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From hemp-and-cot­ton Ts to ve­gan work boots to hand-stamped silk but­ton-ups, here are the eth­i­cally made, one-of-a-kind wears to look for at Van­cou­ver’s up­com­ing mar­kets.

“I’m try­ing to cre­ate pieces that will last over time,” says Bé­dard-potvin by phone. “They’re gar­ments that you’d want to wear ev­ery­day but aren’t just ba­sics.”

Ex­pect Harly Jae’s de­but col­lec­tion—made up of the three afore­men­tioned items—at this year’s Fall For Lo­cal, plus a few hand­picked vin­tage pieces that go swim­mingly with Bé­dard-potvin’s de­signs. She also has a blouse, pant, and jacket planned for the au­tumn/winter sea­son.

If you’re not smit­ten with the brand al­ready, the story be­hind its name—an ode to Bé­dard-potvin’s late fa­ther, Jess, and his beloved Har­ley David­son mo­tor­cy­cle— should do it. “He was liv­ing his life against the norm and…all I wanted was to fit in,” re­calls the de­signer. “Now, the more I grow up, the more I re­al­ize I’m a lot like him.”

NOVEL SUP­PLY CO. When tourism-and-sus­tain­abil­ity grad Kaya Dorey de­cided to pur­sue a ca­reer in fash­ion, she found few brands with val­ues—and an aes­thetic—that fit her own. So she de­cided to launch one her­self. “There were some com­pa­nies that were do­ing sus­tain­able cloth­ing,” she says, “but none that were re­ally my style.”

In 2015, Novel Sup­ply Co. was born. Its name a nod to the “novel” idea of ap­parel crafted from non­toxic, biodegrad­able fab­rics, the North Van­cou­ver–based la­bel pro­duces uni­sex Ts, tank tops, and crew­neck sweaters de­signed for those who live by the mantra “West Coast, best coast”.

The laid-back ap­parel is made from a re­laxed hemp-and-or­gan­ic­cot­ton blend and fea­tures doo­dles of ev­er­greens, tuques, and bi­cy­cles, and, oc­ca­sion­ally, one-off prints by lo­cal artists. “It’s sort of com­fort­able, ca­sual street style with a lit­tle bit of an out­doorsy feel,” de­scribes Dorey.

At Fall For Lo­cal, Novel Sup­ply Co. will be stock­ing its full line of gen­der-neu­tral tops, plus up­cy­cled hats, cork wal­lets and notepads, and wall art made of fab­ric scraps sourced from the startup’s pro­duc­tion process. Dorey also hopes to em­ploy the leftover ma­te­rial in a kids’ line some­time in the near fu­ture.

BIANCA BARR DE­SIGNS From silk but­ton-ups and T-shirts to ki­monos and denim shorts, sec­ond­hand ba­sics are up­dated with whimsy un­der lo­cal de­signer Bianca Barr’s skill­ful eye. Since 2016, the fash­ion-de­sign grad has been scour­ing thrift stores for top-qual­ity, oneof-a-kind pieces and then up­dat­ing them with hand­made stamps, dyes, and swirling paints in con­trast­ing shade pair­ings like grey on or­ange or cot­ton-candy pink on black.

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Harly Jae’s eth­i­cally crafted wardrobe sta­ples in­clude a ‘60s-in­flu­enced jump­suit; ve­gan footwear from An­der­son’s Boots is made with an Ital­ian leather sub­sti­tute.

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