At espy over half of the brands we carry are manufactured and designed in Canada and follow Canadian labour standards and regulations.
espy deals with reputable companies in Canada and all over the world trusting they ensure acceptable working environments for their factory workers. We cannot and have not audited all of the factories of these manufacturing facilities as this is simply not feasible. Our owner Megan has visited many of the factories in Canada and the United States and can personally attest to their conditions. espy believes that the only way that consumers can be sure of social responsibility is to shop local, and buy Canadian.
For environmental responsibility, we encourage consumers to look to brands, specifically denim brands that use dry processes in their denim manufacturing. It takes over 3000 liters of water to make a single pair of jeans. With the use of dry manufacturing processes water usage can be cut by over 50%. espy encourages our clients to educate themselves on sustainable fabrics like bamboo, tencel, modal, organic cotton, organic linens as well as dyes and to look for brands that advertise their sustainable environmental practices.
When the consumer is interested in a brand, it is their responsibility to investigate, conduct the necessary research, and make their determination if they fit their criteria for being socially and environmentally responsible. The espy stylists can provide a wealth of knowledge about each brand but cannot possibly know everything about the brand’s supply chain, manufacturing process or environmental and social policies.
With that said, at espy we always deal with reputable companies and promote social responsibility in our business through our own policies and commitments to our community. This is one of the many reasons we prefer to buy and support Canadian businesses.
It is always refreshing to see consumers looking beyond trend in fashion and instead at how their choices affect the greater society as a whole.