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Photo courtesy of Two Birds Apparel
A lot of guys would complain that clothing options for men pale in comparison for what is available for women. There are some great local retailers and brands from Vancouver offering a good range for men, but when you look for something in the eco or ethical space, the options are even smaller.
A recent player in the market is Two Birds Apparel, founded by Daniel and Tiffany Andrew in Toronto but now located in Vancouver. Daniel and Tiffany have taken on a slow fashion approach, releasing new garments only twice a year and focusing on classic styles.
Their efforts to maintain a high standard of sustainability score major points as they source Canadian eco-friendly textiles and manufacture in Ontario. Their packaging is biodegradable or made from recycled materials, they limit transportation and therefore emissions, and 1% of sales is donated to the David Suzuki Foundation. Some pretty impressive business standards that are backing up a great line of well-made men’s basics, required for any eco man’s wardrobe.
Jessica McIlroy: How did Two Birds Apperal get started?
Daniel Andrew: When Tiffany and I met, we were both looking for something that would be beneficial to consumers and the environment. Tiffany is a professional dancer and choreographer and has had a passion for clothing design since she was young. I was working as a management consultant in corporate sustainability. Together, we combined our interests and developed a brand of Canadian-made and fashionable apparel that was focused on reducing its environmental impact.
JM: Are you guys from Vancouver originally?
DA: I grew up in Vancouver and moved to Ontario for almost a decade for university and work. Tiffany grew up north of Toronto in a small town called Huntsville. We recently moved back to Vancouver to focus our efforts with Two Birds Apparel in the Pacific Northwest market.
JM: Tell me about your background in design and the garment industry.
TA: My experience as a Creative Director comes from a wide range of projects including producing and editing video, directing and choreographing live-stage productions, wardrobe and styling, website design and interior design. I see design as an extension of self and believe any medium can lend opportunity for expression.