If there's one thing we've learned through the creation of Cedar & Vine...It's that there's a little bit of magic that comes when weembrace our insanity + channel it towards that which we love. From the beginning, it was our goal to be transparent. Ultimately, no matter where we go with our brand, that is a value that will never change. So in order to keep that transparency, we want to introduce you to the wonderful team behind the creation of our products.
Meet the Team
I'm Jo - the founder of Cedar and Vine. Where to start...this brand has taken me on such a crazy, wonderful journey - it's hard to summarize it up. Cedar and Vine started simply; it was born out of my love for linen and desire to design quality garments with intention. I wanted to create garments that would be lived in and loved for years - clothing that would go against the fast fashion consumer trend that is so prevalent in our current world.
I look at intentional design as a process that works for good and benefits everything affected by the product. This includes the people who create, model, and market our garments, good ol' mother earth, and of course YOU - the end user.
As the saying goes "There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness." For me this means making our products right here in our studio; where I can ensure that the entire process aligns with our brand values.
I truly feel so blessed to be surrounded by the most lovely team and to have the opportunity to create and connect with likeminded people. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting our brand.
I’m Michaela, and I play a few different roles within Cedar and Vine. You can typically find me sewing garments, packaging orders, or helping manage our marketing and social media accounts. I enjoy being able to contribute through multiple aspects, so I’m thankful that Jo is always having me learn something new!
I have only been sewing faithfully since 2016, as my original field of study was in jewelry/metalsmithing, but long story short, I earned my BFA with a major in fashion/textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2018. A few of my favorite skills that I picked up at art school include fashion construction, textile development, and photography. Little did I know that I would end up using my degree towards a job in the fashion industry in my own hometown!
Everyday I am so thankful that I get to work at a job that aligns my passions with my values, while also working amongst friends. It’s never a dull moment in our studio, and I’m always so excited to hear Jo’s grand ideas and visions for the future of her brand. I feel so proud sewing our “Made in Canada” label into each garment that I get the opportunity to work on! I hope our customers feel so much joy putting on our pieces and understand how much thought and care went into the process of making their garment.
My name is Kristine. Almost ten years ago I crossed the ocean to live here in Canada. Originally I'm from Latvia, where I found the magic of sewing. First inspiration I got, was from my grandmother, who sewed clothes for my doll. She transformed fabric into a dress like she knew some magic. Years later I found my mother's sewing machine.. And so it began. Now I am a dressmaker for almost two decades, still enjoying this job and my hobby at the same time.
When I'm not sitting at a sewing machine, I like to spend time with my family exploring Canada.