By  on June 6, 2018

When Maria Cornejo started her brand 20 years ago, sustainability was one of her founding pillars well before it was remotely fashionable. Her collection of sophisticated, design-forward clothes made from improbably simple geometric shapes, often cut and draped from a single piece of fabric, was made on demand from leftover fabrics to eliminate waste and excess — no extra stock and samples. While that was going on behind the scenes, Zero + Maria Cornejo’s reputation grew based on its aesthetic rather than its eco-friendliness.

Two decades later, Cornejo’s customers and retailers remain loyal because of the collection’s design. The company’s reputation is one of luxury fashion, yet she has quietly ramped up her sustainability factors in recently years to the point that Zero + Maria Cornejo is one of the most sustainable labels operating in the industry’s upper echelons.

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