Another amazing year has passed since we opened our doors in Vancouver.
Running Movement Global for the past 12 years has been incredibly challenging, but also so rewarding.
We’ve worked our buts off, but we get love letters every single day for how satisfied our customers are. They come in and give us rave reviews…
Time and again, we hear about just how well made and long lasting our clothing is.
Our customers tell us that if they look at times-per-wear it’s the best value they’ve had of any clothing. This was one of the main principles behind Movement, to create local, sustainable clothing. Where sustainable doesn't just mean the FABRIC content, it also means classic styles that don't go out of fashion, and longevity of wear.
Our wonderful model Robyn Wescott above is wearing our best-selling WJ8 Sonia Wrap.
I’ve just heard the most rewarding things. We just get such wonderful response from our incredible customers, that it makes it all worth it.
With that in mind, we would like to thank you all for another year!
Please join us in celebrating at Movement!
This Saturday, August 19th we will be offering light snacks, and a chance to win up to $150 in store wide raffle give-away at both our Bowen and Vancouver locations. Every purchase made in either store will give you a chance to win one of our in-store give aways.
We had another amazing Khatsalano Days street festival! We once again participated in Khats Days fashion show event, showcasing some of our favourite modular styles.
Here's what the models wore
Our female models were showcasing the four ways you can wear our SK6 Hannah Skirt in reversible Black and Chanterelle.
2) SK6 Hannah Skirt reversed with black side out and worn longer, paired with J8 Sonia Wrap.This skirt can also be worn with any of our tees and tops to create numerous modular "dress" looks when you chose the same colour, or top and skirt looks if you choose other colours.
4) SK6 Hannah Skirt as a glamorous strapless dress with black side out.
The second male model shows off the same MT4 Richard Long Sleeve with Forest side out, and our MP3 Jessie Pant in charcoal. These pants have hidden ties, and can be worn tied or not, for a cinched look.They can also be cinched and pulled up as long shorts.
This will be our third year participating in Vancouver's largest Free Music and Arts festival. On Saturday July 8th starting at 9am, West 4th becomes pedestrian only, and the streets are full of music and fun.
Promos, Discounts and More:
Come to our store, and pick a coupon for discounts and prizes that range from 5$ off, to items of clothing! Every hour we will be giving a promotion on a different item, so check in during the day to see if one of your favourite pieces is being promoted at that time!
Movement Fashion Show
We will once again be participating in the Fashion show put on at the West 4th Living Stage, at 4th and Yew. This year we will be showcasing four styles in one, with one of our classic Modular Reversible looks. Check out the Fashion Stage at 4th and Yew, or drop by to find out the exact time.
Bowen is sharing in the fun!
Can't make it to Vancouver? Our store on Bowen will be having the same promotional fun this Saturday so you won't miss out! Stop by either store during the day to "fish for coupons" and see what Movement Classic we are promoting at that time!
We will be open on July 9th from 9am-9pm. See you there!
Time and again we are told by our clients that our clothing is the first thing that winds up in their suitcase whether going on a business trip or travel vacation. That's because we've done all the hard work for you! Every season we design clothing that fits with classics from years before. We carefully choose colour palettes that go together, and styles that fit modularly or reversibly to create a number of different looks with the least amount of packing.
I wanted to write and tell you that I was recently packing for a weekend away. I was making a concerted effort to pack as lightly as possible. Once I made my selections and got everything in the bag I realized that every single piece, with the exception of the underwear and one pair of socks, was from your store. Even the bra is yours! I didn't plan it consciously but that’s how it came together when tasked with packing light and for versatility. It was a quick and easy process and I was able to mix, match and layer in such a way that I was comfortable all weekend.
I dislike clothes shopping so much—I clearly did not receive that gene. I feel like I’m terrible at picking out beautiful and multifunctional pieces that will be long-lasting favourites, but I love shopping at your store. Not only are your staff are incredibly helpful but the modular nature of your clothing really does make it easy to put together some beautiful looks effortlessly.
