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  • Kate and Katelyn | February 28, 2013

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We are happy to announce that portraits and stories from Vancouver are now online! 
This January, the Local Wisdom team decamped to British Columbia to gather stories of garment use on Granville Island, hosted by the very inspiring staff and students of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 

Behind the scenes, industrial design and communication students lent enthusiasm and intellectual curiousity to the day as we braved the cold to uncover stories of resourcefulness and satisfaction.

Highlights of the day included an outdoor jacket that had served generations of adventurous Nords, a blazer demanding another level of responsibility and a coat transforming cashmere into a utility fabric. Given the temperatures it's not surprising that the beneficial qualities of coats and jackets were very close to participants' hearts.

Thank you so much to all who helped out and to those who shared garment uses with us. There isn't room here for all the portraits or any of the stories but you can see them all in full here!

And an especially big thank you to our photographer, Jeremy Calhoun - for a LONG and devoted day of photography in sub zero temperatures and for sending image after image to satisfy our picky London office!




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