Port Zienna emerged from the draping tradition of the runway to create a sustainable ready-to-wear line of luxurious pieces.
In today’s world of fast fashion, companies tend to produce high volumes of low-priced clothing at the expense of their workers and the environment. Port Zienna dares to stand apart and be an ethical producer.
Here are the core tenets that guide us in our every creative process:
Commitment to transparency
Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries and largest consumers of water. It is also notorious for its exploitation of workers, who typically earn less than $3 per day.
In contrast, Port Zienna is led by the intention to make luxurious products with the least environmental impact. Furthermore, we offer fair wages and ethical working conditions, ensuring our employees are treated with dignity and respect.
For us, it’s all about transparency—and the values we share with you.
Socially sustainable factory
At Port Zienna, our goal is to support the well-being of our family of artisans, designers and makers. Toward this end, we provide a healthy work environment, steady income and flexibility for all our employees.
We are also able to closely monitor our practices to ensure they remain wholly ethical, since Port Zienna does not outsource or rely on third parties. Rather, all our manufacturing processes are based in one factory, located in our founder’s home country of Perú.
Environmentally friendly fabrics
Port Zienna garments are made primarily from sustainable fabrics. We consistently offer the best quality we can possibly find, thereby minimizing our carbon footprint.
We never use leather, exotic skins, feathers or fur in our collections. Port Zienna sources only the finest eco-friendly materials, such as certified organic cotton (from Perú and Turkey), cupro, linen, lyocell, Modal (from Japan) and Tencel.
It is our hope that you will see your Port Zienna apparel as an investment—in sustainability as well as in everyday pleasure.
Our GOTS-certified cotton is 100% organic—free of all pesticides, herbicides and GMOs—and therefore better for farmers, textile workers, consumers and the environment overall. We partner with organic cooperatives in Perú and Turkey, which help us ensure the fabrics we use are of superior quality.
Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber, produced by treating cotton cellulose with cuprammonium salt. Cupro fabrics look and feel like silk on the skin. They drape beautifully yet are highly durable, and their environmental impact is minimal.
Modal is an eco-friendly cellulose fiber that is extracted from sustainably managed beechwood forests in northern and central Europe. Textiles made of Lenzing Modal are pleasantly soft and breathable, offering UV protection. Minimal water is used in the production of Modal.
Tencel—another Lenzing brand—is a natural cellulose fiber made without the use of pesticides or insecticides. Production involves extraction from eucalyptus trees, which require no irrigation. Water is used only to process the eucalyptus pulp into Tencel fiber. In fact, Lenzing estimates that up to 20 times less water is needed for Tencel than for cotton.
About our founder
Port Zienna’s founder and creative director, Francesca Canepa, was born in Lima, Perú. Her career started at Istituto Marangoni, London, following a BA in fashion design and patternmaking from Mod’Art International, Paris. After working in the industry for several years, she obtained a postgraduate degree in fashion marketing and merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, earning further design experience at premier fashion houses, such as Oscar de la Renta, J. Mendel and Ani Álvarez Calderón. Francesca later became an embroidery designer for Finesse, New York, where she created detailed embroideries for Burberry, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier.
During her beginnings in Paris, Francesca fell in love with the technique of draping, the art of hand-sculpting fabrics on a dress form. An expertise used in haute couture, draping is also the key technique she would eventually bring to Port Zienna: “When you wear haute couture, you feel empowered and strong. We believe a woman should feel like that every day,” says Francesca. After years of working for inspiring mentors, she felt it was time to realize her own brand, and began exploring how to best minimize waste in the manufacturing of garments, while ensuring equitable work practices. This is how Francesca came to launch Port Zienna, a ready-to-wear label of luxurious pieces—made with positive social impact and a minimal carbon footprint.
About our name
Francesca’s main source of inspiration has long been her mother, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, her maiden name starting with “Z.” Coupled with that, Francesca always dreamed she would call her first child Sienna, yet in time embraced this project as her true firstborn. Taking “Port” from “Porto” and changing “S” in “Sienna” to “Z,” Francesca found a way to honor her mother, and the name Port Zienna was born.
We invite you to become a conscious consumer and to share our values:
Invest in clothing that is made from sustainably sourced materials.
Buy fewer items, but of higher quality to build a wardrobe that lasts.
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