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WEAR MARMOREAL GARMENTS FOR A TIMELESS STYLE

By Fili Pari

INNOVATION USING WASTE FROM MARBLE MINES, ALICE & FRANCESCA, THE CO-FOUNDERS OF FILI PARI, HAVE CREATED A UNIQUE MATERIAL FOR THEIR APPAREL COLLECTIONS. EXPLORATION, INNOVATION, AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE AT THE CORE OF THEIR PROJECTS, CREATING TIMELESS GARMENTS, BALANCING COMFORT AND FEMININITY.

Words By Lina Prencipe

Creativity and innovation are the uncompromisable drivers for sustainable development. To shape a better future, we need to question and reinvent societal norms. This is true for every sector, though particularly challenging and exciting when concerning fashion and design. 

Over the past few years, many creatives have started experimenting with innovative materials across the textile industry. From fishing nets to orange peel, the common thread has been to drive reusability, giving new life to products while pushing boundaries and reducing waste. Among these innovators, we e-meet Francesca and Alice and their newly born venture: Fili Pari.

Fili Pari designs and produces fashionable garments from a novel material produced from the waste of marble processing.

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What is the story behind Fili Pari’s creation? How did you come up with the idea to use marble?

Everything started with my university thesis. I was about to graduate in Industrial Product Design in Milan and I was looking for a concept able to connect the textile industry with the excellent Italian marble processing sector, generally unknown to most people.

Francesca and I shared many experiences in our lives, from fellow students and housemates to co-founders of this venture, friends for many years with the luck of having like-minded and complementary personalities. We obtained the patent for the material whilst finalising our thesis, but we then decided to develop our careers in different directions over the following three years. From 2016 on, we returned to the project, working on it full-time. Everything was still left at an embryonal stage and the first issue was to give shape to the material. The only way to do this was getting back to research and experimentations of opportunities and interpretations of it. We thus launched the first collection of trench coats, commercialized in some Italian clothing stores. 

After obtaining the second patent in 2018, a lot happened in the following months: many exciting textile fairs, the launch of the e-commerce, the first sales abroad, and the start of different commercial collaborations with other brands that were willing to experiment with our material in their collections. All this led to the decision to create our startup, officially launched in February 2020 as “Fili Pari”, the anagram of our nicknames, Fripi and Ali, with a clear reference to the textile world (“fili” in Italian means “threads”).

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Which are the main values and inspirations of the brand?

We aimed at finding a link between the industrial processing of marble, to enhance the value of one of the hidden gems of the made in Italy, and the textile industry.

Lots of research and analysis were carried in order to spot the right material, we wanted something able to transmit our identities. Something simple but strong, able to conjugate femininity and comfort, keeping an eye on the environmental impact. The final product was the result of studies, trials and experiments, and was eventually able to satisfy all our wishes. As derivatives of the waste of marble processing, our garments are by nature timeless and unique pieces. We do not want to follow seasonality rules, they are unnecessary and not sustainable.

“At the core of the startup there are three main pillars: curiosity, in the form of research and exploration; creativity, finding its main expression in the design of the collections; and sustainability, with the objective of minimization of our impact on the ecosystem.”

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Could you elaborate a bit on the process of creation of your garments from marble?

The recipe of the material starts with a liquid compound, fifty percent of which is marble dust microfilm. The textile deriving from it is a double layered product, the external one is the marmoreal while the internal is in cotton or other sustainably sourced materials. We use marble dust as natural pigment for the colouring of the garments as well.

In which ways are you an ethical brand? Where do you think sustainable material trends will lead us in the near future in the textile industry?

Our commitment to circular economy is transmitted by the use of materials that would be lost in production. We start from them to create our products, and we then follow the same ideal of respect for the environment in the processes and in the choice of the textiles of the internal layer. The objective is to minimize the creation of new products from raw materials and to reuse what has already been produced, reinventing and recreating them with our ideas. 

The materials of the future will undoubtedly follow the philosophy to give a second life to old products, not only in the textile industry but as a general approach towards production. 

We are glad to be in good company among the ones noticing the potential of these practices and to see many startups launching products made of waste material, from orange peel and pomace to fishing nets and plastic that would otherwise end up in the landfills or at the bottom of our Oceans.

The choice of not following seasonality for the collections is strictly in line with these ethic values. When we create a collection and a design is because we believe in its power to transmit something that goes beyond temporary trends. We create curated designs that are seasonally transversal and stay with the client in their daily lives. The trench coat is the perfect garment for our purpose, combining style and comfort and being useful whatever season. We will follow the same concept in the coming collections.

What can we expect to see from Fili Pari in the near future? Can you give us an insight into your next projects?

We launched the startup right before the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy. This gave us the chance to have an introspective lockdown. We had time to work on our business plan to be ready for the future.

We want both to expand our team and projects, but we are also willing to collaborate with other brands in different industries. We are curious to see how they would interpret this material.

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Shop our favorite pieces from Fili Pari

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Nina – Marmo Giallo Mori

 

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Nina – Marmo Nero Ebano

 

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Ella – Marmo Giallo Mori

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Ella – Marmo Rosso Verona