Kim Cathers first shot to fame as a finalist on Project Runway Canada, and the the Vancouver-based designer is now one of the more recognizable personas in Canadian fashion. Kim Cathers' line, kdon, is sustainable fashion at it's most artful; 100% recycled and reclaimed fabrics are beautifully shaped and drape over the body in the most flattering ways. Because of the unique materials used, her line is always limited to a handful of each style, so your kdon piece will always be a statement and a true find.
For more, vist www.kimcathers.com.
Nine O'Clock Gun or 9:0G, is a Vancouver clothing company founded by Rich Seymour and Ray Dalupang in 2008.
Rich & Ray want Vancouverites to connect with their designs because 9:0G is inspired by the city of Vancouver's culture, history and beauty.
Each piece is created for Vancouverites to wear with pride - the designs mean something to us. They represent where we live, where we grew up - our roots. The graphic designs include Vancouver legends, landmarks, historical events and neighbourhoods.
Red Jade creates sophisticated and ultra-feminine clothing which embodies the spirit of a confident woman. Their mission is to inspire women to empower themselves, by enhancing their own individual style while being mindful of the environment. Red Jade sources eco-luxurious fabric such as hemp, organic cotton, merino wool, silk and linen.
Dahlia Drive gathers discarded women's slips, dresses and men's shirts and reworks them with colour, images and textures to create one of a kind fashion for the unique individual.
Each found piece is considered on its own merit: type of fabric, pre-existing stains or tears, how it responds to dye. Depending on these qualities, the piece may be buried in the garden with rusty things to over-stain previous stains or patched with pieces of fabric to strengthen a tear. Then each piece is dyed and screen printed with an image of bones, plants, animals, grid textures and/or lace patterns to produce another layer of history to the garment.
Ultimately, Dahlia Drive creates a sculptural piece which is only fully realized on the body of its new owner.
Ella Peru is a chic Canadian lifestyle brand created for the urban female. The clothing line was established in 2009 and quickly became a favourite among the Canadian media and the labels clientele alike. In only its first season, the brand was selected as a finalist in the Generation Next design Competition for BC Fashion Week. Shortly thereafter, the BC Fashion Week panel of judges voted Ella Peru first place for Best Up and Coming Label of 2009.
The contemporary designs and edgy selection of colors and fabrics put a focus on the chic and unconventional for today's ambitious, creative and urban female. Each garment is carefully constructed to be wearable yet stylish for a busy and social lifestyle. From the office to late night cocktails, travel to rest, the label proves to be versatile and appropriate for all occasions.
1. a striking change, as in appearance, often for the better.
2. any major transformation or alteration.
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Designer Jennifer Cowham creates chains of charm-laced necklaces decorated with vintage pieces from around the world. She scours flea markets and sales for pearls, old NRA medals, insignia rings, and other trinkets; the end product is whimsical, one of a kind keepsakes.
This is the first season Planet Claire has carried Nicole Bridger's eco-conscious, beautifully draped, exquisite designs, although Nicole has been movin' and shakin' in the fashion industry for years. Nicole was born and raised in Vancouver, and received her BAA in fashion design from Ryerson University in Toronto. While interning at Vivienne Westwood in London, UK, she learned the art of sculpting fabric and returned with an understanding of doing more than just making clothes.
Bridger came back to Vancouver looking to learn some of the business side of things and paired up with the owner of Lululemon Athletica to co-create Oqoqo, a casual eco clothing line. She was then ready to put her design and business sides together to create her own label of socially conscious contemporary women's wear, Nicole Bridger.
Pauline started working in the fashion industry in Toronto after studying Fashion Design at Ryerson University. Drawn by BC's beautiful surroundings and the abundance of wildlife, Pauline moved to Vancouver where flora&fauna, the eco-fashion label flora&fauna was born.
Drawing inspiration from beauty in nature, the irresistible cuteness of animals, and the intricacy of the planet’s delicate eco-system, all of flora&fauna’s pieces reflect Pauline's deep love for the natural beauty in our world. With a blend of clean lines, rich colours, and lasting style, flora&fauna incorporates nature and animal themes into each design, and is proud to support local animal welfare and nature conservation organizations.
All of flora&fauna’s pieces are locally, ethically, and sustainably made.
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that translates to "Remember your mortality". It names a genre of artistic creations which all share the same purpose, which is to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the brevity and fragility of human life.
