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Materials

Built to withstand Canada’s four seasons, all of our collections are produced using premium materials sourced from around the world. All fabric and hardware decisions are carefully considered ensuring a balance of comfort, functionality, durability and aesthetics. Modern textiles and technologies utilize cutting edge research and development from various fields and allow us to reinvent and update classic garments to suit a modern lifestyle. Alongside these modern fabrics and technologies are natural and traditional fabrics such as handspun wool, cashmere, and high-density cotton that have withstood the test of time and have earned a reputation over the course of decades or centuries. Alongside these considered fabrics are the finest fasteners and hardware available, made exclusively by Japanese specialists YKK.

CANADIAN FLEECE

Our cut and sew pieces are crafted with the superior quality Canadian cotton fleece. Knit and dyed in Canadian manufacturing facilities, this cotton fleece is unrivalled in its quality and softness. With the bar set by burgeoning Asian market, Canadian knitting mills sought to enhance their product. This resulted in the development of superior knitting techniques, as well as scrupulous inspection and quality control. Our cotton fleece manufacturers guarantee the quality of the fabric from yarn spinning, to the knitting mill, to the dye house, and through the garment production process.

We use cotton knit on a circular mill, creating a seamless tube by joining the fabric’s stitches. Using the “plush” knitting technique, threads are worked together for a more stable structure. The fabric is pre-washed and moisturized before undergoing additional processing. Treatments, like napping and compression, enhance the natural softness and thermal retention of the fleece. Each piece is stitched together with cotton thread and garment dyed; this process adds dimension and shading to the garment, augmenting its uniqueness and wabi-sabi.

COTTON WAFFLE THERMAL

Classic military waffle knit

WOOL FLANNEL

Our search for the ideal winter flannel fabric took us to Japan where we found this luxurious and soft fabric with a custom check pattern. Made from a slightly shaggy wool blend it is both breathable and insulating making it ideal for layering in the deep winter or as a lightweight outer layer in spring and fall.

WOOL CASHMERE KNIT

Renowned for its extremely soft hand feel and highly insulating properties, Cashmere is produced from fibers that make up the soft, downy undercoat of Kashmir goats. Collecting these particular fibers is a laborious task that must be done by hand. Cashmere wool is softer and lighter than sheep’s wool and possesses a higher loft, resulting in plush and extremely warm fabric. We combine Cashmere yarns with sheep wool to increase durability and add structure to the garment.

CANADIAN HAND KNIT WOOL

Hand knitting is a centuries-old technique, with roots dating to the 19th century and traditions found within Canada’s Indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Distinguishable by the thick, unprocessed home-spun wool yarns and bulky appearances, these hand knit pieces are prized for their unique appearance and time-intensive artisanal construction. We use a robust, virgin wool yarn, working with our Canadian knitter in creating a custom knit patterns.

CORDURA® RIPSTOP

Producing fabric for over 50 years, CORDURA® has become synonymous with durable fabric innovation. Originally developed for use in military tires, this versatile fabric is now used for rugged yet lightweight garments such as military combat uniforms, outdoor backpacks and footwear. We use a cotton cloth, blended with Cordura® nylon, combining the comfort and hand feel of cotton with the durability and abrasion resistance of Cordura®. This blend is renown for its comfort, strength and authentic cotton appearance.

CORDURA® COMBAT WOOL

CORDURA® Combat Wool for the colder temperatures. CORDURA® Combat Wool is made with an innovative merino wool and nylon blend that is ten times more abrasion resistant than regular wool while remaining soft to the touch, breathable and warm.

CORDURA® NYLON COTTON POPLIN

lightweight and durable Cordura® nylon and cotton poplin

ETAPROOF HD COTTON

Stotz EtaProof performance natural fabrics. EtaProof is a high density organic cotton that features high performance properties, with an extra long staple fibre yarn construction woven into a dense plain weave cloth that wears nicely over time. This all-weather fabric repels water without the need for synthetic yarns, while remaining breathable and soft to the touch.

POLARTEC®

With over 400 textiles in its portfolio, Polartec® leads the market in textile innovations and performance materials. HAVEN uses Polartec® High Loft™ insulation in a series of garments. High Loft™ was chosen for its enhanced fibre structures that, while soft and compressible, create larger air pockets within the fibres to retain even more thermal warmth than the alternative. High Loft™ currently holds the greatest warmth-to-weight ratio of all Polartec® fleece textiles. Its lightweight construction offers additional comfort and movement within pieces.

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PRIMALOFT®

PrimaLoft® was originally developed to serve the needs of the U.S. Army, which required a water-resistant, synthetic alternative to goose down. Now, the synthetic insulation manufacturer is globally recognized as the proven leader and constant pioneer of innovative insulation solutions. Our garments use PrimaLoft® Gold, the pinnacle level of PrimaLoft® insulation, for protection in extreme conditions. PrimaLoft® insulation uses synthetic microfibers, just a fraction of the diameter of a human hair, that form a tight collection of air pockets. These air pockets trap heat to your body and keep cold air out, providing an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. PrimaLoft® also insulates even in the wettest weather, maintaining 98% of warmth in wet conditions. In addition to its thermal properties, PrimaLoft® offers unmatched breathability, packability and exceptional softness.

POLYESTER MINI RIPSTOP 

Polyester mini ripstop

WOOL FLANNEL TARTAN

Japanese wool blended Tartan flannel plaid

KNITTED POLYESTER NYLON

A water and wind resistant compressed knitted polyester and nylon blend by Japanese knitting mill, KOMATSU, this fabric offers a unique soft and sculptural hand feel that will mold to the user with prolonged use.

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DOWN

Our down insulation is created in a specialized factory on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Down insulation offers peerless heat retention, directly injected into the quilted baffles of the lining of each piece. With a fill power of 700, this down insulation is lightweight and diffuses the heat evenly throughout the piece providing abundant warmth in sub-zero temperatures.

HARDWARE

No piece is complete without the elements that tie them all together. We uses exemplary hardware options, specifically YKK Excella® zippers and Michel snaps, ensuring each and every piece is finished with the very best. YKK’s Excella® zip fastenings are the best in garment manufacturing, with smooth locking teeth and substantial zip pulls for ease of use. Michel snaps provide unmatched security with its sturdy groove and press construction: this form of fastening refuses to give way under wearing pressure, but is easily adjusted when needed.