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    THREADED | no labels, just vibes.

    THREADED | no labels, just vibes.

    The threaded collection has gone through a few iterations since its beginning.
    Last Spring, I realized I wanted each sweater under the THREADED label to make a statement.
    This is when no labels, just vibes was born.

    no labels, just vibes, threaded collection, thrifted collection, upcycled collection.What does ❤️‍🔥 no labels, just vibes❤️‍🔥 mean? 

    When I decided that each sweater needed to make a bigger statement, I wanted something clean and simple that could be embroidered on each piece. Something that could be a badge of honour for the person wearing it.

     Reflecting on what inspired THREADED, I kept coming back to the waste that labels create. Their uncontrolled production that produces too much clothing every year, flooding our secondhand shops and landfills with unwanted clothing.This led me to think on why thrifting has always inspired me. Each shop is a melange of clothing from different generations and different styles and when thrifting it forces you to figure out your personal style, it allows you to develop a keen sense for the vibe of each piece.This is how no labels, just vibes was born.

    Once this motto was in my head I couldn’t stop thinking of its double meaning. It could be applied to clothing, but I kept thinking about our need as a society to label people. We use these labels to put people in a box to help us understand them, but it can also bring immediate judgement. When labels are chosen by the individual person they can be very empowering, but so often these labels are given to us by others.

    Vibes are real. Whether with people or style, it is a feeling, an energy that attracts us. What if we used these feelings over the labels that we are told to carry or wear. The more I sat with this motto the more I knew it was the vibe I wanted THREADED to carry forward.

     This collection first launched in person this past Fall and the conversations it sparked were more than I could have imagined. People of all ages explored and shopped this collection.

    I had young people shop and explain the vibes they got from thrifted pieces to their parents.

    I had a grandma, a long time thrifter, who bought pieces for each of her grandchildren who now thrifted.

    I had parents and step-parents shop and talk about how their children were choosing their own identities and that this slogan would mean so much to them.

    It literally made my heart burst when each THREADED piece found its home and I can’t wait to have more conversations in a week at the Spring One of a Kind Show, March 30th - April 3rd. Buy your tickets here.

     

    This collection means so much to me. Edition 8 launches Thursday @ 8pm.

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    Copious HQ Happenings

    chameleon hollywood con queen, farley mowet lost in the barrens, pam and tommy, sewing threaded

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    HOLLYWOOD CON QUEEN

    I have been bored with my podcast selection of late, until Miss Kaja got me hooked on the Hollywood Con Queen. This story is crazy, but what is even more crazy is that this story wasn’t already out in the ethos. Each episode was more shocking and twisted, and made working on a Saturday a lot easier.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    LOST IN THE BARRENS

    Farley Mowet is one of my favourite authors. He weaves such beautiful stories and often showcases Canada’s beautiful landscape. This story is of two brothers, although not blood related, after spending an entire winter out in the Arctic alone they are bound for life. The sequel is equally as good, when they go back in search of the Viking’s Grave.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    PAM & TOMMY

    This show is SO good! I didn’t know much about Pam & Tommy’s relationship, besides the obvious, the sex tape. This show dives way deeper and honestly Pam Anderson shouldered so much misogyny for just being sexual. She is a feminist, who had to defend herself and her career because someone stole something private.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    THREADED

    Last Fall I finally got the chance to sell the THREADED collection in person. The reaction was beyond anything I could have dreamt. Getting to see all of your reactions and love for this collection inspired me for edition 8. It will be dropping so soon, 26.03.22, until then here’s a sneak peek.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    CELEBRATING

    February has been mostly me sewing, but I had to take time to celebrate this sweet, stylish, creative human. There is nothing like spoiling the little ones in your life to bring you all the joy you could need. My grandparents are finally out of lockdown from their retirement community which meant we all got to celebrate together!

     

    Femme Stories | Edition 24 | Patricia

    The Femme Stories is a blog series celebrating the makers who inspire, empower their communities and continue to gift us with their creativity; these are their stories.
     
    Patricia | La Pimbêche
     
    I am a huge fan of the La Pimbêche. I first came across Patricia and her brand at the last OOAK we had before Covid. I was cruising through the aisles not really shopping, when I was completely drawn into this booth. They had these stunning one of a kind jean jackets and they were painted with colourful graphics. Ever since that moment I have been obsessed with the La Pimbêche message; empowerment.
    patricia, designer and owner of la pimbeche, your one stop shop for feminist apparel

     

     What is La Pimbêche, for anyone who is new to your brand? 

