Sustainable
Choices

Sustainable Choices

Make, undo, redo, improve, become the brand we desire to be at our essence.

Underpinning the very origin of Sézane lies a creativity guided by respect and choices – those which define us – including the choice to do things well, the choice to do things humanely and the choice to act.

Each decision taken at Sézane is made according to these choices, with respect for the human above all, and a sensitivity to the world around us, whose fragility leaves no one indifferent…
The path to ‘perfection’ (if it exists), may be long, but nonetheless it is this ideal that guides our actions. To constantly raise our standards and continue by your side - writing an endless and meaningful story. To ensure that tomorrow will always be better than today. And of course, to report to you constantly on our engagements, even if they are still insufficient...

Morgane Sézalory

"Actions

rather than words"
1

Choosing to do it well

More than the “made in” we’ve always chosen to concentrate on the “made how”. Across the world, we select our production facilities carefully, based on their expertise and the standard of their working conditions. We visit and audit them each year, to ensure that they reflect our values and meet all standards imposed by the certifications that we have selected (BSCI, SEDEX, ISO 14001,WCA). Beyond that, we form personal, privileged relationships with every single supplier to form long-term partnerships. More than simply focusing on where an item is made, we have chosen to address how it is made, no matter which country our items are assembled in.

Two thirds of our designs are produced in Europe, and the rest across the globe when this option is more relevant, with our decisions being guided by expertise, the quality of working conditions and the supply of materials. True to our origins and the values ​​that define us, it is our commitment to do things well, working hand-in-hand with each partner whether in India, France, China, Italy, Morocco, Peru or Portugal, in order to respect ‘L’Art et la Manière’ everywhere in the world.

2

Take action for Demain

DEMAIN (tomorrow) is our charity initiative that supports concrete actions in favor of education, access to culture and the fight for equal opportunity. Since January 2018, more than € 850 000 has already been collected and more than 7000 children have benefited from the program, thanks to the following initiatives :

1/ The creation of a ‘solidarity’ product each month, from which 100% of profits are donated.
2/ The ‘Call of 21st’ each month, in which 10% of the days total profits are donated.
3/ The ‘Boutique Solidaire’, in which our pre-loved pieces are sold and recycled, 100% of benefits of which are donated to DEMAIN.
4/ Our team's actions in the field with more than 190 hours of volunteering.

3

Respect for resources

Every year, we increase the proportion of our pieces made from materials with a low environmental impact. Since our origins as Les Composantes in 2009, a dedicated portion of every collection has been developed using left-over fabric stocks from the big fashion houses. We have a goal of zero waste on all the fabrics we order: any left-overs are used to imagine new creations. We also work with the Reserve des Arts, an charity that donates leftover fabric and leather to cultural centres and fashion schools. The lack of markdown sales at Sézane also contributes to our responsible production volumes. It's through this thoughtful management, that our pieces sometimes become victims of their own success.

Our héritage leather range is crafted using vegetable tanning exclusively on all sections (shoes and leather goods). This technique is manual and embellishes the skin in the most natural way possible, ensuring the leather maintains its beauty and lives with you for many years. We also favour low-impact materials such as viscose and we've imagined our first recycled wool trousers. We are developing creations made from responsible materials such as linen for release in Spring 2019 and we already offer collections of t-shirts made from organic cotton.

4

Innovate and recycle

The Boutique Solidaire - our charity shop at 3 rue Saint Fiacre - is an unprecedented hub for collecting and recycling, receiving donations, and supporting socially inclusive workshops. At the store, we resell Sézane products left over from photo shoots, our own test fittings, products that have been lightly damaged during transport, and your own items that you have been kind enough to donate. All profits are donated to DEMAIN, our charity program for children.

Beginning this Autumn, we are launching a large scale collection program, thanks to our envelopes and delivery boxes, which allows us to donate and recycle clothing (Sézane or not) that you no longer need.

* Drop off any items you no longer want at the Boutique Solidaire or the Conciergerie in the 2nd Arrondissement, (whether they come from Sézane or not). Depending on their condition, items that are received will be donated to Le Relais, an organisation that converts them into insulation for housing, or to Emmaüs, which ensures that people in need have access to clothing.

