Chiara Ferragni bans all disposable water bottles from her headquarters

Chiara Ferragni has banned all disposable water bottles from her headquarters in Italy.The influencer/designer is taking a big step towards sustainability and has announced plans to install a water purification system at the offices that house her busi…

Chiara Ferragni has banned all disposable water bottles from her headquarters in Italy.

The influencer/designer is taking a big step towards sustainability and has announced plans to install a water purification system at the offices that house her businesses, including her Chiara Ferragni Collection footwear and apparel brand.

Employees at the Milan offices, which accommodate her The Blonde Salad Crew, will receive treated water through a partnership with international water filtration company Culligan as part of its #Plasticfreewater campaign.

According to a statement released by Ferragni, the eco-friendly move will divert the use of roughly 35,000 plastic bottles annually between her companies.

“Thanks to @culliganitaliana dispensers that treat, cool and gas water immediately we’ll be able to save more than 34565 plastic bottles per year. The real revolution starts now, are you ready to follow the greenest trend of the moment? Save our planet!” the 32-year-old wrote on her Instagram account, The Blonde Salad.

Ferragni’s environmental efforts come as the fashion industry works to become more sustainable.

More than 150 brands signed up to French President Emmanuel Macron’s groundbreaking Fashion Pact in August, which pledged to eliminate single-use plastic and increase the use of renewable energy sources.

And bosses at French luxury goods group Kering, which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, announced in September that they would be going 100 per cent carbon neutral across all brands.

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Kering pledges commitment to become carbon neutral

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its …

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.

The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its entire supply chain.

“When it comes to climate change, we can no longer wait to take real action. We all need to step up as businesses and account for the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions that we generate in total,” said chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault, according to WWD. “While we focus on avoiding and reducing our GHG emissions to meet our Science-Based Target, we will offset all our remaining emissions and support the conservation of vital forests and biodiversity around the world.”

He also revealed that Kering is pledging to offset its annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2018.

Back in August, Kering and 31 other leading companies signed French President Emmanuel Macron’s Fashion Pact, which is a set of shared objectives the industry can work toward to reduce its environmental impact.

To offset its annual emissions, Kering is investing in projects that conserve biodiversity and support the livelihoods of local communities affected by climate change.

The news comes weeks after Gucci announced its supply chain was now entirely carbon neutral.

The Italian label, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, is offsetting all remaining greenhouse gas emissions annually from operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important projects that support forest conservation around the world.

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Gucci goes carbon neutral in bid to tackle climate change

Gucci’s supply chain is now entirely carbon neutral.Last month, bosses at the parent company of the Italian luxury brand, Kering, announced that they have committed to a sustainability pact, alongside 31 other leading companies. Now, Gucci executives h…

Gucci’s supply chain is now entirely carbon neutral.

Last month, bosses at the parent company of the Italian luxury brand, Kering, announced that they have committed to a sustainability pact, alongside 31 other leading companies.

Now, Gucci executives have announced that in an effort to reduce environmental impacts, the label, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, is offsetting all remaining Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions annually from operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important REDD+ projects that support forest conservation around the world. The term REDD+ refers to initiatives seeking to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

“A new era of corporate accountability is upon us and we need to be diligent in taking all steps to mitigate our impacts, including being transparent and responsible for our GHG emissions across our supply chains,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, in a statement. “To address the need for urgent solutions, Gucci is setting an ambitious new precedent through our carbon neutral commitment. This is based on a clear strategy to ensure we account for all of our GHG emissions across our supply chain, act to first avoid, reduce and restore, and then offset the unavoidable emissions through important REDD+ projects.”

In addition, a Gucci spokesperson explained that while the company has made major inroads with its environmental targets since 2015, there will be a continuing focus on avoiding and reducing GHG emissions as a priority. Key plans include using low-impact alternative and sustainable materials, sustainable sourcing, and implementing manufacturing efficiencies.

“We are redefining ‘carbon neutral’ through a logical strategy that avoids, reduces, restores and offsets and I hope other CEOs across all sectors will view this as a call to action,” added Bizzarri. “Collective corporate action is needed now in order to make a significant contribution to our nature and society in the coming decade and for our future generations.”

