Best winter coats in Canada : warm, ethical, organic and durable
Our luxurious organic cotton canvas has been weatherproofed the old-fashioned way, without PFOAs or formaldehyde, giving it not only a unique appearance but an extreme resistance to the elements. Halley Stevensons in Dundee Scotland are expert wax masters proofing fabric against the elements since 1864.
“The fabrics are breathable, the wax adjusting to ambient temperature to be softer/more breathable in warm weather and stiffer/more windproof in cold conditions. Its proofing can be maintained by applying wax into the surface, keeping it soft, supple and weather-resistant. The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age. The wax naturally picks up marks and creases through use, which adds to the character of the fabric itself. Garments continually adapt to the wearers' personality, creating unique, one-of-a-kind products ”. - Halley Stevensons
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
The impact on people and the environment is the primary criteria for selecting our raw materials, which are sourced from well-researched and certified suppliers
Our relationship with the natural world influences how we treat the planet, and we work with suppliers who are committed to land preservation and biodiversity, and whose materials promote circularity in the economy
We avoid polymers, selecting only natural fibres to promote biodegradability
We avoid all animal byproducts of the meat industry
We remain responsible for our products long after purchase by offering repairs and upcycling through a take-back program
We discourage overconsumption by not creating new collections and instead, perfecting the ones we have, using high-quality materials to guarantee durability and long life
We minimize our production waste by creating new goods out of upcycled or leftover materials and embrace techno-artisanship as a means to create greater efficiency
We avoid overpackaging and waste in our shipping, using recycled and recyclable materials
Every step of our production chain is in-house, to ensure living wages, ethical work practices and the lowest carbon footprint
Olmsted acknowledges the contradictions and imperfections that come with trying to make a difference, while remaining committed to the pursuit of authenticity and conscience in our business practices.