Kindred Coast was founded in 2009 by Hannah Fairbrother, a self made entrepreneur. She taught herself how to screenprint, and was able to print her original artwork onto clothing using water based inks. Kindred Coast has grown steadily over the years, bringing in her partner Martin Knor to the business, and improving the quality of garments - now all their clothing is made 100% in Canada, out of sustainable materials. Hannah still draws every single design they print, and is always coming up with new, locally themed designs, featuring the west coast outdoors, positive messages and strong graphics. They hand screen print everything themselves out of their studio in Parksville. They focus on organic cotton and recycled water bottles for the tshirts, and are leaning into Tencel for their ponchos and hoodies. Together they aim to supply Vancouver Island with sustainable clothing that is meant to last for years, not just a season.
We hand screen print our original designs and artwork onto 100% Canadian made sustainable clothing. The process starts with drawing the designs, coming up with original artwork reflective of the west coast and places we love. We then make our screens, coating with emulsion and burning the design into the screen. Once the screen is cured, we are able to start printing the design onto our locally made clothing. We print with eco friendly water based inks, and heat set the design so that it will not wash out or fade. After this we fold the garments, tag and set aside to take to market.