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 work. Kootz Culture 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 cord with your adventurous and outdoor-loving soul.
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 born in raised between the Selkirk range in Trail, BC and 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 in a modern, well-designed way, our brand was born.
We source soft, quality materials in classic cuts. Our clothing is ethically sourced and produced in WRAP-certified environments, so they are certified safe, lawful, humane & ethical (sweatshop-free). All of our screen printing is done in BC or Alberta, Canada. Packages are wrapped and sent out with love by us!
Work & Collaboration
We are strong advocates of other small Canadian businesses and female entrepreneurs - we are working Moms! Aside from our apparel line, we are also freelance designers. 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