Sustainable Practices Timeline
- Gabriela Hearst launches her first designer womenswear collection for Fall/Winter with the long term view and value of sustainability. A brand that reflects a slower pace and process: where tradition influences more than trend, where there is a purpose to every piece, where it’s all in the details.“I wanted to create a brand that had that feeling of things that are well made and long lasting.”
- The company began a partnership with Manos del Uruguay, a 50 year old non-profit women’s cooperative that empowers rural women.
- Gabriela Hearst introduces Handbags. In the interest of maintaining her values of sustainability, she decided to produce the bags in limited quantities and available only through Gabriela Hearst direct to consumer channels.
- Gabriela Hearst presents her first runway show using about 30% deadstock fabrics “I like the idea that we’re doing our part by not creating something completely new.”
- The company introduced TIPA flexible packaging, which offers bio-based alternatives to traditional plastic packaging that are fully compostable within six months. TIPA was founded in 2010 by Daphna Nissenbaum and Tal Neuman to address the plastic waste crisis. Its flexible packaging has the durability, transparency and shelf life of conventional plastics yet has the same end-of-life as organic matter, returning to nature with no harmful impact to the environments.
- Gabriela Hearst introduces a special silver fabric that prevents cell phone radiation from reaching women’s reproductive organs. Jackets and coats are lined with this special silver fabric.
- The use of only certified natural fibers and the utilization of leftover materials like cashmere and silk from previous collections was implemented for designs.
- For the Resort 18 collection, a brand-new fabrication was introduced: aloe-treated linen, a much more complete fiber than cotton because it absorbs less water and at the same time you can eat the flax seed so it has additional nutritional values.
- For the Spring 19 collection, Gabriela Hearst introduced piqué and twill suits spun from the wool of her family’s six-generation merino sheep farm in Uruguay. A process that took a year and a half to execute.
- In April 2018, on Earth Day, Gabriela made a commitment to reduce the amount of non-recycled plastic and replace it with compostable packaging for front and back of house.
- In November 2018, Gabriela Hearst opened its flagship store at 985 Madison Avenue in New York. The store was built with a conscientiously approach, without the use of synthetics or chemicals, using natural, non-treated reclaimed oak, built in light occupancy sensors throughout the space to reduce electrical consumption. 90% of the material waste generated during the construction process was recycled.
- By April 2019, Gabriela Hearst achieved the goal to be plastic free with the use of compostable TIPA packaging for all front and back of house as well as the introduction of cardboard hangers.
- In August 2019, Gabriela Hearst is set to open its London store in Mayfair, at 59 Brook Street, which would be the first ever sustainably built and carbon neutral retail space.
- For the September 2019 Spring runway show, a commitment was made for the first ever carbon neutral runway show.
- By 2022, Gabriela Hearst has set a goal of eliminating the use of virgin materials.