Patouche is the creative child of Kessa Laxton. After working as a designer and scenic artist for the theatre world and having two kids, she started making stuff for her son and daughter to wear that was playful and free from branding. She discovered that she might be onto something when her son was reduced to tears on finding his favourite “pirate” pants in the wash.
At Patouche, we like to keep it simple using natural fibers like linen and cotton and sometimes bamboo. We offer organic options in some of our styles when possible. All of our outerwear wool blend is milled in Quebec and detailed with fine Japanese textiles. Sometimes we throw in a little vintage trim and we also create limited runs of some styles using end-of-roll textiles from select Toronto women’s wear designers. By using up remnant textiles rather than new stock, we save energy on the production of new textiles.
We are committed to supporting the local economy and natural resource sustainability. We use 100% recycled paper when printing marketing materials and our packaging. Our studio, sewers, warehousing and distribution facility are all located in Toronto, allowing us to use the least amount of natural resources possible during the creation and distribution of our products. Local production also allows us to directly oversee quality standards and ensures the best possible labour standards.
Our photography is provided by the very lovely Lisa Kannakko and Lise Varrette.