Your staff and your clothing have really simplified that part of my life, so thank you! Christina Vancouver BC
Three Great Tips for Packing Light This Summer!
1) Colour Blocking
Colour blocking can be a great way to create easy mix and match silhouettes that you can make pop with a bright scarf or your own unique jewelry. Create a one colour silhouette that can then act as a canvas for unique pieces that take up less room in your bag. All of your outfit can then also be worn with different items in your bag to mix and match. Colour blocking is also a great way to slim down a profile, and creates a modern urban look. Model below is wearing a WT56 Single Take Tank reversed back to front for a high neck, WJ8 Sonia Wrap, and WP19 Nyla Gaucho all in Charmix, creating a three-season outfit and numerous looks with three items.
2) Pack MODULAR
Our Modular items are pieces that transform into more than one style: from a skirt to a dress, from a shirt, to sleeves etc...Some of our modular items can also be used to create entirely different pieces when combined together. Modular items can be used separately or together to create a number of looks.
3) Pack REVERSIBLE
Everyone of our REVERSIBLE items is designed with a BASE colour that blends, and a pop colour for pizazz. Base colours are to make sure that our reversible items can be used as a staple piece in your closet, but still giving you some creativity for days when you feel like getting your colour on! For instance in Hannah Skirts above, the base colour is black. REVERSIBLE items give you an amazing amount of options when traveling, and the double layer ads warmth in the winter, and an extra layer for soaking up sweat in the summer thus leaving you always looking cool. REVERSIBLE items can also be reversed back to front, creating distinctly different looks depending on how you feel.
Our model below is wearing a WT1 Double Take Tank, and a WSK10 Pia Pencil REVERSIBLE skirt for an all light pink, or all grey dress, reversible scoop neck, or Jacki O style tank, strapless shirt dress or top, and any variation in between!
We are ALL busy in this modern lifestyle; who has time to feel stressed about what they are wearing?!
Remember we make small batch local style runs, so give us a call, check out our website, or come in to see us on Bowen Island, or on 4th Avenue in Kits and get your travel wardrobe for the summer today!
This past Monday, June 5th, was World Environmental Day. Here at Movement we believe that every day is environmental day, that is why we have dedicated ourselves to creating clothing that has a sustainable future.
While big business remains one of the biggest culprits in environmental destruction, it's our impact as individuals that we can not only control, but may have the most far reaching effects as far as how we can turn things around.
Saving the environment can seem like an overwhelming task, but on a personal basis it's the little things we do daily that can have the most impact on the environment. Award winning writer Amanda Euringer - whose series on toxins in the workplace was nominated for a National Magazine Award - outlines two simple changes we can make that will have a big impact on the environment.
1)Vote with your wallet.
This is possibly the easiest way we have as individuals to change the world around us. Paying attention to what we support with our money can turn the tide of companies and products that are wasteful or have a heavy toxic load. Pay attention to who and what you are supporting every time you take out your wallet. Money really does shape our world. Take a little time to look into the companies you are supporting: do they have a mission statement that they stand behind? Do they give back? Are they trying to operate in the greenest way possible?
The image below shows one of the micro loans that Movement Global has contributed to via the Pamoja Foundation
2) Use less
In her series on Toxics: Your Right To Know, Ms. Euringer discovered that one of the major culprits in the toxic load on our environment was overuse. Scott Stove, who was the manager of facilities services for Burnaby School District 41, noticed that by freehand pouring cleaning supplies into buckets, most people ( including himself) were far exceeding the recommended amount suggested on the labels. Simply by putting single use pumps heads on all their cleaning supplies, the maintenance department for the school district of Burnaby managed to cut the amount of toxins going into their environment by over 2/3's - and they saved money. Lots of money.
Many of us free pour products like shampoo, dish soap, and cleaning supplies without ever reading a label. Using less doesn't just mean using your car less, it also means using less of everything you buy, especially cleaning supplies, but also clothing. Even the greenest clothing has an impact on the environment. Everything we make and use affects the world around us. Less not more means making sure that you are using the least amount necessary, and maybe spending a little more for something that will last longer.
