Earlier this week, Tiffany & Co. hosted a roundtable discussion with participants of the CFDA and Lexus Fashion Initiative — educating them on how to incorporate sustainable practices in jewelry design and production.
On Tuesday, Tiffany’s design director Francesca Amfitheatrof and chief sustainability officer Anisa Kamadoli Costa met with representatives from labels Wwake, Brother Vellies, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Tome, K/ller Collection, Nicholas K and Prabal Gurung. Moderated by The New School’s Parsons School of Design Fashion School dean Burak Cakmak and held at Tiffany’s Flatiron headquarters, the closed-door discussion saw designers learn about sustainable gemstone and precious metal sourcing, and transparent supply chains.
“I think what was interesting, as a large global brand, was to see small- and medium-scale designers and what we have in common — a real interest and passion these days when it comes to sustainability,” Kamadoli Costa said about the event’s outcome.
“I think we live in a day and age when people care so much about transparency, where the food we are consuming was grown, where cotton for our clothes is grown, how it’s grown. Customers care about the origins of materials made into a diamond ring and I think everyone in the room understood that sustainability is now an imperative component of the luxury industry,” she added.
Amfitheatrof added of the experience in a statement: “We are acutely aware of the implications a brand of our scale can have on nature and society. Protecting the environment must be paramount throughout the design process, particularly when deciding what materials to use.”
Similar to luxury conglomerate Kering, Tiffany routinely publishes its sustainability findings and practices to the public.