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Sustainability,  fashion and fun

Tara Davis outfitting conscientious Canadians

“Made with love in Canada” is Tara Davis Studio’s tagline, and now the love is growing to include clothing on top of the beautiful and funky hand crafted jewellery, art, accessories, knits, and giftware she already carries.

“I want to have something for different people,” said Davis. “I want my boutique to be a place where anyone can find the perfect gift.”

One of the local contributors for the new clothing is Kelly Ruth, a painter and textile artist. Before creating her independent line, Ruth worked for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a wardrobe dyer. Her line supports sustainability and fair-trade.

“I don’t think the consumer-driven world we are in is working,” said Ruth. “When you buy a $30 dress, you win, but somebody loses terribly. If we make ethical manufacturing choices then we can change this system.”

Ruth’s collection is made from modal, a fabric derived from beech trees. She hand dyes each piece using homegrown dye-producing plants.

Designer Tracy Fillon also offers eco-friendly, fair trade clothing in her line, Dear Pony, which is available at Tara Davis Studio. The collection is a combination of contemporary and vintage designs. Her pieces are made from organic materials such as bamboo and Tencel, a biodegradable fabric.

Davis also carries Dear Pony upcycled sweater mittens and infinity scarves.

The Lilikoi line is made from natural fibres, which include bamboo, organically grown cotton and linen. Barbara Boswell Schutter, designer of Lilikoi, silkscreens her original printed designs onto clothing, and individual prints are used for limited production runs.

Both Dear Pony and Lilikoi are designers based in Nelson, BC., where Davis runs her second shop. Between Nelson and Winnipeg, Davis now carries products by over 50 makers across the country.

Melow par Mélissa Bolduc, a Montreal line will be available at Tara Davis Studio soon. The Melow clothing line is structured to flatter any body shape while allowing movement.

“I’m a maker first,” said Davis. “I support other artists’ and makers’ works too.”

Tara Davis Studio Boutique is located at 246 McDermot Ave. in the Exchange District.