"Shopping local" is a phrase that is permeating our culture, one may even say it's what the hip kids are doing these days. We all know shopping local is probably a good idea, but why exactly is it so great? Does it really make a difference? We’ve talked to a couple local Calgarian experts to find out exactly how choosing to shop locally impacts our community
As a new chill to the air rolls in we are reminded of the joys of this new season like snug sweaters, warm drinks and the tender falling snowflakes that romanticize our evenings. At the same time, we can't help but also be reminded that living in the prairies of Canada means our skin suddenly becomes dry, itchy and unpredictable in the wintery months. As skin becomes extra sensitive with the changing of seasons, it is the perfect time to search for non-toxic, all natural products that will protect and nourish your skin. Check out our post on Conscious Cosmetics to learn more about why buying natural products is so important for you and for the planet.
Sweet, delicious, soft and delightful come to mind when one thinks of the word buttercream. All of these enticing words are an apt description of Calgary's own Buttercream Clothing. Designed and produced in Calgary and Kelowna, Buttercream Clothing is swiftly becoming a staple in the Calgary-maker scene. An obvious favourite at Alberta markets as well as impressive international popularity, it's a brand we are always keeping our eye on.
Fond Boutique initially caught our eye at Market Collective with their curated collection of noticeably unique mid to high end brands, all collected second hand. This Instagram-based consignment shop offers those who do not have the time or will to sift through racks upon racks at second hand stores an opportunity to shop beautifully maintained second hand clothing. Fond Boutique allows the shopper to save time, pay significantly less for high end brands, reduce their consumer waste by buying second hand and receive personal styling help from Tanya, the brains and beauty behind Fond Boutique. You can often find Fond Boutique at Market Collective and Commonwealth Collector's Club OR book a private appointment to shop the collection.
My New Neighbour challenges you to get on the road to ethical shopping this New Year!
From the perspective of a budget shopper, one of the most difficult things about shopping ethically is definitely the price tag. If you're used to fast fashion prices (think Forever 21, H&M, Zara) the ethical sticker shock can be pretty overwhelming.
Consignment stores will take your used clothing, sell it for you and give you a portion of the profits, or in store credit. As a shopper, one can often find well known brands in great condition at prices that range from fair to so good your heart stops for a second.
Studio Intent is an intimate, brightly lit retail space on the bustling Stephen Ave in Calgary, AB. It is owned and operated by Chantal, a lady with class, confidence and a passion for celebrating Canadian designers. The store is home to 100% Canadian designed and made clothing. My New Neighbour was incredibly intrigued to learn of the intention and heart behind Studio Intent so we arranged to spend some time getting to know Chantal.
What began as a one year commitment to kick off My New Neighbour has quickly turned into a much welcomed long term lifestyle change. The challenge of a "Year of Ethical Fashion" seemed wild and exciting as the seeds for My New Neighbour were planted in our imaginations many months ago.