FASHION AND SUSTAINABILITY CAN CO-EXIST IN A
FRESH & MODERN WAY
Lindsey McTavish is a Toronto born designer currently living and working in the beautiful mountain town of Nelson British Columbia. Designer, mother, artist and entrepreneur, she is inspired by the diversity of the female form, her surrounding environment, and her desire to create comfortable, stylish & eco friendly wardrobe staples. Having studied Fibre Arts for 3 years at the Kootenay School of the Arts centre for craft & design in Nelson B.C, followed by 2 years at The International Academy of Design & technology in Toronto where she studied Fashion Design.
Lindsey has made a successful career of selling her clothing line under the namesake label of LINDSEY M COLLECTIONS
to which she in has added a collection of purses and handbags. As one of the proud owners of
The CRAFT CONNECTION GALLERY in Nelson B.C,
Her clothing and handbags can always be found there year round.
"I strive to make real clothes for real women - who work, are on the go, and who appreciate
being comfortable and classy everyday no matter what they're doing...
my goal is to provide affordable environmentally friendly pieces
that are versatile, classic, and affordable!"
ARE CAREFULLY SOURCED & ARE CRAFTED FROM SUSTAINABLY GROWN FIBRES.
WE SEARCH HIGH AND LOW TO FIND THE MOST INTERESTING FABRICS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO WORK WITH TO CREATE THE CLASSIC, EASY & WEAR ANYWHERE PIECES THAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE COME TO RELY ON
BAMBOO - Fabrics have been made from the Bamboo plant for thousands of years, but it is only in contemporary times that the process of making this hardy and fast growing wood into fabric has been perfected. It is a manufactured fibre that is cellulose-based made from the pulp of the Bamboo stem. As a plant, Bamboo is one of the fastest growing in the world. It can grow as much as one meter in 24 hours. The crops absorb Carbon Dioxide and can generate up to 35% more oxygen than the same amount of trees. It does not require chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or watering to grow. Bamboo improves rather than depletes soil quality, and when it is harvested, will continue to grow with no additional planting or cultivation.
Bamboo clothing keeps the skin cool & dry, as it works as a natural thermostat to regulate the temperature of the body. It is soft and drapeable, smooth & luxurious to the touch, as well as being strong, durable, and anti static.
The Bamboo fabrics that we use come with STANDARD 100 Oeko-Tex certification, which is a worldwide consistent, independent testing & certification system that tests for harmful substances used during all stages of production (raw materials, intermediate, and end product).
ORGANIC COTTON - There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Cotton, with many believing that cotton is better for the environment and comes from a natural source. However the reality is quite different. Conventional Cotton differs massively from It's organic equivalent, including the way It's made and how It's distributed. With organic Cotton however, you can guarantee where it has come from. Organic Cotton is made without toxic substances and polluting pesticides, and is also grown in healthier soil. It can take up to 2,500 litres of water to make one t-shirt from regular cotton, while Organic Cotton doesn't have that requirement, and actually uses 91% less than regular Cotton. Because Organic Cotton comes from an organic farm, the soil used acts like a sponge, soaking up water during floods and saving water for when there isn't as much rainfall. Synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are banned in organic farming, so drinking water, lakes and rivers are kept cleaner too. Another big difference between regular and organic Cotton, is what happens after It's grown. You'll probably notice that with most crisp white linens, the Cotton used is not organic. That's because truly organic Cotton will have a slightly off-white colouring, as It's pesticide free, pigment free, bleach free, & hypoallergenic. This in turn makes organic Cotton a wise choice for people with chemical sensitivity or allergies, because It's less likely to cause flare ups or a nasty skin reaction.
LINEN - Linen is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics in fashion history. It is strong, naturally moth resistant, and made from Flax plant fibres, so when untreated (i.e. not dyed) it is fully biodegradable. The Flax plant, is extremely versatile, and every part of the plant has traditionally been used to create a worthwhile product - Nothing is wasted, and production is cost effective. Flax is resistant and can grow in poor soil, using far less water in It's consumption than Cotton
Linen can withstand high temperatures and absorbs moisture without holding bacteria. In fact, it is actually stronger when wet than dry and becomes softer and more pliable, the more It's washed. It just gets better and better! Because of the time it takes to produce linen yarn, and the manual processes that have to been undertaken, Linen has become a higher priced commodity and considered among many to be a "Luxury" fabric.
MODAL - Modal fabric is a bio-based fabric that is made from spinning Beech tree cellulose. Modal is generally considered a more eco friendly alternative to cotton because Beech trees don't require much water to grow, and therefore the production process uses about 10-20 times less water. It is completely biodegradable , and made from regenerative plants with fewer chemicals used in the production process than with other types of Rayon.
Beech forests thrive in northern and central Europe. The fibre produced from Beech trees is incredibly soft and feels like silk when worn - It has twice the softness of cotton, and feels amazing against your skin. It's extremely hard wearing, and keeps It's shape and finish even after frequent washing. Modal is very strong because of the tight weave and the long fibres, has a beautiful drape and resists wrinkles & pilling, all which make it an ideal choice for our products.
WAXED CANVAS - Canvas is made from either Cotton or Linen. Waxed Canvas was evolved by British sailors who, after observing that wet canvas sails caught the wind more effectively, soaked their canvas in linseed oil. Off cuts from the oiled canvas were then used as waterproof clothing. Today, waxed canvas is produced by impregnating the canvas fibres with wax. Waxed canvas is an increasingly popular material because it is eco friendly and has a vintage charm. Waxed canvas is Vegan and is much more environmentally friendly than most other vegan leather substitutes which use products derived from the metro-chemical industry. Waxed canvas is a strong, hard wearing material which is resistant to tearing, and when properly maintained, it will give a lifetime of use! It is a waterproof material which will repel driving rain. Both the natural wax and the cotton come from the earth, and will biodegrade in the earth.
VEG TANNED LEATHER - "vegetable" tanning just means that leather is tanned with natural ingredients that come from plants or vegetables. It's the oldest and most prestigious way of making leather. It produces the most beautiful and most durable. The hides are placed into a vat with water and the tanning solution where they soak for a very long time, even months The specific tannins that are used vary from person to person but most are well guarded secrets that use special blends of natural ingredients form the area. Vegetable tanning produces by far the highest quality of leather. You can tell if leather has been vegetable tanned by the feel, flexibility, colour, and smell. This process gives the leather a characteristic sweet smell & earthy colour, while chrome tanning creates rougher leather that smells of chemicals. Vegetable tanned leather is renowned for It's robustness and durability. Compared to chemical tanned leather which breaks down quicker because more moisture is removed during the tanning process, reducing elasticity and making it more prone to cracks.
Vegetable tanning is universally agreed to be much better for the environment than chrome or chemical dying. While it still requires water and energy to do it, it uses only natural ingredients that don't pollute the surrounding environment. Chrome tanning uses known poisons and carcinogens to treat the leather in a faster but much more harmful process. Because of all the chemicals needed, chrome tanners produce a huge amount of contaminated water and sludge. In countries with lacking environmental protection, tanneries can end up polluting the ground water of neighbouring residential areas, leading to disease. Unfortunately, only about 10% of leather made today is vegetable tanned since chrome tanning is much quicker and cheaper to do.