ARTIFACT was chosen for our new name (the shop was formerly called be) because it comes from the Latin phrase 'arte factum' meaning "to make by skill". We value human craft and the longevity of garments and objects made with quality workmanship. The products we carry reflect this and are selected with these concepts in mind:
SMALL BATCH because the care of the maker and attention to detail that goes into limited edition & small batch goods is the opposite of mass produced. We also appreciate the creative originality inherent in small batch design.
HANDMADE because meaningful connection is fostered through stories and when we can know a maker, even a little, and the story behind an object or garment, then we value it that much more and care for it that much better.
SLOW FASHION because we love the creativity and self-expression that fashion offers but are saddened by the impacts of fast fashion on people and our planet. The slow fashion movement encourages awareness and responsibility, waste reduction, ethical manufacturing and fair wages. It encourages designing, creating and choosing garments for quality and longevity. Because we wear clothing everyday and are striving to do better.
THANK YOU for supporting independent Canadian designers and small local businesses. We couldn't be here without you.