Planks Canada was born out of a need to feel a little less guilty about shopping.
It was becoming more and more apparent to me that if I wanted things to be better, someone had to start doing better and making it easy for others to do better too and so Planks Canada was born!
I was finding it next to impossible to know what I was purchasing, where it was coming from and who it was actually supporting. I would buy from small Canadian companies only to find out the product purchased was made in a sweatshop and being promoted as Canadian. I was noticing people wanted to do better, they wanted to shop responsibility but it had become close to impossible without a TON of research on every product you purchase, which lets be honest, I don't know anyone with extra time on their hands.
For anyone that has known me even as a small child, it is no surprise I am doing what I am doing today. I have been sewing since as long as I can remember and as young as my Nanny would teach me. I've been cutting up bed sheets since I could find scissors and have been stubborn about clothing since birth. I knew without a doubt since grade 2 that I wanted to be a fashion designer and own my own business. I had absolutely no idea how I was going to accomplish any of this, but knew I was up for the hard work, so that's exactly what I did.
I got a full scholarship to fashion design school.
I got a job as a hat designer and learned the ins and outs of a small sewing business, trade shows, markets
I ran a promotional/ industrial sign and embroidery company and learned the ins and outs of that industry
I then earned a scholarship to start a business in Ontario, and I was off.
Somewhere along the line, I had become obsessed with Crystal Beach and couldn't believe the people around me didn't see the potential. I bought a house here in 2009, moved my job along with me, started sewing in the beach and I haven't looked back.
We opened our doors in 2016 as a very small store on derby road, which has turned into something much much larger. While I started with hand making everything myself, I quickly was unable to keep up and the need for responsibly made items has followed. We will be expanding again in the summer of 2022 ( yay!! ) so we can support our ever growing community and their needs for sustainable, ethically sourced, guilt free shopping.
When you shop with us, not only are you supporting a small Canadian store, but our family, our community and so many wonderful artisans + initiatives.
We give this business our all, everyday. It isn't easy most days, but we think its worth it and you guys let us know you think its worth it too.
Thank-you for your continued support <3
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