We want to make our supply chain as transparent as possible, and that’s why we’re sharing this information with you, our customers. We’ve realised that it’s tough for a small business like ours to negotiate contracts with suppliers and manufacturers, because everybody wants to have big, reliable clients. We’ve started by trying to work as much as possible with small organizations with whom with can build mutually supportive relationships.Manufacturing:
Our production capacity is still quite small, as we are just starting out and are testing our new products. We are making some of our items ourselves. We are also working with Common Thread, a sewing cooperative in British Columbia, that retrains women to sew and then employs them to manufacture products. These woman have trouble entering the work force due to disabilities or immigration barriers. Watch a video about these women and hear their stories . Finally, for some of our more complex products, we are working on designs with our tailor in Zurich, Stoyanka, who has been designing and manufacturing clothing for more than 20 years.
We Order Fabric From:
Cloud 9 Fabrics: a North American fabric manufacturer, specializing in fabric for quilting.
Birch Fabrics: also a North American manufacturer, who makes both knit and woven fabrics.
Nosh Organics: a Finish company, which makes amazing quality jerseys and other knits.
Organiccotton.biz: a fabric importer, based in the UK. This company works with a small local organization in Kerala, India, that dies yarn and hand-weaves fabric made from organic cotton.We Ordered Our Labels From:
Laven Labels: a family-owned company based in Toronto.Distribution:
We are shipping via Canada PostOur Vision Over Time:
Over time, we plan to increase our production capacity by employing more women through Common Thread and other social labour organizations, and by developing partnerships and production facilities together with local artisans. In the future, we envision housing our own small production facilities, which we can use to incubate up-and-coming artists and designers, to re-train and employ labourers, and to generate ideas and fabulous products.
We also want to penetrate deeper into the supply chain. Eventually, we would like to have our fabrics manufactured by local weavers, using cotton from farms that we get to know personally. Just as small manufacturers like us have trouble to find reliable and affordable suppliers, many small farmers have trouble finding a stable and financially viable market for their products. We would like to develop a solid supply chain that is beneficial to all parties.