ABOUT 16R SUSTAINABLE VISION
What does “Made in Italy” mean to you?
To me “Made in Italy” firstly means a product totally created in Italy, from the artistic idea up to its realisation manpower and materials included: in an evocative way “art, beauty, creativity and quality”.
What does sustainability mean to you?
We contribute to respect the environment in a daily way with simple habits of life and with my work, that is my passion too, I keep trying to promote this value, using products and yarns that respect certain principles of sustainability and recycling.
And how is it exhibited in your work?
My project was born as a small collection of knitwear where, in addition to expressing my creativity through the enhancement of local craftsmanship, I try to only use yarns made in Italy by companies that guarantee me an “Ecoage” manufacture.
Even though my production is actually at “zero km”, thanks to the collaboration with small Tuscan local laboratories, I prefer the ones that choose using methane-powered vehicles for deliveries.
I love the idea of collaborating with a working team that fully respects our beloved nature, which allows us to breathe and create beautiful things every day.
We are lucky because my factory house is near Florence in amazing historic Tuscany country.
What do you want people think about 16R?
Fashion has the strength to be a guide both in the style of dressing and also in habits and I love thinking that from simple things can born wonderful clothes and dreams.
We use virgin wool , alpaca and cotton natural and recycled old lame’ yarns in stock for to create a new knitwear dress or funny shorts .
How has sustainability influenced you and your brand moving forwards?
This vision made me reflecting on the responsibility that we fashion designers can have about sustainability and what important role could be taken on by us from now onwards. Designers and fashion today have the duty to launch important messages and creating actions from positive values, not only clothes: with my brand 16R and my creations I really wish to keep on convey this message that is “art-beauty-respect”.