We believe in ethical consciousness at every step of the way. And it all starts with our makers.
The dim reality of fast fashion and traditional retail is that it promotes exploited labor and highly polluting practices. Today, it’s easier to give in to fast fashion because of its sheer size - a 1.5 trillion dollar industry. Unfortunately, low prices come at high cost. With unethical working practices, toxic chemical use, and enormous amounts of garbage, fast fashion may be great for your wallet, but it’s bad for your body, the compromised workers, and the earth.
At Italian Collective, we carefully research our production partners. We look for small workshops, ideally family owned and operated, willing to manufacture for us in small batches -- to avoid waste and overproduction.
We are proud to say that our Monday is carefully made by a family owned workshop in the Umbrian Hills, in the heart of Italy. Roberta and Vasco, a husband and wife team, founded the company in 1984. Today, they are running it in collaboration with their two daughters, Vasco’s sister Marilena, and a group of 18 other women.
In 2004, when the recession hit the Italian economy (an economy already challenged by the migration of the manufacturing industry to Asia), the family took the admirable decision to keep every single employee. Rather than lay off part of the workforce, they opted for scaling back on employee hours.
During our visit to the workshop we had the pleasure of meeting the whole family, as well as many of the ladies who work for Vasco and Roberta. We had a chance to see them at work and get to know them over their espresso break.
The workshop houses state of the art machines and modern tools, and production is run with maximum care and high quality standards. Every single one of our shirts is hand cut and sewn, by a skilled artisan, in the heart of the Umbrian hills, where we are from.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support this group of phenomenal individuals, and with your help, sustain and promote their ethical working practices.