    La Pimbêche started as my artist name and through the years it became the brand, but diving deeper, it’s really the subject that I am focusing my art around. It is self determination; self love and you are going to feel that in my art through the different mediums I use. No matter what medium, the constant is the subject that I always focus my energy on; it's empowerment and self confidence. Obviously through this, it's all about feminism for sure, but there's so many layers of feminism.Fighting for gender equality and fighting the social construct that is based on the patriarch to name a few. Ultimately La Pimbêche is the art and the message and through this I have been able to see my art travel. To allow the message and the value to transfer to one another and for that message to be spread. That is why La Pimbêche was the perfect word for me as an artist and my brand. 

    What does Pimbêche mean in French and what inspired you to choose this artist name? 

     I love this question and I get it a lot. So, La Pimbêche is an old French word used in Quebec, and I'm pretty sure it comes from France, but it is rooted Quebec culture. So, if you look in the dictionary, it will define a woman that is pretentious and arrogant, but what it actually is, in our language, is an old word used to criticize a woman, not a man. It's a word for a woman that is speaking loudly, standing up for themselves and who is independent. And at this time, it was an insult. It was a word used to oppress women, and to minimize their power, and to shut them down. For me, this word means so much in terms of the position of women and the history of women. How the patriarchy was so strong within the language. I took this name because I want to reclaim it. I want to reclaim this oppression. When I say our power, I am talking about my gender where I define myself as woman, but it can definitely be any person who defines themselves as a woman, non-binary, or any other gender. This word held so much power so it was perfect for me as an artist, and then my brand.  

    What did you do before starting La Pimbêche in 2018?

     My background is in marketing, advertising, branding and I did social media content strategy. My path was art school, and then grad school. For me, it was important to start my experience in the advertising and branding world, more in the corporate arena, to gain that kind of experience. I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I knew I wanted something related to art, but I didn’t know how that would look, so 11 years ago, I started marketing in the fashion industry. This then shifted to the Telecom Industry which was a very hard moment in my life, because this industry was mainly men. It was my first interaction of working with mostly men and I felt a bit alone, sometimes in terms of the emotional fear, it was definitely very triggering at the time, but I gained a lot of experience in business and marketing. I did this for 8 or 9 years before I realized it was time to jump into being my own boss. I wanted to be able to be create and fulfill that part of me, so I switched careers and become an entrepreneur and an artist.

    Your brand always makes bold statements and focuses on empowering people, was this always a staple in your art or did it become more important because of the political climate that rose up in 2018?

    I think it's a mix of both. At the time I was working in a mostly male environment, so it really hit me how different the dynamic was between the genders. This is where I strongly experienced patriarchal situations in conversations and through actions. 2018 was an eye opening year for everyone, including myself and I definitely had my aw ha moment, where I thought we finally have recognized of a big problem that has been in our society and in the roots of our society for too much time. It's a problem that literally affects everyone and in all spheres of their life; home, work, school, relationships. I think we all started to question and challenge our own BS. I know personally I reflected on my own position and how I tackle feminism. How do I treat consent? I started to ask how can I contribute and do better in this world through my gift, through my calling, which is being an artist. I wanted to see how could I take this gift and be able to inspire this conversation for the highest good of society.

    You also do a collection of upcycled Jean Jackets, what inspired you to start working with vintage and thrifted pieces?

     Yes, the collection of upcycle jean jackets is my baby. I love doing these. I started by collecting jackets while I travelled and I ordered some of them from the UK. I love the history and emotion that is carried with each jacket. Each distressed detail, mark or scuff is a part of its beautiful history and I feel it is also connected to the history of female evolution. I feel an energy in each jean jacket and this energy has been transmitted into the art piece that I put on it. I feel honoured by these pieces.

    This year you started selling at Simons, being a Quebec owned fashion retailer how important was this milestone for you? 

    This was such a massive surprise. Simons is a big retail store in Quebec and it's all across Canada, they also have a huge online store and when they actually emailed me it was a big moment for me. The fact that they found me through Instagram and were interested in my message and brand, that was a huge win. Obviously being carried in 15 stores and online was incredible, but the fact that a major player in the Fashion Industry wanted to be a part of this conversation, that they agreed with the values of my brand and wanted to support my mission, this was very thrilling. It's almost like, you know, when you find your ultimate purpose, the universe gives you the opportunity to strive for it, and to be visible and show up in the world and be found. The higher forces presented this to me and it was a big milestone andI am very grateful.

    You also put your art work into oracle cards, which are empowering, educational and beautiful how did the idea for these products come about?

