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FABRICS

 

As consumers shift toward a more environmentally-conscious and traceable model we remain committed to sourcing quality materials and fabrics that have less impact on the environment. Sourcing the perfect fabrics that create the unique designs within our collection takes precedence for Anne. Her dedication to this process in finding fabrics that are not only beautiful, but are also high quality – ensures the longevity of the designs.

 

Natural fibers represent about 70% of our designs, most of these fibers are seen throughout our cotton, silk and linen silhouettes.

 

While we still rely on the use of virgin raw materials and synthetics – we are constantly looking to broaden the use of more eco-friendly, recycled, and organic fabrics while prioritizing fiber and materials with sustainable origins. Our commitment to sustainability is evident in every step of our production process. Our mission is to create innovative products that are fun to wear, easy to live with, and made from materials that can be reused or recycled again at the end of life.

We’re committed to providing you with high-quality items and we do this through the support of ethical companies, who adopt practices that are good for us and for the environment. Our fabrics are often OEKO-TEX® certified - meaning each supplier has passed the STANDARD 100 certification by OEKO-TEX, which means that their products have been tested for harmful substances and can be considered harmlessly safe in human ecological terms. Anne Fontaine has high standards for its supply chain. In addition to this Anne Fontaine requires that each of the suppliers are certified and follow the REACH regulation. The reason for this is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.

 

Anne Fontaine is enrolling in the “The Better Cotton Initiative”. This is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. There are currently 2.1 million licensed Better Cotton Initiative farmers in 23 countries around the world. Better Cotton Initiative farmers receive extensive training on how to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, minimize the impact of harmful crop protection practices and preserve fiber quality. This program also protects workers’ rights and well-being by improving the effectiveness of the system in identifying, preventing, mitigating and remediating forced labor risks.

 

We’re continuously looking for ways to improve our sustainability in everything we do. We use our position as fashion leaders to encourage our suppliers to innovate and develop more sustainable fibers and processes.

ANIMAL DERIVED MATERIALS

 

 Anne Fontaine is a beautiful women's wear brand that makes high quality clothing.

We pride ourselves on our ethical practices, which are reflected in the materials we use. At ANNE Fontaine, we do not use banned animal-derived materials -  including vulnerable or endangered species included on  the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) lists.

 

While leather is used in the designs of select garments, bags and shoes throughout our collection - we acknowledge that use of leather has its own negative impacts on the environment. We urge our partners to source only from tanneries that are members of the Leather Working Group – a non-profit organization responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the leather manufacturing industry - representing responsible leather sourcing to the industry and to consumers. This certification ensures that animals are treated humanely and ethically, water pollution is minimized and chemical run-off is prevented or mitigated through wildlife conservation programs.

 

While plastics such as pleather are often considered a sustainable alternative to leather, most of these materials are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is created with fossil fuels that can harm human health and are not biodegradable.

We do not consider these materials a sustainable alternative to leather. In the meantime, we are actively seeking alternative fabrics to replace these materials. Although the availability of new innovative solutions is still very limited, we are confident that it is only a matter of time before production will increase and our sustainable fashion range will grow.

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