Where we make it.
Vincetta clothing is made with integrity, by people who have integrity.
-Original Icon in New York City. This company is family owned for decades and employs 90% women for constructing garments, managing quality control, and packaging the garments. They began by solely manufacturing for Nicole Miller and eventually moving into production for other brands as well. I frequent this factory since they are quick subway ride away. Danny, who is the son of the founders, now oversees the entire operation. I have never met someone so committed to his clients and so passionate about his work. If there is ever an issue or a set back in production, he and his team are on top of it. I am contacted right away and Danny has had Vincetta's back since we began working with him.
-Untitled Co. in New Delhi. Founded and Owned by Shenali Sema and Rinzin Lama. Collectively, they have nearly two decades of experience in designing and manufacturing for designer labels and fashion industry. Their team is small yet provided consistent work. I personally visited them in Spring of 2018 where I was able to get a better understanding of their philosophy and work environment. To say the least, I am quite impressed by their initiatives to provide more stable and ethical work in India while also working towards health care and benefits for all employees. They are committed to eradicating exploitation of labour.
-Kavita in Long Island. If you own any of our knit styles, it has most likely touched the hands of this angel. So much I can say about Kavita. She is kind, creative, resourceful, and has a devotion for her work that is admirable. We met through a mutual friend in summer of 2017 and although we've only known each other for a short while, it feels like it's been ages. We talk on the phone catching one another up on our lives. She has an attention to detail and work ethic that is unmatched for someone that is a one woman show. We have a simple process. I send her the fabric, labels, trims, threads, and patterns. She cuts, sews, ships. I pay her. My hope for Kavita is that she can continue growing her business and become financially independent so she can continue to invest in herself and her future. This woman's story is incredible and I hope, with her permission, one day I will have the honor of sharing it.
What we make it from.
Nearly 90% of all Vincetta pieces are made of up-cycled materials, but when we're not using deadstock, we try to ensure the fabric is made of natural fibers and uses a clean production process.
Deadstock Fabric + Trims. These are materials that are essentially waste from the fashion industry. This is when a company has overstock and they sell it to a third party vendor. That's where I come in. I got to these massive warehouses filled with piles and rows and shelves of excess fabric and begin swatching. There are two large vendors that I tend to work with on the east and west coasts. They typically have access to anywhere from 5 yards to 500 yards per fabric. Some even from as early as the 70s. Wild, right?
Cupro. Vincetta started by using silk. There are many reasons. It is a high quality, natural fiber that is delicate yet strong, moves like no other fabric, and looks expensive. However, after my trip to India, and seeing for myself the silk worms that have to die in the process, made me sad. Silk prices are constantly increasing (with a massive 30% increase the summer of 2018) and the practices are not improving. This is when I discovered a quality of cupro that looks and feels just like silk but for a fraction of the cost and harm to the environment.
cu·pro/ˈkyo͞oprō/ : a regenerated cellulose fiber that is produced by treating cotton remnants. Breathes like cotton, drapes like silk.
Cotton Hemp Knit. I began using this weight in FW2018, launching it with the t-neck and gallerie dress. People love it. The weight and structure of the fabric is DOPE and it wears like a perfectly worn in t-shirt. I plan to continue using this fabric until customers tell me to stop :) This is sourced and made in LA with a vendor called Hemp Traders.