Montreal-based Monkland Village Design's mission is to create superior outerwear. Their luxurious coats are made using innovative, ethical technologies and are fully produced in Canada.
Creative Director and Owner, Marina Danko has been working in Fashion Design for more than 18 years all across the globe; in Ukraine, Italy and Canada, and has accumulated very diverse professional experience. Marina grew up in an artistic family; her father was a painter and her mother was an expert in jewelry. They would often visit local flea markets and would find rare and interesting vintage pieces of clothing or a folkloric pieces of furniture. Marina was raised absorbing all of this creative atmosphere at home and expresses it though her designs at Monkland Village.
Monkland Village is a great team of open-minded professionals who are passionate about making superb product in full harmony with Mother Nature.
The majority of "modern" winter coats use goose down to keep out the cold and fur trimmings, this unnecessary cruelty should be thing of the past.
Monkland Village Design is not a factory, it is an atelier with a heavy focus on R&D. They are continuously monitoring the newest technological developments with new fabrications. They work in tandem with their suppliers to get the best quality sustainable materials.
When allTRUEist met with the Monkland Village team in 2018, we knew we wanted to partner with them to create something special, their flexibility and approach was a perfect fit.
Before our collaboration Monkland Village created a natural and cruelty-free insulation using Alpaca fibers from a local farm that cares for the animals and are only sheared once a year.
...Forward to 2019, we at allTRUEist have been heavily researching new forms of insulation for the past year, we were looking for an insulation that is vegan and sustainable, and we found it!
We partnered with Monkland Village to develop an exclusive collection using one of the most innovative materials Kapok, a vegan plant based insulation that is completely environmentally friendly and can outperform down.
WHAT IS KAPOK?
Kapok fibre is a non-food fruit crop which can be picked, like an apple, from the tree on which it grows - leaving the tree to grow and prosper. Kapok trees need no irrigation, no pesticides, and no fertilisers. They can grow on hills, in a biodiverse environment, and on land which is not suitable for agricultural purposes - resulting in 100% positive impact on the environment.
Kapok fibre is 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable. In every application, during the production process, and at the end of the product's life, kapok is regenerative. Indeed, over-consumption of kapok actually helps the planet.
Kapok generates an efficient eco-system which avoids erosion, deforestation, sequesters carbon and increases O2 in the atmosphere, preserves water, supports poly-cropping, organically fertilises the land, saves agricultural land, and is completely sustainable and regenerative.
Developing the production of this material, in the countries where kapok trees grow, helps to regenerate communities and develop economic prosperity - as well as having a positive impact.
It is a pure and natural, non-food, vegan product.
Kapok insulation materials have similar values to down on thermal resistance, evaporation resistance, and permeability - but Kapok insulation is lighter in weight, retains its properties after more washes, and can be styled into fitted designs, avoiding a bulky look but maintaining a natural comfortable warmth. It is the obvious choice for comfort and performance.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Kapok fibre grows on trees, on non-agricultural land. It not only offers a positive impact on the environment. It also positively impacts on the communities where the fibre is grown and processed. Its work is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which are a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for everyone. In particular, the manufacturer is working towards achieving:
• Sustainable consumption and production patterns
• Resilient infrastructure, sustainable industrialisation and innovation
• Sustainable management of forests, land degradation, and loss of biodiversity
• A reduction in the impact of climate change
• Decent work and economic growth
• Global partnerships for sustainable development.