I believe the future of fashion lies on a slower, more considered path than the one we have operated on before.
So I'm bringing it back to focus on the locally crafted, the made to order, the considered approach with a respect for Papatūānuku, our Mother Earth. Beautiful clothing should not cost the earth.
Sustainable progression is one of the founding principles of Billie Zinzan. I believe that there is not a fashion brand out there that can claim to be 100% sustainable, but I also believe that we can all do our best to make small but significant changes to work towards a bigger goal- after all, its about progress not perfection, right? So that's what I'm working on at the moment - progression.
Billie Zinzan is committed to operating on a slow fashion model. From concept, sourcing, pattern making, sampling and sewing, the entire process is completed in my Northland studio. The made to order model means that there is absolutely no excess stock - I only start making it especially for you once an order has been placed. It also allows you to choose your fabric, fit and style to suit you so that you have something unique to cherish for years to come.
Part of my design ethos is to make things that are inherently timeless, transcending trends and focusing more on developing a personal style that truely makes you happy and confident. The pieces are designed to last far beyond a single season, transforming for different occasions, seasons and lifestyles.
The use of Lenzing tencel and OEKO-Tex certified linen means that the majority of my styles are made in fabrics that have a lighter footprint on the planet whilst the remaining fabric is sourced from local suppliers. As the brand grows, so too will the ability to source more sustainable fabrications. My goal is to be able to produce the entire brand from sustainable, organic and up-cycled fabrics. All offcuts are stored away for an up-cycling project I hope to launch in the not too distant future.
Each order is shipped in an r3pack courier bag made from recycled plastics which is also recyclable itself. Your garment is wrapped in FSC certified tissue and paper.
It's not perfect, but it's a start. My promise is that I will continue to expand my knowledge, improve my operating practices when I am able to and keep working to bring you clothing that is gentle on the environment. Reach out by email with any suggestions you might have on improvements. These are important steps to take, and I would like to invite you to come along on the journey as I continue to learn, evolve and embark on creating the vision I have for a better fashion industry.