Zilli – Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society

During last edition of the SFIS (Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society) we had the pleasure to interview Alexandra Schimmel Fila from yjr brand ZILLI.

Since it was founded in 1965, ZILLI has been making luxury leather jackets, going against the tide of creation at the time.

A true symbol of the skill of our craftsmen, the ZILLI jacket is evidence of the home-grown expertise developed in our Lyon “ateliers”. With names such as Fox, Irony and Dragon, some of the jackets have become legendary, transcending time with a success that has never waned. Calfskin suede, glazed lambskin, deer, python… only the finest skins are selected by the House of ZILLI. Having launched the peccary jacket back in 1973, ZILLI boldly introduced the crocodile skin jacket in 1982, which has since become a must-have item in luxury menswear.

ZILLI works with ultra-fine calfskin suede and glazed lambskin, but also with exotic animal skins such as peccary, python, crocodile, ostrich and kangaroo, all requiring specific expertise. Jackets are made entirely by hand and decorative stitching and finishing touches are also completed by hand. In our “atelier” in Lyon, our craftsmen are continually developing new techniques. When carefully worked and softened, crocodile leathers drape almost as beautifully as fabrics. Chinchilla cashmere combines a glossy finish with a unique feeling of softness.

From next September 2021 Zilli will also present their new Home Collection.

Phygital Sustainability Expo is a trademark and idea brought to life from Mrs. Valeria Mangani President of the Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society. Sustainability, Innovation Society, three words that immediately project us into an idea of ​​progress. An idea of ​​progress that focuses on the world of fashion, which is currently the second-largest responsible for global pollution and water waste. Today, sustainable innovation is the basis of the fashion system and the Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society is, thanks to its absolutely innovative hub, in a key position in this process of green disruption. Thanks to the various partnerships undertaken (including Ferrovie dello Stato, Enel X, the Luiss University and CNA Federmoda and the patronage of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Ministry of Culture), from an idea of Ms. Valeria Mangani, former Vice President of ALTAROMA and IAW Delegate to UN institutions (FAO, IFAD, WFP) and President of Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society ( SFIS ) does not only deal with clothing brands but it creates a real society aimed at the sustainable progress of an entire country. In today’s consumerist and frenetic society, the culture of fast fashion has spread, making production not only unsustainable on an ecological level but also on an economic one, causing the almost disappearance of small and medium-sized Made in Italy companies. SFIS wants to include in its network these small and medium artisan realities outside the world of Milan Camera Moda and the international context, forming them in the perspective of a 100% green future, guaranteeing them the possibility of innovating and knowing how to access sustainable raw materials such as nettle’s fiber and vegan skins. This revolutionary hub takes shape once a year with the Phygital Sustainability Expo, the first event in the world dedicated to the ecological transition of the fashion system. In line with the policy of enhancing the territory, the Phygital Sustainability expo is inherent and every year it will be hosted in a different symbolic place of the Italian heritage, (on 5 July 2021 it will be in Rome while they are expected in the Royal Palace of Caserta in 2022) Through the Phigital Sustainability Expo, SFIS wants to create an important platform in which stakeholders, SMEs, consumers, media, can come into contact, thus creating that digital hub that is instead active virtually all year round. The goal of the Sustainable fashion Innovation Society is not only to make the consumer aware of a sustainable purchase but to act as an educational model for the new generations. The Phygital Sustainable Expo is a platform strongly linked to the artisan territory, the identity of the Italian system, our flagship and cultural as well as economic fabric, set up to support it in the transformation towards their sustainability, made necessary today, to be competitive with global challenges. The Phygital Sustainable Expo will be a digital hub for the whole year, but on 5 July 2021, it will materialize for the second time in Rome, in a strongly identifying place, to bring together the creatives of fashion & design in a virtuous network for the Italian system, exclusively sustainable.

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