Urbanity buys directly from designers.   We have tried to include an image of the designer in the pictures below, so you can also feel a connection to the person who has designed the clothes you will find in Urbanity. The clothes and accessories we buy are made mostly in Europe, with love and care, and that tell a story.  
We want to share their stories with you.

Artemesia Handmade

www.artemesiamade.com

We met Wendy Akroyd at the Designer and Agents show in New York in February 2016. We were not particularly looking for a new designer, but Wendy and her fabulous linens captured us, and in a few moments we had created an order. Wendy’s clothes are linen, and proud of the characteristic of the fabric to wrinkle. The shapes are casual, and have pockets. They will easily move from one season to the next. Wendy is based in Massachusetts where the clothes are made.

Butapana

www.butapana-on-facebook.com

Butapana is a Japanese brand. We met Kaoko with her assistant on the Butapana stand at the Coterie in New York in February 2014.  We took photos of them and their stand, and they took photos of us.  Since then there has been a wonderful exchange of photos of Cherry-blossoms.

The knits are made of extremely fine wool threads, and are super soft and very colourful.  They are fun! Butapana make a range of dresses, skirts, sweaters, jackets, and a wealth of accessories, changing out their designs every year.  The sizing is small, but the scarves know no size, or gender.

Carmen G

www.carmengdesign.com

Carmen Bélanger is a native of Gaspésie, and has made her mark in the world of fashion in Québec. We carry her highly functional, reversible hooded rainproof coats, and her adjustable skirts.   Her coats come in three lengths as do her skirts. Carmen’s designs are well thought-out and very practical while being extremely stylish.

Cat Kahrs

www.cat-kahrs.com

Catherine Kahrs studied Fashion and Design in Nottingham, England, and Kolding, Denmark, and has been knitting since she was 5 years old!  Catherine works mainly with linen, and linen combined with metals — as well as wool and silk — to create simple designs that are not season or fashion defined.  She sells her work in Copenhagen and is a member of the knit-design group “net maskerner”.  Catherine has worked in knitwear factories in India and Spain, as well as in Scandinavia.

Cut Loose

www.cutloose.com

We have carried Cut Loose since Urbanity opened.  Their clothes are relaxed, colourful, and made from natural fibres in San Fransisco.

Cut Loose make their designs in unbleached fabrics and then garment dye them.  Cut Loose started in the early 70’s making t-shirts and draw-string pants, dying them in a bathtub.  Now they sell their designs all over North America and the UK.  You can read more about the company on their website.

EKA (ekà)

www.eka.co

Ekà is an Indian fashion label designed by Rina Singh in Delhi, and made from natural textiles (wool, cotton, linen) spun and woven in smaller craft clusters in rural India from Bhuj in Gujerat, to Fulia in Bengal. The clothing is hand-crafted using traditional Indian techniques. Shapes randomly follow the lines of the body and fall unrestricted to create an individualistic feminine fashion statement. The name Ekà is based on the Sanskrit Ek meaning “one”.

EST

www.elsaesturgie.net

I kept being drawn to Elsa Esturgie’s stand at the D&A in New York last February. I was attracted by the natural fabrics and the rawness of the simple, contemporary designs. Else was not boastful about her work, and a little shy when I asked if I could take her picture for my website. Click here to see an article about the designer with a peek into her Paris Atelier.

Fog Linen 

www.foglinenwork.com

Yumiko Sekine started to design products from Lithuania linen in Lithuanian 10 years ago. She launched her line with a collection of only 7 items.

Today Fog Linen Work products are leading in defining the natural life style trend in Japan. Yumiko has her own shop in Tokyo.

The clothes are simple and functional. The collection includes socks and wool/linen blends for winter.  We carry more Fog Linen designs in the summer season.

Geske Design

www.geske-design.dk 

Geske works alone in her city studio in a building dating from 1645. She was trained at Denmarks Design School, and draws her inspiration from historical garments found in the Danish National Museum.
Geske knits with soft merino wool using a computerized knitting machine. She is fascinated by small design details and the challenge of producing them. Her work is colourful, graphic, and extremely well-executed.

We have samples showing the quality and the colours of Geske’s designs, so you can order a sweater if we don’t have it in stock.

