Leafy Natural Couture is a sustainable luxury brand dedicated to creating timeless yet original, modern, and conceptual handmade garments bringing together the ancient art of crochet and Silvia Vassão's contemporary design. Inspired by her gypset lifestyle, Silvia designs destination wear for hip and sophisticated women who value quality, sustainability and uniqueness. They create fashion made to last, versatile pieces that transition from day to night and from beach resorts to city.
Leafy's Collections feature handmade crochet pieces carefully handcrafted from hand-spun silk yarn dyed with organic pigments (such as mate herb, eucalyptus fiber, coffee and urucum). Their dresses, kaftans, tops and swimwear are produced by groups of mothers living in small fishing villages in Southern Brazil. Since 2008 they have been developing a social project to foster their economic independence while keeping alive traditional hand-weaving techniques.
Leafy is 100% anti-industrialization. Other than exceptional artistry, it takes only two elements to make our clothes: a needle and the purest yarn.
Leafy is dedicated to reduce the environmental impact of its business and promote a more responsible way to experience fashion. They source their primary raw materials from suppliers that meet the highest standards of sustainability, craftsmanship and social responsibility.
For the crochet pieces, we use hand-spun silk yarn, produced in the Brazilian Silk Valley (Maringá, Paraná), and dyed with organic pigments from plants and compost. Families on small rural properties provide most of the silkworm cocoons in this area, improving income and contributing to reducing rural exodus. Each hectare planted with a mulberry tree, whose leaves are the only thing silkworms eat, creates a job. Leafy’s crocheters are women living in small fishing villages in Brazil who have learned traditional hand-weaving techniques from the elders in their families. Being able to earn an income working from home has inspired younger women in the communities to start crochet who have been benefiting from our training programs. Keeping alive family hand-weaving techniques learnt from their mothers and grandmothers. They have
For Leafy’s collection, "Pangaea," we use the flawless skin from the Amazonian fish Pirarucu (Arapaima Gigas). This fish leather is an eco-alternative to bovine leather, and its processing is not harmful to the environment. The Pirarucu being part of the staple diet in the Amazon region, the fish skin we source is a byproduct of the local fishing industry. It is tanned using eco-friendly means and is certified sustainable by IBAMA (Brazil National Agency for Environment).