Wool manufacturer Botto Giuseppe from Valle Mosso, Biella, Italy, has become the prime reference for the FAIR cashmere project set up by US fashion label Maiyet. The raw material comes from Mongolia, the world's third largest producer of this fibre, and it is environmentally and ethically sustainable.
Maiyet is a US luxury fashion label specialising in rare artisanal products from all over the world. Based in New York and led by Kristy Cailor, Maiyet buys cashmere directly at source, with no intermediaries. Supporting local goat farmers from the Gobi desert in Mongolia, and improving their quality of life through tangible contributions, are among Maiyet’s objectives. The company also looks after goat vaccination and disinfection, in partnership with the Gobi Revival Fund.
FAIR cashmere is 'Cradle to Cradle'-certified at 'Bronze' level, and is awaiting its 'Gold' certification. 'Cradle to Cradle' is a rigorous certification system for products that are innovative across their entire supply chain. It tests the process through five criteria to evaluate a product's sustainable development level: waste, health, energy consumption, water resources (in terms of usage and pollution) and human resources use.
Botto Giuseppe was created in 1876 and is a manufacturer of fine fabrics and yarns. Over the years, Botto Giuseppe has added jersey and knitwear yarns to its range, and is now a vertically integrated producer, from yarns to finished products, in its two manufacturing centres in Valle Mosso and Tarcento. The company participates in the leading industry trade shows such as Milano Unica, Pitti Filati, Intertextile Shanghai and Spinexpo.