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quality pima cotton basics designed in Nova Scotia and ethically made in Peru

"We are inspired by our habit of sharing clothing and living a slower lifestyle."

We think about fashion in a slow and holistic way. We acknowledge trends but we move in our own direction, at our own pace. We make things that we both love, can wear everyday and that will last a long time.

We listen to our community and build on what we learn, striving to improve on comfort, fit and the longevity of our clothing.

Our business is not just built off of profits and growth. We measure success in other ways as well. It’s important to us that we leave the smallest footprint and uplift others along the way. The ethical treatment of our team is important to us, all the way from the farmers in Peru to our employees here in Halifax.

We are continuously developing even more sustainable practices including making all processes fully transparent. Staying educated and adapting with a focused approach will help us keep up with our rapidly changing world.

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

By producing our clothing with a vertically integrated manufacturer in Lima, Peru and sourcing our G.O.T.S organic cotton yarn from established and certified local suppliers, we can ensure that the whole team from start to finish is paid fairly and working in safe and transparent conditions.

We partner with Lima based vertically integrated manufacturer Raintex. Currently a portion of our pima cotton yarns are sourced from G.O.T.S certified organic farms. We are happy to offer 100% G.O.T.S certified organic cotton garments starting in January 2023.

our process

Organic + conventionally grown pima cotton yarn is collected from local farms, spinners and certified distribution organizations which are then transported to our manufacturer who collaborates with locally based and family owned low impact dye houses.

Our fabrics are developed and produced in-house along with the cutting. Garment construction is currently outsourced locally and then checked and packed by in-house technicians.

Once finished and packed in 1/4 of the industry standard in recycled plastic packaging, our deliveries are sent to us in Halifax, Nova Scotia via Montreal or Toronto straight from Lima, Peru.

Currently our deliveries weigh 350-550 kg and travel approximately 7000 km for a total of approximately 30,000 - 35,000 km of travel a year.

Ana + Zac is a Nova Scotia based Canadian clothing brand and retail store established in 2019. Real life partners, owners and designers Anna and Zac, have been working together since 2012.

Zac Barkhouse

Zac is an NSCC + NSCAD trained filmmaker and photographer. He worked as a menswear buyer and stylist for over ten years. Zac manages the store, staff, company financials and helps design the line.

Anna Gilkerson

Anna is an FIT (NYC) + POLIMODA (Italy) trained fashion designer. Anna develops and designs the line, directs the creative team and manages the buying and merchandising for their store. She is the founder of Makenew a curated thrift brand established in 2010. Her design focus has concentrated primarily on sustainability.