Gillian Stevens is a womenswear collection of easy to wear, classic designs made with quality sustainable fabrics.
Thoughtfulness is core to everything we do, from sourcing high quality organic, natural and recycled textiles to partnering with like-minded individuals who share our values of sustainability and ethical practices. Each piece of clothing carries with it the stories of those involved in bringing it to being, and those stories intertwined with our own are what make our clothing meaningful.
Our designs and collections are timeless, made to last and to be cared for, so that they become treasured pieces in your wardrobe for many years to come.
Gillian has always been inspired by the way that clothing fits into our lives; The meaning that an item can hold by the way it serves us, is a source of comfort, and how it connects us to special memories and people we love.
Gillian is passionate about creating simple and well made clothing for everyday living. The brand started out of a desire to fill the gaps in her wardrobe: versatile items that fit comfortably and adapt to the changing roles that she plays in her day.
Born and raised in Vancouver, and residing there with her husband and two boys, Gillian is proud to have a Canadian-designed collection and to be a Canadian designer.
The focus of the collections will always be classic pieces that can be worn as elevated, everyday clothing - always made ethically and sustainably.
photo by rebecca siewert
Sustainability, Ethical Practices & Materials
Our thoughtful approach means that every aspect of production is considered. The origin of the fabrics and fibres, choosing manufacturing partners with sustainable certifications, as well as carefully choosing the trims, labels and the packaging that we use.
We are passionate about making intentional choices as we seek to reduce waste and find better practices that help make a positive ecological impact. We are committed to continued learning on how we can make a positive impact and play a small role in changing the fashion industry for the better.
By designing timeless and made to last garments, we hope that our pieces can be worn and loved, cared for, mended when necessary to last for many years.
We are a slow fashion brand. We recognize that things take time, and that there are people behind the clothing we wear. By not subscribing to the typical fast fashion calendar, we are able to allow the time for our garments to be made well with respect to those involved in making them. The artisans and manufacturers that we work with are an integral part of our brand, and we really value the relationships we have built with them.
Our linen is made in Lithuania by company that specializes in the weaving, finishing and sewing of linen products.
The factory is certified in OEKO-TEX® and EUROPEAN FLAX® which guarantees of Environmental and Social Responsibility, with certified Traceability through the fibre’s global and European value chains.
Our knitwear is handcrafted in Peru by an ethical and Fair Trade certified, woman-run company. They employ highly skilled artisan groups which empower women to generate income and economic independence while working from or near home.
Their handloom and hand weaving Artisans maintain traditional production methods and artistry that has been handed down for generations. We also use yarns that are grown and spun in Peru, which eliminates unnessary shipping.
Earlier this year we began partnering with a local seamstress to produce some exclusive Canadian-made pieces. She grew up in Montreal where she receieved her degree in fashion design. She sews each piece by hand in her home, which happens to be a few minutes down the road from where I live. Her attention to detail and craftsmanship is exceptional, and it has been a joy to work closely with her.
We have chosen to work with primarily natural fibres which are biodegradable and more environmentally friendly to produce.
Linen is considered to be the oldest fabric in the world. It is naturally antibacterial and extremely durable, about 2-3 times stronger than cotton. It is machine washable, dries quickly, and gets stronger with wear which results in a long lasting garment.
Linen has a naturally low environmental impact. The production process requires significantly less water than cotton, and almost all of the flax plant can be used which means there is very little waste of the plant.
Our linen is from Lithuania, and is Standard 100 OEKO-TEX® certified.
All our organic cotton is GOTS certified. This certification guarantees the traceability of the organic cotton, as well as the standard of fair treatment to every person involved in the supply chain. Organic cotton is produced in land free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and defoliants; being different from conventional cotton. The organic standards do not allow the use of GMOS.
All of our cotton is sustainably sourced and is ether Standard 100 OEKO-TEK® certified or Better Cotton (BCI) compliant.
Our Alpaca and Wool yarns are spun by farmers in Peru that are committed to sustainability, as well as a deep connection to their local communities. The farmers are also committed to the fair treatment of the animals and the alpaca and wool yarns are cruelty free.
Alpaca is warmer, stronger, lighter and softer than materials such as cashmere and merino wool. It is known for its luxurious fleece and versatility: it won’t shrink or pill if given correct care, it is hyper allergenic and has water resistant properties.
By buying an alpaca product, you are directly contributing to the livelihood to the people who depend on exporting this wonderful fibre to survive.
Our wool comes from sheep in the Andean Highlands. It's incredibly soft (the softest we've ever felt!) and there are many beautiful natural colours. All the yarns we use are not processed or dyed before being spun and knit into sweaters in our partner workshop in Peru.