About us + our philosophy
Smith Bowen is an all organic, pure lifestyle line that is thoughtfully hand-made in Vancouver, BC.
We move through the world slowly and mindfully. Respecting everything and everyone that exists. We consciously try to connect the planet, people, and animals with our brand. We build systems that last and allow us to grow and thrive. Remaining transparent about our process to our customers is important to us.
When designing we always consider and start with the end of life of our garments. The end goal is to achieve a closed-loop circular economy. Everything is connected.
To achieve this we're using 95% organic materials grown without harmful chemicals, toxic dyes, or GMO seeds. Working with these materials allows for our garments to be returned to earth at the end of their life .
By making all of our products locally, we're able to maintain a low impact and are in the process of working towards offsetting our carbon footprint to neutral.
We pay living wages and support social enterprises, and ensure that our work environment is safe and ethical for our workers.
Everything we do, we’re always trying to create, improve, and do better for you and the planet.
About the designer: Renée
Renée is the Founder of Smith Bowen. A lover of all things beautiful and soft from old fabrics, lace and ribbons to her pet pug Gilligan. Through numerous years of working in the fashion industry, Renée became more aware of the complex fast fashion problems and decided to launch a sustainable, organic eco-friendly brand to give conscious customers a choice. How and what you buy sends a message that you care.
What is my own role in creating change for the better? How can I expand and deepen public consciousness of the situation in fashion, the toxic chemicals we absorb, and the working conditions of women & children ?
As Smith Bowen is a positive lifestyle brand, Renée’s other interests include teaching meditation workshops, spending time with her family (she has a new granddaughter!), and creating sculptures + paintings.