What is Movement Global doing to save the environment?
When this company was started over a decade ago, Amrita Sondhi had a vision of total sustainability in mind. She wanted a company that produced clothing that was the greenest possible, and that would give back to the world on a social level as well.
- Less not more is our motto: we make clothing that has lasted up to a decade and beyond! By sourcing the highest quality fabric available, and using high quality thread, our clothing stands the test of time.
- Modular means each piece does more: You don't need two pairs of pants if one pair can be worn two ways. This is the same process we apply to each piece in our line. They either are reversible ( sometimes in several ways), multi-style, or have been designed to create other styles with our line.
- We offset our environmental impact on a social level. By giving back with the Pamoja foundation, we are helping those in the poorest countries create sustainable businesses for themselves. Poverty also has a direct impact on the environment , and not the least because it lessens the choices that people can make with their wallets.
While cleaning up big business is a good long term goal, ultimately we have the power to change our environment simply by using our wallets to hold businesses accountable, and by choosing to change how we consume products in the first place.
Everything's coming up Movement with our favourite styles and new colour mixes for Spring.
This Mother's Day why not treat yourself ( or another mother in your life) to a special sustainable comfortable new look in the planet's best vegetable cashmere?
Not sure what to choose? We have Gift Certificates!
The perfect way to say I love you Mom.
One Skirt = So many looks
Alexandra is showing the versatility of our Hannah Skirt in Forest Mix and Fungi. Below she wears this with our Kelly Drape in matching Fungi with the Forest Mix on the inside to create a gorgeous cowl necked dress.
Below Alexandra is wearing the Hannah Skirt with the Forest Mix side out, and our best-selling Stephanie Tee in matching Forest Mix for a curvy v-neck tee dress.
The Hannah Skirt can also be worn on it's own as a sleeveless dress - and we designed it so that it actually stays up! Or paired with our J8 Sonia Wrap for a long sleeved dress for cooler nights.
Two classic looks in Carmen Long Pants
Our P12 Carmen Long pants are two-tone reversible, flattering for all body types, and as comfortable as your favourite pyjamas. Below Alexandra is wearing the Carmen Long in Black and Charcoal with a pop of colour from our Belinda Ballet reversed with the low neck in the back in Navy. We love Navy for Spring!
And here is the same pair of pants reversed with the Black side out and our classic Stephanie Tee in Charcoal.
At Movement we believe that every day should be Earth Day, so in that spirit, we are continuing our celebration of sustainability this weekend. Come in to either our Bowen Island, or Vancouver store to see our promotional sustainability items this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday!
How are we supporting the Earth?
- Our fabric is made in Canada, under our relatively strict Canadian laws for waste etc...While we could get our fabric more cheaply overseas, we found the quality to be not as long lasting, and the general manufacturing laws to be less sustainable.
- Our clothing is DURABLE. We looked for a long time to find the most durable bamboo blend fabric on the planet ( in our experience). Our customers keep some of their pieces for more than a decade!
- We are locally made and designed, so our clothing isn't travelling across the oceans to get to you!
- Our fabrics are bamboo and organic cotton...two of the most sustainable fabrics on the planet.
- Our clothing is modular, meaning you can get more looks out of each piece.
- Our motto is "Less Not More". Our customers are loyal precisely because they know they are getting durable, sustainable, multi-use items that look and feel beautiful. Guilt Free!
- Pamoja Foundation: we put a percentage of each of our sales towards the Pamoja Foundation which goes towards micro financing women in business in Africa. We understand that sustainability is also about creating sustainable futures for women around the world.
Earth Day is Every Day Promotion!
Here is our list of promo items for our ongoing Sustainability Celebration that runs through this weekend in both stores until Sunday April 30th.
Can't get into the store? These styles are for sale online too! We also have xxl in some styles.
Men like the Earth Too!
