Frequently Asked Questions...
Why Limited Edition?
We make limited edition apparel because of our unique methods of sourcing and production. We source brand new fabric that has been "wasted" or "left over" at the manufacturing level. This means it's never been used, never been worn - but it's also waste. We get it in limited quantities, and make it into limited runs. When it's gone, it's gone. We can't simply order more because there isn't always more of the same waste. It's also part of our mission to work towards to zero waste inventory model, so we're not contributing to the problem we're trying to fix!
Why aren't they cheaper?
We try to price our shirts affordably. We want our apparel to be accessible for everyone! That being said, we don't want to sell cheap clothing. Making small batches costs more per garment, so does manufacturing in Canada. Quality is huge for us, even though the apparel is technically 'waste', it's from top quality manufacturers in North America. We also donate a portion of each sale to ocean conservancy and each item results in a bag of trash being cleaned up off BC beaches to offset the unavoidable impact being in business makes. We ship in 100% biodegradable packaging which costs roughly 200x what our competitors to pay for plastic polybags. But we don't screw with plastic, not anywhere in our supply chain.
We do this all while keeping our price fair and right in line with our competitors.
Lastly, we are owners not consumers. A $20 garment doesn't inspire a sense of ownership - that's ultimately a change in consmer mindset that we want to be the catalyst in shifting. Buy less and buy quality. If these things mean something to you our products aren't expensive at all, what's expensive is the impact on the planet cheaper gear makes.
Where are they made?
This totally depends on each product. Depending on where we get the fabric from depends on where it was made. Most of the time the garment, or the fabric comes from the USA and Canada. If you read the descriptions online we are transparent as possible about the origins of all our products. Because we source waste fabric, the garment is often constructed at the source of the waste.
How do you clean up the trash on the beaches?
Scroll down and check out the link "Our Environmental Contribution" - we explain the whole process indepth. Follow us on social media to tag along for the trips!
Do you have a store?
Nope, not our own store. Except this one of course, which you strolled through the virtual doors of. We sell through a variety of retailers which we have awesome unique relationships with. We operate differently than regular brands due to our production methods and these stores are supporting our vision of a better retail marketplace. They're part of the L/L fam and part of this movement.
Why are some made overseas?
Great question. Seriously, the fact you're interested in this means you're aware of labour and human rights infringements associated with overseas production. That's a good thing - most people aren't. So as a fiercely ethical company to our core why would we make products overseas?
There's a few reasons. Firstly, not all overseas production is bad. There a ton of manufacturers on the other side of the world paying fair wages, offering beautiful working conditions and improving the lives of people just like you and I. There are third party certifcations granted to these businesses that allow companies liek us to ensure they work with the best of the best. This is something we demand from every producer, from tags to complete garments.
Well why not just make it in Canada, right? This comes down to availability. We primarily source waste material to create clothing. The North American market has very limited clothing production compared to overseas. This means less options for sourcing. The real environmental impact of fast fashion waste is in Asia. As we grow, we source more material from these markets keeping it out of landfill or avoiding incineration. Additionally, certain things aren't available in North America. For example hats, there is no manufacturer of ethical headwear in North America. Not one. It's all acrylic and polyester, petroleum based products. Sometimes we don't have a choice but to look elsewhere to do the right thing.
Lastly, when was the last time you saw a cotton field in Canada? Your products, or a good portion of them, are almost all made overseas and then they meet a minimum criteria to display 'Made In Canada' on the tag. We'd rather just upfront about the origin of our products. The shorter your supply chain, the more control and understanding you have of the impact you're making on other people. Oftentimes buying Canadian made products means you have no idea the true origin. Read our article 'The Made In Canada Myth' to learn more about this.