How Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi sell their unsold fabrics via Nona Source
Among these is Richard Malone, who has long placed sustainability at the heart of his brand philosophy. “Nona Source has given us the opportunity to develop new ways of working – continuing to expand horizontally without being so resource intensive,” explains the designer. “[The platform] addresses some of the main issues facing young designers, including minimum order quantity requirements.
“Working with Nona Source [is] beneficial for a small business and a brand like mine, especially with their sustainable approach,” adds Bianca Saunders, another designer who uses Nona Source. “Fabrics can be purchased online easily, with a quick turnaround.”
Although Nona Source is primarily a digital platform, the company has launched showrooms in Paris and now in London at The Mills Fabrica in King’s Cross, so designers can view unused materials in person. “Our customers wanted to touch and feel before buying,” says Brabo. “[Opening in London] is a very important step for us; we have so many creators here.
While using leftovers is an imperfect solution in the future (much more needs to be done to combat overproduction), making it as easy as possible for designers to use leftover fabrics that currently exist cannot be what a good thing. “For now, we haven’t explored everything we could do with dead animals,” concludes Prieur du Perray. “So it’s a journey – and we’re just getting started.”