GudrunGudrun 

www.gudrungudrun.com

Two women, both with the name Gudrun and both from the Faroe islands met and found their common interest.
They started their business designing knitted clothing that was made by hand by women living on the islands.  It is their sweater that has been worn in the Danish version of ‘The Killing’.

We sometimes have to wait for GudrunGudrun to arrive, and we love their products when they come–from thin eco merino tops to hand-knit sweaters.


Read more about the story of GudrunGudrun

Maria Byman

www.mariabyman.com

Maria Byman is a Swedish designer based in Stockholm. Her timeless designs are unusual and often avant gard.

The designs are made from knitted and fulled Shetland wool.

Her summer collection is made from cotton and linen.

Mariedal Design

www.mariedaldesign.se

Mariedal Design is located in Alingsås on the train connection between Gøtteborg and Stockholm.  It is a small company comprised of only 6-7 persons taking care of design, production, and the office.

They knit a fabric in soft wool using a number of different knit stitches including moss, jacquard, lace, and pleat, that is then cut and sewn into garments and accessories.

Most garments are reversible, and come in 50 different colours!

McVerdi

www.mcVerdi.dk

McVerdi started in 1985 when Lotte Honore opened her atelier and boutique in Copenhagen, realizing her dream to produce original designs made from the best fabrics available.

McVerdi designs are made from natural fibres in Europe.  Today McVerdi designs are sold in a number of specialized shops in Scandinavia, and now in Urbanity, in Vancouver.

The McVerdi line of raincoats and clothing are designed for women looking for comfortable and functional clothing that will last for many seasons.

NygårdsAnna

www.nygardsanna.se

Designed in Sweden by Anna Bengtsson.  Made from the most beautiful natural materials – cotton, ramie,  silk, linen, and wool, the designs have a rustic simplicity with an avantgard style.

There is a new collection twice a year and some of the designs repeat in new fabrics so you can add to your Nygardsanna each year.  It has been said that Nygardsanna is Sweden’s best kept secret.

We are the only stockists in North America. Anna Bengtsson speaks about her designs here.

Photos by Carl Bengtsson

Pernilla Svenre

www.pernillasvenre.com

Pernilla started her production just 15 years ago when she presented her line of knitted cardigans at the Copenhagen Fashion Festival.

Her designs are based on a medieval pattern that creates a beautifully feminine silhouette. She uses yarn that is spun from organically raised merino sheep, and by farmers who are concerned about sustainability in wool production.

Her alpaca yarns are butter-soft and come from Bolivia. The production and sales are done by only 5 people. Pernilla’s designs are sold shops selling unique clothing.

Privatsachen

www.privatsachen.com

Introducing Privatsachen for spring/summer 2017! We have been looking at the designs from this German company for many years and have now brought in a small collection of organic cotton and cotton/linen dresses and tops. Connie Rethmann is the owner and Clothes Author of Privatsachen (Private Things).  The company has been making sustainable clothing for 30 years in Hamburg.  The styles are comfortable, the colours are soft.  Their motto is – everything remains different.

Ralston

www.ralston.nu

Linda Ralston creates her designs in the country-side on the shores of the Baltic Sea at the southern tip of Sweden. Formally Ralston Design, Ralston sources her fabrics in Europe to create designs that are stylish and comfortable, with a good helping of fun.

Solveig Hisdal – Oleana

www.oleana.no

Solveig Hisdal is the designer for Oleana.  Solveig developed her interest in textile design and fashion as a young person growing up Bergen where museums house rich collections of artifacts and fabrics that were brought to Norway from the far east along the silk road. Norway has decorative folk traditions that includes clothing with elaborate embroidery, and that often includes snippits of fabrics and ribbons from far away places.  Solveig studied graphic design in Norway, and Fashion in New York.  She has a keen sense of ornamentation and colour.  Solveig has written the book “Poetry in Stitches” that describes much of her inspiration for colour and pattern.

Solveig has found inspiration for the Oleana collections from architecture and artifacts found along the silk road, traditional motifs from world cultures, and most recently from fabrics from the 1700s, and Japanese woodblocks and kimono fabric.