2019, a stellar year, and we look forward to a fabulous 2020 for all. We have made a smooth transition home to our Bowen island store from Kitsilano. It is a pleasure to give our amazing Movement eco-fashion clients our personalized service both on line and in store and help them keep their goals of buying conscious sustainable clothing while looking stylish in their multidimensional lives.
During the Holiday season things can get pretty stressful. Even if you are having fun and love Christmas it can feel a big overwhelming. That's why we have decided to something a little different this year and offer TWO 15 minute meditation sessions in our Vancouver store to help deal with the stress.
Christmas De-stress Event
What: 15 minute Hatha yoga breathing meditation. Amrita will be teaching alternate nostril breathing, belly breathing and back breathing. You can just wear regular clothing. Ideally clothing you can breathe in :)
Who: All levels. This is something that anyone can do at any age any time, and any level.
Where: Movement Global 2076 West 4th Ave (at Arbutus) in Vancouver
When: December 12 2018. We have two 15 minute meditation slots : 6:15pm - 6:30pm, 8:15pm-8:30pm
Amrita Sondhi has been teaching yoga and meditation for 18 years, and studied with Sandra Sammartino.
Our mandate from the very beginning of this company was to create clothing that would not add to the giant trash bin that is created by the fashion industry each year. To that end we created pieces that are:
- Sustainable: we use organic cotton and bamboo, and are made in Canada to keep travel costs down
- Classic: they never go out of "style"
- High quality: our clothing has a price point that is reflecting it's high quality of fabric, thread, and sewing. Some of our customers have clothing they've worn for 12 years!
- Modular and Reversible: our line is created so that all the pieces go together and you get more looks out of each piece.
How does the Movement Concept give me more looks?
There are so many ways to wear Movement we made FOUR short films to give you some ideas. The first two films are below.
Below is our first series showcasing:
- WJ4 Roma Jacket, the WT41 Kelly Drape Top and the WP12 Carmen Long Pant.
- WT34 Twyla Top with the WJ8 Sonia Wrap
- WT42 Sierra Side Pocket with the WJ8 Sonia Wrap
- WA8 Circle Scarf worn many ways
Series Two showcases:
- WT42 Sierra Side Pocket with WSK14 Salma Slim Skirt/Dress
- WJ8 Sonia Wrap with WSK14 Salma Slim and matching WT40 Dani Bra
- WJF3 Kira Kimono with WBF6 Vina V Top and WP10 Pietra Crop Leggings
- A series showcasing our WP22 Paula Reversible Leggings with: WD10 Katya Dress/Tunic, WJ11 Kat Hoodie, & WT1 Double Tank Tank,
- WP10 Pietra Crop Leggings and the WD8 Margarita Dress.
Stay tuned for Series 3 & 4 coming soon. Like our concept? We'd love to hear what you think. Contact us with your ideas and reflections here.
This will be our third year participating in Vancouver's largest Free Music and Arts festival. On Saturday July 8th starting at 9am, West 4th becomes pedestrian only, and the streets are full of music and fun.
Promos, Discounts and More:
Come to our store, and pick a coupon for discounts and prizes that range from 5$ off, to items of clothing! Every hour we will be giving a promotion on a different item, so check in during the day to see if one of your favourite pieces is being promoted at that time!
Movement Fashion Show
We will once again be participating in the Fashion show put on at the West 4th Living Stage, at 4th and Yew. This year we will be showcasing four styles in one, with one of our classic Modular Reversible looks. Check out the Fashion Stage at 4th and Yew, or drop by to find out the exact time.
Bowen is sharing in the fun!
Can't make it to Vancouver? Our store on Bowen will be having the same promotional fun this Saturday so you won't miss out! Stop by either store during the day to "fish for coupons" and see what Movement Classic we are promoting at that time!
We will be open on July 9th from 9am-9pm. See you there!
This past Monday, June 5th, was World Environmental Day. Here at Movement we believe that every day is environmental day, that is why we have dedicated ourselves to creating clothing that has a sustainable future.
