The framework of circular fashion has remained at the foundation of everything we do at Filippa K. It follows the four Rs: Reduce, Repair, Reuse, and Recycle. By keeping this in mind, we can help encourage more mindful consumption and lower the impact of fashion on our planet.
We value reducing our society’s rate of consumption and environmental impact. Filippa K clothing is designed to last, so you can buy less and keep it for longer. The average number of times a Filippa K piece is worn is 75, and the industry average is only 7. Ensuring longevity means our community can rely on a smaller and better wardrobe. In every collection, we aim to only buy what we are going to sell, and increase the percentage of sustainable fibres we use every year. To learn more about this, take a look at our Material Guide.
It’s always better to repair a garment and extend its life before you replace it. By caring well for the clothes we have, we can help them last for years. For tips on how to best care for and repair your pieces, you can always reference our Garment Care advice. Our in-store and customer service teams are also available if you have questions about how to best handle a repair.
An overwhelming amount of materials are thoughtlessly wasted in our industry, as well as many others. We work to reuse as much material as we possibly can, and to design garments that can be used again and again. Since 2008, we’ve partnered with the Filippa K Secondhand shop in Stockholm where people can purchase gently used garments from previous collections. In 2015 we launched our Collect program: simply bring in Filippa K garments you no longer want to own, and we will provide you with a discount on your next purchase. Our Filippa K Studio opened in Stockholm in 2020: a space where you can shop these pre-loved pieces and learn more about circular fashion.
We strive to recycle cutting waste throughout the design process, utilise recycled materials wherever we can in our products, and to design garments for recyclability. Our supplier in Italy recycles cutting scraps from our wool outerwear and suiting into new yarns, as part of the Re.Verso™ process. During 2019, our garment makers sent 6311 kg of wool fabric cuttings to Italy for recycling. We source a variety of recycled materials for each collection we release, including polyester made from plastic bottles, wool, cashmere, cotton, and more. Our Front Runners initiative in 2018 taught us how we can make a garment that is 100% recycled and recyclable: knowledge we’ve taken through to future collections.
Our journey towards mindful consumption is ongoing, and we’re learning new ways to improve the industry every day. We’ll update this page regularly so we can share the ways that circular fashion supports what we do, and how you can get involved too.