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.