What Does Sustainability Mean to Autumn Teneyl

What Does Sustainability Mean to Autumn Teneyl

When I think about sustainability and Autumn Teneyl, I come at it from a 20 year long-term approach. In my experience sustainability is the art of making something that will last to be used over and over again. I have found that recycling designer fabrics from all over the world gives my line the quality and durability to last over the long term. These fabrics can take a beating and keep on keeping on, you can wash and dry them, be completely rude to them, wear them over and over, maybe even wear them to bed and still you have a beautiful garment for years to come. Above is a photograph of the new Calypso and Divine dresses. Each of these dresses is made from five prints which allows me to use a much smaller amount of any given fabric to create an extremely unique dress. Sometimes when you’re scavenging designer ends (fabrics over manufactured by large company’s to achieve a lower price per yard) and recycling we might have a very small amount of something amazing and by adding that to the soup with a couple other fantastic opposing prints, that 10 yards of fabric becomes 50 great dresses. A few of these fabrics have been sitting on the role in my studio for five years, when Covid began I took the time to go into the studio space and inventory every scrap and roll of fabric that we’ve had for the last 20 years I created a fabric library and from this library I envision new designs DAILY! I hope this gives you a picture of my process and sheds some light on our environmental commitment.