While big business remains one of the biggest culprits in environmental destruction, it's our impact as individuals that we can not only control, but may have the most far reaching effects as far as how we can turn things around.
Saving the environment can seem like an overwhelming task, but on a personal basis it's the little things we do daily that can have the most impact on the environment. Award winning writer Amanda Euringer - whose series on toxins in the workplace was nominated for a National Magazine Award - outlines two simple changes we can make that will have a big impact on the environment.
1)Vote with your wallet.
This is possibly the easiest way we have as individuals to change the world around us. Paying attention to what we support with our money can turn the tide of companies and products that are wasteful or have a heavy toxic load. Pay attention to who and what you are supporting every time you take out your wallet. Money really does shape our world. Take a little time to look into the companies you are supporting: do they have a mission statement that they stand behind? Do they give back? Are they trying to operate in the greenest way possible?
The image below shows one of the micro loans that Movement Global has contributed to via the Pamoja Foundation
2) Use less
In her series on Toxics: Your Right To Know, Ms. Euringer discovered that one of the major culprits in the toxic load on our environment was overuse. Scott Stove, who was the manager of facilities services for Burnaby School District 41, noticed that by freehand pouring cleaning supplies into buckets, most people ( including himself) were far exceeding the recommended amount suggested on the labels. Simply by putting single use pumps heads on all their cleaning supplies, the maintenance department for the school district of Burnaby managed to cut the amount of toxins going into their environment by over 2/3's - and they saved money. Lots of money.
Many of us free pour products like shampoo, dish soap, and cleaning supplies without ever reading a label. Using less doesn't just mean using your car less, it also means using less of everything you buy, especially cleaning supplies, but also clothing. Even the greenest clothing has an impact on the environment. Everything we make and use affects the world around us. Less not more means making sure that you are using the least amount necessary, and maybe spending a little more for something that will last longer.
What is Movement Global doing to save the environment?
When this company was started over a decade ago, Amrita Sondhi had a vision of total sustainability in mind. She wanted a company that produced clothing that was the greenest possible, and that would give back to the world on a social level as well.
- Less not more is our motto: we make clothing that has lasted up to a decade and beyond! By sourcing the highest quality fabric available, and using high quality thread, our clothing stands the test of time.
- Modular means each piece does more: You don't need two pairs of pants if one pair can be worn two ways. This is the same process we apply to each piece in our line. They either are reversible ( sometimes in several ways), multi-style, or have been designed to create other styles with our line.
- We offset our environmental impact on a social level. By giving back with the Pamoja foundation, we are helping those in the poorest countries create sustainable businesses for themselves. Poverty also has a direct impact on the environment , and not the least because it lessens the choices that people can make with their wallets.
While cleaning up big business is a good long term goal, ultimately we have the power to change our environment simply by using our wallets to hold businesses accountable, and by choosing to change how we consume products in the first place.
As you know, we make small batch Canadian made sustainable clothing. This means we are often sell out of favourite styles and colours
We are currently Fully Stocked for Spring!
( Shown in Teal)
This was one of our best-selling tops in a favourite colour. We just had it remade. Reversible front to back, and layers really well with J8 Sonia Wrap to turn it effortlessly into a number of long sleeve tops so whether or not summer arrives, you will look fabulous and be cozy in breathable vegetable cashmere!
( Shown in Charcoal Mix)
This outfit looks fantastic on every body. It's super stylish here in a single tone silhouette in charcoal mix. The Single Take Tank is shown reversed here. Our Nyla Gaucho is high waisted, and single layered making it the next best thing to naked. If you want an outfit that is as comfortable as your favourite pyjamas, but makes you look like you are shopping in Paris, this is it.
For fun you can also mix and match this with a colour popping Gina Cowl ( shown here in Nova Red worn upside down for a more cropped look, and with a hood). If Nova Red is sold out try Teal, Black, Charcoal Mix, or Navy Mix.