    The oracle cards are something so magical and so strong. Last year, I wanted to do a product that was a tool for helping people to nourish, understand and tap into their inner fire, confidence and determination. I kept looking at my existing product line and just didn’t see how my idea to would translate to clothing. In my personal life I read tarot cards and it has helped me practice to self love. Then I was like, Hey Patricia, this is right in front of your face every day! You use oracle and tarot cards for your own practice, in order to be the best version of yourself and you're asking which product should you create to help people do the same thing.It was right in front of my face. The deck focuses on confidence, self determination and self love. So, it's not very spiritual, it's called Badass Manifestor and it's all about being a badass in your personal life and when it comes to making decisions. It doesn't matter if it's a good or a bad decision, this is not the point; the decision is the point. It’s about being aligned with yourself in that moment. Each day you pull a card, read aloud the affirmation. Maybe you have an intention, or problem in your life and the card you pull speaks to you. It’s not necessarily the words, it's also the visual, and the colours and the energy from each card. When it came to creating the oracle cards I used a lot of my own affirmations. I do a lot of journaling, it is a daily practice for me, so I started to collect all my affirmations that I was using myself these past few years. This oracle deck is very strong with energy, and it has been received so beautifully. I am really happy they are helping people become the best version and the most badass version of themselves. 

    Lastly what are you currently reading? 

    I am reading two books right now. I am almost finished, The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein and I just starting Code Red by Lisa Lister.  

     

    Whether you feel empowered in your life and want to see that reflected in your clothing or if you need that support of empowerment, La Pimbêche is a brand you must follow. Patricia is so conscious about the words she uses, it only makes sense that her graphics and art are the same way. Each piece has a clear intention and she wants that message of love to spread from herself to her clientele. She spreads this message of self determination, self love, empowerment through each piece of art, each product and she is creating a better world by pushing us to think outside the box that the patriarchy wants us to be in.

    Check out all the La Pimbêche brand has to offer here & make sure to follow on Instagram.

    Copious HQ Happenings

    cbc podcast boys like me, north of normal book, reservations dogs, prepping fall 2022, enjoying winter

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    BOYS LIKE ME

    I am a big fan of CBC podcasts. They are not too flowery and they are great at making the facts front and centre. This series was a comparison between two boys, now men, who were in the same special needs class in highschool. Both are autistic, both struggled with meeting women and both went on very different paths in life.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    NORTH OF NORMAL

    This memoir was a great read, super quick and adventurous. Her life starts in California, but eventually she ends up in the Canadian wilderness with her extended family. Raised in the 60’s by her young mom, her grandparents stepped in to get away from the growing modern world and moved out to the woods to get away from all that was going wrong around them.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    RESERVATIONS DOGS

    I had heard great things about this show and it lived up to all the hype. It is deep, educational, funny, emotional. The actors have a bond that shows through and makes you instantly fall in love with them and their world. I highly recommend this show, it had my laughing out loud and showed me a world  I haven’t seen before.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    FALL 2022

    I have started getting in the habit of kicking off a new year with sewing up some of my harder pieces first. Things that need to go to my contractors’ for buttonholes, snaps, embroidery get done early in the year so they can be prepped and ready to go. Ponchos are all prepped and stored away!

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    COTTAGING IN WINTER

    As a kid I never really went to our family’s cottage in the winter, but this year we were determined to use it year round. The kiddos adore the cottage and we all loved seeing them experience it in a different season. We had a fire side lunch, we went tobogganing, prepped a skating rink, went ice fishing, went exploring on the river, it was lovely to just enjoy winter.

     

    Valentine's Day Gift Guide

    When we think of February, people will picture heart candies, flowers, chocolate; we think of love and friendship and celebrating that. Whenever we are gifting we should always look to our local makers first. 

    No matter what your stye for Valentine's Day, I have you covered, from thrifted ideas, to baked goods, to heart themed pieces, if it's locally made it's extra special!

    Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, Thrifted finds, Inspiring Olivia Baked Goods, Conscious Heart Sweater, Glass Sun Catchers and ripple Splash Studio patches, stickers and pins

    1.  BOHO BRASS T.O. has an incredible curated collection. You can shop their instagram, but move quick, their pieces are coveted and sell out quick. 

    2.  INSPIRING OLIVIA has a yummy Valentine's Day Gift Box full of delicious gluten free treats, the perfect way to say I miss you, I love you, or both! 

    3.  COPIOUS has you covered with the classic heart sweater that will be great for Valentine's Day and every day after that.

    4.  SLIM CHANCE GLASS offers a wide range of unique and chic sun catchers. 

    5.  RIPPLE SPLASH STUDIO has cool patches, stickers and pins, all perfect gifts to ship to that special person farther away.  

    No matter how you celebrate this day, when you gift local you are supporting someones dream, making that gift extra special!