Sustainability & Transparency
Our MissionNiccolò P. launched in 2018 with a mission to re-interpret classic menswear for the smaller but better wardrobes of the future. We use only the highest quality natural materials all produced responsibly in Europe. The fine cottons used in our polo shirts and t-shirts are knitted in Italy and later sewn in Portugal; our leather belts are custom crafted entirely in Italy.
Supplier TransparencyUnlike most heritage brands, we provide full transparency on our suppliers (see the list here). Niccolò P. sources and manufactures exclusively in Europe using niche, mainly family-owned, highly skilled producers. We visit them regularly to help build personal relationships with the owners. This 'hands-on' approach (including formal compliance checks) ensures our factories operate to the highest industry standards. This is a commitment to transparency which allows you, our customer, to see exactly where in Europe the items you own are made.
Small Batch ProductionNiccolò P. makes in relatively small batches of 100-200 pieces per colour ensuring we are never overstocked. Our range is made up of mostly 'evergreen' items which we sell year after year. As a direct-to-consumer brand selling only online (at niccolo-p.com and across several multi-brand websites) and, selectively, at pop-up locations and events, we do not run seasonal sales to 'dump' unwanted stock or encourage over-consumption preferring instead to sell slower moving items over a longer period ensuring no waste.
Better Lasts Longer - Join the Pursuit of LessWe firmly believe that better made products last longer. This is something of a virtuous circle: higher quality materials outlast and look better for longer than lower quality ones - this is especially true in clothing. As a result, we tend to care for those better products more (whether by how we store them or clean them) which improves their longevity even further. Making fewer garments that last longer reduces the impact that the clothing industry has on our world. Join the pursuit of less.
PackagingAll orders for polo shirts are sent in complimentary custom gift boxes. These recyclable cartons include a tear strip to open easily with double sided tape added so that the box can be easily re-sealed for returns. Each Niccolò P. garment is packaged in a recyclable clear plastic sleeve. This sleeve has a zip lock seal - perfect to use as a dust bag for storage or while travelling as a shoe bag or for small laundry items. We expect to transition to non-plastic sleeves in the near future when an alternative is available which is robust enough to keep our garments in pristine condition while in storage pending sale.
Managing Our Environmental Impact
We task our supplier partners with making manufacturing as waste-free as possible. This includes ensuring that when cutting patterns, the amount of fabric which is unused is reduced as far as possible. Unused fabric cuttings are then typically re-purposed for other uses such as in mattress toppers.
Shipping By Road
We ship finished products by road as it is the method of moving goods available to us which has the lowest impact on the environment. All of Niccolò P.’s suppliers are based in Europe which (1) vastly reducing the distances that materials have to travel before they become finished product, and (2) reduces the shipping distance to our distribution centre in the UK. The clothing industry uses urgent couriers for smaller items more than most – we take the view that nothing is that urgent with proper planning so we prefer the slower, less environmentally impactful method of regular post.
Minimal Overhead – Doing Things Our Way
We don’t have permanent offices preferring our small team to use remote working technologies and occasional use of shared workspace when face-to-face collaboration is required (for example, when selecting colours). By reducing fixed overhead to an absolute bare minimum, we can remain focused on making high quality clothing at affordable prices and are never compelled to make financial decisions which are counter to our principles such as reducing the quality of materials used. Many direct-to-consumer brands eventually migrate to traditional retail channels (with associated high fixed costs) in a drive for growth usually driven by the wants and needs of third party investors – Niccolò P. has no external investors to push agendas we don’t support.
Excess Inventory Management
We are proud of the products we make which are designed with superior materials to stand the test of time. We never sell or dispose of ‘unwanted stock’ to third parties. Slower moving items are simply sold over a longer period of time and we never engage in widely reported practices of destroying garments.
We only use cotton in our polo shirts which has been knitted by producers who have been certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 (the global standard in testing for harmful substances). In addition, we use cottons which are mercerised which enhances colour retention and thereby improves the life of the garment.