Antonello - Luxury eco-conscious fashion - Made in Italy
Antonello's personal story and attachment to his native Sardinia are made explicit and integral to his designs. This interest is reinforced by a desire to preserve as well as advance craft skills that are at risk of disappearing due to globalisation & mass-produced designs.
Experimenting with Sardinian hand-woven fabrics resulted in an exclusive 'eco luxury' line that uses sustainable yarns made also from naturally dyed Sardinian wools and regenerated-recycled cotton.
Antonello eco-friendly products represent not only a duty, but also an intriguing opportunity for responding to the demands of a consumer who asks for quality products, which means quality on an environmental and human level in addition to that of the product itself
Antonello. Eco-conscious fashion
Antonello luxury eco-conscious fashion ranges are designed in London - UK and hand crafted in Sardinia - Italy.
Materials and production processes are carefully selected to offer you the most exclusive eco-luxuries.
Manufacturing techniques. All the fabrics used are hand produced on traditional looms, this tend to use less energy. Every factory and workshop has a few fabrics on display, weaving is generally done to order. As well as the classical styles, fabrics can be done in any design and in any colour a client submits.
Local natural wool . These fibres come from organic farmed sheep (conventional farming is a huge consumer of non-renewable fossil fuels. Sardinian farmers have been using organic farming for generations, this tend to use less energy).
Wools dyed locally with Sardinian plants. Antonello exclusive 'luxury eco' line of accessories also uses sustainable yarns made with Sardinian sheep wool dyed locally with Sardinian plants.
Regenerated Cotton. Hand-woven recycled and regenerated cotton yarns are also widely used in the Antonello collections.
Production processes. Fabrics and handbags are hand produced in ethically managed factories - workshops are entirely managed by women: all the companies are inspected regularly by government officials to check compliance to European legislation.
Recycled linings and care bags. Antonello when possible uses linings made from beautiful ends of rolls and off cuts recycled new fabrics from Sardinian textiles factories. These fabrics would usually end up in skips and landfill, to be incinerated.
Antonello pays tribute to the best of Italian eco luxury fabric choices. Trialling authentic Sardinian hand weaving methods in ethically managed factories, the collection of accessories are handcrafted by a handpicked group of leading handbag manufacturers both in Sardinia and in mainland Italy.
Antonello will be introducing the womenswear range in the Spring Summer 2017 collection. Shedding light on Italian textiles and putting localised Italian handiwork and the importance of its preservation back on the map, the designer prides himself on only working with Italian experts in fashion manufacturing and ultimately bringing Sardinian production methods back into the global consciousness.
Researching into the old weaving techniques and visiting Sardinian weaving workshops, Antonello has developed a range of homeware with the fabrics his grandmother and his mother used. Most of these products are made with the technique of knot or grain work known as "pibiones".
Antonello is based in London _UK were he designs the collections, here he creates new meaning and usages to centuries of Sardinian aesthetic and stylistic tradition that has his roots in a time-tested handicraft culture.
Antonello’s handbag collection is rich in research on detailing, influenced by couture, by search for well-being and materials that are ever more eco-conscious and sophisticated. Materials used include regenerated cotton and naturally dyed organic wool. The theme is inspired by Sardinian historic locations, from which each bag takes the name, with emphasis on discretion and particular attention to linear styles inspired by architecture. Colours reflect ancient places, fabrics, and yet at the same time the mood of current trends. The black and yellow, the gray with red, lilac, burgundy, and green.
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SARDINIA - SILIGO. The inspiration.
Antonello is inspired by the little village where he grew up in the heartland of Sardinia. Siligo. (on the map).
Rural setting where we find the very soul of the rich outflowing of Sardinian creativity. His fashion is influenced by Sardinian legends, folklore and native customs that preserved cultural traits and themes from ancient times.
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