It's that time of year again. This event was so popular and fun last year we decided to repeat it:) We hide loads of chocolate eggs and discount codes around the store, and you get to find them and win!
Start hunting on Good Friday until the end of Easter Monday! In Both our Bowen and Vancouver Stores
April 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2017
Leanna and Samantha are wearing our WD18 Sophia Dress in Wine and Charcoal. We have just received these amazing reversible ( back to front) dresses in new colours: Black, Espresso and Nova Red. A perfect long sleeve dress for the Spring season.
Try this layered with our WP4 Simple Tight.
Movement is proud to support the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival!
March 30th-April 23 2017
presented by Vancouver Board of Parks and recreation
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is an annual spring festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia to celebrate the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees. The festival’s fundamental objectives includes public education through seasonal, cherry-themed, city-wide viewing programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. It enables Vancouverites and those in surrounding areas to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was founded in 2005 by Linda Poole, (a frequent Movement customer, we are proud to say!), to commemorate the 800 cherry trees given by Japan to the City of Vancouver.
11th annual festival March 30-April 23th 2017, check out the website for calendar of events. www.vcbf.ca
As you know, we make small batch Canadian made sustainable clothing. This means we are often sell out of favourite styles and colours
We are currently Fully Stocked for Spring!
( Shown in Teal)
This was one of our best-selling tops in a favourite colour. We just had it remade. Reversible front to back, and layers really well with J8 Sonia Wrap to turn it effortlessly into a number of long sleeve tops so whether or not summer arrives, you will look fabulous and be cozy in breathable vegetable cashmere!
( Shown in Charcoal Mix)
This outfit looks fantastic on every body. It's super stylish here in a single tone silhouette in charcoal mix. The Single Take Tank is shown reversed here. Our Nyla Gaucho is high waisted, and single layered making it the next best thing to naked. If you want an outfit that is as comfortable as your favourite pyjamas, but makes you look like you are shopping in Paris, this is it.
For fun you can also mix and match this with a colour popping Gina Cowl ( shown here in Nova Red worn upside down for a more cropped look, and with a hood). If Nova Red is sold out try Teal, Black, Charcoal Mix, or Navy Mix.
( Shown in Stellar Blue, Chanterelle & Espresso)
That was a Loooong winter, but Spring is finally here! In celebration of growth we are hosting an evening of art and fashion in our Vancouver store.
- Wednesday April 5th: 5pm-8pm
- We will be showcasing two amazing local talents from Bowen Island: Vicky Frederiksen & Carol McNaughton
- We will be showcasing all our colours and styles for Spring
- RSVP here
Refreshments and fashion will be provided:)
About Vicky Frederiksen
"I was born and raised in North Vancouver and both my parents were architects and amazingly creative in the arts. Art and creativity were always in my life. Drawing and painting was a passion when I was very young.
In 1978, at 23, I moved to California and got a job as a draftsman making structural steel drawings. I never thought of myself as creative, since the drawings were very strict and exact.
In September 2007 I needed a drastic lifestyle change and moved to Bowen Island. I decided that if I wanted to live differently, I would have to think differently.
I discovered through painting in oils in the style of the old Masters, in a workshop with Stuart Slind, that I could be creative and imperfect as well. In fact, sometimes the imperfections turned out to be “perfect”. I loved the idea that I could flow with my inspiration when I let go of the outcome.
Through doing personal work that went hand in hand with my painting, I now live with integrity, inspiration, full of enthusiasm for life and my love of the arts."
About Carol McNaughton
"Upon retirement from the Graphic Arts industry where I supervised graphic artists, I had time and space to explore my own creativity. Soon after moving to Bowen island I started to paint, first in watercolours and then in oil.
Drawing and painting were pass times I enjoyed as a child, and I was encouraged by parents and teachers to develop my talent. Upon graduating from high school I enrolled in the art college in Calgary.
My favourite subjects are portraiture and animal painting. Living on Bowen has given me a lot of inspiration. I love and draw from its scenic beauty."