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Custom hats with Bugwood Coffee (Smithers, B.C.)

A batch of special hats we produced for Bugwood coffee. We’re always excited to be working with local companies especially when we get to work with some awesome brands outside of the apparel industry.
Bugwood coffee is a local company and roastery that specializes serving premium coffee and beans sourced from around the world. Their Flagship store located in the heart of Smithers, BC is housed with timber-frame constructed with the original “bugwood” mountain pine beetle-damaged lumber as a homage to their past. It is in their origin, and where their tale of tree planters to coffee specialists journey began. 
For more information on Bugwood coffee check them out here:

Local business feature: Sea Level Athletics

Hi my name is Andy Chen, owner, operator and trainer at Sea Level Athletics. We are a Cross Fit gym and fitness community that has been serving Richmond and Vancouver residents since 2019.

At Sea Level athletics we have a diverse community of members that are dedicated to improving their fitness. Our main offering is one hour classes that combine weightlifting, gymnastics and high intensity cardiovascular movements. These classes are designed to be accessible to people of all levels and coached so that everyone can follow along. We have teenagers, seniors, office workers and professional athletes all training alongside each other.

I love my job and find my position extremely satisfying. The first reason is that I get to help people achieve things they thought were impossible whether that be their first pushup or pull-up or showing up to class on a regular basis and breaking a sweat. It's always exciting to see people build confidence in their physical ability and become healthier in the process.

The second reason is that I get to watch the development of our community. It's great to watch our members hype each other up to try and lift a little more weight or push a little harder for an extra rep. We celebrate each other’s personal records and when someone fails a lift, we give them props for having the courage to try. Doing a tough workout with a group of people inevitably brings them together and many great friendships have been formed inside the walls of our gym.

COVID-19 has brought us many obstacles, fortunately we have been able to remain open, but it has changed the way we operate. We follow many of the standard COVID protocols such as mask wearing and social distancing. In addition our classes have de-emphasized high intensity movements that require heavy respiration and shifted towards technique focused body-weight and weightlifting exercises.  

Supporting local business is important to me because local businesses take care of their communities through gestures both small and large. We make conversation with our customers and get to know them personally. When a beloved customer runs into trouble, we are often more flexible, understanding and willing to help.

Click here for more information on Sea Level Athletics.

Follow them on instagram here.

Andy is wearing our bomber vest and wearing our campfire logo trucker cap.

Photos by Devan Head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campfire logo trucker cap

Our Campfire logo trucker cap comes with a structured melton wool front crown adorned with a laser cut logo piece and mesh backing for an all season look.

Each cap comes with a pre curved brim which includes an inner cool max lining and adjustable snap back. Available in 4 colours: black, charcoal, green and navy.

Available here.

 

Local business feature: Botany and Bloom


Hi! I am Kelly Dunbar a floral designer and the owner of Botany and Bloom. Our happy place is an industrial space located in Vancouver, BC. It is a creative zone with interesting projects and ideas always in the works. It is pretty much the space where my dreams and ideas are being lived out daily. Working with beautiful flowers and having found a career I love is something I am truly grateful for.

Relationships are the core of a successful business and we are happy to have them all around us. We work with other amazing vendors, talented neighbours, and many corporate and private clients we are so grateful to have. I try to support local as much as possible in my home life and work place. We use local couriers, greenhouses and suppliers along with some amazing Vancouver talent that provide us with botanical products that complement our shop.

Our primary work is floral design for events, weddings and film. This past year we have incorporated gifts, plants and individual floral orders to our product list as we shifted from large scale events to intimate occasions. Styling homes and businesses with botanicals, in addition to dried and fresh flowers, has been well received and fun. The Covid pandemic has definitely been a challenge but with every challenge there is opportunity, growth and new relationships to build.

Click here for more information on Botany and Bloom.

Follow them on instagram here.

Kelly is wearing a custom rose vest and Erin is featured wearing the Acorn hat. Contact us for more details.

 

Photos by: Devan Head

January Jones - Customized hula girl sweater

The beautiful and talented actor January Jones strutting around in her customized orange Hula girl sweater!

We think the fun theme and bright colours she chose match up perfectly with her quirky personality!

