...even my Grandma wears “Made in Canada”.
Like most great detective stories that begin with a small, seemingly unimportant event, this one was no exception, out of left field like they say. These finds are the ones that give me hope in our Canadian craftspeople….and fuel my passion for my “true” calling in sleuthing.
I was visiting my Nana and during the course of my visit, her nurse came in to change her bed sheets and bring her new nightgowns. Out of curiosity and habit, I checked the tag and was caught off guard when I saw it read: MADE IN CANADA :O, my Nana’s gown is made in Canada??!! Maybe she has heard me rant about Canadian made products, I wonder?! I decided to dig a little deeper and I ask her a few questions, you know, playing detective.
Where did you get your gown, Nana? I’d like to say I asked more questions but, with most grandmothers, one question is usually enough to render responses both related and unrelated to the original question. So, that’s about as far as my detective work went, but she did tell me that her nurse gave my mom a pamphlet. I went and spoke with the nurse, Sheryl, and lo and behold, there were no more pamphlets. Persistence pays off my dear Watson, I keep hearing in my head (obviously, I am a Sherlock fan), so I called mom and although she did not have the pamphlet, she remembered the name: Carefree Clothing.
After some more investigation into this brand, I discovered that CareFree Clothing is a company that makes garments like nightgowns, crumb catchers, jackets, shrugs and shawls for the elderly. Inspired by her grandmother who suffered from Parkinson’s, the designer and founder, Valarie, wanted to make clothes that her grandmother could dress herself in, even on her worst days when mobility in her hands was restricted. Her goal was to help all elderly people achieve and maintain a level of independence, no matter where they were. How can you not support a company like that!
In addition to clothes, they also make bedding for hospitals and nursing homes. The manufacturing plant is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but they deliver all over Canada. CareFree Clothing is not a behemoth like Roots but they really hold their own and are fantastic with they products they specialise in.
This company stood out for me for a few reasons; 1), we tend to forget our aging population when thinking about innovation and design in the clothing arena, let alone having a market that is purely Canadian made; 2) Canada is aging, as is the majority of the developed world and this line of business is seriously only going to grow, and products with high quality in this market will definitely thrive and be successful; 3), because even my Grandma wears “Made in Canada”.
The coolest thing of all is that the designer and manufacturer worked on theater productions like Lion King, The Producers and Mama Mia!! So you know you are getting a quality made product backed by years of experience. If you have a grandma or a grandpa that may need a nightgown or some other type of adaptive clothing, I encourage you all to check out CareFree Clothing!
Pay them a visit online: http://carefreeclothing.net/