When an artist’s values translate into their designs a lovely marriage occurs. Daub + Design is the epitome of just this. Lexi Soukoroff, the primary designer, ensures her products align with not only her aesthetic, but her ethics as well. Impressively, this three-time graduate from Blanche Macdonald, Capilano, and Emily Carr channels her passion for sustainability into creating unique hand-dyed seamless panties, swimwear, scarves and leggings. She practices water conservation, safe textile dying methods, and utilizes organic fibres when applicable. Daub + Design has been established for just over two years and they have no intention of slowing down.
Daub + Design employs a process that is “economical and less wasteful.” When the textile dyeing process is done properly, each dye bath will exhaust itself; meaning the dyed water is now clear and minimal excess dye goes down the drain.
Knowing that each Daub + Design piece goes through a thorough and safe dye process gives us all the more reason to shop consciously, and ultimately impact less wasteful buying habits. Lexi stresses that it is important for designers to “take accountability for their practices and their impact on our water systems, environment, and ultimately our health,” and I think as consumers we should do the same.
With the influx of global retailers assimilating into Vancouver’s market, it is important for independents to solidify themselves as strong Canadian brands, and Daub + Design is a great example. “Shopping locally helps grow our entrepreneurial and artist communities,” states Lexi, and that couldn’t ring more true. Switch it up this holiday season by treating your mom, girlfriend, or sister to one of Daub + Design’s colourful and easy to wear pieces. Lexi’s picks? Seamless panties in a variety of hand-dyed colours (set of three for $45), or her Brenna Scarves made from organic cotton resembling watercolour paintings ($64). Sounds like a safe bet to me.
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