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Top fashion brands commit to Kering-led sustainability pact

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to …

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to bring together the leading players in the industry, with the aim of setting practical objectives for reducing environmental impacts.

Now, ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz in France over the weekend, Pinault has announced that the likes of Adidas, Burberry, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap Inc, Giorgio Armani, H&M Group, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Moncler, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Selfridges Group, and Stella McCartney had agreed to be a part of the coalition.

In addition, the so-called Fashion Pact has the backing of Capri Holdings, the parent company of Michael Kors and Versace, Inditex, parent of the Zara chain, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s PVH Corp., and all Kering labels, which include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

“Private companies, working alongside nation states, have an essential role to play in protecting the planet. With the Fashion Pact, some leading players in the fashion and textile sector are joining forces for the first time to launch an unprecedented movement,” a Kering representative said in a statement. “A collective endeavour by its nature, the Fashion Pact is open to any company that wants to help to fundamentally transform the practices of the fashion and textile industry, and to meet the environmental challenges of our century.”

The Fashion Pact’s objectives draw on the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, which focuses on stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

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Stella McCartney encourages young people to buy second-hand clothing

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’…

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.

Now, McCartney has shared that she is determined to pass on her ethos to the next generation and is a great advocate of scouring charity and vintage stores for great buys.

“I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away,” the 47-year-old, who is the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda McCartney, reflected in a chat for Porter magazine. “And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive (school) and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes. I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler.”

McCartney, who confirmed she has signed a new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering, earlier this week, also spoke about some of her celebrity clients, such as Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

And she is certain the secret to her success is creating garments that fit well and give women confidence.

“I try everything on because the tiny details make all the difference. If a pant is sitting on my waist rather than my hips, I feel like a completely different woman; I hold myself completely differently if I’m wearing a heel or a sneaker. It all makes me feel like I tap into different parts of my personality and being a woman,” she added.

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Stella McCartney signs new deal with LVMH

Stella McCartney has signed new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering.The 47-year-old bought back her brand in April 2018 after 17 years with the French luxury company, and on Monday, a spokesper…

Stella McCartney has signed new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering.

The 47-year-old bought back her brand in April 2018 after 17 years with the French luxury company, and on Monday, a spokesperson announced that she would now be joining forces with LVMH.

McCartney will remain majority owner, continue as creative director for her eponymous brand, and will also serve as a sustainability advisor to LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault.

Since buying back the stake held by Kering when executives were restructuring their portfolio, the British designer has been approached by a number of investors but chose to join LVMH due to a series of successful and inspirational meetings with Arnault and his son, Antoine.

“The passion and commitment they expressed towards the Stella McCartney brand alongside their belief in the ambitions and our values as the global leader in sustainable luxury fashion was truly impressive,” she shared in a statement. “The chance to realise and accelerate the full potential of the brand alongside Mr. Arnault and as part of the LVMH family, while still holding the majority ownership in the business, was an opportunity that hugely excited me.

“Partnering with Mr. Arnault, his family and LVMH is a big step for me and my family, but also the team at Stella McCartney. The brand has achieved so much since its launch, and this new partnership with LVMH is recognition of that work, but this I feel is just the start, and I look forward to a brilliant future together.”

Arnault added that McCartney’s passion for sustainability is the foundation of their budding professional relationship.

“It is the beginning of a beautiful story together, and we are convinced of the great long-term potential of her house,” the 70-year-old commented. “A decisive factor was that she was the first to put sustainability and ethical issues on the front stage, very early on, and built her house around these issues. It emphasises LVMH Groups’ commitment to sustainability.”

Full details of the union will be announced in September.

Stella McCartney is the second female-run fashion house that LVMH has taken under its wing in 2019 – back in May, the group unveiled Rihanna’s ready-to-wear collection, Fenty Maison.

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Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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Kering expands its Cannes Women in Motion equality programme

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celeb…

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.

The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celebration, with the aim to highlight the role of women in front and behind the camera.

