Published by Andrew Mocella aka @don_dapper

What's the HYPE about sustainable clothing!?

With the awareness in today’s world on trying as much as possible to keep sustainability in mind with our purchases, suits might be the last thing you think of as sustainable. However, I am here to tell you that you can have it all, be well dressed and make a responsible purchase.

The easiest way to do that is first and foremost, stop buying crap from “fast fashion” brands. You know which ones I am referring to, the Zaras and H&Ms of this world. The clothing there is made fast and cheap so that you’ll need to constantly replace it. And with the fashion industry being one of the worst offenders when it comes to pollution (if you want stats look them up yourself, do the research), why would you want to contribute to that? So buy less, but better. Buy the best you can afford so you can have it for years or even decades.

Fashion can be a universal player in protecting the planet

Back to sustainable suits, the key ingredient when it comes to sustainability is the fabric and where it originates from, how it is made. While there are many fine fabric mills in England and other parts of the world I will use Italy as the example as it is the region that I have the most knowledge about with regards to textiles. Specifically the northern region of Biella, home to many cloth mills. Chances are if your suit says “fabric made in Italy”, the fabric was made in Biella. Many mills over the last 10-15 years have made a decision to change the way they produce cloth in order to take sustainability into the equation.

Many well known Italian mills such as Vitale Barberis Canonico, Reda and Zignone have taken steps going back to the 1980s dedicated to achieving sustainability. From reusing water to investing in solar panels and constantly updating machinery to ensure they are as energy efficient as possible, they strive to go above and beyond what is required. Zignone even offers an “Organic” line of wool (sourced from sheeps raised with 0 antibiotics or steroids and fed GMO free food).

 

So where can you find suits made of cloth from these mills? First and foremost if you wish to invest in quality, you can find them at a tailor shop and get yourself a bespoke suit that will last you decades. If you want to go off the rack there are plenty of options as well that use Italian fabric. Just check the labels and to go a step further check where the finished garment is made to make sure you’re not getting some cheapass handiwork from China.

 

As you can see, it is possible to have it all when it comes to dressing your best. Always be mindful, choose to invest in quality over quantity and choose fabrics that you know have been made sustainably. You’ll look good and feel great!