DIY Affordable & Eco-Friendly Fashion

Thrift hits the runway

Sustainable fashion is a passion we take seriously,
creatively and in all sorts of interesting ways.

Overview

Proud sponsor of Eco Fashion Week

We’ve made a fashion statement by making an environmental one, too. That’s what Eco Fashion Week is all about. Take a look at the challenges, the stylists and designers we partnered with over the years to make them happen.

When we began our partnership with Eco-Fashion Week, the average person was discarding 68 pounds of textiles every year. Today, that number has grown to 81+ pounds! So we challenged designers to take 81 pounds of items that never sold from our stores and create an entire collection. All in one month. 

Designer

Carlie Wong

Always dressed to impress, this former Project Runway contestant does not own a pair of jeans. Instead, her focus is to create feminine, luxurious pieces utilizing fine imported fabrics and expert craftsmanship that seamlessly fuse classical with modern elements. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @carliefashion.

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Young Oak

Tammy Joe is the designer of Young Oak, a creative line of capsule collections and limited-edition collaborations made from reclaimed material and musings. Visit her at youngoak.blogspot.com.

Designer

Kim Cathers

From owning and operating her own retail store at age 26, being a contestant on Project Runway Canada and working as a stylist for celebrities such as Michael Buble, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Kim Cathers has a vast spectrum of experience. Visit her at www.kimcathers.com.

    

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Evan Ducharme

Evan Ducharme is a celebrated designer whose made-to-order collections employ minimalistic design and classic ideals. He is an acclaimed eco-fashion stylist and the winner of “Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver” design competition. Visit him at www.evanducharme.com.

We gave designers $500 to shop our stores then challenged them to create a collection using as-is clothing, textiles and accessories. Their vision coupled with our items made for some serious catwalk-worthy creations.

Designer

Karla Ortiz

We gave designers $500 to shop our stores then challenged them to create a collection using as-is clothing, textiles and accessories. Their vision coupled with our items made for some serious catwalk-worthy creations.

Designer

Alyssa Blanco

This editorial stylist for Zulily got her start in fashion journalism working for Harper's BAZAAR. She then went onto style for Vogue, New Look Fashions and KruZin Footwear before becoming a freelance stylist for prominent photographers and Miami agencies. Visit her at www.alyssablanco.com.

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Beyunique

Lucy Yun of Beyunique got her start at an independent denim company before moving onto Chanel. Born of Korean descent, her collection was inspired by tennis and Seoul street style. Special attention was also paid to create looks that were wearable, trendy and well curated. Visit her at www.beyunique.com or on Instagram @beyunique

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Megan-Magdalena Bourne

Passionate about opening the dialogue surrounding bodies, Megan uses fashion, art and photography to show a realer, rawer side of beauty that tends to push the limits and empowers her subjects and viewers.

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Dominique Hanke

Author at BLUSH Vancouver Magazine, British-born Dominique Hanke brings a generous dose of European flair to her style. Dominique works as a designer, stylist, fashion writer and speaker. Her work has been seen on the runways of Vancouver, New York and Paris, and she’s styled high-profile clients such as Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Arrow), Erin Cebula (E.T Canada) and Miss America, Mallory Hagan. Visit her at www.dominiquehanke.com or on Instagram @hankestyle.

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Jerome Insorio

Up-and-coming fashion stylist Jerome Insorio believes great style is less about the brand name and more about unique, quality pieces. Hence, his portfolio Label Deficiency. Visit him at labeldeficiency.blogspot.com.

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Ghazal Elhaei

Ghazal Elhaei is a creative director, stylist and writer. She is currently the founder of Capital G Creatives and the editor behind lifestyle blog, Style Chord. Visit her at www.ghazalelhaei.com.

Designer

Hey Jude

Dynamic duo Lyndsey Chow and Lauren Clark own and operate online boutique and pop-up shop Hey Jude, which specializes in unique pieces that are eco-conscious yet super savvy. Visit them at www.heyjudeshop.com.

Designer

Claire Bouvier

Photographer, stylist and musician Claire Bouvier has penchant for meeting new people and capturing their story through fashion and on film. Visit her at www.clairebouvier.com.

Designer

Kenneth Wyse

Vancouver-based stylist and personal shopper Kenneth Wyse is a trend specialist who applies his love of fashion and art in every endeavor. Visit him on Instagram @kennethbarbie.

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Dandilion Wind Opaine

Dandilion Wind Opaine, aka Dandi Wind, has presented full fashion lines at Vancouver Fashion Week. Her wearable sculpture work and fashions have been seen in galleries from London to Bejing. Visit her at www.dandiwind.ca.

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Jasmine Zhu

Being heavily influenced by vintage and thrift fashion, Jasmine Zhu sees clothing as the paint supplies she uses to cover the canvas of life. Visit her at www.posinginvintage.com.

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Sandy Joe Karpetz

A former British Vogue and Lula intern, Sandy Joe Karpetz has written and styled for various publications in addition to starting her own online vintage store, The Pretty Secrets. Visit her at www.theprettysecrets.com.

Designer

Sara Gourlay

Vancouver, BC based Sara Gourlay is creative director of Frankie Collective. Prior to this endeavor, she was owner of Fate, a sustainable fashion line featuring garments constructed from surplus and upcycled material. Visit her @sgourlay.

Designer

Tony Vu

Tony is an emerging fashion stylist based out of Vancouver, BC. He is an extremely fashion-driven individual with experience styling for runway, commercial, and film. Visit him at www.tonyyvu.wix.com/portfolio.

Designer

Mimi Lauzon

As founder of Fashionilla.com, personal stylist and holisitic image consultant Mimi Lauzon describes herself as a loud French gal who loves to gallivant in fancy frocks and connect indie designers to the fashion industry. Visit her at lookbook.nu/fashionilla.

Designer

Nicolette Lang-Andersen

Nicolette is widely known within the Vancouver fashion scene and has worked with Vancouver designers, boutiques, photographers and industry elites. Visit her at www.covetingchichi.com.