5

Create pieces that last

This is the last of our commitments, but it is also our founding principle. Like our love of vintage clothing that defined the origins of Sézane, we believe that each creation should be yours to keep, wear and love for years. Texture and aesthetics guide our decisions, but they are not sufficient in their own right. Above all, we seek out the best possible quality materials, and test each fabric to offer long-lasting items that convey a message.

Actions before words

Since day one, we have taken concrete actions to limit our environmental impact and embrace our social responsibilities. We elect to do things well. It's a choice, but it is also a duty from which we have never deviated. We have scoured the world, searching for the finest materials, production facilities and expertise so that we can offer, not only the best items for sale, but ones that are aligned with our values, artistically and practically, and in terms of both style and substance.

We take care of our partners, our staff, our customers, and by definition, of the world around us. Every last metre of fabric is used, our stocks and our charity shop limit all kinds of waste, and our recycling activities support specific actions, including DEMAIN to prepare for the future of our children.

Actions before words, substance before form, the “made how” rather than the “made in”. It's our “Permanent Work in Progress”, our commitment to implement and to share with you our improvements, small or large. To ensure that Sézane keeps getting better, without ever resting on its laurels. To measure the path ahead of us and the fashion industry as a whole. Each season, we increase our commitment to fulfilling our social obligations and limiting our environmental impact. Each small action adds up, and has the power to make a big difference.

Find out where our workshops are located, and click to find out who we collaborate with around the world.

  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Tunisie
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • India
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria
  • Poland
  • Hong Kong
  • Morocco
  • Italy
* to be continued...

our improvement work is ongoing, and it also consists of a continuous dialogue with you.
Feel free to send us your questions, your ideas, etc. Our door is always open to you, so just write to bonjour@sezane.com

Leather pieces from

Mohamed

In Morocco
Who are you?
Je m'appelle Mohamed, et suis passionné depuis mon enfance par l’univers du cuir. Déjà petit, je passais à l’usine après l’école pour voir mon père travailler.
Where is your workshop located?
L’usine est située dans le quartier de Bourgogne, en plein centre de Casablanca
What is your know-how?
Nous sommes spécialisés dans la maroquinerie et la petite maroquinerie
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
L’usine a été créée par mon père en 1970. Il avait travaillé pour de prestigieuses marques françaises telles que Le Tanneur, Séquoia, etc. - J’ai repris l’affaire familiale depuis 20 ans, et aujourd’hui, nous travaillons principalement avec Pierre Hardy et Sézane.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
For around 3 years now we’ve enjoyed a real partnership. We improve and grow together, something which we’re very proud of.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
Each season we are captivated and excited by our craft, our spirit, and our determination to improve even more.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
For us, it’s a question of developing new products whilst striving to improve them all the time. We’re constantly improving our quality and harnessing our brand identity – respect, trust and humanity.
What are your projects?
Collaborating with Sézane and its desire to flourish.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
The passion we put into our work.
A place to visit near by your place?
The grand mosque on the seafront is the largest in the Maghreb region. The medina, with its endless hidden treasures, is a real source of inspiration! The nearby cliffs offer an incredible view of the sea and the sun-drenched terraces in the area.
The shoes by

Juan

In Portugal
Who are you?
My name is Juan. I was born in 1968 in a small village near Oliveira de Azeméis into a family of shoe makers. From a young age, I got to learn all the tricks of the trade.
Where is your workshop located?
In Portugal, in a small village near Porto.
What is your know-how?
Our speciality comes from the unique experience we put into all our work, given that it is a family workshop which grows generation after generation. Our strength lies in the fact that we understand ideas, know how to make them a reality, all while working with the highest-quality materials which most closely reflect the brand, from conception to final product.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
Since 2013.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
It was a very natural, effortless start to our collaboration, given that Morgane and Corentin both shared my vision – creating quality, comfortable and beautiful shoes.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by our partnership. I wouldn’t have believed how much we’ve accomplished together if you told me 5 years ago.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
Quality is the reason why we invest in our workshops and the development of our shared expertise across our team. Our shoes are second to none, and we manage to make every design comfortable, even with 10cm heels!
What are your projects?
We hope to invest in new machinery to treat the leather we work with in a particular way, and of course continue our partnership with Sézane!
Do you have a special caracteristic?
I never lost my youthful spirit.
A place to visit near by your place?
Porto, of course, for its good wine, bridges and gastronomy.
the leather accessories from

Flavien et Anne

Fron Tunisia
Who are you?
We are Flavien and Anne. We design, create, and manufacture leather fashion accessories. Our workshop is a family business, founded in 1977.
Where is your workshop located?
Not far from the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Tunis.
What is your know-how?
Our speciality is originality – working exclusively with thick leather which has been tanned organically.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
Flavien: my father established the business the year I was born. A pharmacist by trade, I joined the family business in 2008 after finishing my studies in Lyon, Montreal and Beirut, having worked for several years for a large French pharmaceutical firm.

