Kitty: Why 🌶?
Charlotte: The Basque Edition is inspired by the Espelette Peppers which I see dried and hanging in bars, restaurants and outside houses in Briattiz. Biarritz is my favourite place in the world so it was always going to inspire my designs. It is the place where I feel the most relaxed and where I always sleep the best - I have so many fond memories of sitting outside of restaurants in the sunshine with family and friends surrounded by these peppers. I just enjoy being able to inject these memories into the designs.
Kitty: To be honest, I only discovered recycled down until I bumped into your brand. What has inspired you to develop your product in this material?
Kiril: That’s a great question because we love to talk about recycled down. First, from a performance point of view, down, which is the very fine feathers coming from geese and duck, is the best insulation material we know of - it’s very light and breathable and is perfect for cold weather protection and when transitioning into and out of environments with different temperatures, as you would if you live in a city during the winter. Now, recycled down is down that was collected from products on their way to the landfill – it’s post-consumer “waste”. But because down is very durable and quite expensive, it makes absolutely no sense to throw it away. So when sourcing down for our products, we explicitly required that we only use recycled down, as it is the right thing to do. We’re working with an amazing partner based in Lugo, Italy that has been in the down industry for over a century. They meticulously collect the down from used products, wash it, sanitize it and make it available to brands such as Faculty. And our responsibility is to give this precious material a second life in our products.
Our puffer has seven pockets and our parka has nine pockets, which you can use to organize anything from your phone to your cold-weather accessories like beanies and lip balm.
Kitty: Yesterday I read on an article about puffer material on Good On You, they raised a concern on biodegradability of the recycled polyester outer material. Just wondering if you guys will go even further to fix or recycle the puffer?
Kiril: That's a great point. Yes, we're looking into ways of how we can work with our products from an end of life perspective. In the past, we partnered with a charity in NYC to collect and donate old coats to the homeless, so that's one direction. Recycling the products is still hard, but there are some promising solutions in the market that are being developed. So we're tracking those too.
Kitty: Anything else you would like to tell us today?
Kiril: Thanks for wearing our puffer! We love what you’re doing as an advocate for conciencies choices and sustainable brands. Stay warm!
Kitty: Today I am having this virtual fireside chat with Anthea, Founder of Pasithea, to chat about the sustainability and story behind her brand. Hi Anthea, nice to have you today, how are you?
Anthea: Hi Kitty, I’m well, it’s lovely to chat with you.
my dream was to create a meaningful brand that considered both environmental and ethical practices throughout its business channels
Kitty: I can see your product is made of bamboo and cotton. Why did you pick these materials?
Anthea: Silky Bamboo is one of the most beautiful materials to sleep in, which is why we have selected it for our sleepwear and bedding collection. It feels similar to silk in its sheen and softness against the skin, but has other key benefits of high moisture absorption and breathability. These thermoregulating capabilities make it ideal for warm climates and especially comfortable for hot sleepers. Our customers love it because it does not carry the price tag of silk and it’s machine washable. We think it’s like the Goldilocks of sleepwear and bedding and delight in seeing our customers return after they experience our silky Bamboo for the first time.
When creating the Terry bathrobes I wanted to emulate the experience of a 6 star hotel. In collaboration with the maker we developed a material that was extremely plush and warm, yet breathable. With it’s velour cut exterior and terry loop interior, it feels luxurious on the outside while keeping you dry on the inside.
We also love our bamboo and cotton materials because they carry certifications including GOTS & OEKO-TEX, which are independently verified as sustainable.
Kitty: I am now wearing your silky bamboo robe and it is so comfortable. What inspired you to create this piece?
Anthea: My inspiration comes from being a supporter of the slow fashion movement, creating timeless pieces is the essence of each collection. A robe is such a wardrobe staple, whether it be lounging, poolside, breakfast on the balcony or that quick cover-up when you have guests staying. Styled for comfort in our silky Bamboo fabric, it drapes beautifully on the body and flows while you walk. Our customers appreciate that we have taken extra care, the fabric has been pre shrunk, so there are no nasty surprises when laundered and we have finished the inside with French seams, because we believe the workmanship is as much a part of the sustainability story as the fabric itself.
I don’t think any business can rely on sustainability alone. Consumers need to believe in the product and love the way it feels on them
Kitty: What else do you want to share with us today?
Anthea: I am so grateful to our customers and the support we have received from them as a small business. We are excited to be launching our new sleepwear and bedding collection in the coming months, including an extension to our size range and the ability for our customers to purchase separate tops and bottoms to suit individual body shapes and sizes.
We are also looking forward to more community collaborations. In 2021 Pasithea joined with the National Breast Cancer foundation for Pink ribbon month. Being community minded was always something that we wanted as part of Pasithea’s culture and we look forward to new collaborations as we grow.
It's been lovely to chat with you today Kitty. Sweet Dreams.