Sustainability is perhaps a newer benchmark for brands in the fashion industry—but it’s a value that has always been considered a signature of Italian style, and Umbrian-based label Fabiana Filippi is no exception.
Intricate craftsmanship, careful selection of raw materials, and respect for the land (and the people who inhabit it), have become second nature to the brand’s exquisitely thoughtful designs. An enormous amount of consideration goes into each garment; the choice of yarn, how it is harvested and processed, and how it can be manufactured with the least amount of waste possible. In this sense, each garment tells a story of sustainability—a core theme Fabiana Filippi drew upon for the brand’s latest fall 2021 collection.
The brand’s signature minimality chic aesthetic of muted earth tones and hand-harvested materials emphasize a profound link with nature. For Fabiana Filippi, this natural connection is synonymous with routine individual responsibility—and the responsibility of the fashion world at large. Called Terra (the Italian word for earth), the capsule collection is a selection of garments made from 100 percent natural materials and inspired by the beauty and hues of the Umbrian landscape—the homeland of the brand’s three founders.
The soft silhouettes of the garments are meant to recall the rolling hills of Umbria, a region that lies in the middle of the country and borders Tuscany. Deeper hues recall the wooden texture of Umbria’s plentiful olive trees, while hand-stitched knitwear is perhaps a mirror of the region’s many intertwining grapevines.
Looking Towards the Future
The back label of every Terra piece confirms as much, reading: “We are dedicated to finding the most sustainable ways not to compromise our vision of style. We design garments connected to the natural world only by using yarns and fabrics made with respect towards nature. Because we believe—that together with you—we can build a sustainable future.” It’s meant as a declaration of intent rather than a description of the item—a sentiment which reflects the brand’s ongoing commitment to its stewardship of the earth.
Generally, the greatest challenge for sustainable fashion is to ensure that every single step in creating a garment is as transparent as possible. Fabiana Filippi begins with the responsible selection of raw materials. Organic cotton and natural cashmere, materials from which the entire capsule collection originates, have all been sourced with ethical practices and sustainable farming that follows the natural rhythms of the earth. The ethically grown cotton is harvested through organic farming practices on land that rotate with each crop, and without the use of any chemical fertilizers or other toxic substances. The raw cotton is also collected by hand, which is said to make the yarn both softer and more durable over time.
Luxurious cashmere fibers used in the collection’s knitwear are carefully collected by hand, after which it is carefully spun without using any dyes, in order to preserve its original, nature-grown color. Next, the yarns are reworked in laboratories following the Fully Fashioned knitting system, which reduces production waste for knitwear down to zero. This system also optimizes the placement of patterns during the tailoring process in order to ensure the lowest possible amount of fabric waste.
Inspiration in the Umbrian Landscape
The relationship between Fabiana Filippi and Umbria is one of deep care and inspiration. By choosing to highlight the natural beauty of the region, the collection is an invitation to reconnect with the earth; through the conscious choice of raw materials and color combinations that express a richness of shades, the intensity of the seasonal changes, and the harmony of nature.
According to Fabiana Filippi, women are the traditional keepers of such ancient values, which continue to be passed on symbolically through the intertwining of yarns and the overlapping of materials, textures and colors that represent a profound expression of female bond. The brand believes that style should be an expression of freedom condensed into a warm, authentic minimalism. In Fabiana Filippi’s Terra collection, graphic lines that contrast with fluid shapes in a natural hued palette create an elegance dedicated to the respect and love for planet earth.
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