Created in 2012 by Helena Antonia, we design and manufacture the majority of our limited-edition collections by responsible manufacturing partners in Portugal or abroad using sustainable methods and materials. We source deadstock and sustainable fabrics incorporating better practices throughout or supply chain to make beautiful vintage inspired styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion. It our mission to lead and inspire a sustainable way to do fashion.
Helena is a seamstress’s daughter that grew up using transformed clothes. Passioned by natural and sustainable ways of living she sees sustainable fashion as a mean of personal expression and a powerful tool of social changing. She presented the idea at a social entrepreunership and innovation bootcamp, in 2012, and imagine it was the winner idea and started the pilot during 2013 with EDP Foundation and Porto City Council as main sponsors, and Katty Xiomara has leading fashion designer. During the first two years the team was mainly composed by 4 designers as volunteers and the clothes were made with de participation of the beneficiaries. Public and private companies joined as partners. Soon it was clear that social impact was effective and significant, although the clothes were very conceptual. In order to make the clothes more commercial, regarding sustainability concerns, in 2015 the brand was registered and a fashion designer and a professional sewer joined the team, in order to create an efficient way of producing high quality upcycled clothes and also to provide upcycling workshops to the beneficiaries. During this years, Vintage for a Cause started to be present at lifestyle events such as Primavera Sound or The Gentleman's Ride, testing the public feedback. In January2016 the brand participated at Ethical Fashion Show, presenting Ana Modestos limited edition of jackets, were it affirmed itself as a ethical fashion brand. Since then it has been developing production processes that can respect the brand's social and environment mission and it's circular economy principles, being recently awarded with an honorable Mention by Green Project Awards. What you will read next is our drive for our company, and we work everyday to pursuit this drive, we are not there yet, in some point, but we are working on it! We will have much more news this year! Stay connected!
Vintage’s design mission is to make affordable ethical and sustainability clothing inspired in vintage styles. We want to create clothes with quality that fells antique and unique and that permeates the full form of time, resisting and maintaining its identity. We want you to feel special recreating iconic styles that make you stand out in the crowd! Our design process starts with the selection of rescued deadstock fabrics and with us thinking about what people want to wear.
Our secret? Fabric of course!
We make our pieces from rescued deadstock fabrics, sustainable materials and repurposed vintage clothing. As we grow, our goal it to be more and more sustainable, innovating every day to create more sustainable ways to do fashion! – we are in the beginning of our journey, so we have lots of thing to innovate!
Vintage & Deadstock
In each garment we produce at least a part of them are made using vintage and deadstock fabric, which means that we give a second life to fabric that may be destined for the landfill.
We try to make most of our parts with deadstock fabrics – do you know that almost 12 million tons of textile waste goes to landfills every year? Scary right? We buy old, leftover and over-order fabric from other designers and fabric warehouses. This allows us to reuse and rescue this materials from the landfill directly to you wardrobe. Maybe it’s not the best picture…But you get it, right?
We buy vintage pieces across Portugal and in the internet to repurpose into new pieces. This includes bulk vintage denim, cashmere and other materials that we refashion and include in our collections. We also search for lot of one-of-a-kind clothes. Remanufactured clothing can save more than 5800kg of CO2 emissions a year. And, let’s face it, is super unique and fashion!
We put sustainability at the hearth of everything we do!
We want to work with manufacturing partners that uses the most efficient, eco-friendly and pro-social technologies and practices that we can get. We search and try to source manufacturing partners that invest in green building infrastructures to minimize their and our waste, water and energy footprints. By providing on-the-job training and opportunities for growth, we also invest in the people who make this change possible. We are young as a company, but we believe in baby steps and we are always search for the best sustainable option to fulfill our need! - Maybe we will make some mistakes, but for us sustainability is the hearth of our business!
Vintage Environmental Impact
At Vintage we think about all the costs. We track our environmental footprint by adding up the kilograms of CO2 emitted, liters of water we use and kilograms of waste generated. Then we calculate how Vintage’s products help reduce these impacts compared with other fashion brands. We are transparent, so we share this information on every product page of our website and tell you exactly what is the impact from each garment on the environment. This way we can create more solutions to reduce the negative impact of fashion on the environment and you can see the real cost of fashion and make empowered choices.
How it Works
We hate math… But it’s everything about math! The whole equation follows the lifecycle of clothes – from growing textile fibers and making fabric and when you’re done with them.
We’re not totally sustainable, but we are working on it! So we invest in research, education and programs that actually replace what we’ve used and spend. So we partnership with other organizations to give back to the environment. Basically, in exchange for the emissions and water we used in our clothes, we help plant forests to naturally capture CO2 from the air and invest in clean water solutions.
