Designs on Vancouver: Bamboo Clothes

Photo: www.dreamdesigns.c

Fashion writer Victoria Everman catches up with a few of the designers exhibiting at the Green Living Show in Vancouver.

Bamboo Clothes Canada
Widely touted for its strength, soft texture and unrivaled moisture wicking capabilities, bamboo fabrics have become the latest trend in sustainable fashion. "There is no better feeling in the world than to wrap yourself in a luxurious fabric that breathes with your skin," says Bamboo Clothes Canada. Just 18 months after opening their online store in 2003, BCC sold 90,000 bamboo t-shirts -- nothing short of enormous growth.

Known for being one of the most comprehensive online shops for basic bamboo clothing, BCC plans to expand into bamboo hosiery, towels, bed linens, underwear and robes in the near future. Their bamboo fiber shawls offer a beautiful splash of color that would be perfect for your next night on the town. Basic t-shirts for both men and women are abounding in a pleasant variety of colors. Athletic socks, hoodies, and sweaters round out the webstore's current products. Make sure to visit the Bamboo Clothes Canada booth to experience the softest fabric since cashmere.

Dancing Bears Hemp Clothing
Don't let the word "hemp" make your turn away. Most remember the itchy, unattractive clothing often worn by the hippie generation of the 1960s. Since then, hemp fabrics have come a long way. Still incredibly durable and versatile, this generation's fabrics are softer than ever – often compared you the all-time classic: cotton. Based on the southeast side of British Columbia's Salt Spring Island, Dancing Bears Hemp Clothing is run by founder and designer Caroline Thibealt. Making both clothing and jewelry for men and women, hand-dyed hemp fabrics are Caroline's starting point. Her modern designs are sure to give your wardrobe a sustainable boost.

Dream Designs
Currently run by Bei Linda Tang, Vancouver-based Dream Designs is one of the most established companies in the area. Started in 1981 by the late Irma McInnis, Dream Designs specializes in sleep, spa, mediation, yoga and home d&#0233cor items made from sustainable fabrics in local factories. "Our rising standard of living should not come at the expense of the environment," says Tang. "There are always sustainable alternatives and as a business owner I feel obligated to make those alternatives available."

As a member of the Organic Trade Association and One Percent for the Planet, Dream Designs operates two stores in Vancouver (one on infamous Commercial Drive) which attract customers of all ages and financial means. Fashion-wise, DD's organic cotton herbal dyed loungewear for both men and women is the ultimate in relaxed evening comfort. Robes, gowns, night shirts and pajama sets make up the collection, which is hand-loomed and made in Canada. Dream Designs will have their fashions but also their sheets, duvets, yoga and mediation supplies at their show exhibit.

Victoria Everman is a freelance writer, model, on-camera personality and founder of the San Francisco Craft Mafia.