DESIGN IN PARIS
Zadig&Voltaire was founded in 1997 in Paris, and since that moment all the brand’s collections have been designed in our offices in the heart of the French capital. No sketch or silhouette, not even a print, has been designed or drawn anywhere but in Zadig&Voltaire’s nerve centre.
Stylists, designers and the heads of our workshops work hand in hand, led by our Artistic Director Cecilia Bönström, to create the pieces which have made, are making and will go on to make the brand’s success.
Zadig&Voltaire develops its tailored pieces and its coats in Eastern Europe and Portugal. These countries, geographically very close to us, continue to be home to large-scale industry and have considerable know-how of tailored products useful to Zadig&Voltaire. Tailored products refers to suits, coats and all pieces requiring fit and particularly sophisticated finishes. In addition, these pieces are delivered hanging, on hangers, in a lorry. This way their quality is preserved and we avoid crushing epaulettes or damaging embroidery.
KNOW-HOW FROM UKRAINE
For many years, 90% of Zadig&Voltaire’s women’s tailored jackets have been produced in Ukraine, due to the country’s high-level know-how of quality tailored products. Since the start of the war, the factories, situated near to the Polish border, have continued to produce, and have done so safely so far. In the current context, we are in regular contact to ensure their good working conditions. We are supporting people by ensuring constant production, as we are aware that both individually and as a country it is essential for them to continue producing their riches.
KNOW-HOW CONTINUALLY BEING DEVELOPED
Our factories in Portugal make our cotton poplin shirts and our men’s flannel shirts. We are also developing tailoring there, both men’s and women’s, as well as some styles of coat. These GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified factories have a reputation for excellent finishes and their pattern-making know-how. With our partner manufacturers in Portugal, we are also developing certified organic jersey, on T-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as all of our “photo print” pieces.
We produce between 5 and 10% of our knits in Italy. There we develop the season’s more complex pieces, like those in the fashion show for example, for which a lot of contact with the manufacturer is required. The geographical proximity makes it easier to discuss and make visits. The Italian factory we work with is also specialised in recycled cotton and is GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified.
HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER KNOW-HOW
For several seasons, Zadig&Voltaire has developed luxurious shearling pieces, and it is in Turkey, the crossroads between Asia, Europe and Africa, that we have found the highest quality partner manufacturer, who can not only treat skins using the appropriate know-how but can also adorn them with the most beautiful embroidery. As for all the leathers used by Zadig&Voltaire, the shearling only comes from tanneries with LWG (Leather Working Group) certification awarded for their environmental performance.
JEANS FACTORIES WITH ECO-FRIENDLY KNOW-HOW
In Tunisia, more than 10 years ago, we found two factorieswhich have developed their know-how in relation to limiting their water consumption by installing a recycling system as well as by using a non-polluting washing system with a laser. By creating in these factories a division dedicated to the development of jeans, for their assembly, washing and dyeing, it has been possible to limit pollution, not only from transport between factories, as they are located next to one another, but also by obtaining GOTS certification.
Madagascar / Mauritius
Our partners in Madagascar and Mauritius have been chosen for their traditional know-how of embroidery created by hand: plain embroidery, beaded embroidery and crochet. Zadig&Voltaire has made use of these techniques since our beginnings, adapting them to our vision of knits. Thanks to producers’ dexterity and know-how, we can entrust to them designs containing great detail. On these two islands, we have also developed our GCS-certified virgin cashmere knits and our RWS-certified merino knits. When it comes to merino wools and virgin cashmere, Zadig&Voltaire works almost exclusively with partners who are RWS certified and Good Cashmere Standard certified respectively. For several seasons, we have also made the “summer knit” in Madagascar and the “pointelle knit” in Mauritius.
AN INDIAN SPECIALTY
13% of the world’s leather production comes from India, which is also home to 20% of the world’s cattle farming. It is there that Zadig&Voltaire gets its supplies of leather, from local suppliers of hides, sourced exclusively from the food industry, and only from tanneries which are LWG (Leather Working Group) certified for their environmental performance. Indian tanneries have traditional know-how. It is with our local factory, a long-term partner, that we designed crinkled leather, a unique leather developed by Zadig&Voltaire. It is an extremely soft leather, which has undergone no polluting treatment, and which is crinkled by hand over several days before being cut and assembled.
India is the world’s second cotton producer behind China and the world’s leading producer of organic cotton, the type predominantly used by Zadig&Voltaire. Traditionally, the fineness of the products woven in India makes its cotton voile much more delicate, likewise for its embroidery, examples of traditional know-how. With our long-term partner we have chosen to create a composition of 73% cotton and 27% viscose, to ensure the resistance of the voile without losing the delicacy of the material, thus obtaining embroidered blouses and dresses with an incomparable finish.
While it is often denigrated, “Made in China” is now far from the clichés that circulated during the 20th century. The country has successfully developed its traditional know-how and acquired new skills to become a first-rate clothes maker. China is the world’s leading producer of silk, viscose and cotton, and has the necessary infrastructure to work with these raw materials. Its wide-ranging technical know-how is undeniable, as is its recognised expertise in a crucial stage in the production process: assembly. At the cutting edge of innovation, our partners based in China contribute to producing collections that are more sustainable, in particular by producing viscose sourced from sustainably managed forests and by developing more and more products in organic cotton.
SPECIFICALLY CHINESE KNOW-HOW
Sourced in China, the silk used by Zadig&Voltaire is spun near to where it is produced, to preserve its quality. Silk is very sensitive to changes in temperature, so this proximity is key to obtaining high-quality fabric. We have worked for a long time with the same factory, whose technical skills we value highly. We have a relationship of trust with our factories, who we consider to be partners.
CHINESE MANUFACTURERS HAVE REAL KNOW-HOW WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING WITH MATERIALS
They know how to wash cotton in such a way as to give it the finish sought by Zadig&Voltaire. The brand buys “real” military cotton canvas that our partner factories then soften. These factories develop highly innovative and eco-friendly know-how.
TECHNICAL FABRICS MASTERED BY CHINA
Waterproof, water-repellent and windbreaker fabrics are perfectly mastered by our partner factories. They develop them themselves and are at the cutting edge of these technologies.
SPECIALISTS IN PRINTING ON VISCOSE
Zadig&Voltaire’s viscose garments are primarily printed. The prints are all developed by in-house graphic designers, in their Paris design offices. To ensure the design and colours of the original print are respected, it is necessary to work with partners with recognised know-how in the area of printing. Made using fibres sourced from sustainably managed forests, the viscose used by Zadig&Voltaire is printed by our partner factories who have inimitable know-how, and with whom we have worked for many years.
Approximately 40% of our knitted fabrics are produced in China. This includes virgin cashmere, which comes from Inner Mongolia and which is GCS (Good Cashmere Standard) certified, and merinos, which are RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified. When it comes to merino wools and virgin cashmere, Zadig&Voltaire works almost exclusively with partners who are RWS certified and Good Cashmere Standard certified respectively. Our manufacturers master techniques like embroidery, intarsia and feathers, know-how that is exclusive to the brand.
KNOW-HOW ALL OF ITS OWN
Product development is much easier in China as its factories perfectly master assembly, that is to say the techniques required to assemble and finish garments, in particular for large pieces such as outerwear.