THE FUTURE OF FASHION STARTS HERE
Fashion is a big part of our DNA. With over 15 years in the industry, we believe that clothing has the power to show people who we really are, attract others, and even tell stories. But, having to wear clothing at all comes at a cost. Our environment is affected by how we are farming, manufacturing and using fashion. Its time we were more accountable.
We are constantly striving to work on a better system (we are definitely not perfect), and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Staying true to the core values of our brand at City of Angels, we believe that transparency is key, that we have to do better and that we all need to be aware and proud of our purchasing decisions.
At City of Angels we design and manufacture clothing, accessories and home decor. We either create from our own hands here in Toronto, or work with small family owned manufacturers in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York to achieve our looks. Bali Indonesia has become a spot we enjoy visiting to create lines for our store and love it for the sustainability (eco fabrics like bamboo tencel, rayons, cottons and dyes), fair labour and very importantly, transparency. We break bread with our suppliers (well not really because we are gluten free duh) and are part of the design and overall well being of our team.
Our goal here at CA is to help you so the next time you pick up a dress or a t-shirt, check the label and make an educated purchase by avoiding potential conflict countries that manufacture with child labour, low wages, unsustainable practices and little to no trace-ability. Check out the BIG 5 below for safe places!
THE BIG 5
The big 5 are countries that have a long history in traditional garment construction, long before the industrial revolution gave way to mass manufacturing. These places still hold global respect for manufacturing, farming and very importantly human rights. You can be sure that the clothing you purchase from us is from one of the BIG 5 and that we are a direct part of the design, manufacturing or purchasing of our garments.
ITALY- Arguably the birthplace of fashion, Italy retains a thriving garment industry. From mills, to true couture artisans, Italy maintains strict guidelines for manufacturing and selling garments and a made in Italy stamp is a proud proclamation that they value their production.
NORTH AMERICA- If your garments are made in Canada or the USA, you can sleep happy knowing that you are contributing not only to our economy, but are a part of a movement to keep manufacturing from going abroad to places like Pakistan, China and Thailand. Manufacturing trace-ability and quality of garments are trusted here.
PORTUGAL- If you are looking for knitwear and leathers, as well as sustainable materials like cork, Portugal is your place. With a rich history in design, big cities and small country towns are home to amazing manufacturers who know all about that work/life balance.
SPAIN- Spain is more than just a great historical vacation spot. Known for its arts scene, there are towns all over Spain known for and dedicated to a particular garment skill. Shoes, suiting and bright bold patterns are a signature of these sun kissed Europeans.
TURKEY- With a very farm to table approach, fabric mills and manufacturers are close to the land and close to the garments. Excellent for denim, leathers, suiting and knitwear, you can trust the liberal Turkish for their pristine factories and quality garments.
We love telling our story and are proud of where and how our garments are made. We are also welcome to any feedback, and would love info on any new brands making waves in the fashion world.