Port Zienna emerged from the draping tradition of the runway to create a ready-to-wear line of luxurious pieces that are also sustainable.
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.
Here are the core tenants that guide every one of our pieces:
Committed to transparency
Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries and largest consumers of water. It’s also known 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 all 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 Peru.
Environmentally friendly fabrics
Port Zienna garments are made exclusively from sustainable fabrics. We offer the best quality we can possibly find, thereby minimizing our carbon footprint.
We do not use polyester, exotic skins, leather, feathers or fur in our collections. Port Zienna sources only the finest eco-friendly materials, such as certified organic cotton from Peru and Turkey, and linen, cupro, lyocell, Tencel and Modal from Japan.
It is our hope that you will see your Port Zienna apparel as an investment—in sustainability as well as in everyday pleasure.
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®.
Our GOTS-certified cotton is 100% organic—free of all pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. The toxins used in growing nonorganic cotton are harmful for farmers, workers, consumers and the environment overall. We partner with organic cooperatives in Peru and Turkey, which help us ensure the fabrics we use are of superior quality.
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.
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.
About the founder
Port Zienna’s founder and Creative Director, Francesca Canepa, was born in Lima, Peru. Her career started at Istituto Marangoni in London, following a BA in Fashion Design and Patternmaking from Mod’Art International in Paris. After a few years in the industry she decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. While studying, she earned design experience at fashion houses such as Oscar de la Renta, J.Mendel and Ani Álvarez-Calderón. Francesca later became an Embroidery Designer for Finesse in NY, 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. Draping is an expertise used in haute couture, which she incorporated in a ready-to-wear label. "When you wear haute couture, you feel empowered and strong, we believe a woman should feel like this every day”, Canepa says. After years working for inspiring mentors, Francesca realized she needed to make a change and decided to explore having less waste in the manufacturing process of garments. This is how she launched Port Zienna, a ready-to-wear label driven to create luxurious pieces with a positive social and environmental impact.
The name 'Port Zienna' was born because of Francesca’s mother, her source of inspiration. She was born in Porto Alegre [where the word 'Port' comes from] in addition to her last name starting with a 'Z'. Francesca wanted to call her first child Sienna, but this project was like a first born, therefore she changed the S by a Z to honor her mother, and Port Zienna was born.
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