Olmsted Outerwear crafts protective garments deeply inspired by the raw beauty of Canadian winters, ensuring every wearer is ready to face the elements with grace. Their commitment to nature is evident in the use of sustainably sourced natural fibers and practices that are kind to our planet.
- Inspiration: Located at the base of Mount Royal, Olmsted Outerwear embraces the teachings of Frederick Law Olmsted, a pioneer in urban park design, infusing this legacy into their garments.
- Founder’s Touch: Mélanie Ellezam brings her perfectionist eye and commitment to ethical practices to the brand, ensuring that sustainability and high style go hand in hand.
- Materials Matter: Their signature material is the rare Canadian eiderdown, collected by hand from wild eider ducks’ nests. No harm comes to these birds during this process, and this method contributes to conserving nesting islands. Plus, the down’s unique properties make it incredibly light and adapt to your body’s temperature.
- Craftsmanship: All pieces are made to order, ensuring a personal touch and emphasizing quality over quantity. Every garment reflects the brand’s passion for the best, kindest, and most sustainable choices.
- Sustainability: Olmsted goes beyond just using sustainable materials. They use biodegradable, vegan-friendly wax finishes on their coats and upcycled nylon, promoting reduced waste and a lesser environmental footprint. Their dedication extends to the partnership with the non-profit DUVETNOR society, ensuring ethical eiderdown harvesting practices.
Additionally, Olmsted Outerwear’s commitment to quality is showcased through their use of robust, nickel-free zippers made in Switzerland by riri, a brand that resonates with ethical and sustainable practices.
Whether you’re traversing icy terrains or navigating urban landscapes, Olmsted Outerwear ensures you’re cloaked in nature’s warmth, all while being a beacon of sustainable and ethical fashion choices. From the slopes of Mount Royal to the bustling streets of Berlin, wear a piece that speaks volumes about nature’s splendor and the need to protect it.