Goods with stories to tell.
At Vestige, we craft future artifacts through intentional practice. We believe slow fashion starts with good design: with conscious textiles, multi-wear styles and a minimal beauty that can extend the life of our wardrobes.
From an English Literature major to an award-winning self taught designer, Aileen Lee first trained as a wordsmith but has loved all things creative since birth. This passion led her to start Vestige in 2015. She uses storytelling and design to deepen human bonds with our possessions. She also draws inspiration from the diverse cultures in our community, and strives to craft evolving lifestyle pieces that showcase quiet creativity.
“The poetic value of Vestige’s products and the method of make is beautifully interwoven around minimal beauty and the gravity of storytelling.” - Katie Becker, chief creative officer at Arc’teryx
Made in Canada.
Partnering with a production house from Aileen’s hometown, our local seamsters in Vancouver are paid a living wage, ensuring quality and style in our small batch production. They have decades of manufacturing experience, a rarity in the declining Canadian garment industry. Our fabrics are sourced directly from local distributors, with a primary focus on sustainable, plant-based textiles.
How do we make slow fashion more accessible?
[ 1 ] Markup: The markup covers our overhead and wholesale costs. Unlike industry standards where markups can go up to 350%, Vestige garments are crafted with pricy local production and high quality fabrics at the expense of our margin.
[ 2 ] Production: Working with local tailors cost 2-3 times more than overseas manufacturing, but our closeness with our production house provides quality reassurance — and friendship. The process is full of care and creativity, from start to finish.
[ 3 ] Pattern making: a simple pattern can take multiple revisions.
[ 4 ] Fabric: We source from local distributors to select the best possible fabrics. Our production runs and fabric buys are small, but never wasteful.
[ 5 ] Design and marketing: Vestige is a one-woman-band, and the designs and photography are done by yours truly at a low cost. We also have a bare bone budget for marketing, preferring to rely on word-of-mouth over ads.