( Shown in Stellar Blue, Chanterelle & Espresso)
Over the years we have earned many male fans, and have been told that it's hard to find good quality men's clothing that is comfortable, classic AND good for the environment.
Our men's line has many reversible tops, t-shirts, pants and more. Give your man the gift of classic sustainable clothing he can wear from a casual office setting to a weekend away.
Our clothing is thermally regulating, meaning it's good for all seasons; it resists wrinkling (just hang it up, and the wrinkles fall away!), naturally anti-bacterial ( less smell means less washing), and makes the best travel wear ever.
A customer recently had this to say:
"My sweetheart gifted me this super comfortable set of bamboo pants and hoodie from your store on 4th Ave. Since discovering your brand about one year ago, about 80% of my wardrobe is now all natural, comfy, zen:)"
If you haven't already done so, check out our men's section online, or come into the store today!
Last weekend we celebrate our tenth annual Movement Fashion Show on Bowen Island with long time friends and Movers.
We want to personally thank ( from left to right)Jacqueline Massey, Kat Gracie, Alexandra Unger, Carol Fancy, Dannielle Hamel Truong, Elaine Taylor and David Cameron for all their hard work looking FABULOUS in this seasons styles and colours.
Highlights of the evening were listening to Elaine and David's duet, and watching all of our hard work come to life in so many different ways. Scroll down for more images of the fantastic evening!
Thanks again everyone who participated and came out to make this the best fashion show to date! Click here to see what's new in our stores.
Time flies when you're having fun! It's hard to believe we have been enjoying our annual Movement Global Fashion Show in Bowen Island for a decade! We would love for you to join us on Saturday November 5th for refreshments and fun at Artisan Square on Bowen Island. This has been a favourite event filled with local talent every year since it began!
This year is going to be a bit of a gala to celebrate our 10th year! An evening event starting at 7pm at the Gallery in Artisan Square. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Entrance donation will be going to the Pamoja Foundation ( www. pamoja.org)
Performers & highlights of this years event are...
- David Cameron will be singing
- Elaine Taylor on piano
- Jacques Brel on piano
- Jackie Minns -movement coach extradinaire- is going to get us moving
- Alexander Unger
- Danielle Hamel
- Kat Gracie
- Carol Fancy inspiring life long yogi
This event always showcases some of the amazing talent and familiar faces that we have in the Bowen community's dance, yoga, and fitness realms. Come out and celebrate all forms of "Movement" on Bowen.
WHEN: Saturday November 5th @ 7 pm
Not going to make it to Bowen? Come visit us in Kits for a Styling Party instead!
This year, we are trying something new for our clients that can't make it to Bowen Island. Come to our store on 4th any time between 9-5pm, where our staff will be available to help style any of your existing Movement wardrobe, or take the time to help find exact colours or styles for any of our new items.
If you just aren't sure how many ways a piece can be worn, or were curious if you could extend your wardrobe by adding a single other skirt, dress or top in a different colour, we will have extra staff on that day to take as much time as you want to really style yourself a new look!
Light refreshments and loads of fun!
WHEN: Saturday November 5th 10-7pm
Mother and daughter, Sharon Sechrest and Emily Griffin
Don't they look great? We love how our clothing works for all ages and sizes...it's our mandate that we want make local eco-clothing for women who are moving through their busy lives as easily and comfortably (and sustainably!!) as possible.
Sharon and Emily said they love our clothing line because it is "so effortless". Mother looks elegant and relaxed in our Sierra Side Pocket with our new Phoebe Skirt, and daughter looks comfortable and happy in our Sonia Wrap, Shrug, and Longer Matty Skirt.
We want to thank everyone who entered our contest this month...it is lovely to hear directly from our customers, and see your photos. We are excited to see the diverse range of ages and incredible skill sets of our wonderful clients, and hear about you first hand. Don't forget we are giving away prizes every month until Christmas.
Don't worry if you don't win right away, each entry is also put into our grand year-end shopping spree finale.
There is still time to enter for July! If you want to enter the contest click here.