Only a quarter of resources taken from the planet get used – everything else goes to waste. One trillion dollars’ worth of produce is wasted in the food industry, think of that.
What are your thoughts on the fact that some people believe that fashion that has a low environmental impact is too expensive?
We create honest luxury; our garments have a price point because that’s what it takes to make them. Often, brands sell garments for €10,000 that are made from fabric that costs €10, so there is a lot of marketing in between. I have zero budget for marketing; it’s all about the product.
How can looking to the past help us to build a more ethical future for fashion?
Just after the Industrial Revolution, everything was made by the cottage industries – from buttons to lace – and production was localised. Then, in Italy, after the Second World War, there were restrictions on wool, so the Italians started to create these amazing polyester fabrics. We need to go back to an existence with no polyester fabrics – unless we’re using polyester that’s been recycled using mechanics rather than chemicals. I am someone who is passionate about sustainability, but I still feel like I don’t know enough.