Since day one, we've been passionate about and committed to producing our garments ethically and sustainably. We've always produced our garments in-house, in small batches, using the best fabrics we can find.
How are your products ethical and sustainable?
Each garment is designed thoughtfully from the beginning. While some may not view this as important, a key tenet of our commitment to sustainability is not producing trend-driven pieces that won't stand the tests of time. Each design is carefully sampled in-house and wear-tested before being put into production. This helps ensure that we are only producing what we love, for people to love.
Ethically and Locally Produced
We produce the majority of our garments in-house, with a small percentage produced by contractors or small scale factories located within 10 kilometres of our studio in Toronto. We pay all of our contractors fairly for their labor and ensure that our contractors and small factory partners are maintaining safe and healthy working environments above and beyond what is mandated by the province of Ontario. We are committed to keeping our supply chain local as much as possible.
Each of our garments are designed to reduce potential fabric waste. We save all of our fabric off-cuts to be used for small accessories, or to donate to organizations within our community that help folks learn how to sew.
Since our products are always produced in small batches, we are able to ensure we are not over-producing or over-consuming resources. We ship all of our items from our own studio without warehousing to keep our carbon footprint low. Any garments that have minor flaws that may typically be thrown out or destroyed are kept for our sample sales.
Natural and Sustainable Fabrics
The fabrics we choose for our collections fall into four categories:
All of our organic fabrics are GOTS certified.
OEKO-TEX 100 Certified
The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 tests fabrics to ensure there are no chemicals present that are harmful to human health, and to ensure they have an appropriate ph for contact with human skin.
We make every effort to choose fabrics that are natural and plant-based, and any synthetic materials that are included in our collections, like viscose or tencel, are OEKO-TEX 100 certified.
Deadstock fabric refers to a fabric that has already been purchased from a mill, either by another designer or manufacturer, but is not currently being utilized and could eventually end up as waste in a landfill. By utilizing these fabrics we divert potential waste and are able to operate more sustainably by creating less demand at the traditional fabric mill. Our deadstock materials are all sourced locally, just like our production, to help keep our carbon footprint low.
Depending on size, our orders are shipped to you in either plastic-free, compostable mailers or recycled boxes. We work to eliminate as much plastic as we can from our packaging materials. All garments are carefully wrapped in post-consumer recycled tissue before shipping.
Our studio is located in a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building which has an Energy Star rating of 81, placing it in the top 20% of commercial buildings. All of our paper from pattern drafting and grading is recycled and our lighting is energy efficient.