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!