Anne: for as long as I remember I’ve been passionate about fashion, though particularly fashion accessories, which inspired me to pursue 8 years of study in the fashion industry. After that, I joined the company in 2010 having worked in product development for other fashion brands.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
It’s all thanks to Anne, a talented partner and former client of ours who wanted to work with us in developing our brand. We first met on rue Saint-Fiacre, where she later found her new apartment.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
Sézane has helped shape our work ethic, pushing us to reach and exceed all our objectives – sourcing the best materials and designs, all whilst following Sézane’s aims in improving everything right up to the last minute.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
We are artisans, passionate about our craft. We trust the brands we work with as they fully understand women who love to dress well and accessorise. That said, we always bear in mind that it’s them who allow us to improve and grow.
What are your projects?
Keep getting up in the morning with a spring in our step!
Do you have a special caracteristic?
Every day, we strive to design the perfect belt and most beautiful bags, something which we’ve been doing for over 40 years, and we have no intention of stopping.
A place to visit near by your place?
For those who love all things modern, we’re not far from Hammamet and the Yassine seaside resort, which was built in the 1980s. For those with more traditional tastes, travel an hour north from Hammamet and you’ll find gorgeous cafes in Sidi Bou Saïd. The souks of Tunis are not to be missed!
The Shoes from

José

In Spain
Who are you?
My name is Jose.
Where is your workshop located?
In Spain, in Alicante city of sun.
What is your know-how?
The art of making shoes.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
Since 2010.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
Since 2015… so much work to always find the perfect fit, shape, comfort…
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
They laugh a lot even when it’s the rush… and they always try to make it better until the last moment.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
The choice to do well, it's being proactive, so that everything can be so well done and also place respect in the middle of everything.
What are your projects?
To continue cooperating with Sezane!
Do you have a special caracteristic?
I am always positive.
A place to visit near by your place?
Alicante city, with the castle, marina and beaches. Spring is the best time to come.
The Ready-to-Wear from

Claudia et Sonia

In Portugal
Who are you?
Claudia et Sonia.
Where is your workshop located?
Around 15 minutes from Porto, Portugal.
What is your know-how?
We are specialists in making shirts and blouses.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
The business was founded in 1981 by our father and uncle. We later took over the running of the company.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
We started working with Sézane in 2015, quite slowly as they wanted to get to know our expertise. Our first project was a Sézane blouse, and three years later, we now work on a dozen projects per season. We’re really growing as a company with them, thanks to a stable, trust-based partnership.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
We see Sézane more as a partner than as a client. Their expectations are higher in terms of quality and service, but we always do everything with respect.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
To us, it means choosing and retaining your partners with an open mind, for the quality of the products on offer and the working conditions, and not down to price. A strong relationship can then flourish over the years, and products become more and more beautiful. As a business, we respect our suppliers and all of our partners. By choosing us, Sézane respects them too.
What are your projects?
To not change anything, and help our business function following our founding principles which have remained unchanged since 1981.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
We respect our suppliers and our employees in the same way that we respect our clients. They are all equally important in helping us to grow. As well, we always try to work in the timeliest of fashions!
A place to visit near by your place?
The Gerês natural park. Only an hour away by car, it’s a huge park where you can discover mountains, lakes and nearby beaches!
The Ready-to-Wear from

