cutting cotton fabric with placement t-shirt pattern

the idea

A project that combines art and sustainable fashion. We refashion a product we all love, our first companion of many adventures: the t-shirt.
We made the decision to work with Italian workshops, cooperatives, communities, with various people, retirees, artisans and friends.
We use materials with a low environmental impact such as GOTS certified organic cotton, deadstock and recycled materials.
We collaborate with artists and designers, mixing threads, sewing colors, joining ideas and sharing them through a teeshare.
A message to wear.
 
Finally, a small share of the proceeds from each shirt is donated to ADMO, the Italian bone marrow donor association.
 
Do you want to know who makes your clothes? Our supply chain is fully transparent, here’s a list of our partners.
 
 
 

thinking

Francesca Mitolo. "I worked for many years in consulting firms, mainly in women's denim and sportswear collections in Italy and in Spain.
I have firsthand experience of the migration of production processes from Italy to China, India, and Turkey in a race to lower production costs for the sole purpose of maximizing profit.
While working as a consultant in Spain, I had the opportunity of working extensively with a local brand. It was during that time that I started thinking about making something of my own, combining my personal and professional experiences, and shining a light to show others the increasingly distorted mechanisms of fast fashion. I self-financed the project and, in January 2013, I launched teeshare, combining art and sustainable fashion".
 
(Link to Linkedin profile and this nice interview)
 
 

sewing

teeshare is far from the idea of mass production. I looked for workshops that would pass thequality control with flying colours to make teeshare collections, including the limited editions and the customised garments for my customers with special requests.  It’s still possible to make in Italy. In fact, recognising and promoting the value of artisanal productions while collaborating with local, small and medium-sized enterprises is one of my main objectives.
 

printing

There are countless printing techniques that I pick based on the idea we’re bringing to life. For monochromatic design where I want the material and texture to stand out I prefer organic dyes, obtained from natural substances such as madder, indigo and chlorophyll.
For illustrations with few colours I favour artisanal silk-screen printing, using impalpable, extra soft, water-soluble dyes.
More complex drawings with several shades and colours are rendered through digital prints, a process that ensures very accurate color control and high definition.
 
Medulla, The color SoupSericraftFor.tex, Psiche.
 

embroidering

An ancient trade. Embroidering adds greater value to teeshare collections. After a long, in-depth research I finally met Gi Effe confezioni, a living encyclopaedia of emboridery. This craftsmanship allows us to achieve unique customisations, so that every shirt is one of a kind.

painting

The painting is usually carried out on a finished garment. This technique let me add an extra touch of colour that further defines some details of the illustration, especially in teeshare core collection, or allows us to meet specific customisation requests. I love experimenting and I'm constantly looking out for new techniques and collaborations.
 
Manieranera, spazio Costanza

 
 

Fabrics

Teeshare was born from a desire to create a countertrend: going against an increasing outsourcing to foreign countries, I wanted to have a made in Italy product to put people back at the center, recognising the importance and value of their work.
Sustainability is a process. Through the years, I have integrated and refined some key steps within my production capacity to make collections more and more sustainable.

The primary fabric I use is a GOTS certified organic cotton. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
My supplier is TINTEX textile: their mission is to promote responsible production with particular attention to certifications and transparency; in addition to that, the company creates high quality materials that can be purchased with low minimum order quantities.
This allows me to secure the fabric quantity I actually need to meet the production requirements, avoiding any material waste.
I then use fabric scraps, deadstock and recycled materials for conceptual art projects and one-of-a-kind products.

labelling

I want the clothing tags to be an object to collect and reuse: that’s why every teeshare is delivered along with a white porcelain tag made by a local artisan, in addition to a hand-stitched, squared envelope made of recycled paper and finished with “risograph” printing. Finally, I add two round stickers made of a bio-polyester derived from sugarcane leftovers.
The garment’s care instructions and the size are done with digital printing printing over organic cotton labels. I have replaced woven labels in favour of printed ones to make them more versatile and allow people to wear them as they please, even inside out in some garments, such as the oversized ones.
The Teeshare logo is handprinted on every garment with water-based colors.

Pottery Lab, Sales, The color soup

network

In 2016 I got in contact with global movement Fashion Revolution, becoming an activist and participating proactively to various initiatives focused on raising awareness in the fashion industry.

IIn 2018 I meet some incredible people that share my values, my passion, my concerns about fashion. Together we founded rén collective a movement exploring the possibilities of sustainable fashion in a proactive and pragmatic way. Rén collective is a project aimed at promoting a cultural shift and becoming a leading voice in ethical fashion that speaks through engaging initiatives. Our mission is to inspire, inform and promote sustainability, raising the collective awareness on the topic and encouraging its diffusion through every single person involved.

In 2019 I joined fashion B.E.S.T., a collective of designers focused on developing ethical practises within the textile sector for “Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto”.

Costanza studio

Ink-stained hands and impossible paper patterns. My studio is called Costanza, it’s the place where collections come together and my collaboration with artisans gives shape to new side projects. This is where I experiment with new printing techniques, anticipate shapes and styles, it’s the starting point for models that flow into teeshare’s premiun collection.

You can come and meet me here at Costanza by appointment, sending an email to: info@teeshare.com. I share this space with a photographer, a collage expert and a stylist. Silvia, Soraia e Mattia.

 

 

whom to thank

All photos were taken by: Silvia Pastore
E-shop photos: Erika Banchio
Concept and marketing: Paolo Arruzza
Translations: Olivia Jung and Nicoletta Stecca
Video: Janka Creator e Max Chicco
Stylist: Mattia Fusaro
Web designer: Bread and Pixels + Raffaello Lamonaca
 
and
Leonardo Mitolo, Pasqualina Liso, Annalisa Milano, Bhetan Platt, Carmelo Mangione, Chiara Allione Federico Botta, Federico Fadini, Julia Kent, Giulia Novajra, Yves Roch, Laura Sini, Luca Morellato, Ghiara Girivetto, Marco Herrouz, Roberta Pessy, Sophie Sarr, Stefania Virone Vittor, Vito Pansini, Eleonora Gavino, Raffaella Brunel, Alessandra Mazzanti della Dorothy Circus Gallery di Roma, Accordi Disaccordi, Julie Grahame, Costanza Masi, Denis Aimar, Paola Pasquino, Stefano Brizzi, Lorenza Vacchetto, Serena Campelli.
 
 
“I am someone who tries to translate utopias into projects. I don’t ask myself if it’s going to easy or not, but if it is necessary or not. And when something is necessary, it might take a lot of time and energy, but it will get done.”
Danilo Dolci