We also publish the totals for all the resources we used and saved. We can’t wait to see how all those little things add up and make a big difference. And we need this results to keep improving our company.
Company and Factory Life
We seek for manufacturing partners that uses efficient, eco-friendly and pro-social technologies and practices available – is not a easy task, but we work with every partner to help them seeing the advantages in those changes. We will always choose to invest in manufacturing partners that have green building infrastructures that minimize our waste, water and energy footprints. We provide on-the-job training, whenever is necessary, and opportunities for growth we want to invest in people. They are the ones that make our dream come true!
We are not a huge company – not yet!- but in the future we want to be 100% energy-efficient and work with manufacturing partners that have the same principles.
Since the day one we recycle, compost organic waste, and recycle or donate our textile scraps whenever possible. In the future we want to be a Zero waste company! So every little improvement is a win!
Our business is not fashion… is people, and this will always be our main focus! We start at 2013 involving elderly people, especially woman in social isolation and vulnerability, empowering them and making them as active part in our company. We always seek to give people a second change – the fabric need a second change, people need this to! – and invest in new talents!
As James Goldsmith said ‘’if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’’, and we truly believe in this sentence, so we will always try to pay a fair value when we hire – at this point we are only three craziest people creating a company! We also pay the fair value to our manufacturing partners for the production of our garments, we often pay more than the market value!
We are just started, so we don´t really knew what benefits can we give to our future employees… but there is one thing we know for sure… if you give people a rewarding experience in their workplace they will give everything to help us growing our company! And we want to offer Metro passes to our employees to encourage them to use more the public transportation services and reduce the negative impact in the environment!
We want to sell our clothes online, in retail partners and, maybe in the future, we want to have our one stores. We want to build a sustainable retail experience!
On average, e-commerce uses about 30% less energy than traditional retail. Good news because we want to sell worldwide from our website, you don’t even need to go out to have a new fashion item!
We aim for the most efficient lowest impact solution available. We want to set up a carbon neutral shipping program with our shipper, unfortunately we still do not have the necessary sales quantity, but you can help with that!
On average every people in the world throw away 30 kilograms of clothing, per year. Soon you can get pre-paid shipping labels in our retail partners and on our website so you can send to uses your old Vintage clothes when you’re over them. We almost forgot! If you send to us your old Vintage clothes you receive a 10% discount on your next purchase! (The planet is like: WHAAAT!!)
To keep our supply chain as sustainable as possible, we search for suppliers that take social and environmental standards seriously. By sourcing locally when possible and screening all of our suppliers, we minimize environmental impacts and ensure there’s no unfair or unsafe labor that goes into making our clothes.
We always try to source our materials locally and domestically first. All of our cutting, sewing and manufacture is done in Portugal, and are produced by responsible manufacturing partners.
Some of our raw goods come from Portugal. The rest is purchased from overseas suppliers. This happens when we’re unable to find anybody to make these fabrics domestically because fabric-weaving equipment for delicate wovens left Portugal a few decades ago.
We always screen suppliers for negative social and environmental practices. We want to work with those using eco-friendly manufacturing processes and practice fair and safe labor.
In the future we want to create a sustainable partners program to work with our suppliers to move them past compliance and into awesomeness by investing in their sustainability programs. We want to push sustainability forward.
A company uses lots of stuff. To manage our impact, we adopted environmentally preferred purchasing policies across all our operations for things like office and cleaning supplies, shipping materials and manufacturing equipment. We priories products that are recyclable or biodegradable.
Paper and pens
We purchase 100% recycled-content paper and pens
Non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products
Our packaging is plastic-free and mode from 100% recycled paper products.
We always source locally first.
Two-thirds of clothes’ carbon footprint occurs after you take it home. That’s incredible because a lot of all the problem in the fashion industry is in your hands to fix. The good news is that it’s not even hard things to do. Here is some easy tips to make a difference – The secret? Laundry time!
Only wash as needed
This not only save water and detergent, your clothes will last way longer. Next time you don’t do laundry in a while, you’re not being lazy you are just being friend of the environment.
Skip the dryer, if it’s possible
Line drying your clothes for just six months out of the year can eliminate up to 310 kilograms of greenhouse gases annually. That’s the same energy as driving a Prius 2900 kilometres, it’s a long road trip. And hanging your clothes give color to your city! If you come to Portugal you will see lots of clothes hanging!
When you do the wash, set your washer to ‘’cold’’ to save energy and help clothes live a little longer. Also, switch from hot water to cold or warm can help prevent 220 kilograms of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year.
If it’s only dirty in one small place, use the spot cl