Chloé is the first luxury fashion house in Europe to attain Benefit Corporation (B Corp) certification, a third-party standard that legally mandates companies to act in the interest of people and the environment.

The process of obtaining B Corp certification can take anywhere from six to 10 months to complete.

According to B Corp's website, one in three companies that apply for certification are approved.

Applicants must undergo a lengthy certification process, renewed every three years, that assesses their impact on workers, community, customers, and the environment. Companies must also maintain public transparency regarding their performance.

Leading Chloé's commitment to more eco-friendly practices is Gabriela Hearst, named creative director of the house in December 2020.

Hearst long pushed for environmentally conscious fashion before "sustainability" became an industry buzzword.

To launch her eponymous label in 2017, the designer staged a plastic-free runway show, presenting looks made of recycled fabrics.

In 2020, Hearst developed a carbon-neutral runway show, made possible by booking local models and craft services.

Necessary carbon emissions were offset via donations to the Hifadhi-Livelihoods Project in Kenya, an organization that provides energy-efficient stoves to families in Embu and Tharaka Nithi.

At Chloé, Hearst has introduced garments made of lower impact materials such as leftover fabric and linen, which requires less water to produce than cotton.

According to CEO Riccardo Bellini, Chloé's B Corp certification is intended to frame the company's shift to a "purpose-driven" business model.

Bellini told WWD that Chloé will not use its newly minted certification as a marketing tool.

B Corp certification isn't to be taken lightly, and it's certainly commendable that Chloé is making concrete moves to become more environmentally responsible.

Currently, only a handful of fashion businesses are B Corp certified, including Vestiaire Collective, Patagonia, and Toms.

In an industry that can often feel optics-driven, Chloé's certification is more than just a surface-level commitment to sustainability — a move that may prod fellow houses to attempt certification.

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    10 Valentine's Day Gifts Your Loved One Will Swoon Over

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    The Best V-Day Gifts to Buy for Under $50

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    A Moment Please For Brad Pitt's Big Orange Puffer

    Style
  • cool pajamas

    Everyone Is Investing in Cool Pajamas & These Are Our Favorites

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Chris Black & Jason Stewart Keep It Cozy With MATCHESFASHION

    Style
  • puma x dapper dan

    PUMA Taps Dapper Dan for Some Maximalist Retro Sportswear

    Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.