I’m Katy, the creative force behind Luxarose Apparel. From the first moment I can remember, I have always been a creator, expressing myself through whatever medium I could get my hands on. I would spend hours in my grandmothers rumpus room, sorting through boxes that contained silk flowers, and ribbons, and bits and bobs that I could turn into whatever creation my mind came up with. One of my best-loved memories was a book I found on my grandmothers book shelf. In it were all kinds of craft ideas for kids, but my favorite section was fabric manipulation. It was this, that sparked my interest for textile manipulation through dyeing, printing and sewing. This lifelong passion for creating with textiles led me to pursue studies at Kwantlen University College, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Design in Fashion Design in 2003. My creative path has continued to evolve and has taken many forms, from dyeing fabrics at a high end bridal shop in Vancouver in 2002, to starting Crayv’n Designs, a Bridal and evening wear company, to 18th century and Victorian costuming all over Canada, to starting Luxarose Apparel in 2015. I’ve always expressed my design style with strong colors, eclectic patterns, and soft tactile textures combined with bold, clean lines, a contradictory mixture of Feminine Bohemian and Scandinavian Minimalism.
Luxarose is slow fashion, hand made in the studio from concept to creation. What is slow handmade design? Slow handmade design is the philosophy of creating through careful thought of sustainability. To us, its a concept that each piece holds a story, woven into its threads, hidden within its folds. It tells you how it was coaxed to life with hands and love, hours poured into its creation. Its the concept that each piece is as individual as the person who wears it.
Luxarose is until it is yours
Everything is either made in-house in our Quesnel, BC studio, or sourced from sustainable companies who align with our mission. Each piece goes through many steps in its creation before its ready to go home with you. From cutting to sewing, to dyeing and surface design. We believe slow handmade design gives us the ability to fine tune the production to create well made pieces you can wear for years to come
Yu and Ed are the artisan duo behind ArtKvarta, combining modern design with traditional stained glass technology in the tiffany style to create colorful, wearable works of art. Their originally designed pieces are all handmade in their studio in Pärnu, Estonia from high quality nickel and lead free materials.
"We believe the world should be filled more things made by hand with love."