How did your journey in the fashion industry begin?
My mother worked in fashion so I was always surrounded by it growing up. I actually studied politics but my fascination for fashion never went away and that’s when I decided to start my own brand. My mission with Zoé de Huertas is to create clear and practical leather goods with an elegant and timeless aesthetic. We produce small quantities to avoid waste and the leather we use is a by-product of the meat industry. Our bags are all made in Italy and we’re very careful to source our leather from European certified tanneries and those that use vegetable tanning which is non-toxic.
What’s your biggest business accomplishment so far?
I’d say my biggest business achievement is launching Zoé de Huertas. I started from a simple idea and watched it grow. Seeing the idea turn something real was a huge victory for me.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned in your work?
Patience. Before founding Zoé de Huertas, I was hyperactive and liked to achieve quick results however, I’ve had to learn that everything takes time and that designing products in a sustainable way requires patience. I often have a design in mind but once I see the prototype I realise I’m going to need to start from scratch.
In your personal life, what do you do to be more eco-responsible?
I strongly believe that the changes we make to become more eco-responsible should be incorporated into our lives in a practical and achievable way. I’m not perfect but I try to fully commit to the changes that I make. I never buy plastic bottles and always try to shop second-hand or vintage. When in Berlin, my preferred mode of transport is by bike.
What do you do to disconnect?
Although I’ve learned alot about patience, disconnecting is still something I’m working on! If I had to pick one thing though it would be reading a book.
Your favourite place to be in nature?
I love the seaside, but over the past few years I have re-discovered the countryside. I really enjoy spending time in green spaces and find the quietness of a forest deeply relaxing.
What are your go-to sustainable brands?
I love Bower Swimwear and their Econyl swimsuits. I use RMS Beauty and Ilia for make-up, Berlin based brand Aeyde for their shoes, Veja for their sneakers and Closed Official for their denim and basics.
If you could share any advice to someone looking to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle?
Living sustainably isn’t something that will happen overnight. In fact, a slow and gradual approach to sustainability tends to work best when adopting achievable habits. Starting with simple changes may seem small but they make a difference. Buying a reusable water bottle, fixing, donating or reselling clothes that you would normally throw away. Educate yourself and those around you about the effects of fast fashion and the process behind creating and producing a garment, from growing the crops to dyeing fabrics and workers’ wages.
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