasses it in breathability and drape, and requires much less water to be produced.
A significant advantage of producing locally is that is minimizes the CO2 emissions involved in shipping. When outsourcing production abroad, not only are the final goods shipped from overseas, but a less well-known fact is that samples are also sent back and forth until approved. Except for the fabric itself, everything in the Aline Voldoire line -including hangtags, patterns, samples and final product- is made right here in NYC. And because the city has such an extensive and efficient public transit system, I can take the subway everywhere!
Caring about labor standards
I am not interested in building a company at the expense of others and one of my major concerns is to collaborate with businesses that respect labor laws and treat their employees as people. I have developed meaningful relationships with small, independent workshops in the city: my sewing contractor in the Garment District is woman-owned and and my fabric silk-screener, located in Brooklyn is a two generation family business. Both engage in just labor practices and pay their employees a fair wage.
FOSTERING BETTER CONSUMPTION HABITS
Natural fabrics minimize cleaning needs
The collection is entirely made of natural materials, which will reduce your cleaning needs. While synthetic fabrics cause us to sweat more, natural materials minimize perspiration because they are both breathable and adapt to your body’s temperature. Furthermore, unlike synthetic fibers, and because of their molecular structure, natural fibers do not attract and trap odor-causing bacteria. In addition to making the garments more comfortable to wear, these properties allow to clean them less often.
Green dry cleaning and wet cleaning
Today, dry-clean-only clothing does not have to be synonymous with environmental degradation. New technology has been developed to minimize and even eliminate the use of noxious chemicals in the cleaning process. Wet cleaning in particular eschews the use of chemical solvents and uses the least water of all methods (including machine wash). Ask your cleaning specialist to use these techniques!
Buying fewer but more meaningful clothes
One of the main issues with fashion today is the constant trend turnover and accompanying cycle of buying and discarding. Each piece is meant to be a wardrobe staple that you will want to go to over and over again, season after season. I also design with versatility in mind so that each garment can be worn for different occasions or moods and I imagine styles that will grow with you over the years.
We can all do our share to be part of the fashion revolution!
Our custom print fabric is being cut in the Garment District studio