At the end of last year I managed to find my first pair of raw denim jeans. After a few false starts with brands that lied or were still too "marketie" I managed to find stores which had a unique take on raw denim. For one thing they had knowledgeable staff and could provide a lineage of sorts for their clothing. One store even made it a point to only sell items which were made in North America.
This got me thinking... Why am I still promoting the global market, which has devolved in maximizing the inequality of global access to education, food, and elimination to poverty.
I decided, with some of the funds from my final few university-based income, to replace my entire wardrobe with items made only in North America.
There are modern clothes still made in Canada and the USA, but I decided to focus on an older style, that from he mid 1800's to the mid 1900's. A part of this is due to a focus on some particular art pieces I want to do. These pieces are intended to pay a certain amount of respect to the older industries in Alberta. Coal mining, construction, teaching, farming, resource management, etc.
To fully immerse myself in the mindset of those who people who helped define and build this province (and this country) I decided to focus on the clothing styles that would have been available at those times.
The store I have shopped at, is called #northamericanqualitypurveyors
and their mandate is "only made in north America". The brands I chose (granted some of them are very new but have the right aesthetic) are #rogueterritory
, #freenotecloth #leftfieldnyc #chippewaboots
, and #. There are a few gaps in my clothing goal, namely socks and undies, but so far #stanfields
and a few brands for work socks have satisfied my goal.
My Fathers family moved to Canada from Holland in the fifties, finding a new life in Canada, originally clearing watering canals in the Southern Alberta, nine (?) family members living in a two room shack near Lethbridge.
The artwork is intended to mate strength and determination of his family as they immigrated to Canada as it is the industrious spirit of those who settled this province. The clothing may be a pale attempt to h the world they lived in, but it does I still an inspiration for understanding their hardships.