Customization option of colours on a original designs available.

Contact us for more details!

(January is 5'7" and wearing a medium size)

 

The ODR SZN sweater

We teamed up with Canadian athlete, puck wizard and famous hockey YouTube sensation Pavel Barber on a bold mountain range themed ODR SZN (outdoor rink season) sweater!

Hop on over to your nearest frozen lake, pond or outdoor rink in the ODR sweater! You'll be saucing passes, toe draggin', dangling and going top cheese like Pavel in no time!

Pavel in the ODR SZN sweater.

Check out Pavel on his YouTube channel here or on his instagram here.

 

Local business feature: Billy Would

We're excited to start our local business features with our good friend over at Billy Would Designs.

Hello. I’m Adea Chung, the maker behind Billy Would Designs. Based in North Vancouver BC, Billy Would is a jewellery and accessory line that uses only reclaimed and recycled wood. Since 2007 I’ve been making pieces with an aim to create a connection between the wearer and this precious material. I want to challenge how we see wood waste, using ’scrap’ to create jewellery we can appreciate even the smallest piece of wood.

I love hands-on creating. Through various tools and lots (and lots!) of sanding, I get to make art and work for myself - still feels like a dream come true. Collecting wood off-cuts, bits of broken furniture and old skateboards has added another element to the process. It's connected me with other woodworkers and amazing people. I’m so grateful to be part of the local artist community, being a small business or artist can be quite isolating at the best of times. This network has become my ’team’, checking in with each other, sharing tips, advice, encouragement and support. It’s the best.

By supporting local businesses now more than ever it feels like I’m supporting friends. We want them to survive this pandemic and know they’re a valuable part of the community.

Click here for more information on Billy Would.

Follow them on instagram here.

Adea is pictured in our Cozy campfire vest.

 

Photos by: Devan Head

 

 

Face masks now available!

 

An essential piece for the upcoming season.

Dual layered cotton fabric with inner moisture wicking layer. Articulated design for a snug, low profile fit. Easily adjustable/removable form fitting nose bridge bar and stretchy, soft ear cords.

One size fits most (Adult).

Made and designed in Canada.

Recommended care, hand wash.

Order here

Store Feature: The Collective Good

The Collective Good is the Yukon's modern day general store. Founded in 2013 by Jen Williams & Paul Gort, their motto is "good design for good people".  TCG reflects their love for travel, design and of classic mid-century Canadiana. The spacious store features an array of goods made by local artisan from the Yukon, other provinces and items from around the world, also complimented by their house line, Yukon Territorial Goods, celebrating the Yukon's past and present history.

Find their brick & mortar in downtown Whitehorse,  Front & Main Street or online at www.thecollectivegood.ca

We collaborated on a limited batch of beautifully designed sweaters with TCG.
The inspiration for the Yukon Coat of Arms sweater came from a vintage hooked rug and their love of classic Canadiana mid-century novelty sweaters. The design features Yukon's emblematic fire weed motif and the Yukon's Territorial Coat of arms.

Photos courtesy of GBP creative.

Vancouver is awesome and Granted

A true collaboration, V.I.A.'s Bob Kronbauer and Granted's Brian Hirano worked together on the design over the past couple of months.

The concept is to celebrate a British Columbia icon (the Spirit Bear; the official mammal of B.C.) while also giving a nod to diversity and how it makes this province a better place.

The yin and yang on the back of the sweater features a white Kermode (Spirit) Bear, along with its Black Bear sibling. Bear paws on the front with matching salmon outlines on the sleeves. As Bob explained in a recent episode of  BC Was Awesome history TV show, the rare Kermode was instrumental in saving the Great Bear Rainforest from logging in the early 1990s.

As Hirano says, "There is a lot we can learn from bears. They don't care what colour they are and live and hunt side by side. We [humans] are all the same animal and - like them - I believe we can live in harmony."

There are currently only 200-400 of these bears alive today, and partial proceeds from the sale of this sweater will go towards ensuring their long-term survival; we're donating 10% of the profits to Pacific Wild, which works to protect wildlife and their habitat in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Preorder one now HERE.

 

Photos by: Devan Head


 


 

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