The pieces are all original designs by Lisa McEachern who starts with many, many sketches of one piece until she narrows it down to a few. The majority of the pieces are sculpted by hand first in wax, using tiny tools and files and then casted. Lisa then makes moulds of the piece so she can reproduce them.
Meet the FLIRT of sustainable fashion. Every item in the collection is a little piece of luxury. Lav & Kush strives to use eco-friendly fabrics in beautiful textures, designed with the urban woman in mind--the result is feminine and flirty styles that not only make her look and feel beautiful, but allows her to know she is doing the EARTH a little bit of good! Plus, Lav & Kush is locally manufactured and a percentage of revenue is directed towards non-profits.
In Hindu mythology, Lav & Kush are the royal twins born to lord Ram and their earth mother, Sita. They were raised in the forest and became the protector of the woods, and represented music, beauty and strength. Playful yet protective warriors, these two demi gods were lovable and inspirational to all.
Adhesif is a Vancouver based clothing company that produces memorable "one of a kind" creations using new and vintage materials. Every design is a well thought out process combining quirky detailing with broad color palettes. The end result is a line of eclectic "Eco Chic" designs that make you feel good and look great!
Rockabilly cuteness! Fun, unique, body conscious, plus sized clothing for women in sizes 12 – 22. Each quality garment is handmade by the designer herself, from adorable leopard print dresses to hand-appliqued western blouses. All you skinny minis will be JEALOUS!
Diane Kennedy is synonymous with sustainable, organic and eco-friendly clothing. Plus sizes 0X-3X, fashion, quality and fit are never compromised.
As demand grows for the health and wellness of the planet, using eco-friendly fabrics has become a movement, not just a trend. Diane's super soft viscose knit is made from Certified Organic bamboo fibres and is much better for the environment than conventional cotton, as it is grown without chemicals or extra water and is completely sustainable.
Comments are made constantly in regards to how beautiful it feels against skin. So soft and luxurious…you will want to wear it everyday! Excellent for travel…just shake it and hang it up…little or no ironing required!
All of Diane Kennedy's premium quality garments are consciously created and ethically produced in Canada, in beautiful British Columbia.
Hawks Ave. is an eco conscious, rock n' roll inspired, street wear line. Based and Manufactured in Vancouver Canada.
With fashion foremost in mind, and sustainability running a close second, each finely crafted piece is made-in-house to lower its environmental impact. Look amazing while doing your part.
While you might be concerned about the planet, you still want to make a statement. Hawks Ave. is for the rocker in you. This clothing line is not for the faint of heart. Jersey separates, made from bamboo and organic cotton with unique artwork tastefully placed. Organic denim jeans hand finished to complete the line.
All pieces are limited edition, so get them while you can. This guarantees you a unique and one of a kind look.
Lisa Mascareno of Affera Cosmetics makes and manufactures 100% Mineral Makeup locally in Burnaby, BC. Her makeup does not contain any fillers, chemicals, dyes or preservatives. It is vegan friendly and paraben free. Affera's foundation calms rosacea, clears acne and acts as a sunscreen while feeling so light "like you're not wearing anything at all!"
Planet Claire is one of the exclusive boutiques to carry this fabulous brand! Please view Lisa's website for more information at www.afferacosmetics.com
NATE is proud to work with manufacturers and raw fabric suppliers partnered in the Organic Trade Association and Organic Exchange. We ensure that all of our production partners meet strict guidelines of socially compliancy and have accredited certification. Because our production partners are all North American based we can be certain of the practices exercised by our partners, we know the full environmental and social impact of our production, and we are able to minimize our corporate carbon footprint and as a consequence the footprints of our supporters.
All of the collections at Noon Solar are inspired by the need to rethink the way things are made, and what they are made with. Each material used is specially chosen for its longevity and ability to biodegrade. The other materials, such as the hardware and the solar panels can be reclaimed and reused for many generations of bags.
On the outside of each bag, there is a paper thin, flexible solar panel. This solar panel charges a battery pack located inside the bag to supply power for your cell phone or iPod, day or night. Simply place the solar panel in the bag towards the sun to collect usable energy. Put it in your window at work, home, car, or on the train; face it towards the sun at a café; or walk/bike around town with the panel exposed. Even on cloudy or rainy days, energy is collected through the UV light of the sun. On a bright, sunny day the battery should be fully charged in 6-8 hours. On a cloudy day the battery will require a bit more time. The battery pack will hold the sun's energy for several days.