Since then, the #MeToo movement has kicked off, as well as frank discussions about the pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood.

Pinault, who recently donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral, has now committed to another five years of partnership with Cannes and revealed he is expanding the programme to include arts and culture.

“Since the #MeToo movement, and thanks to all the work done by active groups such as Time’s Up and 50/50 by 2020, the mindset is gradually changing, and steps are being taken,” Pinault said, reports Variety. “But as I’ve said in the past, we must never let our attention fade. First, because equality is still to be achieved — and there is quite some way to go. And second, because where progress is made, there is also inevitably push back — and we simply can’t afford going backwards.”

As part of Women in Motion, an annual award is given out at the festival gala dinner. This year’s recipient is Chinese-born Singaporean actress Gong Li. She follows in the footsteps of Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, Isabelle Huppert, and Patty Jenkins.

“I’m proud of the awareness it brought to the topic, even at a time when very few thought it was something that should be acted upon,” Pinault, married to Salma Hayek, continued. “And I’m impressed by all the people who raised their voices and took a stand.”

Cannes kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 25 May.

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Francois-Henri Pinault donates millions to help rebuild Notre Dame

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Mond…

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Monday evening (15Apr19), around 7pm local time.

In a statement given to the French newspaper Le Figaro, Pinault, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said he hoped that the donation would help to “completely rebuild Notre Dame”.

“This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to spiritual values. Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible,” the statement read. “My father (Francois Pinault) and I have decided to release from the funds of Artemis a sum of €100 million to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”

Kering owns a number of luxury fashion brands, such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, and Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, is also president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

Following Pinault’s pledge, fellow fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group have donated a further $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild the iconic landmark, which they called “a symbol of France, of its heritage and of French unity”.

In the aftermath of the blaze, French authorities have announced that Notre Dame has been “saved and preserved”.

“We can say that the structure is saved, notably the northern belfry,” said Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, according to Le Figaro.

Experts are now investigating how the blaze began, with initial reports suggesting it was linked to renovation work.

The cost of rebuilding the cathedral is expected to run into the billions of euros.

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Stella McCartney: ‘Honesty and authenticity are at my roots’

Stella McCartney prides herself on always being “honest and authentic”.The 47-year-old fashion designer hit headlines earlier this year (18) when she made a deal with fashion conglomerate Kering to buy back their 50 per cent share in her label after a …

Stella McCartney prides herself on always being “honest and authentic”.

The 47-year-old fashion designer hit headlines earlier this year (18) when she made a deal with fashion conglomerate Kering to buy back their 50 per cent share in her label after a 17-year partnership.

Taking on full control in her company is something Stella finds equally exciting and terrifying, but is something she considered important in terms of being honest, both with herself and her fans.

“We have authenticity at our roots, but more important for us is honesty,” she told the Business of Fashion in an interview. “At the core of authenticity, you have to have an honest reason to do what you do.”

Stella is known for her anti-fur stance, and has made a name for herself creating stunning pieces from ethically-sourced materials. While she’s encouraged other designers to do the same, the fashion industry remains the second greatest polluter on the planet. However, Stella refuses to be brought down by these statistics, and instead motivates herself with the thought that she is hopefully inspiring change a little at a time.

“My glass is very ‘half full.’ I wouldn’t do what I do if I didn’t feel there was a reason to do it,” she explained. “I’m very aware that the minute I create anything, it’s becoming a statement. Regenerated cashmere, organic this, non-leather that… I know I’m making a product that’s better environmentally and for the wellbeing of our fellow species that we’re extinguishing by the second. I know I’m the best example of that by far in my industry. And that gives me the will to go on.”

While Stella has become famous for her refusal to use fur or leather in her creations, she came across opposition to her stance when she first started out in fashion. In fact, when she was studying at Central Saint Martins college in London, she was even offered money to use fur in her collection.

“When I was at college, they didn’t sponsor the kids, they said, ‘Use fur, and we’ll pay for your final collection’,” she remembered. “I sponsor students at Saint Martins now. I give them an ethical charter, and in order to get the sponsorship, they have to deliver on it.”

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