Design for circularity
Mati designs with a purpose. Her constant search for harmony means that she balances beauty with wearability and longevity. The more you love a product, the longer you hold onto it and the more likely you are to pass it on to the next generation - reducing waste. And that’s just the start to circular fashion.
Mati Collective is an extended team of people who respect human dignity and create honest working environments. Partnering with local artisans and suppliers means being present at every step of the process, demanding transparency and encouraging innovation. It also means that we can ensure that our bags are fully made in Italy by local artisans.
Mati Collective is a collaborative community that helps make fashion more circular and sustainable. The use of natural raw materials allows our suppliers and producers to drastically reduce their carbon footprint. We support their investment in innovative weaving processes and the use of biodegradable materials. We build the future of tradition in Italy together.
Woven from natural fibers, such as recycled cotton, cellulose (paper) and hemp, our textiles are more environmentally friendly because they are biodegradable and 100% recyclable. Their production requires less energy and no use of chemicals. We minimise the use of metals and are constantly in search of high quality alternatives that raw material suppliers.
Natural plant fibers
The fabric that our bags weaved from half-artisanal looms of recycled cotton and cellulose (paper). It ensures the attention of craftsmen in the production process and the limited amount of fabric in the patterns that our bags are made.
Cotton is one of the most used materials for clothing in the world which is a huge problem because unless it’s organic or recycled, it is also one of the most polluting and thirsty plants to grow. We wanted to make good use of existing recycled cotton for our first, SS'2019 collection, while we found an organic cotton supplier.
We source our cellulose (paper) from the dicart group certified by the FSC, Forest Stewardship Council, that manages forest protection and ensures real benefits to local communities living near them.
Our linings are made of hemp because it’s durable and rugged, yet with novel weaving techniques also soft to the touch. Hemp, the plant, is easy to grow organically as it does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides. Its strong roots help reduce soil erosion and it’s one of the most efficient plants in converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Our design principles mean that we minimise the use of metals to lower their environmental impact. Metal extraction, especially that of copper, leads to water pollution, killing plant and animal life. Where absolutely necessary, we use zamak, a metal alloy composed mainly of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper - supplied by the Milanese company Max Metal that has also developed eco-brass. We are, however, working on finding a recycled metal supplier as all metals are highly recyclable.