We have all heard ‘shop local, buy local‘ but what about your clothes? Why not!? There are many designers repping ecofriendly fashion right here in Vancouver.
Fashion is an ever-changing, fast paced industry, so it is awesome to have local designers leading the way in sustainable fashion. Instead of making disposable clothing from harmful materials, these five Vancouver designers are creating high-quality fashion that is both innovative and wearable. In my busy city life I know I need clothing that will get me from the office, to the gym, to happy hour, and sometimes a ‘just for me’ walk for quiet thinking.
A long time Vancouver favourite, Obakki creates timeless and polished pieces that are easy to wear. The beautiful clothing in Obakki’s Spring/Summer collection is light weight and uncomplicated, making the pieces perfect to dress up or dress down. Designs from this company can be spotted when you’re flipping through the latest Vogue at the beach, and have even been worn by celebrities such as Gwenyth Paltrow and Kate Hudson. Treana Peake, the founder and head of Obakki also gives back through the The Obakki Foundation, a registered charity that donates 100% of its funds to provide clean water and education in Africa.
Local designer Allison Smith creates her designs around the concept that women need functional clothing for everyday city life. Many of the pieces are inspired by the 70’s era of versatile clothing and a flowy fit, so you can still feel and look great after enjoying drinks and appies with your friends. Pillar is the ecofriendly extension of Allison’s main clothing line Allison Wonderland and can be found in many stores in Vancouver such as Gastown’s The Block and Eugene Choo on Main Street.
Ecofriendly active wear? We have got you covered. Designer Lexi Soukoreff works to create unique clothing that is respectful to the environment. Each piece is hand dyed, giving each a different pattern of vibrant colour. The signature Adriana leggings come in many different colours and are as durable as they are creative. This active wear line is moisture wicking and extremely comfortable, making it perfect for an intense workout, running errands in town or just watching Netflix at home. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind from the leggings, to the infinity scarves, to the practical seamless panties, and all reflect the brand’s aesthetic of being sophisticated yet laid back.
Nicole Bridger is truly a master in design and in mindfulness of her impact on the planet. She sources the most sustainable fabrics, practices ethical manufacturing and even puts a label in each piece of clothing stating “I AM LOVE” to remind her customers to love themselves, others and the planet we live on. Having learned the art of draping, layering and sculpting by none other than Vivienne Westwood, Nicole Bridger Designs are technically inspiring. The aesthetic is simple, elegant with a put-together and confident touch.
Ecofriendly Adhesif produces eye catching and bold clothing made from new and reclaimed materials. These original designs are perfect for the working woman who still wants to show off her playful and unique side. Melissa Ferreirahand cuts every piece and sometimes adds insanely cool vintage details. Her best-selling Saddle skirt has zippers from a 1950’s tailor shop, and a bright red jacket boasts hand-stitched details collected from vintage scarves and buttons. Every piece varies in look, giving the client a unique edge. Each piece of clothing has a story and Melissa ensures that everything in her collection is made from at least 95% recycled materials.
By expanding my horizons and slowly inching away from go-to big box stores, I’ve discovered that there are many ecofriendly options for shopping in our vibrant city. No matter your style or your clothing needs, somewhere there is a local designer filling that niche.