SUSTAINABLE FASHION IS SLOW 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 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 plan seriously that does not address making reductions in the number of items created.
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.
The atelier: a clean well lighted place.
This is how a factory should look.
SHOP WITH VALUE INSTEAD OF VOLUME IN MIND
AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTION
Domestic production about pride, quality, ethics — and sustainability.
Senza Tempo’s quality is apparent when you see or touch our clothing. What isn’t the impact fashion has on the environment and its workers.
Senza Tempo is produced in a single atelier in downtown Los Angeles from sampling to production.
Domestic production ensures we can stay in close contact with our factory partners, which we visit on a regular basis. We view our factor as a partner, not a vendor. Transparency is essential to ethical production and a quality product. Their success, ensures the best possible product.
Superior quality garments can only made by people paid 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 not the case in other California cities.
California's manufacturing sector is also one of the most highly regulated in the country as the largest garment manufacturing hub in the U.S. The state typically leads the way in progressive legislature and worker protections. It comes at a higher cost, but ethics aren't cheap. Someone pays a price for cheap quality.
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.
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 almost exclusively. 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 with your dollars. This one simple step reduces 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 to further reduce waste.
We are working to provide non-disposable covers instead of plastic to protect clothing along with bamboo hangers.
We use the finest natural fabrics in all Senza Tempo items. Primarily silks and wools which are longer lasting and whose production has a lower environmental impact than synthetic fabrics. When sourcing fabrics we primarily use suppliers already in Los Angeles who get their fabrics directly from the mill. Our Italian fabrics are shipped from the mill in Italy directly to our atelier.
Natural fabrics are more durable and long lived, and are generally biodegradable at the end of their useful life.
We also use deadstock fabrics when possible to use up what has already been created and further reduce the overall waste in the industry.
Our silks are produced in Korea, use non-azo and non-formaldehyde dyes. The factory also reuses and recycles its water using a dual filtration system.
Our wool 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.