Four Edmonton-based businesses weigh in.
Coffee + light breakfast will be served. This is a free event, but space is limited.
Publicity Room is a fashion PR firm that works to garner attention and share the stories of ethically-conscious Canadian brands who are dedicated to producing responsibly.
Speaker: Justine Barber, Co-founder
We sell: Luxury leather footwear and accessories at an attainable price point
We use: E-commerce channels and pop-up shops across Canada
We manufacture: Ethically and transparently in León, Mexico
We focus: On people—from our head office and showroom in Edmonton, Alberta, to our factories in Mexico. We screen all our factories for positive working conditions, including a living wage (Poppy Barley pays, on average, six times the region’s minimum wage), full-time permanent employment with health care and pension benefits, fair working hours, paid vacation and sick leave, and ongoing training and opportunity. We also prohibit human rights violations.
Speaker: Alyssa Lau, Founder
We sell: Sustainable and ethically sourced womenswear and accessories
We use: E-commerce channels
We buy: From sustainable fashion designers from all over the world
We focus: On educating consumers about how their purchases affect both the environment and garment workers in the supply chain, as well as benefiting the designers who are innovating the way for sustainable fashion. We specifically focus on the slow fashion movement.
Speaker: Claire Theaker-Brown
, Founder, Co-lead @fash_revyeg
We are: Flatter:Me Belts | @flattermebelts
We sell: Ridiculously comfortable, zero-bulk belts for women of all shapes
We use: E-commerce worldwide, wholesale across Canada
We manufacture: With a focus on who, not where. Our studio is in Shanghai, China, where Flatter:Me was founded to create jobs for underemployed seamstresses.
We focus: On a "warts and all" approach to manufacturing, recognizing our responsibility as a brand to be open about what's ethical about our supply chain - and what work still needs to be done. We're a Certified B Corporation
for our advocacy of women's empowerment in our Chinese and Canadian communities, founder of local Edmonton event Change of Clothes
, and an early member of Fashion Takes Action
. We believe in confidence, community, and change.
Speaker: Jessica Kennedy, Co-Owner
We are: Nokomis Clothing | @nokomisclothing
We sell: Women's clothing
We use: E-commerce channels and pop-up shops
We manufacture: Ethically in Montreal, Canada
We focus on: Supporting a sustainable fashion industry. We make high-quality Canadian-produced clothing for the everyday woman. By creating thoughtful pieces that will last beyond one season, eschewing over-consumption, and supporting local industry we participate in the slow fashion movement.