Quality pima cotton loungewear, t-shirts and underwear ethically and sustainably made in Peru.
"We are inspired by our habit of sharing clothing and living a minimalist + sustainable lifestyle. We continuously listen to our community and build on what we learn, striving to improve on the comfort, fit and longevity of our clothing."
> Sustainable business practices
> Short supply chain
> Transparent sourcing
> Ethical manufacturing
> High quality fabrics
> Classic genderless styling
> Inclusive sizing
> Season-less colours
> Wear everyday
Our business is not just built off of profits and growth. We measure success in other ways too.
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.
Transparency is key and we have built our entire supply chain to be as short as possible which makes it easier to trace our movements for both ourselves and our customers.
We think about fashion in a slow and holistic way. We acknowledge trends but and 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.
By producing our clothing with a small and vertically integrated manufacturer in Lima, Peru and sourcing our organic cotton yarn from an established and certified local supplier, we can ensure that the whole team from start to finish is paid fairly and working in transparent and safe conditions.
We partner with Lima based manufacturer Raintex and organic textile company Bergman Rivera. The majority of our high quality pima cotton yarns are sourced from G.O.T.S certified organic pima cotton farms.
Pima cotton fibres are collected from local farms processing the fibres to yarns which are then transported to our manufacturer who collaborates with a local family owned dye house. Our fabrics are developed and produced in-house along with all of our garments, cut, sewn and packed by in-house technicians. Once finished (and packed in 1/4 of the standard industry packaging) our deliveries are sent to us in Halifax, Nova Scotia via Montreal (and sometimes Toronto) from Lima, Peru.
Currently our deliveries weigh 350 kg on average and travel approximately 7000 km in total with a total of approximately 30,000 - 35,000 km a year. We offset these emissions by reducing our footprint by practicing a Triple Bottom Line business model.
Pima cotton is primarily grown in limited quantities in three different areas, the southwestern regions of the US, Australia and Peru. Pima cotton originated in Peru, but it gained its name after the Pima Indians, who helped raise the cotton in the United States. Pima cotton is a higher-end strain of cotton with a longer fibre measuring between 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length, while conventional cotton fibres measure up to 1 inch. Due to its extra-long staple length, Peruvian pima cotton is especially soft, durable, and highly resistant to pilling.
Peruvian pima cotton grows along the northern coastal valleys of Peru. With ideal growing conditions, and extra-long fibre length pima cotton is prized for it's exceptional durability, softness and brilliant lustre. Environmentally friendly hand-harvesting results in silky soft fibres which are free from scratchy impurities. Pima cotton is ideal for those who suffer from allergies, sensitive skin or chronic pain.
Unlike much commercial cotton, Peruvian pima cotton is harvested entirely by hand to ensure that only the best quality is used. Not only is harvesting by hand more environmentally sound, it’s better for the cotton itself. Industrial harvesting tears the cotton fibres, giving it a yellowed hue and creating a scratchy texture that affect the smoothness of the final garment. Hand-picking comes with obvious benefits for the environment compared to machine-based harvesting, and the work is beneficial for the community as a source of local employment in these rural growing areas.
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 is an NSCC + NSCAD trained filmmaker and photographer. He worked as a menswear buyer and stylist for over ten years. Zac manages the store, takes care of renovations and installations, and provides important design input.
Anna is an FIT (NYC) + POLIMODA (Italy) trained fashion designer. Anna handles the majority of design and marketing of the brand along with 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.
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