Vancouver-made scarves in delicious blends of alpaca, organic cotton, merino, bamboo, & baby suri! Irresistibly soft scarves you'll want to wear all year round!
Planet Claire is the only store to carry these recycled and repurposed leather purses and bags made in Portland, Oregon. The leather for Cate's bags start out as leftovers and odd color lots from manufacturers. Smaller scraps of upholstery leather and hair-on cow hide are sourced from a company that makes leather goods for the home as well as motorcycle apparel. All the lining leathers are factory seconds. These pieces are rejected for holes and uneven edges, but they work just fine for bags.
Sustainability is extremely important to Cate, and the waste from her bags is less than 2% by weight. Leftover scraps become wallets and luggage tags, medium pieces become appliques, and tiny pieces decorate checkbook covers and other small projects. When your bag has reached the end of it's useful life, you can send it back and she'll recycle it for you!
Soi Disant is manufactured in a factory in Bethlehem in the West Bank. This factory promotes commerce and employment in an area where political conflict and war have destroyed its industry and trade and left many people unemployed. This factory employs skilled workers, pays fair wages, and never uses child labor.
All of Soi Disant's embroidery and crocheting is done by hand by a group of women who live in small villages and Refugee camps in the West Bank. Rawan, the designer, and the team behind Soi Disant are working with these talented women to embrace Palestinian cross stitching and to open the western eyes to the eastern culture.
The Lilikoi line has a strong emphasis on hand printed cloth. Each print is an original drawing transferred to a silk screen for the purpose of production. The individual prints are used for a limited production run thus ensuring the beauty and uniqueness of each piece. The fabric is then hand printed in the LILIKOI studio. Each Lilikoi garment design has been hand drafted and hand graded in the Lilikoi studio by actual human hands! All cutting, printing, sewing, and design work is done by local employees who are well paid for their skill.
All Lilikoi clothing and accessories are made from 100% natural fabrics.
Every piece of clothing is one-of-a-kind, designed, patterned, and handmade by Gina Dudik, owner of Gina's Gallery & Boutique in Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio.
Planet Claire is the only store in Canada to carry these whimsical and feminine designs.
The "Brooklyn Light Siding" Collection, inspired by the city's dilapidated building facades and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, transforms the multi-layered surfaces of urban decay into beautiful and unique interior designs.
Handmade, Recycled, Appropriated
After a three year stretch designing for Liz Claiborne, Lianna K. felt like it was time to start making things again with her own two hands. Using techniques and materials that are impossible for large scale production, with fellow designer and underground theorist A.J. Machete, Vigilante Laboratories want to leave the department store for dead, somewhere back in the 20th century.
They say they want to design clothing for superheroes. Accessories for your superpowers. Do you have any?
Elroy Apparel is a women's designer clothing line made of sustainable, socially responsible fabrics.
The impact of materials on our lives cannot be understated. Deciding to use eco-friendly materials has a far reaching, positive effect on us and the future generations. The more that we are made aware of the damaging effects we as a society are putting on the earth, the more we are looking to ways we can lessen our footprint.
Choosing to buy organic should not mean that we must change our lifestyle. Elroy's designs use eco fabrics without sacrificing style.
A beautiful garment with an even more beautiful story behind it. What story does your clothing carry?
Created by a professional menswear designer with experience at Triple Five Soul, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic, the line combines timeless design principles, premium materials and hand-printed graphics for garments that are meant to wear better over time.
Brooklyn Royalty is American-made and printed locally in Brooklyn, NY.
We make silkscreened and embroidered hoodies in the City of Oakland. We are strongly influenced by that which is old, weathered, or discarded. We print and spray with only solvent-free, water based paints and inks, to reduce our environmental impact. These paints and inks are just as color fast as the solvent based ones. All of our apparel is American made and sweatshop free. We draw upon different sources for inspiration, pop art, military clothing etc. We use images of people who were originals or broke through some pre-existing barrier or stereotype. We believe the process should be visible and beautiful not seamless and hidden.
Exclusive to Planet Claire, Birdz & Beez creates whimsical jewelry with a sense of nostalgia. Think antique steampunk meets naturalist romantic.