SUSTAINABLE FASHION IS HIGH QUALITY, TIMELESS FASHION
How Senza Tempo thinks about sustainability
Timeless styles. Impeccable quality. American made.
Twenty years ago the word "sustainability" wasn't even a part of our vernacular. Today, it's an imperative. One of the biggest differences between then and now is the amount that is produced and consumed.
Fair trade and recycled fabrics are great buzzwords, but the fact is that we simply consume too much.
At Senza Tempo, we aim to reduce the overall volume by focusing on quality rather than quantity. This strategy requires fair labor practices because quality clothing requires highly skilled labor, and has the benefit of naturally reducing waste and emissions.
In order to shop sustainably, we must shop thoughtfully and mindfully. We have to buy less and buy better.
Scientific studies have shown that buying less makes us happier than buying "green".
Our goal at Senza Tempo is to create a timeless, versatile garment you’ll wear through the seasons and for years to come. This is sustainable fashion.
SUSTAINABILITY LIES IN SIMPLICITY
THE INDUSTRY MUST REDUCE WASTE
One can't take any sustainability strategy seriously that does not address making reductions in the number of items created.
That's why we focus on making every item as versatile as possible, so you can get maximum use out of every garment.
Scientists estimate that less than 15% of the clothing thrown away each year is recycled or can be recycled. Recycling is also viewed as the least effective step when it comes to sustainable practices in clothing production.
A streamlined wardrobe of high quality, versatile clothing is one of the easiest ways to shop more sustainably.
SHOP WITH VALUE INSTEAD OF VOLUME IN MIND
AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTION
Senza Tempo is produced in a single atelier in downtown Los Angeles from sampling to production. Domestic production is about pride, quality, ethics — and sustainability.
Senza Tempo’s quality is apparent when you see or touch our clothing. What isn’t always obvious is the impact fashion has on the environment and its workers.
Domestic production ensures we can stay in close contact with our atelier partner, which we visit on a regular basis.
The atelier where Senza Tempo is made is a partner, not a vendor in our view. Their safety and success, ensures the best possible product.
Transparency is essential to ethical production and a quality product.
Superior quality garments can only made and handled by people paid at least a living wage — that’s is the only model that is sustainable. The minimum wage in Los Angeles is mandated to be a living wage, which is currently $15 and rising. This is not the case in other California cities or other states.
The sewing floor where Senza Tempo is made
THINK BEFORE YOU SHOP
MADE TO ORDER
Because we try to never overproduce, we generally do not offer styles in a range of colors. Most of our styles can be purchased on a made to order basis, however.
From packaging to textile suppliers, we think about every step along the production process and aim to simplify it and use local Los Angeles based suppliers as much as possible. Not all items can be sourced locally, but given the robust manufacturing sector in the city we can source a very large percentage of fabrics and notions in L.A. This consolidated manufacturing approach reduces the amount of shipping required, which helps lower our overall carbon footprint.
Buying fewer, but better quality garments is the easiest way to make a difference.
This one simple step helps reduce the textile waste that is drowning our planet and will naturally reduce emissions.
Reducing unnecessary and disposable packaging, one of the biggest problems in the fashion industry. We have recently switched our packaging inserts to a botanical seed paper that becomes wildflowers.
We are working to provide non-disposable covers instead of plastic to protect clothing along with bamboo hangers. This has been the biggest struggle due to the lack of options from suppliers, but we are always on the lookout for reusable options.
We use the finest natural fabrics in all Senza Tempo items. We choose fabrics that look and feel luxurious, and that will wear well over time.
Quality is our number one concern when selecting ANY fabric.
We primarily use silks and wools which are longer lasting and whose production has a lower environmental impact than any synthetic fabric like polyester. Natural fabrics are more durable and long lived, and are often biodegradable at the end of their useful life.
When sourcing fabrics we source as many fabrics from Los Angeles as possible. We use suppliers that stock from their own mills, or that purchase excess fabric known as deadstock that would otherwise be destroyed. We purchase our signature fabrics directly from the mills in Italy or Switzerland. Those fabrics are shipped in bulk from the mill directly to our atelier.
Our signature wool twill comes from a single mill in Italy, Tessilbiella. The factory has participated in the organization Fashion Revolution's campaign promoting transparency in the supply chain. They are compliant with the EU's REACH standards regarding the environment and human health.
We have sourced cotton jersey from Eagle Fabrics, a family owned mill located just outside of Los Angeles.
Our silk linings are produced in Korea, use non-azo and non-formaldehyde dyes. The factory also reuses and recycles its water using a dual filtration system.
Unfortunately, working with deadstock fabric means you cannot always trace the origins of the fabric. When the fabric jobbers do have this information we will share that information in our product listings.
We work and have worked with the following suppliers
Deadstock & Silk Suppliers
Koshtex Fabrics — Los Angeles
Black & Sons — Los Angeles
Calamos — Los Angeles
Tessilbiella — Italy
Eugster & Huber — Switzerland
Eagle Fabrics — Los Angeles
YKK — zippers — USA
Cruz Labels — Los Angeles (hangtags & product labels)