Gilberto Calzolari pursues sustainability in several directions:
By using fabrics that comply with the most reliable certificates in terms of sustainability and traceability, such as GOTS, OEKO TEX, REACH, FSC, EU Ecolabel etc…
By using cutting-edge, technologically advanced fabrics, such as, to name a few, SEAQUAL polyester derived from the plastic recovered from the sea; EVO nylon extracted from the seeds of the castor plant; eco-sustainable denim that employs regenerated cellulosic fibres and reduces water consumption; wool from regenerated yarn; natural cork; organic cotton; cupro linen etc…
By re-using already existent materials, such as beautiful forgotten stock fabrics” discovered among important Italian textile companies.
By upcycling unusual materials turned into couture fabrics: from the “Green Carpet” dress made with jute coffee bags, to the tulle sprout from nets for the packaging of citrus fruits, to the outfits created with exploded airbags and discarded seatbelts in partnership with Volvo Cars Italia.
By applying sustainable accessories and embroideries: from padding made of 100% recycled fibres from PET bottles, to die-cast zippers with reused nylon, from lead-free Swarovski crystals to scrap embroidery materials.
By adopting the ethical practices of a “slow” fashion in contrast to the disruptive impact of fast fashion.
By using each collection to deliver a particular massage: from “My Arctic Heart”, for which he partnered with Polar Bears International, the world’s leading non-profit organisation dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat, to “Une Partie de Campagne”, an homage to the Italian countryside that employs eco-sustainable and recycled fabrics; from “Unnatural”, a highly conceptual meditation on the fine line between natural and artificial; to “Dune” a militant collection that tackles the topic of pollution and desertification.