Shubhi

In India
Who are you?
I am Shubhi, and I studied Fashion Marketing at Parson’s School of Design in New York. I have worked in our family business for 13 years now. My work consists of managing samples and pre-production with my father and sister who manage fabrics, finance and production.
Where is your workshop located?
Our factory is in New Delhi, India.
What is your know-how?
My expertise consists primarily of understanding current fashion trends, as well as sourcing the finest, most innovative materials. I also advise the company on the right fabrics to work with so that they are most suited to the client’s needs. Our factory’s expertise is a guarantee of the quality we provide.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
The family business has been going for 40 years, and I have been part of it for the last 13 of them.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
Sézane has shared this journey with us for 3 years now.
We owe this partnership to Lucie, a French friend of ours who lives in New Delhi who I have known for many years. She introduced us to Sézane 3 years ago, and immediately we knew that it was a truly harmonious coming-together of human creativity.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
Over the last 3 years, I’ve realised that Sézane really believes in what it represents, never compromising on quality. It’s a company run with passion for design, creativity, and quality. Sézane puts its heart and soul into designing its products, ensuring that the manufacturer does the same.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
For me, choosing to do well means knowing how to grow whilst equally guaranteeing the quality of the service on offer. Knowing how to respect one’s status as managing director to provide stable jobs and a safe work environment for employees is also paramount. Also, I’m extremely proud to have such a strong female presence in the managing ranks of the company.
What are your projects?
My main objective is to grow even more in order to continue offering jobs and comfortable working conditions for my employees. We are always emphasising the importance of learning new, more effective production methods, as well as improving our company’s infrastructure.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
We have a strong head, and an equally strong heart.
A place to visit near by your place?
I believe that New Delhi is rich in culture. The Lotus Temple (or the Baha’i Temple) is one of the closest places to visit. There are also historic monuments such as the Tomb of Humayun and India Gate, which are also close by.
The Leather pieces from

Aldo

In Italy
Who are you?
My name is Aldo.
Where is your workshop located?
Our workshop is in Italy.
What is your know-how?
Knowing the world of leather craft inside-out, and respecting traditional manufacturing methods which design a product built to last.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
I’m not a youngster anymore…for 38 years I’ve worked as a leather craftsman.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
5 years with Sézane already. Our adventure started when I met Adeline who manages the accessories branch of the company – the woman’s a star!
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
Fast-paced… there’s endless new ideas and a constant desire to improve. Life with Sézane really is 24/7 – we’ll never stop growing!
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
Defending our strong values.
What are your projects?
Continuing to make the most beautiful products possible, all the while striving to better ourselves at every opportunity.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
We have lots of character and endless endurance to make the Sézane dream a reality.
A place to visit near by your place?
Anywhere with a view of the Adriatic Sea or nearby hills.
The clothes from

Diana

in Bulgaria
Who are you?
I am Diana
Where is your workshop located?
Our factory is located in Bulgaria.
What is your know-how?
We produce with a lot of attention and love the beautiful dresses, blouses, tailored jackets and coats which make part of the Sézane inspirational world.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
We have been working with Sézane since early 2015, marking three wonderful years of partnership and trust.
I remember the day we met – I embraced the Sézane concept and couldn’t wait to go ahead together. I’ve never looked back, as I share the strong values and vision for Sézane’s future. Sézane truly keeps the promises it makes, and it is wonderful to work together.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
The best part of our partnership is that we work so well as a team – an organic, exciting synergy.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
“Choosing to do well” is a deeply innate philosophy that has kept our company in business for 63 years. This is how we choose to learn every day, and how we choose to be happy.
What are your projects?
Continue working together with the same enthusiasm and same respect!
Do you have a special caracteristic?
We’re the king of organisation!
A place to visit near by your place?
Plovdiv.
The Ready-to-Wear from

Beata

In Poland
Who are you?
My name is Beata. I’m 39 and from Poland.
Where is your workshop located?
In Czarny, Poland.
What is your know-how?
I work to find the best designers and monitor quality control.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
I’ve managed my own business since 2007.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
I have worked with Sézane since 2012. I remember Morgane sending me a lovely message under her brand Les Composantes. I knew immediately that I wanted to collaborate with her.

