Funk-tional Style - ecoWEAR

Humble roots make for great stories and there have been no shortcuts or easy roads for Nomads Hemp Wear founders Louis and Anik. Nomads creates clothes for everday people who want to make a difference in the world- and they’ve developed a devoted and diverse following. “People from 15 to 60 years of age wear our funky gear through their daily lives.  You can go to work, do yoga, go out or whatever blows your hair back wearing Nomads." says Louis.

The dream to create forward-thinking, sustainable style began out of the back of a small VW van (it couldn’t possibly get much cooler than that) with just a couple of sewing machines and rolls of fabric. (Plus the kindness of others, read: sewing at friends places, taking over their living rooms and bathrooms with fabric, sewing machine and dye baths…..). Gotta love your own tribe. We love when our eco-peeps are making it happen true grassroots stylee. Louis and Anik spent the first 4 years working 16 hour days (which is typical of any labour of love) weaving their eco-magic, transforming raw, undyed hemp into their Nomad-sterpieces.

The couple travelled from festival to festival selling their homemade threads- yetgiven the ever-growing appeal for eco-style, the demand quickly became too high for the two man sweatshop and Nomads expanded its operations to accommodate production and provides its lines to now over 90 retail stores in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Nomads have traveled from the back of the bus to the front of the line in homegrownhempwear - truly an ecocentric success story. (Check out their headquarters! A remote eco-haven in the mountains...)

“We like to design earth-friendly, comfortable but sexy clothes with a twist of funk.  Just like the people who wear them.  We call our style, “funk-tional”.“
Like so many creative minds, inspiration comes from an open space… Partner Anik says “It seems I was never able to find the clothes I wanted, and started making them myself instead.  I am constantly on the search for new design inspirations.  I even sometimes dream of new designs at night.  I always make sure I have a sketch book beside my bed, to make sure I draw the designs before falling back asleep.”. Madlove to the creative beast that fuels the ecolution.

Nomad designs two highly-sought-after lines per year - (we've fallen in love with a few pieces… demand is high so you gotta get 'em early). Their style really speaks to us: peep the groovy Grunge pants and the sexy Diva sweater. We dig  the crazy detail in the cut of the clothing, and the body conscious styles are  straight-up hot! (yet... extremely versatile). 

“by creating more sustainablility we are moving in the right direction. Hemp is the fiber of the future, and we’ll keep pushing its quality forward with innovative and modern designs that perfectly reflect our place and time on this wonderful planet.”

Louis says: "I think a lot of people feel like they are nomads.  After all, aren’t we all nomads to this planet, here for the journey and then off to somewhere else again…

...We couldn’t agree more.

                                               

Suit up for your own journey at:

www.nomadshempwear.com


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