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Embarking on a groundbreaking collaboration, ASK Scandinavia ◣ agood company has allied in the battle against environmental harm caused by everyday products. Based in Helsinki, ASK Scandinavia, founded by Karoliina Bärlund in 2017, stands as a premium brand in the fashion realm. Renowned for its responsible and timeless design, this female-led brand introduces a diverse collection of eco-friendly bags, including handbags, tote bags, and weekender travel bags. Crafted in Finland and Estonia, these bags are versatile and have unisex appeal, reflecting ASK Scandinavia's commitment to redefining the fashion landscape with eco-conscious choices.
ASK Scandinavia's dedication to reducing the environmental footprint shines through in their collection of sustainable bags, crafted from circular materials like ECONYL® and MIRUM®. The bag linings, made from GRS-certified recycled polyester or GOTS-certified organic cotton, further underscore the brand's commitment to high-quality and eco-conscious choices. ECONYL® fiber is a 100% regenerated nylon made from discarded materials like fishing nets and industrial plastic, which embodies the brand's vision of responsible fashion. MIRUM® is a cruelty-free and 100% plastic-free bio-leather alternative, reinforcing the brand's dedication to circular fashion.
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We do not hold not mandatory certifications yet. Because they are not quite meaningful in countries like Italy where regulations for anything are very strict and enforced. Also they are very expensive to obtain and most of our customers are not willing to pay the extra cost that we would have to charge on the products because of this.
Possible development of a dedicated prototyping workshop within the factory.
We source leather materials from tanneries like Mastrotto and faeda, and metal fittings from distributors like Senatori.
Our type of manufacturing has a very limited impact, to begin with, we just use a few sewing machines and cutting presses. Led lighting has been installed throughout the factory. Scrap leather, paper, etc are collected for recycling by specialist companies (this is mandatory in Italy).
This is all prescribed by law, Italy has some of the most stringent labor laws and is heavily enforced. This is one of the reasons our labor is so expensive.
As mentioned above, the very nature of our manufacturing process uses very limited energy, there are few margins left for further improvement.
Our utility supplier uses a mix of renewable and non-renewable sources.
We are members of the local chamber of commerce and industrial associations which promote several activities, as well as support organizations like Unicef and Save the Children.
Marino Caliterna, owner of Italia Consultant, is a dual citizen, Italian and British. Formerly a US resident, has extensive experience in cultural and business issues between Italy, the United States, and Japan. We are a small business and choose to stay so to offer our clients a complete and personal service. Our premises are conveniently located close to the center of Florence. Italia Consultant has been doing business internationally for over 18 years. In the process, working also with Global 500 and Fortune 500 companies as well as government and international institutions.
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