Morgane had my contact details through a friend. We called each other to discuss our plans for the future, what we were currently looking for and how we could collaborate. In 2012, she proposed that we work on our first project for her limited-edition line of products. She had a keen eye for detail. She was still working in her apartment in Paris, and we didn’t know where our partnership would take us, but she remained part of our journey. The rest is history :)
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
Above all, our collaboration is founded on empathy and understanding, always able to solve problems, which to us shows Sézane’s determination to stick by our side, which is something extremely precious to us.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
To us, it means getting on with people, putting your heart and soul into each situation and personal relationships.
What are your projects?
Personally, I would like to travel with my family, learn English, and develop the company whilst continuing to improve as much as I can.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
My enthusiasm!
A place to visit near by your place?
The capital of Poland, Warsaw, and Chopin’s birthplace, Zelazowa Wola.
The knitwear from

Tsang

In Hong-Kong
Who are you?
I'm Miss Tsang :)
Where is your workshop located?
It's located in Hong Kong.
What is your know-how?
Very technical skills to make things happen combined with a strong fashion sence and a passion to do beautiful things with high quality sourcing.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
I have been working since 2000.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
I started to work with Sézane in 2015.
They had been looking for a long time for experts who knew how to make a specific type of knitwear… the collaboration has been very natural and easy since day one.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
Sézane is a really responsible and devoted brand in long business relationship. They really appreciate to communicate in a friendly way, which builds up trust and growth.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
It is not the choice to do well, it is the responsibility to do well. "Make effort to always act your best and improve everything.
What are your projects?
We have the desire to upgrade knowledge in management and keep the mind to do everything always be better than before.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
Answer rapidly, organized as well as an excellent problem solver.
A place to visit near by your place?
The Peak, especially at night: the view is wonderful.
The Denim from

Zacaria

In Morocco
Who are you?
My name is Zakaria.
Where is your workshop located?
In Casablanca, Morocco.
What is your know-how?
Denim treatment. For years, we’ve implemented an ambitious investment plan to offer eco-friendly treated denim products to our clients. It’s a booming sector.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
This is our third year working with Sézane.

I had read an article about Sézane before collaborating with them and I was already impressed by their track record and their brand approach, notably that they mainly operate online, without a middleman. I then had the chance to meet them at a Denim Salon in 2016, and we then decided to work together. We’re very proud to work with them today as they achieve their goals.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
At the start, it was a real mystery to us, because we have always reached our order deadlines in the past.
When we began to see the final result, we said BRAVO to Sézane! We put in a lot of hard work, but the end result was impressive.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
Do it once, do it again, then once more until its perfect :)
What are your projects?
Consolidate our position as the market leader for eco-friendly imported products for the next three years.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
My generosity.
A place to visit near by your place?
The Grand Hassan II Mosque is a masterpiece with its décor and breath-taking architectural design which sees it overlook the ocean. Grab a bite to eat at the Rick’s Café Restaurant, modelled on the one made in Hollywood for the set of “Casablanca” by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Rick’s Café was our family home and the house I grew up in which my grandmother sold to an American who fell in love with Morocco who wanted to make the house into a homage to Casablanca.
The knitwear from

Ilaria

In Italy
Who are you?
My name is Ilaria. I’m a tough young mum, happy to be working in our family business.
Where is your workshop located?
Our workshop is in Tuscany, near Florence.
What is your know-how?
Our knowledge of knitwear and ability to manage and grow what my father lovingly started.
Since when do you work? Since when with Sézane?
I joined the family business in 2009.
Tell us about your encounter with Sézane?
I've been working with Sézane since 2015.
We first met in winter. On the outbound flight, I felt both trepidation and excitement in starting our new journey with Sézane. Thankfully, this fear soon became a distant memory.
How would you sum up your collaboration with Sézane?
We’re so happy with all the new links which have brought us together and the things we’ve been able to accomplish together. We always find solutions to any problems, and any apprehension we had at the start was soon replaced by a mutual trust in each other’s companies.
What does "the choice to do well" mean for you?
For me, “choosing to do well” means satisfying the client, offering them the utmost excellence, and always being able to find solutions adapted for any problems which may arise.
What are your projects?
Of all the plans I have, my priority is getting married (given that my father dreams of walking me down the aisle). Concerning my professional life, I hope to continue our family workshop which has been going for over 50 years thanks for the work we’ve all put in.
Do you have a special caracteristic?
Looks-wise, I give the impression of being a calm, young woman. In reality, I’ve realised that, thanks to my experience of the world of work, I am in fact a dedicated, determined person, steadfast in all that I do.
A place to visit near by your place?
As beautiful as Tuscany is, as I’m a foodie and fan of nature, I recommend a visit to Maremma.