Sustainability is very important for us at Florentina Leitner.
We work with a lot of dead stock textiles and fabrics and we buy directly from small fabric stores or use leftovers from bigger companies. We produce small collections focused on two strong seasons rather than many to help slow down the fashion world.
The mentality of our collections is to transform trash into treasures and to have a commentary about sustainability and waste in today’s climate.
The main focus at Florentina Leitner is excellent design and innovative sustainability, creating something new out of something old. We reuse rethink and try to reduce. Collaborating with companies to find new ways to make products more sustainable is our goal.
We mainly print on silk, lycra, and cotton and always try to find the best and most eco-friendly solutions. All of our silks have "World Fair Trade Organization" and "Peace Silk" certificates and most of our other fabrics have proof of being deadstock materials.
Our hunt for creating a more eco-friendly brand doesn't end with our fabrics, but we try to implement it into every shoe and accessory we make. Using deadstock leather in our shoes and working with Yuma Labs in Antwerp who focus on creating sustainable sunglasses, using recycled lenses and frame material in all of our sunglasses. Our garments are produced in Belgium and Italy, where the manufacturers promise to pay a fair wage to all of their workers. We also keep some of the garments to be created in-house to make sure our ethics are being upheld to their best.
We like to keep our brand fun and unconventional, using unfamiliar materials to the fashion world like recycled trash bags or bottle caps, jar lids, or even cardboard and paper as couture embellishments, also upcycling waste scraps from our studio for accessories like hair clips or headbands.