The Kootenays is a magical region of dense pine forests, epic mountain ranges and natural hot springs. This is where we grew up and where we draw inspiration for our Kootenay apparel. Kootz Collective™ is all about good folk, good fun, and the natural landscape that binds us no matter where we end up. It's apparel and goods that are the epitome of your laid back lifestyle. We are a sister-sister team of graphic designers who love nature, creative styling, and communications. This project is a culmination of modern design and local love. Whether you are from the Kootenays or not, our hope is that our aesthetic strikes a chord with your adventurous and outdoor-loving soul.
Our why: A Love Letter to our Roots
After a few years of working corporate jobs in Alberta and brimming with creative energy, one thing we could both agree on was that we missed home -- growing up surrounded by the outdoors and being part of the small town vibe. We were proudly raised under the protection of the Selkirk and Monashee mountains in Trail, BC and within the glacier fed waters of East Shore Kootenay Lake. Wanting a creative outlet for more personal design work and to represent our pride in our Kootenay roots, the Kootz Collective was born.
Our Outdoor & Kootenay Apparel
We source soft, quality materials in classic cuts and most of our designs are unisex. Our clothing is ethically sourced and made in WRAP-certified environments (certified safe, lawful, humane & ethical/sweatshop-free). All of our clothing is designed by us in Alberta and screen-printed in British Columbia.
A portion of every purchase made at KootzCollective.com goes to the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society. We are strong advocates of other small Canadian businesses and female entrepreneurs - we are working Moms! Aside from our Kootenay apparel line, we are also freelance designers and have careers in marketing. We've worked with many fine folks across Western Canada. We also host business and creative-focused workshops in Calgary and the Kootenays. Visit our work with us page for details.
Develop a sense of nostalgia for something or you'll never
figure out what is important.
- Gary Shteyngart