Protect
and be protected
from the elements

Founded on a quest to re-imagine northern climate winter outerwear, Olmsted eschews polymers, microfibres and synthetics (all products of fossil fuels) and aims to influence ideas about durable materiality in its products, to engender awareness of natural, biodegradable options and ethical supply chains in clothing—all the while providing a luxurious and weather-resistant coat. 

With zero-waste another objective, Olmsted offers a take-back and repair policy that includes an upcycle option for its most valuable components, particularly the eiderdown, which is an expensive commodity and can be reused.

Any animal products, including down, wool or leather have been chosen for their ethical qualities, non-slaughterhouse origin and cruelty-free acquisition.

True Materialism

Olmsted's Values

Olmsted Outerwear’s values align with the principles of “true materialism,” a term coined by fashion academic Kate Fletcher to describe a movement that “encourages a new and deeper reverence for material goods like clothing.” Caring for things the way we should care for the environment, knowing their origin, protecting and cherishing them for years instead of buying into the fast fashion illusion is what Olmsted Outerwear is all about. 

Built to weather the storm
of Canada’s coldest winters.

Frederick Law Olmsted: visionary landscape architect

Responsible for designing countless public parks and reserves including, Central Park in NYC and Montreal’s beloved Mount Royal Park, his legacy as a journalist, social critic, naturalist and activist in the early conservation movement serves as fitting inspiration for our company’s own multiplicity of concerns.

 In laying out Central Park, we determined to think of no results to be realised in less than 40 years.

Frederick Law Olmsted

Le Mont Royal

Montreal’s most recognizable landmark, and a natural one at that

Designed in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr - co-creator of another city’s important landmark, NYC’s Central Park, and countless other outdoor spaces - Le Mont Royal is part untamed mountain, part urban park. 

Olmsted planted a seed in the national consciousness for the need to preserve special places for future generations. 

Founder & designer

Mélanie Ellezam

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