Our Process

reclaimed fabrics

All of our fabrics are reclaimed from thrift shops, vintage sellers and local manufacturers. With so much fabric already in existence, it’s important for us to find possibilities in unused materials and reduce textile waste. 

playful process

The materials we find often allow for only 1-3 of each style, inspiring a playful and explorative process that enables us to continuously experiment. We create each piece one at a time, deciding on pattern placement, details and seam finishes as we go.

made to order + one of a kind

We offer both one of a kind and made to order pieces depending on the cuts of fabric available, offering unique clothing and a custom experience that allows you to choose your size and select the style and fabric that connects most with you. 

thoughtful design

Fortiv's collection is an ever-growing library, with styles and offerings changing as the seasons and fabrics change.Each style is designed, hand drafted and developed with versatility in mind, created with the intention to be worn and made for years to come.

natural dye

When we find fabrics or vintage pieces that could use some added colour, we use natural dyes. Exploring possibilities along the way, we play with various techniques to create texture and colour that is truly one of a kind. Often, we partner up with local florists to re-use their wilted flowers, and use pigment dyes from a local/ ethical dye supplier.

waste less

Throughout the process we look for ways to reduce waste. Fabric remnants leftover from cutting garments are saved to patch together, use in smaller projects, or as stuffing for floor pillows. Any scraps that don’t get used are donated to local crafters or recycled through Fabcycle, a local textile recycling initiative.

handmade with love

We value handmade clothing for the stories they share, the traditions they hold, and the imprint our hands leave on what we make. We practice a slow approach to fashion, resisting mass manufacturing and re-thinking the way we engage with the art and craft of making clothes. The scraps we patch together, the fabrics we dye, and the details we stitch, enable a story to come forth through time and care. 

We believe that great joy can be found by both the maker and the wearer when we slow down and make clothes in this way. It’s important for us to enjoy the art and craft that goes into every piece we make, and we hope you feel the love each time you wear Fortiv!