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History & Values

Our history

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 an 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!

 

Our mission

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.